October 2014 – Dr. Wade McKenna

Biologic Therapies Conducts Stem Cell Training at Andrews Institute

Biologic Therapies Conducts Stem Cell Training at Andrews Institute

Ocala, FL (October 23, 2014) – It was announced today that a team from Biologic Therapies, Inc. (BTI) conducted a two-day stem cell therapy presentation and hands-on training and education seminar at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Andrews Institute physicians and nursing staff were trained on the proper surgical techniques and operational procedures for Biologic Therapies’ Bio-MAC Bone Marrow Aspiration Cannula and Bio-SPIN Autologous Platelet Separator centrifuge.

Left to right: Dr. Wade McKenna, Biologic Therapies’ Chief Medical Director, and Dr. James Andrews, founder of the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, discuss Biologic Therapies’ new technologies for stem cell therapy.
Left to right: Dr. Wade McKenna, Biologic Therapies’ Chief Medical Director, and Dr. James Andrews, founder of the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, discuss Biologic Therapies’ new technologies for stem cell therapy.

The purpose of the presentation and training seminar was to enhance relations with the Andrews Institute by providing up-to-date information on the science of stem cell therapy and by educating physicians and nursing staff on Biologic Therapies’ products and procedures for aspirating bone marrow and concentrating stem cells in the marrow through centrifugation.

“A very positive part of this event has been developing personal relationships with doctors and nurses from the world-renowned Andrews Institute. We are now working together as a team to deliver stem cell therapy using what I believe are the most advanced products and techniques available today,” said Luke Whalen, Biologic Therapies’ CEO.

Being able to work toward a common goal of helping patients through biologics and regenerative medicine is essential to Biologic Therapies’ overall mission, as is providing the products and procedural knowledge to treat injuries.

During the first day of the seminar, Andrews Institute doctors and nurses were given a presentation titled ‘Clinical update and rationale on the use of biologic therapy in the surgical arena: Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate’ by Dr. Wade McKenna, Biologic Therapies’ Chief Medical Director. Dr. McKenna presented some of the latest information on the science of stem cell therapy as well as numerous examples of his own successful results from the application of stem cells in bone marrow aspirate concentrate.

Following Dr. McKenna’s presentation, over 30 members of the Andrews Institute nursing staff attended a hands-on training session

Members of Biologic Therapies’ team included, left to right: Zac Collins, Quality Assurance Manager & Chief Design Engineer; Luke Whalen, CEO; Scott Reynolds, Vice President of Marketing; Jennifer Kobel, Account Manager; and Jeff Reavis, Sales Manager.
Members of Biologic Therapies’ team included, left to right: Zac Collins, Quality Assurance Manager & Chief Design Engineer; Luke Whalen, CEO; Scott Reynolds, Vice President of Marketing; Jennifer Kobel, Account Manager; and Jeff Reavis, Sales Manager.

on how to concentrate bone marrow in Biologic Therapies’ Bio-SPIN Autologous Platelet Separator centrifuge. The session included a short presentation, one-on-one training instruction given by Biologic Therapies personnel, and a follow-up quiz to test the nurses’ knowledge of the procedure. All nurses passed the quiz and were awarded Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
On the second day of event, Dr. McKenna provided a hands-on training session for Andrews Institute physicians on how to use Biologic Therapies’ Bio-MAC Bone Marrow Aspiration Cannula. Using a cadaver, Dr. McKenna demonstrated the proper procedures for using a surgical power drill to drive the Bio-MAC cannula into the anterior iliac crest and proximal tibia bones from which marrow can be aspirated.

After Dr. McKenna’s demonstration, all attending Andrews Institute physicians were given the opportunity to use the Bio-MAC with the same iliac crest and tibia bones. Many physicians remarked how easy it was to use the minimally invasive Bio-MAC and that it was a definite improvement over other traditional devices designed for marrow aspiration.

“They welcomed us and seemed very appreciative of what we have done with our products and procedures for stem cell therapy,” said Dr. McKenna. “They asked a lot of questions about how to get the maximum number of stem cells from a bone marrow draw, and we were happy to explain and demonstrate the answers.”

Dr. Wade McKenna giving a presentation to Andrews Institute physician and nursing personnel.
Dr. Wade McKenna giving a presentation to Andrews Institute physician and nursing personnel.

The training and education seminar was part of Biologic Therapies’ ongoing initiative to train physicians and nurses worldwide. A similar presentation and demonstration was given in Vienna, Austria in May of this year.


