Making a supply of platelets using stem cells from fat cells

February 25, 2019
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Researchers from Japan have found a potential way to make platelets from human stem cells derived from fat cells.

Creating platelets in this manner brings a new way to help patients needing platelet transfusions. This breakthrough can help overcome the five day shelf life of platelets, its limited supply and risks of bacterial contamination.

The study was published in the Journal of Blood.

Fat cell derived platelets were obtained within twelve days, with its characteristics and functions similar to platelets.

The method also has potential application in clinical trials.

“Many researchers are currently working to create manufactured platelets, and have succeeded to a degree as evidenced by the article here,” said Dr. Rachel Beddard, Chief Medical Officer at BioBridge Global.

“The research community isn’t yet close to realizing this goal but it is an exciting avenue of research and it’s even more exciting that our organization, with our contract development and manufacturing organization, has the expertise and ability to be able to help researchers in these endeavors.”

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