Advancing cell therapies for intervertebral disc regeneration from the lab to the clinic: recommendations of the ORS spine section

SMITH, Lachlan J, SILVERMAN, Lara, SAKAI, Daisuke, LE MAITRE, Christine, MAUCK, Robert L., MALHOTRA, Neil R., LOTZ, Jeffrey C. and BUCKLEY, Conor T. (2018). Advancing cell therapies for intervertebral disc regeneration from the lab to the clinic: recommendations of the ORS spine section. JOR Spine, 1 (4), e1036.

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Intervertebral disc degeneration is strongly associated with chronic low back pain, a leading cause of disability worldwide. Current back pain treatment approaches (both surgical and conservative) are limited to addressing symptoms, not necessarily the root cause. Not surprisingly therefore, long‐term efficacy of most approaches is poor. Cell‐based disc regeneration strategies have shown promise in preclinical studies, and represent a relatively low‐risk, low‐cost, and durable therapeutic approach suitable for a potentially large patient population, thus making them attractive from both clinical and commercial standpoints. Despite such promise, no such therapies have been broadly adopted clinically. In this perspective we highlight primary obstacles and provide recommendations to help accelerate successful clinical translation of cell‐based disc regeneration therapies. The key areas addressed include: (a) Optimizing cell sources and delivery techniques; (b) Minimizing potential risks to patients; (c) Selecting physiologically and clinically relevant efficacy metrics; (d) Maximizing commercial potential; and (e) Recognizing the importance of multidisciplinary collaborations and engaging with clinicians from inception through to clinical trials.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: pissn 2572-1143
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biomaterials, Stem Cells, Biological Therapies, Preclinical Models
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Biomedical Research Centre
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Page Range: e1036
SWORD Depositor: Margaret Boot
Depositing User: Margaret Boot
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2018 12:59
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2021 14:30

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