 

About Biologic Therapies

Based in Ocala, Florida, Biologic Therapies, Inc. (www.biologictherapies.com), is a company with a principal strategy of seeking out and developing innovative, proprietary and patented technologies to meet the needs of the rapidly emerging science of biologics and regenerative medicine, including stem cell therapy. Biologic Therapies provides groundbreaking medical technologies that significantly enhance the body’s natural healing ability, thereby providing patients with improved outcomes and quicker restoration of function. The Company’s products provide access to the biologics / regenerative medicine sector of the healthcare market.

About Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Members of the Andrews Institute’s physician and nursing staff attend a presentation given by Dr. Wade McKenna.
Members of the Andrews Institute’s physician and nursing staff attend a presentation given by Dr. Wade McKenna.

World–class athletes, weekend warriors, youth athletes and everyday people have access to state–of–the–art performance training

and health care services at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine (www.andrewsinstitute.com) in Gulf Breeze, Florida.
Under the leadership and reputation of internationally renowned orthopaedic sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews, the Andrews Institute provides a spectrum of services in order for patients to quickly and accurately address their orthopaedic needs.

Encompassing nearly 127,000 square feet, the Andrews Institute is filled with dedicated research laboratories as well as education and conference facilities plus its numerous multi–specialty clinical departments to compliment the services of its 40 affiliated physicians to provide an all–inclusive continuum of care. The Andrews Institute mission is to provide the best medical care for the musculoskeletal system, using the latest innovative clinical and surgical technologies, and to improve patient care through research and education with an emphasis on prevention.

Stem Cells Successfully Treat Chronic Achilles Tendon Injury

 

Stem Cells Successfully Treat Chronic Achilles Tendon Injury

timthumb (1)Ocala, FL (October 7, 2014) – Biologic Therapies, Inc. (BTI), a company that specializes in the design and development of medical devices and procedures for the regenerative medicine market, announced today that its products have been used to successfully treat a chronically injured Achilles tendon with stem cell therapy.

A case report, titled ‘Minimally Invasive Autologous Bone Marrow Concentrate Stem Cells in the Treatment of the Chronically Injured Achilles Tendon: A Case Report’, was authored by Biologic Therapies’ Chief Medical Director, Dr. R. Wade McKenna, and Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Neil H. Riordan, founders of the Riordan-McKenna Institute in Southlake, Texas, USA (www.rmiclinic.com).

The case involved a 56-year-old female patient complaining of a painful “knot” in her left Achilles tendon. The pain limited her ability to perform daily activities such as shopping or being up on her feet for longer than 30 minutes. She had been an active tennis player and recreational athlete, but had not been able to play tennis or jog for ten years. She reported significant pain when relaxing and great pain when walking. The patient had been to multiple physicians and had followed ten years of standard treatment with stretches and anti-inflammatories. She refused multiple offers of invasive surgery that could not promise a return to tennis.

On physical examination by Dr. R. Wade McKenna, the patient had a large, palpable knot in the Achilles tendon, very noticeable and acutely tender. An MRI scan showed severe hypertrophic changes with marked tendinopathy.

The patient received a point-of-care stem cell therapy treatment in Dr. McKenna’s office as an outpatient procedure using Biologic Therapies products. The physician drew bone marrow from her tibia (shin) bone, processed the marrow in a centrifuge to concentrate the stem cells and growth factors, then injected the stem cells and growth factors into and around her injured Achilles tendon. Prior to the injection of the concentrated stem cells and growth factors, an injection of local anesthesia was given to prevent pain. The patient reported little to no pain during or after the procedure.

After six weeks the patient reported no pain at rest and minimal pain while walking. After eight weeks, there was even less pain while walking. The knot was less than 50% of the pre-treatment size and was relatively non-tender to touch. She was back to playing tennis without significant pain or difficulty. After ten weeks the patient was doing much better. An MRI scan showed even more reduction in the size of the knot, and pain was reduced even further. After 32 weeks an MRI scan showed near complete healing of the treated Achilles tendon.

The case report has been published by the scientific journal, CELLR4, the Official Journal of The Cure Alliance. The report can be seen on the CELLR4 website at www.cellr4.org/article/1100.
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According to Luke Whalen, Biologic Therapies’ CEO, “This is an extremely important development for Biologic Therapies. Not only does theThe clinical case report shows that stem cell therapy really does workis an effective treatment for chronic , we can now prove that it works in an application like a damaged Achilles tendon injury, which has not been documented before. The report also shows that stem cell therapy for this type of injury can be treated administered in a physician’s office as an a point-of-care outpatient procedure using Biologic Therapies products. There is no need for hospitalization and surgery as would have been the case previously.

