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Kenneth Aldrich, Executive Chairman of International Stem Cell Corporation, will make a public appearance on March 16th, 2011 on behalf of ISCO

Posted: March 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm

OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- (March 10, 2011) -- International Stem Cell Corporation (OTCBB:ISCO), http://www.internationalstemcell.com, announced today that its Executive Chairman, Kenneth C. Aldrich, will present at the ROTH 23rd Annual Orange County Growth Stock Conference at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, CA. on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM PDT (1:30PM EDT). The webcast can be viewed live at: http://www.wsw.com/webcast/roth24/isco/. The presentation will be archived and viewable at the same link for 90 days. After the Roth Conference, a link to the presentation will also be posted to the ISCO website, http://www.internationalstemcell.com.

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL STEM CELL CORPORATION (ISCO.OB)

International Stem Cell Corporation is a California-based biotechnology company focused on therapeutic and research products. ISCO's core technology, parthenogenesis, results in creation of pluripotent human stem cells from unfertilized oocytes (eggs). These proprietary cells avoid ethical issues associated with use or destruction of viable human embryos and, unlike most other major stem cell types, can be immune matched and be a source of therapeutic cells with minimal rejection after transplantation into hundreds of millions of individuals of differing racial groups. ISCO also produces and markets specialized cells and growth media for therapeutic research worldwide through its subsidiary, Lifeline Cell Technology, and has developed cell based skin care products through its subsidiary, Lifeline Skin Care. ISCO is advancing novel human stem cell-based therapies where cells have been proven to be efficacious but traditional small molecule and protein therapeutics have not. More information is available on ISCO's website, http://www.internationalstemcell.com.

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Key Words: Stem cells, parthenogenesis, biotechnology, skin care

CONTACTS

International Stem Cell Corporation

Kenneth C. Aldrich, Executive Chairman

1-760-940-6383

kaldrich@intlstemcell.com

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International Stem Cell Corporation Receives Important Approvals Towards Creating New Parthenogenetic Stem Cell Lines in the United States

Posted: March 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm

International Stem Cell Corporation (OTCBB:ISCO), http://www.internationalstemcell.com, announced today the achievement of a major milestone in its efforts to establish a bank of immune-matched parthenogenetic stem cells in the United States by receiving the statutory approvals required to move forward with the next phase of its stem cell banking program.


An independent Stem Cell Research Oversight (SCRO) committee approved ISCO's program to obtain human oocytes (eggs) in California. The independent SCRO committee is responsible for reviewing the scientific rationale, ethics and compliance with State and Federal regulations and guidelines for studies involving human stem cells. This approval in combination with the earlier reported Institutional Review Board (IRB) clearance with regard to medical safety opens the way for ISCO's stem cell banking program to begin registering clinical investigators. ISCO's study is designed to produce new clinical-grade human parthenogenetic stem cell lines that can be immune matched to millions of individuals for use in the emerging field of regenerative medicine.


ISCO's breakthrough discoveries have resulted in unique stem cells carrying distinct advantages over other human pluripotent stem cells. ISCO uses unfertilized oocytes to create human "parthenogenetic" stem cells (hpSCs). Like human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), hpSCs are pluripotent, i.e. they have the capacity to become almost any cell type in the body, yet avoid ethical issues associated with use or destruction of viable human embryos. Unlike hESCs, hpSCs can be created in a form such that they can be immunologically matched to millions of individuals.


Currently ISCO has a collection of ten hpSC lines that are shared with collaborators and used for research purposes. Although these ten stem cell lines conform to all relevant US standards, they were derived outside the United States. New cell lines created under this study will be ISCO's first hpSC to be produced in the United States. ISCO's scientists, leaders the field of creating therapeutic cells from hpSC, will work with these lines targeting new treatments for human diseases. The company will also share these cells with other scientists to further clinical research. ISCO intends to derive and store these cells at its Oceanside facilities, which are designed to create cells suitable for clinical use.


Simon Craw, PhD, says, "These approvals, combined with our technology, make the establishment of a bank of immune matched stem cells practical and allow for the possibility of cell-based therapy to be economic for millions of people. We believe we are one of the first commercial entities in the United States to have progressed to this point."


ABOUT INTERNATIONAL STEM CELL CORPORATION (ISCO.OB):

International Stem Cell Corporation is a California-based biotechnology company focused on the therapeutic applications of human parthenogenetic stem cells and the development and commercialization of cell-based research and cosmetic products. ISCO's core technology, parthenogenesis, results in creation of pluripotent human stem cells from unfertilized oocytes (eggs). hpSCs avoid ethical issues associated with the use or destruction of viable human embryos. ISCO scientists have created the first parthenogenic, homozygous stem cell line that can be a source of therapeutic cells with minimal immune rejection after transplantation into hundreds of millions of individuals of differing sexes, ages and racial groups. This offers the potential to create the first true stem cell bank, UniStemCell™, while avoiding the ethical issue of using fertilized eggs. ISCO also produces and markets specialized cells and growth media for therapeutic research worldwide through its subsidiary Lifeline Cell Technology and cell-based skin care products through its subsidiary Lifeline Skin Care. More information is available at ISCO's website, http://www.internationalstemcell.com


