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Stem cell treatment a ‘breakthrough’ for equine lameness
“Arti-Cell® Forte contains stem cells that have been chondrogenically induced and therefore primed to develop into the cartilage cell lineage".
Arti-Cell Forte is the first stem cell-based medicine to receive marketing authorisation

The first stem cell-based medicine to receive marketing authorisation for the treatment of equine lameness has been launched by Boehringer Ingelheim.

Hailed as a ‘breakthrough medicine’ for degenerative joint disease in horses, Arti-Cell Forte is the first ‘ready-to-use’ stem cell-based product to be licensed in any veterinary species. It is also the only stem cell treatment to contain induced cells, marking a significant step in stem cell therapies and medicine as a whole.

“Arti-Cell® Forte contains stem cells that have been chondrogenically induced and therefore primed to develop into the cartilage cell lineage,” explained DR Amy Scott MRCVS, Boehringer Ingehlheim’s performance horse portfolio manager.

“Studies have shown that chondrogenically induced stem cells demonstrate an enhanced clinical outcome compared to un-induced stem cells in the treatment of joint disease in horses. This makes Arti-Cell® Forte a highly targeted and effective treatment for cartilage damage associated with degenerative joint disease.”

The medicine is available to veterinary practitioners direct from Boehringer Ingelheim. It is stored at ultra-low temperatures to maintain its two-year shelf life, either frozen at -70 ⁰C to -90 ⁰C (dry ice, -80 ⁰C freezer) or -196 ⁰C (liquid nitrogen) until immediately before injecting. 

Full training on storage and administration of the medicine is available from the Boehringer via face-to-face CPD at practice meetings or specific CPD events. For more information about these events, email vetenquiries@boehringer-ingelheim.com 

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BEVA gives vets access to free membership for three months

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 BEVA has announced that it is cutting membership renewal charges for the next three months in order to support all veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memberships for all existing BEVA members will be extended until 30 June 2020. Veterinary professionals who are not members of BEVA will also be able to sign up for a free membership until 30 June 2020.

BEVA president Tim Mair said: "In this extraordinary time of global crisis our profession, as with many industries, is under immense pressure. By offering free membership we are giving equine vets easy access to a wealth of supportive resources and online CPD."

To sign up please visit the BEVA website.

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The resource, titled Congress on Demand will be ready in early May.