Hope for heart tissue regeneration
- 03 Jan
A team of scientists in Wales have shown early signs of an ability to regenerate damaged heart tissue.
Experiments at Cardiff and Swansea university labs have seen Cell Therapy build hope for developing new treatments for heart failure over the next five years.
The research team was co-founded by Nobel prize-winning scientist Sir Martin Evans. Cell Therapy Limited's executive director Ajan Reginald told BBC Wales: "We've identified what we think is a very potent type of stem cell which is heart specific. And what our therapy does is to produce more of those so that you have a large number of those cells to help you to regenerate the part of the heart that is damaged. We've finished our first clinical trial which was focused on safety. The interim analysis looks very positive and very fortunately we've also seen some benefit - the study does show some signs of early regeneration."
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