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Medical Breakthroughs Are What Keep Us Motivated
Every business goes through those seasons when missions and visions are re-evaluated. Company directors question
why they do what they do. They begin to wonder what the future holds for the companies they work so hard to build
and grow. For us, medical breakthroughs related to regenerative medicine are a big motivator.
It is true that we are in the business of selling PRP kits, stem cell injection kits, centrifuges, and other related equipment
and supplies. But what we do encompasses a lot more than just needles, syringes, and medical equipment. It’s also
about helping people desperate for some kind of treatment that will accomplish something out of the reach of
prescription medications and surgery.
We are motivated by breakthroughs like the one just announced by British researchers, a breakthrough that could end
up saving millions of lives in the very near future. That breakthrough involves utilizing stem cell therapy to treat heart
attack victims in the weeks and months following their cardiac episodes.
The Damage Left Behind
We all know that heart attacks are potentially fatal as they are happening. But that’s not the half of it. Among those who
survive, roughly 20% are left with permanent damage that affects their quality of life. Many of those same patients go
on to eventually die of heart disease anyway.
Bypass surgery is a routine procedure that often follows heart attack. In more extreme cases, heart transplant is
necessary to replace a heart so badly damaged that the patient would not likely survive otherwise. And still, the damage
done by cardiac arrest can haunt a heart attack victim for the rest of his or her life.
British researchers suggest that some 70,000 people die every year as a result of heart failure. But thanks to a new stem
cell procedure that is amazingly simple in its application, they think they can offer new hope to cardiac patients.
Their procedure is a two-step process that first cultivates the right kinds of stem cells and then injects them into the
patient to rebuild damaged heart tissue. It is a revolutionary procedure that has shown a lot of promise in preclinical
trials. Researchers believe they can have the procedure ready for mainstream use in as little as 5 to 10 years.
How the Procedure Works
The first step in treating heart attack patients is to inject them with growth factors that encourage their bones to
produce more stem cells. Those stem cells are then extracted through a simple blood draw and the processing of that
blood in a specialized centrifuge. The separated stem cells are cultured in order to increase volume by 20 times.
The second step is to inject the stem cell material into the patient through the groin. The stem cells are carried by the
vascular system to the heart where they begin rebuilding damaged tissue and blood vessels. Both phases of the
procedure can be completed in under two weeks.
If the British researchers are right, treating heart attack victims in this way could save lives, reduce the need for bypass
and transplant surgeries, and save the UK’s National Health Care system millions of dollars. The data suggest they are on
the right track. Of the seven patients treated thus far, six have seen significant improvement to the point of now having
“near-normal heart function.”
Yes, Apex Biologix sells regenerative medicine equipment and supplies used by doctors and clinics across the country.
But we are also part of a much larger effort that has seen some incredible medical breakthroughs in recent years. They
are a big part of what motivates us.