Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. has entered into an agreement to develop and commercialize a novel stem cell therapy for dogs. The licensor, Vet-Stem, Inc., pioneered the use of adipose tissue (fat) sourced stem cell therapies for veterinary medicine.
Dr. Robert Johnson, an orthopedic surgeon in Austin, Texas, took stem cells from the bone marrow of the hip of a 59-year-old man and injected it back into the patient’s knee joints. The result? Johnson said the stem cells reduced inflammation and pain and then became the cartilage that the man was missing.