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Regen Med. 2012 Nov;7(6 Suppl):94-7. doi: 10.2217/rme.12.83.

Autologous cell therapies: challenges in US FDA regulation.

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Cytograft Tissue Engineering, Inc., 3 Hamilton Landing, Suite 220, Novato, CA 94949, USA.


Cell-based therapies (CBTs) have been hailed for the last two decades as the next pillar of healthcare, yet the clinical and commercial potential of regenerative medicine has yet to live up to the hype. While recent analysis has suggested that regenerative medicine is maturing into a multibillion dollar industry, examples of clinical and commercial success are still relatively rare. With 30 years of laboratory and clinical efforts fueled by countless billions in public and private funding, one must contemplate why CBTs have not made a greater impact. The current regulatory environment, with its zero-risk stance, stymies clinical innovation while fueling a potentially risky medical tourism industry. Here, we highlight the challenges the US FDA faces and present talking points for an improved regulatory framework for autologous CBTs.

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