The Gates Center is a research center on the Anschutz Medical Campus and does not provide direct patient care. Our colleagues at CU Anschutz and nearby facilities provide direct patient care at UCHealth’s University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Aurora. Patients who are interested in finding a health care provider should call 303-724-8684 for support.
While the promise of widespread stem cell and regenerative medicine treatments in humans is quite encouraging, prospective patients should be discerning customers when considering current claims about stem cells. The federal Food and Drug Administration has regulatory authority over many medical treatments and advertising claims, and the FDA’s very good explanatory web site has this to say: “Some unscrupulous providers offer stem cell products that are both unapproved and unproven. So beware of potentially dangerous procedures—and confirm what’s really being offered before you consider any treatment.”
Stem cells for blood regeneration, produced from cord blood, are approved and used frequently by medical professionals in treating certain cancers and bone marrow diseases.
Other commonly advertised uses of stem cells, such as injections into joints, the eyes or the spine, have not been proven by gold-standard clinical trials and are increasingly being policed with a critical eye by the FDA.
We at the Gates Center are committed to speeding treatments toward patient care as quickly as we can, but we are just as committed to the scientific method and patient safety. Our own research holds tremendous promise for near-term clinical trials in stem cells and regenerative medicine concepts, but we will never sacrifice safety and good science for overzealous marketing. We encourage you to research respected resources such as these:
International Society for Stem Cell Research: http://www.isscr.org/about-stem-cells
National Institutes of Health “Stem Cell Basics”: https://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/1.ht
The Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine acts as a convener, an educator and a shepherd of the most promising research in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. Our mission is to support brilliant researchers and clinicians in order to accelerate their discoveries from the lab through clinical trials to therapies and cures. Our shorthand for this is “bench to bedside.”
Research scientists are expert at making discoveries, but are rarely trained during their extensive post-graduate years in the more practical aspects of legally claiming a discovery, creating a business model to fund further research, navigating the thicket of regulatory challenges, or manufacturing materials for clinical trials. The Gates Center provides the latest tools for its membership, from finance to the factory floor, to fulfill the goal of bringing real help to patients.
Our mission also extends to educating the next generation of great researchers through internship programs and graduate courses. We also join our colleagues on the Anschutz Medical Campus in spotlighting the unparalleled advantages of Colorado in recruiting regenerative medicine researchers from around the nation.
The Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine was established in 2006 with a gift in memory of Denver industrialist and philanthropist Charles C. Gates, who was captivated by the hope and benefit stem cell research promised for so many people in the world. The Gates Center aspires to honor what he envisioned—by doing everything possible to support the collaboration between basic scientific researchers and clinical faculty to transition scientific breakthroughs into clinical practice as quickly as possible.
Our members have been involved in clinical trials in numerous fields, and Gates Center researchers are nearing human clinical trial stages in debilitating skin diseases, preventing surgical inflammation and chronic wound infections.
The Gates Biomanufacturing Facility is an integral partner of the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine, filling an enormous need for leading edge, safe manufacturing practices for products involved in human treatment, right here in Colorado. Our members work collaboratively with the GBF and its expert staff on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for research projects that will lead to human clinical trials and commercialization of revolutionary medicine.