What are stem cells?
Stem cells generate all the cells and structures of the human body, from conception to the end of life. Stem cells can be considered our master building blocks for all organs and tissues.
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Are we preserving stem cells?
Yes, we are isolating and preserving stem cells from blood.
What if I need a treatment in the future that requires a different type of Stem Cell (not found in blood)?
In 2005, a Japanese medical scientist by the name of Shinya Yamanaka was able to reprogram a skin cell into a pluripotent stem cell (having the same renewal and differentiation properties as embryonic cells). This new "Induced Pluripotent" (iPS) stem cell technology introduced a new stem cell category that has reshaped the future of modern (regenerative) medicine. In other words, with iPS technology, we essentially have the best of both worlds: we can now engineer our own, highly capable, pluripotent stem cells and develop regenerative therapies using our own DNA.
What is iPS technology (and how will it help me in the future)?
In 2012, the discovery of reprogramming cells (iPS technology) won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, marking the beginning of a revolution in modern medicine. iPS cells are already in use as tools for drug development and modeling disease. This will help with the discovery of new therapies which can treat various conditions.
Doctors are currently using patients’ own cells in cutting edge treatments for leukemia and myeloma. Excitingly, iPS cells are also being researched in clinical trials to develop therapies which could cure or even reverse diseases which were once thought to be permanent and incurable.
What therapies are using stem cells now?
Today there are some approved therapies for leukemia and other blood cancers using blood stem cells. However, there are many more currently being tested in clinical trials with exciting results.
Stem cells are being studied as a way to understand and treat almost every disease imaginable. For some exciting examples, click here.
Our stem cells age with us, becoming less safe and effective to use in regenerative medicine.
This is your opportunity to be proactive in hopes of using your own, younger stem cells in the future, allowing for improved and more effective therapies.
Who are we?
We are a team of scientists, doctors and entrepreneurs aimed at delivering personalized medicine and stem cell technology directly to consumers. We believe everyone should have access to the best of preventative healthcare. We believe in the opportunity to build a healthier future together by delivering technology that can help improve the quality of life of everyone around the world.
Silene Biotech works closely with academic, research and nonprofit institutions to deliver our services and technologies to customers as well as advanced the field of research further. We offer all our customers the ability to opt-in to scientific research and clinical trials. Why are we named Silene? Read about the 32,000 year old frozen seed that sprouted new life in the lab.
What happens if we go out of business?
We have thought through every scenario - geographic redundancies with storing backups, vetting our storage partners through audits, registering with the FDA, building out a quality assurance program, and audits from 3rd party consultants to make sure we’re in line with the FDA. Additionally, we have the ability to transfer or store the samples with the facility or other companies should we go out of business.
How is our process optimized for the use of iPS technology?
We're the only direct-to-consumer fully FDA registered and compliant adult stem cell preservation service currently setup to capitalize on the revolution in regenerative medicine 5+ years from now. Our processes are aligned with FDA regulations meaning your cells are preserved in a manner compatible with future therapies.
What is the difference between stem cells found in bone marrow vs. blood?
There isn’t a difference - both are Hematopoietic stem cells. The only difference is where stem cells are being collected.
Why isn’t everyone using a blood draw if bone marrow aspirate is so costly and invasive?
Physicians have extensive experience doing bone marrow aspirate to collect blood for many reasons. For example, bone marrow aspiration can be an important test if you're having cancer treatment. It can help determine if the cancer has spread to the bones. It’s an easy, transferable skill generally used to collect stem cells for immediate use.
It too depends on the goal of stem cell collection. If you’re in need of a bone marrow transplant now, for example, you should see a physician. Most bone marrow transplants (75%) are drawing stem cells from the blood, but they require specialized medical equipment and a lengthy procedure.
We have optimized and developed a process to collect the same quality stem cells from the blood conveniently and quickly.
What is the quality of the stem cells you’re preserving?
The quality of the stem cells deteriorates with age, so the younger the customer the better. That being said, 60 and younger tends to have fewer mutations, with the mid-40s is when mutations/damage begins to occur.
For example, transplants are needed because of mutations, and most bone marrow transplants (75%) are drawing stem cells from the blood, but they require specialized medical equipment and a lengthy procedure given the use case.
We optimized and developed a process to collect the same quality stem cells from the blood conveniently and quickly.