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Heart Life Hospital starts Cell Processing Center

Date Posted: 2011-04-21

Heart Life Hospital in Haebaru prides itself on being on top of ground-breaking technology, and is applying the concept with opening of a Cell Processing Center.

The Cell Processing Center is a facility specializing in curing liver regeneration by using a patient’s own cells or of a hospital patient. The center was designed using advanced medical techniques drawn from an industrialization creation project begun last year and running through 2012 by Okinawa Prefecture. A liver regeneration cure takes bone marrow cells from a hospital patient, then injects it into a vein through a drip-feed following purification by the Cell Processing Center.

Officials say they expect a high level of effectiveness in regenerating damaged liver cells, with patients in the middle stage of hepatic cirrhosis the primary targets. Heart Life Hospital plans clinical laboratory examinations starting in July, after establishing an ethics committee for clinical and pilot use of the facilities. The facility is expecting to handle 5 ~ 10 cases in the first year.

The Cell Processing Center officially opened a week ago. Heart Life Hospital Director Yasushi Sakugawa says “an effective method of treatment of hepatic cirrhosis is only a liver transplant, so if regeneration therapy spreads, it is good news for hospital patients.” He adds, though, that “we will do it safely.” Dr. Asato, the Chief Director, says “placing cases honestly and are fully will link us to establishment of new advanced medical techniques.” The clinical laboratory examinations will be in technical cooperation with the University of the Ryukyus and Yamaguchi University.

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