Nikash H. – BASIS Chandler

BASIS Chandler Senior Nikash H.

Equine amniotic allograft for veterinary regenerative treatment

Project/blog link: Equine amniotic allograft for veterinary regenerative treatment
BASIS Advisor: Mrs. Vidya Ananthnarayan
Internship location: Anicell Biotech
Onsite Mentor: Brandon Ames , President/CEO

Project Abstract

The use of stem cells for regenerative therapy is still a developing scientific field. Currently, stem cells can be used to treat a variety of injuries. Anicell Biotech is also interested in healing injuries; however, they are going a different route. Rather than using everyday bone marrow stem cells, Anicell uses amniotic components (amnion is the innermost membrane that encloses the embryo of a mammal and contains a high number of stem cells). Amnion is being used to help dogs and horses recover from what once used to be considered debilitating injuries. Anicell is one of the few companies using amniotic stem cells for regenerative purposes. My research is dedicated to finding out whether amniotic stem cells are more efficient at wound healing than their bone marrow counterparts. If equine amniotic cells prove to be more effective than stem cells, then veterinarians will switch to only using equine amniotic stem cells and thus can improve the quality of their patients’ lives by being better able to treat them.

Equine amniotic allograft for veterinary regenerative treatment