“AnThe other very important aspect of the publishing publication of this case study report is that the scientific journal it was published by is one of the most prestigious publications in the regenerative medicine industry. The members of the CELLR4 Journal Editorial Board that reviewed and approved our the study report are literally the ‘who’s who’ of regenerative medicine professionals from around the world. We are very honored that they chose to publish our the clinical studyreport. This helps to reinforce. “Additionally, this clinical study is just the first of many studies that we are in the process of completing. The publication of this first study and future clinical studies will certainly help Biologic Therapies’ to reinforce its position as a global leader in regenerative medicine,” said Whalen.

The CELLR4 Editorial Board is led by Editor in Chief, Camillo Ricordi
from the Cell Transplant Center and Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA. Other editorial staff of note include the Associate Editor for Asia, Jianming Tan
of Fuzhou General Hospital, Xiamen University, China; Assistant Editor, Antonello Pileggi of the Cell Transplant Center and Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA; and Assistant Board member Arnold I. Caplan
from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

In the late 1980’s, Dr. Arnold Caplan and colleagues developed and patented the technology to isolate adult human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from human bone marrow and to preserve their multi-potency (Caplan et al., 2001; Koc et al., 1999; Lennon et al., 2006). Adult human MSCs are capable of differentiating into a number of tissue types including bone, cartilage, muscle, marrow, tendon, ligament, adipocytes, and connective tissue.

A complete listing of theOver over 100 members scientists, physicians, researchers and educators from around the world make up of the CELLR4 Editorial Board from around the world. A complete listing of the Board members can be found online at http://www.cellr4.org/editorial-board


About CELLR4

CellR4 CELLR4 (http://www.cellr4.org) is a scientific journal with particular focus on cellular repair, replacement, regeneration, reprogramming and differentiation. Its scope ranges from fundamental new discoveries in basic science to translational, clinical trials and delivery of novel therapeutic options. As the official journal of the international non-profit organization The Cure Alliance, CellR4 CELLR4 serves as a platform for discussion of challenges and opportunities on the path to the development of new treatments, independently from the disease target. CellR4 CELLR4 also publishes commentaries and opinion papers on regulatory, legal, and ethical issues, as well as information on global collaborative platforms and funding opportunities of interest to the field.

CELLR4 also serves as the official journal of the Fondazione Cure Alliance Onlus, another non-profit international organization that include physicians, scientists, patients, patient advocates, business and philanthropy leaders, with the mission to promote collaborative efforts worldwide, while addressing and working to resolve impediments and challenges on the path to develop cures for diseases now afflicting humankind. In this direction, the publication also serves as a shared communication platform to discuss challenges and opportunities on the path to develop new treatments.

About Biologic Therapies

Based in Ocala, Florida, Biologic Therapies, Inc. (www.biologictherapies.com), is a company with a principal strategy of seeking out and developing innovative, proprietary and patented technologies to meet the needs of the rapidly emerging science of regenerative medicine, including stem cell therapy. Biologic Therapies provides groundbreaking medical technologies that significantly enhance the body’s natural healing ability, thereby providing patients with improved outcomes and quicker restoration of function. The Company’s products provide access to the biologics / regenerative medicine sector of the healthcare market.

Stem Cells Used to Successfully Treat Chronic Achilles Tendon Injury

Originally posted on October 6, 2o14

Ocala, FL, October 06, 2014 –(PR.com)-Biologic Therapies, Inc. (BTI), a company that specializes in the design and development of medical devices and procedures for the regenerative medicine market, announced today that its products have been used to successfully treat a chronically injured Achilles tendon with stem cell therapy.

A case report, titled ‘Minimally Invasive Autologous Bone Marrow Concentrate Stem Cells in the Treatment of the Chronically Injured Achilles Tendon: A Case Report’, was authored by Biologic Therapies’ Chief Medical Director, Dr. R. Wade McKenna, and Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Neil H. Riordan, founders of the Riordan-McKenna Institute in Southlake, Texas, USA (www.rmiclinic.com).

The case involved a 56-year-old female patient complaining of a painful “knot” in her left Achilles tendon. The pain limited her ability to perform daily activities such as shopping or being up on her feet for longer than 30 minutes. She had been an active tennis player and recreational athlete, but had not been able to play tennis or jog for ten years. She reported significant pain when relaxing and great pain when walking. The patient had been to multiple physicians and had followed ten years of standard treatment with stretches and anti-inflammatories. She refused multiple offers of invasive surgery that could not promise a return to tennis.

