Houston-based biotechnology company Celltex Therapeutics Corporation took part in the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) 2014 Legends World Sports Conference in Cancun, Mexico on August 22-24, 2014 sharing the potential of stem cell use in regenerative therapy for athletes.
The annual conference attracted nearly 100 retired players from the NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters to network, participate in various workshops and unite in community service.
Celltex, formed in 2011 by David G. Eller and internationally-known surgeon Dr. Stanley Jones to spearhead breakthroughs in regenerative medicine through the use of autologous, adult, adipose-derived, mesenchymal stem cells, was invited to educate retired basketball players who expressed interest in adult stem cell banking and therapy. Used around the world to treat various vascular, autoimmune and degenerative diseases, adult stem cell based therapy has long been used in sports medicine by professional athletes to treat sports-related injuries, including arthritis.
On Saturday, August 23 the NBRPA was addressed by Celltex Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stanley Jones, a world-renowned spine surgeon, who once suffered a debilitating bout of arthritis which left him unable to perform surgery and threatened to end his career. Where conventional treatments failed to resolve his symptoms, stem cells proved effective, allowing Dr. Jones to return to his surgical practice and making him a believer in the regenerative power of one’s own stem cells.
“Celltex is humbled and excited to have been invited to share our story with this remarkable group of athletes,” says Dr. Stanley Jones. “As someone whose career was nearly ended after an onset of autoimmune psoriatic arthritis, I was fortunate to find relief after receiving my own adult stem cells. My personal experience inspired us to bring this breakthrough technology to the United States and help improve the quality of life for thousands of individuals.”
Conference attendees were also provided a private tour of Galenia Hospital in Cancun led by its director Dr. Eduardo Loya Cortes. Galenia Hospital is one of two accredited and highly regarded medical facilities with which Celltex partners in Mexico.
NBRPA Chairman of the Board Otis Birdsong, a four-time NBA All-Star, thanked Celltex for introducing stem cell technology to the conference attendees.
“On behalf of the NBRPA I would like to thank Celltex for joining us in Cancun and enlightening our members on such exciting medical technology,” Birdsong said. “We look forward to building on this event to form a strong and mutually beneficial partnership with Celltex.”