Stem cell therapy: path the treatment

Louis A. Cona M.D.

This post explains where we obtain our stem cells from, in detail.

The field of stem cell therapies can be difficult to navigate, as there is a plethora of questionable information about therapies, different kinds of stem cells, and research floating around the internet. It’s hard to tell exactly what therapies are being offered, what they can be used for, and more importantly, where the stem cells are coming from in the first place. The source and quality of the stem cells is of upmost importance to the safety of the patient and the effectiveness of a treatment. A therapy is no better than the cells used to administer it.

Where are your stem cells sourced?

Currently, the most effective stem cell therapies for degenerative diseases and inflammation offered at DVC Stem are allogeneic treatments using cells sourced from ethically donated cord tissue. Although many clinics offer cord tissue-based treatments, not all clinics hold the same standard for sourcing and preparation of their cells. A clinic who will not share this information in detail should be a red flag to all potential patients. Cells used in treatments at DVC Stem start the preparation process at Vitro Biopharma in Golden, Colorado.

Vitro Biopharma only uses American Association of Tissue Bank (AATB) certified suppliers of full term (>36 weeks), donated human umbilical cords. The selection of these donated tissues is extremely regulated and strict. The cords are tested for STDs, Hep A/B/C/D, TB, Zika virus, no history of cancer or chronic illness, no history of auto-immune diseases, no tattoos or piercings, no travel abroad with one year, no history of CJD, negative for HIV, negative for HTLV 1 AND 2, and no history of drug or alcohol abuse. After the tissue is vigorously screened and accepted, Vitro then uses their clinical-grade and award-winning proprietary culture medium to expand the stem cells out to roughly 300 million cells per treatment.

Quality Control

Once the stem cells have been expanded to treatment-ready numbers, they still undergo quality control testing before release. Cells are rigorously tested for potency, blood-borne pathogens, contaminating agents, fungal presence, cellular ATP levels, and proper growth rates. The entire production process is completed in a certified sterile clean room, which must meet all regulations by the FDA, ISO, and CLIA. Additionally, all lab employees are required to be properly trained with documentation on file for review. All of these steps ensure the highest quality of output from Vitro Biopharma.Once the cells are ordered and ready for use, they are held in subzero cryo-storage, and shipped overnight to DVC Stem in the Cayman Islands for immediate use for a patient’s treatment.

Vitro Biopharma Inc

Vitro Biopharma Inc. is a Colorado-based cellular laboratory and Winner of the Frost and Sullivan Cell Tools and Technologies Industry Technology Innovation Award. For more information on Vitro Biopharma Inc. and their CEO/Director, Dr. Jim Musick, visit their website at


Tyler explains his experience at DVC Stem in the Cayman Islands.

Tyler is optimistic that he will see positive results post treatment.

"The cool thing about the Cayman Islands besides being beautiful, it was an opportunity to get some rest and relaxation allowing my body to heal and restore. I'm back in the US now and feel like I am ready to conquer the world."

- Tyler Heid


2 weeks post treatment, MS patient Tyler is beginning to see amazing progress. He has been wheelchair bound for the last year and has not been able to move his legs unassisted before now.


Tyler updates about his progress, explaining the amazing response he has been receiving from his friends and family.

"People coming up to me saying I am moving, talking and smiling so much better. They are noticing a lot of things that have improved over the course of 3 months."

"This morning I was able to do things that I was unable to do before, I was able to stand up and lift my leg higher than I ever have before."


5 months post treatment Tyler sends us an update on his progress.

"I'm able to smile better, I have more control over the left side of my face."

"I have an increased ability to grip, lift my legs higher and higher which has gone well."

Tyler is optimistic and on the right track to recovery. We are ecstatic to see his progress and look forward to more updates from him.

"I have an increased ability to grip, lift my legs higher and higher which has gone well."

Tyler Heid - 5 months post treatment

David Lyons

Multiple Sclerosis

Although David Lyons was able to successfully fight Multiple Sclerosis through a strict regimen of diet and exercise, he wanted to ensure he was doing everything he could to stay fit. Multiple Sclerosis can be managed with treatment, but there is currently no cure for the disease. For that reason, David came to DVC Stem years ago to use the regenerative and anti-inflammatory attributes of stem cells to aid in his fight for fitness.

The positive results he experienced enabled David to stay strong in the gym, now into his 60s, and that is why he continues to support our clinic to this day.

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