Answers to commonly asked questions
The human fetus is capable of regenerative and scarless healing. If correctly processed, perinatal tissue has been shown to retain these regenerative properties and can effectively be applied to unrelated hosts through allografts, or human-to-human tissue transfers.
These tissue allografts are immuno camouflaged (lack HLA) to protect the child from the mother’s immune system during gestation. They are also naturally rich in growth factors, cytokines, extracellular matrix and more.
Perinatal tissue allografts have been successfully used since the early 1900’s as an alternative modality for treatment for chronic wounds. More recently physicians have used these products to treat ocular surface disorders, chronic non-healing diabetic wounds, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, pain management, osteoarthritic conditions, sports injuries, in a variety of surgical procedures, and in treating neuropathic pain.
The components work together at the site of the injury to create Local Microenvironment Activation (LMA). Several elements define the niche and regulate stem cell characteristics, such as stromal support cells, gap junctions, soluble factors, extracellular matrix proteins, blood vessels and neural inputs. The LMA is set into action by the paracrine factors released by human amniotic mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and their ability to accelerate the wound-healing process by stimulating proliferation and migration of dermal fibroblasts.
To date, there have been no serious side effects or adverse reactions from the use of BioStem allografts. Not withstanding its safety history, any adverse events should be reported to your physicians and BioStem.
Perinatal tissue is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under Section 361 of the Public Health Safety Act (PHSA), Code for Federal Regulation (CFR) 1271.3 and 1271.10 as minimally manipulated tissue allograft www.fda.gov (Regulation of Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue Based Products (HCT/P’s)
BioStem Technologies follows strict quality control guidelines in donor eligibility, tissue handling, transmittable disease screening, bio-burden reduction and end-to-end traceability. All product is quarantined until third party testing is completed for release and eligibility is approved by our Medical Director.
Our tissue is acquired from licensed third parties whom specialize in tissue acquisition. Once tissue is received the processing, storage, and distribution is all handled within the BioStem's Quality Management System.
BioStem's allografts are processed under validated aseptic conditions. A statistically significant portion of each lot is tested for sterility by a third party CLIA certified laboratory to ensure absence of any bio-burden. The external container (vial) has been validated to ensure it keeps the sterility of its contents. The vial is then stored in a sterile sealed pouch as a secondary barrier. More information can be found on the product IFU.
We strive to maintain the integrity of the raw material, this allows preservation of the original tissue structural components and viability.
Some commercial insurance providers will provide coverage for human amniotic membrane when it is determined to be medically necessary because the medical criteria and guidelines have been met.
The flowable allografts are shipped on dry ice for next day delivery.
The two available shipping methods are as follows:
1) FedEx Priority Overnight (Between 10:30 AM and 12:00 PM Delivery, depending on your distance from the local FedEx Center)
2) FedEx First Overnight (08:00 AM Delivery)
*Extra Dry Ice Available Upon Request.