On physical examination by Dr. R. Wade McKenna, the patient had a large, palpable knot in the Achilles tendon, very noticeable and acutely tender. An MRI scan showed severe hypertrophic changes with marked tendinopathy.

The patient received a point-of-care stem cell therapy treatment in Dr. McKenna’s office as an outpatient procedure using Biologic Therapies products. The physician drew bone marrow from her tibia (shin) bone, processed the marrow in a centrifuge to concentrate the stem cells and growth factors, then injected the stem cells and growth factors into and around her injured Achilles tendon. Prior to the injection of the concentrated stem cells and growth factors, an injection of local anesthesia was given to prevent pain. The patient reported little to no pain during or after the procedure.

After six weeks the patient reported no pain at rest and minimal pain while walking. After eight weeks, there was even less pain while walking. The knot was less than 50% of the pre-treatment size and was relatively non-tender to touch. She was back to playing tennis without significant pain or difficulty. After ten weeks the patient was doing much better. An MRI scan showed even more reduction in the size of the knot, and pain was reduced even further. After 32 weeks an MRI scan showed near complete healing of the treated Achilles tendon.

The case report has been published by the scientific journal, CELLR4, the Official Journal of The Cure Alliance. The report can be seen on the CELLR4 website athttp://www.cellr4.org/article/1100.

According to Luke Whalen, Biologic Therapies’ CEO, “This is an extremely important development for Biologic Therapies. The case report shows that stem cell therapy is an effective treatment for chronic Achilles tendon injury, which has not been documented before. The report also shows that stem cell therapy for this type of injury can be administered in a physician’s office as a point-of-care outpatient procedure using Biologic Therapies products. There is no need for hospitalization and surgery as would have been the case previously.

“Another important aspect of the publication of this case report is that the scientific journal it was published by is one of the most prestigious publications in the regenerative medicine industry. The members of the CELLR4 Journal Editorial Board that reviewed and approved the report are literally the ‘who’s who’ of regenerative medicine professionals from around the world. We are honored that they chose to publish the report. This helps to reinforce Biologic Therapies’ position as a global leader in regenerative medicine,” said Whalen.

The CELLR4 Editorial Board is led by Editor in Chief, Camillo Ricordi
from the Cell Transplant Center and Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA. Other editorial staff of note include the Associate Editor for Asia, Jianming Tan
of Fuzhou General Hospital, Xiamen University, China; Assistant Editor, Antonello Pileggi of the Cell Transplant Center and Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA; and Assistant Board member Arnold I. Caplan
from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

In the late 1980’s, Dr. Arnold Caplan and colleagues developed and patented the technology to isolate adult human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from bone marrow and to preserve their multi-potency (Caplan et al., 2001; Koc et al., 1999; Lennon et al., 2006). Adult human MSCs are capable of differentiating into a number of tissue types including bone, cartilage, muscle, marrow, tendon, ligament, adipocytes, and connective tissue.

Over 100 scientists, physicians, researchers and educators from around the world make up the CELLR4 Editorial Board. A complete listing of the Board members can be found at http://www.cellr4.org/editorial-board

About CELLR4
CELLR4 (http://www.cellr4.org) is a scientific journal with particular focus on cellular repair, replacement, regeneration, reprogramming and differentiation. Its scope ranges from fundamental new discoveries in basic science to translational, clinical trials and delivery of novel therapeutic options. As the official journal of the international non-profit organization The Cure Alliance, CELLR4 serves as a platform for discussion of challenges and opportunities on the path to the development of new treatments, independently from the disease target. CELLR4 publishes commentaries and opinion papers on regulatory, legal, and ethical issues, as well as information on global collaborative platforms and funding opportunities of interest to the field.

CELLR4 also serves as the official journal of the Fondazione Cure Alliance Onlus, another non-profit international organization that include physicians, scientists, patients, patient advocates, business and philanthropy leaders, with the mission to promote collaborative efforts worldwide, while addressing and working to resolve impediments and challenges on the path to develop cures for diseases now afflicting humankind. In this direction, the publication serves as a shared communication platform to discuss challenges and opportunities on the path to develop new treatments.

About Biologic Therapies
Based in Ocala, Florida, Biologic Therapies, Inc. (www.biologictherapies.com), is a company with a principal strategy of seeking out and developing innovative, proprietary and patented technologies to meet the needs of the rapidly emerging science of regenerative medicine, including stem cell therapy. Biologic Therapies provides groundbreaking medical technologies that significantly enhance the body’s natural healing ability, thereby providing patients with improved outcomes and quicker restoration of function. The Company’s products provide access to the biologics / regenerative medicine sector of the healthcare market.