National Stem Cell exploits anti-aging qualities of stem cells

By Guy Montague-Jones

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National Stem Cell is preparing to enter the cosmetics market with
anti-aging products that use proteins secreted from stem cells.

Courting both controversy and excitement stem cell technology has been incorporated into the new generation of cosmetics developed using high science. Different stem cell path​ Many of these new products try to fight wrinkles by stimulating the growth of stem cells in the skin but National Stem Cell is pursuing a different route to younger looking skin. National Stem Cell's subsidiary Decouverte Cosmetique is producing anti-aging products that incorporate tropelastin secreted from human embryonic stem cells. The company claims the ingredient enhances the natural formation of collagen and binds with existing protein chains in the skin to make it appear smoother and firmer. National Stem Cell CEO Michael Cohen told CosmeticsDesign.com that tropelastin already affects skin appearance naturally in pregnant women. Cohen said the inspiration for the products came from the natural glow of women post-conception, caused by the release of the chemical from embryonic stem cells. Decouverte Cosmetique has tried to harness this power in anti-aging products and hopes to take the range to market in the second quarter of 2008. Health and ethical concerns​ Cohen said the products escape the health risk warning flags out by critics of stem cell technology because they do not affect the growth of stem cells. Any product that claims to affect the growth of stem cells or the replication process is potentially dangerous, he added. Aside from health issues moral question marks hangs over stem cell technology because it involves the manipulation of the building blocks of life. The products formulated by Decouverte Cosmetique may be particularly controversial because the active ingredient is sourced from human embryonic stem cells. However, Cohen said all the stem cells used were harvested before 2001 and none were destroyed or created in the development of the products. The company is also in the final stages of discovering how to source the key material from non-embryonic stem cells thereby weakening the ethical barrier to commercialization.

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