Local Alzheimer’s Association tours Celltex lab, learns more about stem cell banking and therapy
On Tuesday, Feb. 10, Celltex met with the Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter to provide a tour for their staff members through the stem cell processing and culturing lab and share the potential of stem cell use in regenerative therapies.
This private tour is part of Celltex’s educational outreach initiatives aimed at engaging local organizations whose focus is on helping those with degenerative and autoimmune diseases and sharing information and resources about stem cell therapy that may benefit the organization’s staff and members.
“One of the most important goals at Celltex is education,” says Chairman and CEO David Eller. “There are many people who don’t know how adult stem cell banking and therapy work or they have misconceived notions about what it entails. In order to dismantle those inaccuracies and properly educate people about what we do, we have an open door policy. As such, we actively reach out to local organizations that we feel could benefit from the information we have to share. The end goal is improving quality of life, and one way to get there is to start with educating the public.”
In addition to 30 staff members, the Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter consists of families, caregivers, scientists, health professionals and concerned citizens who are committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease and to easing the burden of the disease and related disorders on patients and their families and loved ones. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s through the advancement of research, provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Eleven staff members attended the tour, including the chapter’s CEO Richard Elbein. The group was led through a tour of the lab facility where they saw firsthand how Celltex processes, cultures and banks mesenchymal stem cells. They were then taken through the quality control room and shown step-by-step the tests performed on all stem cells to ensure they are free of any toxicities both before and after they are cultured. The tour concluded with a presentation on the ways stem cell therapy may help those with degenerative diseases.
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