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OftenBen  ·  1245 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Show Hubski: Forever Labs

Medical freezers chew through a lot of kwh, makes sense to me.

How are you managing extractions? Will you accept samples extracted by other facilities, or does it have to be done according to a protocol mk and b_b worked out?





mk  ·  1245 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Medical freezers chew through a lot of kwh, makes sense to me.

The cells are kept in liquid nitrogen, actually. The cost has a lot to do with back ups, insurance, FDA compliance, inventory management, shipping, etc. As with most things, we can achieve some savings with scale, and I do intend to bring the cost down for all as we can do so. It's our goal to make this available to as many people as possible, not just people with a lot of disposable income.

OftenBen  ·  1245 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    It's our goal to make this available to as many people as possible, not just people with a lot of disposable income.

Admirable, considering that access to stem-cell based therapies might be one of the biggest class divides of the coming decades.

thenewgreen  ·  1245 days ago  ·  link  ·  

We outsource the storage to a clinical grade biorepository. Perhaps one day we will build our own facility for such a thing, but that's an entire new competency all together. We use a very large and reputable facility.

We don't accept cells isolated by other facilities. Our credentialed doctors work out of their own clinics or surgery centers. We have a Forever Labs representative there on site to take the bone marrow, spin it down in the centrifuge and then they're placed in three aliquots. Then they're placed on dry ice and shipped to the biorepository.

Below is a photo of me directly after having my own stem cells isolated. One of the proudest moments of my life. The birth of my children vs. this moment.... the kids win by a hair :)

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steve  ·  1245 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've got a different picture of you I could share from that day... :-)

DAT ASS.

thenewgreen  ·  1245 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Lol. Don't break the Internet.

galen  ·  1235 days ago  ·  link  ·  

TNG = Kim Kardashian confirmed. :)

OftenBen  ·  1245 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm sure I'll have more questions eventually, but it all sounds pretty swell so far.

If you guys ever launch any research of your own, I'm happy to consult in whatever capacity I'd be useful!