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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements pertaining to anticipated technological developments and therapeutic applications, the potential benefits of collaborations, and other opportunities for the company and its subsidiaries, along with other statements about the future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans, or prospects expressed by management constitute forward-looking statements. Any statements that are not historical fact (including, but not limited to statements that contain words such as "will," "should," "believes," "plans," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates,") should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, risks inherent in the development and/or commercialization of potential products and therapies, uncertainty in the results of clinical trials or regulatory approvals, need and ability to obtain future capital, application of capital resources among competing uses, and maintenance of intellectual property rights. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements and as such should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect the company's business, particularly those mentioned in the cautionary statements found in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.


Key Words: Stem Cells, Biotechnology, Parthenogenesis


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International Stem Cell Corporation
Kenneth C. Aldrich, Chairman
760-940-6383
kaldrich@intlstemcell.com

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Simon Craw, PhD, Vice Pr
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760-940-6383
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Recommendation and review posted by Fredricko

Investigating easy bruising in a child

Posted: March 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm

From BMJ:

In a child, unusual bruising or bleeding out of proportion to the injury sustained should be investigated.

All children under investigation for easy bruising or a bleeding tendency should have:

- full blood count
- blood film (peripheral smear)
- coagulation screen including a thrombin time, in addition to a Von Willebrand factor assay and assays of factors VIII and IX

This is to ensure that mild forms of haemophilia are excluded even if the activated partial thromboplastin time is normal

In 30% of cases of haemophilia, there is no family history: it arises secondary to new genetic mutations


The coagulation cascade. Black arrow - conversion/activation of factor. Red arrows - action of inhibitors. Blue arrows - reactions catalysed by activated factor. Grey arrow - various functions of thrombin. Image source: Wikipedia

References:
Investigating easy bruising in a child. Anderson and Thomas 341, BMJ.

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Recommendation and review posted by G. Smith

Collecting family history predicts cancer risk better than 23andMe genetic testing

Posted: March 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Collecting family history predicts cancer risk better than 23andMe genetic testing, according to a recent study from the Cleveland Clinic:

As you're sharing fond family memories, don't forget to bring up family health history -- it's the best gift you can give. Dr. Charis Eng comments on a study she led looking at the important role of family history in predicting future disease risk.
Related reading
Beware the fortune tellers peddling genetic tests - BMJ http://goo.gl/F0DQt
FDA panel: genetic testing should not be available directly to consumers without what amounts to a "prescription". WebMD, 2011.
Comments from Twitter
@23andMe: See our perspective of Cleveland Clinic study - http://bit.ly/c373aj - bottom line is 2 aren't the same, so can't compare h2h. Also, we agree that family history is a very important piece, and believe it complements detailed genetic info.

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There are 25,400 scientific journals and their number is increasing by 3.5% a year

Posted: March 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm

More scientific and medical papers are being published now than ever before. Is it possible to be an expert nowadays, asks BMJ.

Every doctor has an ethical duty to keep up to date. Is this just getting more difficult or has it already become impossible? Since Alvin Toffler coined the phrase “information overload” in 1970, the growth of scientific and medical information has been inexorable.

There are now 25?400 journals in science, technology, and medicine, and their number is increasing by 3.5% a year; in 2009, they published 1.5 million articles. PubMed now cites more than 20 million papers.

One response of the medical profession to the increasing scientific basis and clinical capacity of medicine has been to increase subspecialisation. This may restrict the breadth of knowledge of the ultraspecialist, but can such subspecialists still maintain their depth of expertise?

I described my approach in 5 Tips to Stay Up-to-Date with Medical Literature:

1. RSS Feeds for Medical Journals.
2. Podcasts.
3. Persistent Searches on PubMed, Google News and Google.
4. Text-to-speech (TTS) for journal articles.
5. Blogs and Twitter accounts.

If you have a blog or Twitter account, you can try to deal with the information overload from blogs, RSS and Twitter more efficiently by using this:


The circle of online information (click to enlarge).

References:
On the impossibility of being expert. BMJ 2010; 341:c6815 doi: 10.1136/bmj.c6815.

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Recommendation and review posted by G. Smith

Electronic medical record (EMR) – review of pros and cons in Cleveland Clinic medical journal

Posted: March 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Some negatives regarding the use of EMR:

- So far, electronic systems are not interconnectable
- Do electronic records improve or worsen the quality of care?
- Accuracy vs copying and pasting
- A third party in the examination room
- Devoid of real medical thought

A contrasting view:

- Connectivity will improve
- Staying focused on the patient, even with a computer in the room
- Doctor-doctor communication is enhanced

References:
The electronic medical record: Diving into a shallow pool? CCJM.
The electronic medical record: Learning to swim. CCJM.

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