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Nutech brings in embryonic stem cell therapy for diabetics


Mumbai : Nutech Mediworld has developed a Human Embryonic Stem Cell (HESC) therapy which will go a long way in treating patients with type-II diabetes who are on conventional pills and insulin treatment.

Through the HESC therapy, insulin-producing cells are grown in human body without the need for a donor match.

Nutech Mediworld, the human embryonic stem cell transplant centre based in Delhi, has developed disease-wise efficacy assessment parameters, and also established the quality and safety protocol to treat patients with human embryonic stem cell transplantation.

“We have developed HESC therapy and already received patents from 66 countries including the US, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Israel,” Nutech Mediworld Hospital Medical Director Geeta Shroff told PTI here.

The ready-to-use product has a shelf-life of six months, so that it can be made available to patients globally at their convenience.

The therapy will cost around Rs 1,80,000 for six weeks treatment and Nutech is looking for partners to tie up for expanding the treatment to other cities across the country, she added.

Type-II diabetes, which accounts for 90 per cent of all diabetes cases, is a silent killer and much harder to treat than type I. It typically occurs in adults as a result of excess weight or hormonal imbalanc, “Patients of type-II diabetes lose some of their
insulin-producing cells, or their cells become resistant to insulin. Although insulin is present in their body, their cells can no longer use it to keep blood sugar levels in check. Stem cells have the ability to repair and regenerate the damaged insulin-producing cells,” Shroff said.

Once transplanted into the body, the stem cells mature into insulin-producing cells in a few months. Most patient
begin to see beneficial effects of the therapy in just three months.

“Most diabetics undergoing HESC therapy see their blood sugar levels improve within 3-4 months of the therapy. The treatment continues till the patient keeps improving and the blood sugar levels regain normal limits,” she said.

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