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The Stem Cells Transplant Institute is a Government Regulated Facility

Costa Rica implemented legislation that legalized stem cell therapy but requires adherence to strict regulations. The Stem Cells Transplant Institute has met all of the formal regulations ensuring strict quality control, safety and excellent patient care.

Due to provision in legislation passed in 2014, the Costa Rican Secretary of Health considered stem cell therapy/regenerative medicine illegal. The bill failed to include any direction around stem cell therapy using adult stem cells but new legislation passed in 2016, Regulation No. 39986 provided authorization and guidance for regenerative therapy using adult stem cells.

Any party that would like to perform stem cell therapy must submit an application to the local Health Controller. The clinic must meet the following formal requirements:

(i) Evidence that the therapy has completed preclinical studies that, as in the case of medications, demonstrate that they are effective and safe for use in clinical practice;

(ii) The complete characterization of the cell types that will be transplanted and their characteristics, cellular processing and production;

(iii) The description of the cells and how they will be administered, including assistive drugs, agents, and surgical procedures;

(iv) A clinical follow-up plan and data records to ensure that the cellular therapy is effective and has no adverse effects; and

(v) Credentials substantiating training in stem cell therapy for the staff who will carry out the procedure.

Board Certified in Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Mesen is board certified and an active member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (AAARM) and the American College of Physicians Central America. In 2018 he was appointed Chapter Director for Central America and the Caribbean by the International Society for Stem Cell Application (ISSCA).

To help advance the field of Regenerative Medicine and stem cell therapy, Dr. Mesen spends a total of 1-2 months visiting stem cell clinics around the world sharing his knowledge and learning from other stem cell experts.

In 2015, Dr. Mesen became a member of the International Organization for Training and Medical Research (IOCIM). This organization is committed to ensuring quality healthcare to the countries in Latin America. In 2015 the organization awarded Dr. Mesen the “Prize to the Medical by Achievement for a Better Life” award for recognition of his excellent academic career and continuing education and commitment to improving human life. Dr. Mesen also received the Award for Excellence in Healthcare from the IOCIM for his leadership, outstanding performance and quality of service.

He is in the process of completing his Ph.D. in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

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