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Stem cell therapy: path the treatment

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


January 14, 2021

Stem cell therapy: path the treatment

David Lyons

Guest contributor

Jan 14, 2021

Louis A. Cona, MD

Medical Director | DVC Stem

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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 DVC Stem's 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

"Dr. Cona is a leading edge stem cell treatment physician"

Matthew Murry - MS Patient


"Is the video I posted from this morning! My speech is so easy for me now, got easier throughout the day! I can talk like a NYer (fast) for the first time in years! Praise God!"

- Matthew Murry


Only 3 days after treatment, Matthew is now able to touch his nose with his eyes closed as well as touch his thumb and pinky together. Both of which he was previously unable to do before treatment.

We are excited to see his continued progress. His story will be updated here so keep an eye out!

Matthew showing his progress with mobility

Matthew Murry - 3 days post treatment

"This is exciting stuff, god bless"

Matthew Murry - MS Patient


Matthew experiences sensation in the bottom of his feet after receiving a simple nerve test.

His left foot did not experience any sensation or move at all, but what happened to his right foot is extremely exciting!


Matthew is now able to lift his leg unassisted. He was previously unable to do so.

Matthew is experiencing the benefits of stem cell therapy first hand. You can view his progress video here.

Matthew showing some amazing mobility improvements.

Matthew Murry - 50 days post treatment

"Amazing progress from one of our MS patients Matthew Murray"

Louis A. Cona, MD - DVC Stem


Matthew is able to stand up with the assistance of stability bars.

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.

About the author

Louis A. Cona, MD

Louis A. Cona, MD

Dr. Cona has been performing stem cell therapy for over 10 years. He is a member of the World Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (WAAAM). He is also a recognized member of the British Medical Association, the General Medical Council (UK), the Caribbean College of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is the Medical Director for DVC Stem a world-renowned stem cell therapy clinic located in Grand Cayman.

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