KLSMC Stem Cells Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of Kuala Lumpur Sports Medicine Centre, was established in 2005 specifically to spearhead the research on stem cells regenerative therapy in the musculoskeletal system. Following internationally recognized medical research ethics and protocols, a series of studies were undertaken culminating in 2007 with the beginning of the human pilot study.
Several clinical studies led by Dr. Saw Khay Yong (consultant orthopaedic surgeon and CEO) revealed a breakthrough discovery: in injecting the patient’s own blood stem cells, coupled with surgical intervention and physiotherapy, it was possible for patients to regenerate hyaline cartilage.
In early 2010, a US patent (patent no: US 8,377,432 B2: Method and composition for neochondrogenesis) was filed for the stem cell technology and it was granted in 2013.
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Agensi Innovasi Malaysia
KLSMC Stem Cells Sdn. Bhd. also set up collaboration with Agensi Innovasi Malaysia in 2013.
Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation – Malaysia
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation – Malaysia (MOSTI) partially funded the randomised controlled trial that began in 2009 through Technofund.
An MoU was signed with Taylor’s University in 2011 to provide an opportunity for research collaboration concerning fundamental investigations.
KLSMC has received numerous awards for its work in the past, including:
BIONEXUS INNOVATION AWARDS 2013 for KLSMC Stem Cells Sdn. Bhd.’s innovation on stem cell therapy in cartilage regeneration at the BioEconomy Asia Pacific Exhibition and Conference 2013 (Johor Bahru, Malaysia; 21 October 2013).
SUBIR SENGUPTA BEST PUBLISHED CLINICAL PAPER AWARD 2012 for “Articular Cartilage Regeneration with Autologous Peripheral Blood Progenitor Cells and Hyaluronic Acid After Arthroscopic Subchondral Drilling: A Report of 5 Cases with Histology” at the 42nd Malaysian Orthoapedic Association Annual General/ Scientific Meeting 2012 (Pahang, Malaysia; 14-17 June 2012).
NICOLA’S AWARD 2008 for “Neochondrogenesis & Role of Stem Cells: An Experimental Study in Goat Model” at the 5th Meeting of the European Federation of National Associations of 2008 Orthopaedic Sports Traumatology (Antalya, Turkey; 26-30 December 2008).
BIOINNO AWARDS 2008 for medical research on “Articular Cartilage Regeneration with Stem Cells” at the BioMalaysia 2008 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 7-9 October 2008).