Cultured Red Blood Cells
The stem cells
Erypharm is at the origin of a strategic innovation for blood transfusion which will allow the industrial culture of red blood cells from stem cells.
Professor Luc Douay explains the process of collecting stem cells.
Where do the stem cells used come from?
These are Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSC).
Easily accessible, they have been widely used around the world for over 30 years as an alternative to bone marrow transplant for the treatment of blood diseases. Collection, preparation and freezing technologies are perfectly mastered.
This is the source that we have selected to develop our technology and demonstrate the safety and the effectiveness of the product.
There are other types of stem cells, why choose HSCs?
HSCs have many strengths:
They are native, therefore not genetically modified.
→ They do not pose any ethical problem.
→ They have a great capacity for proliferation and differentiation.
With a single donation of HSC, we will be able to produce the equivalent in red blood cells of 100 blood donations!