September 2, 2015
Terumo Corporation (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan. President: Yutaro Shintaku) announces that its autologous skeletal myoblast sheets were conditionally approved as a cellular or tissue-based products in Japan at a meeting held today by the organization in charge of regenerative medicinal products and biological applications within the Pharmaceutical Affairs and Food Sanitation Council of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Terumo had filed its application for approval at an earlier date.
Autologous skeletal myoblast sheets are cultured from a patient own muscle of thigh and transplanted to patient's heart under the open chest surgery. This transplantation is expected to improve the patient's heart condition significantly. A strong point of the therapy is the absence of any adverse reaction to the cells, since they are harvested from the patient's own body.
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