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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.