Regenerative and personalized medicine …
banking for, and on the future.
The younger your cells, the greater capacity they have to divide and differentiate.
As you age, so do your adult stem cells, ageing is in essence the deterioration and damage to your cells which impacts your overall health and lifespan.
The ageing process results from the change of structure to your cells and the molecules inside them caused by processes inside your cells, combined with environmental influences brought on by our daily lives such as toxins from your diet, excessive sunlight exposure and stress.
Bio-preservation also referred to as cryopreservation, or more commonly as stem cell banking, is the preservation of cells and tissues by freezing.
Bio-preservation slows down the cell's metabolism to the point that no further biochemical reactions can occur. The cells are taken from room temperature to approximately −90 °C in a controlled-rate freezer.
The frozen cell suspension is then transferred into a liquid-nitrogen freezer and maintained at extremely cold temperatures (-190 °C) with nitrogen.
This process temporarily stops the cell’s metabolism by freezing the water in the cell or extracting the water outside the cell by a process of osmosis.
As medicine advances, the understanding and application of stem cell therapy is increasing.
The idea of preserving healthy (younger) stem cells for future use is based on the following premise;
Stem cells decrease their ability to proliferate as they age.
Adipose (fat) tissue is easy to collect through a minimally invasive outpatient procedure.
It has significantly higher quantities of adult stem cells (up to 1000 times greater) versus for example, bone marrow.
If one falls ill in the future, one’s younger stem cells will be available for regenerative treatments and therapeutic use.
By using one’s own cells, it eliminates the possibility of immune system rejection or other side effects.
As medicine advances, so will the understanding and application of stem cell therapy, continuing to transform healthcare in the areas of prevention and ageing.
You will never be as young as you are today, therefore freezing cells in a youthful state, and preserving your cells while you are healthy is often referred to as a form of ‘bio-insurance’ to help prepare you for your future health.
In addition to the area of regenerative orthopaedics (musculoskeletal regeneration), which we focus on at Life Institute, multipotent Adipose Stem Cells (adMSC) are being applied to a range of health areas, including:
- Aesthetic medicine and plastic surgery,
- Autoimmune diseases,
- Cardiovascular diseases,
- Diabetes mellitus’ complications,
- Digestive diseases,
- Hematological and immunological disorders,
- Neurodegenerative diseases,
- Urologic disorders and diseases,
- Lung disorders and diseases, including recent studies undertaking the usefulness of MSC in treating COVID-19 patients.
There are thousands of clinical trials and medical experiments (completed and ongoing) across the globe, across all medical disciplines, which are working in the hopes that stem cells will transform medicine forever.
In co-operation with our partner, the Polish Stem Cell Bank (PBKM), the European leader in stem cell banking, we offer the opportunity to ‘bank’ (store) your adipose (fat) tissue mesenchymal stromal cells (adMSC) for later use.
PBKM have the largest and most modern laboratories. They possess all the required National and European health and safety certifications and accreditations. They adhere to the highest national and global safety and security standards, and work in close collaboration and under the guidance of the Polish National Pharmaceutical Inspector.
Life Institute and PBKM collaborate to collect, process, purify, harvest, expand and suitably store your cells under appropriate, monitored conditions.
Saving your stem cells for future use in therapies and regenerative medicine protocols.
There is the opportunity to bank one of two types of stem cells:
- Stromal Vascular Fraction cells (SVF)
- Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs).
The MSCs are further engineered into an advanced medicinal therapy product (ATMP).
The cell banking process is administered and monitored under strict quality control standards.
Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF)
is a cellular extract from fat tissue. It is a ‘concoction’ of cells responsible for tissue healing and regeneration. Consisting of, among others mesenchymal stem cells, macrophages, smooth muscle cells, and extracellular matrix.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs)
are adult stem cells which we derive from fat issue, responsible for regeneration and repair diseased or damaged tissues, in the process of regulating the inflammatory, fibrotic and tissue remodeling responses.