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8 Jul 2011

South Korean Biotech Wins Approval for New Stem Cell Treatment

South Korea's FCB-Pharmicell has received approval for a new stem cell treatment for repairing the damage done by heart failure.

South Korea's FCB-Pharmicell has received approval for a new adult stem cell treatment for repairing the damage done by heart failure, a world-first for a country that was badly shaken five years ago by a scandal regarding the faked embryonic stem cell efforts of scientist Hwang Woo-suk.


The approval gives the biotech company the right to sell Hearticellgram-AMI which has been in clinical trials for the past six years. And the scientific community heralded the approval as a sign that the country's stem cell industry is back on track.


"This is the first stem-cell medication to be approved for clinical use not only in Korea, but the entire world," said Song Jae-mann, president of the Yonsei University Wonju Christian Hospital. "We hope this will serve as a cata

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