Stem cell treatments have the potential to change the face of human disease and alleviate suffering. Medical researchers anticipate one day being able to use technologies derived from adult and embryonic stem cell research to treat cancer, Type 1 diabetes mellitus, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, cardiac failure, muscle damage and neurological disorders, among others.
Vietnam’s first stem cell bank is launched with a capacity of storing 4,000 umbilical cord blood stem cells. The cord blood stem cell bank MekoStem was opened in southern Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday.
The bank will collect and store samples from healthy babies for 21 years.
MekoStem Chief Scientist Dr. Le Van Dong said stem cells could be used to treat blood cancer and bone marrow diseases.
The bank will use isolation technology of the Singaporean CellResearch Corporation.This technology is the latest development in the field of stem cell research and regenerative medicines.
The bank has the capital investment of nearly US$1 million from the Mekophar Pharmaceutical-Chemical Joint Stock Company and financial assistance of Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology.
Mekostem vowed to offer range of services which include collection of these master cells, scientific analysis on them and later implementing them for medical treatments.
Such a stem cell bank in a poor country like Vietnam is certainly a revolution. It can provide immense opportunity and bring about havoc changes in the health sphere. It may sound false but its a fact that stem cell therapy has the potential to cure more than 100 diseases.