Mar 29, 2020 07:20 UTC
  • Iran says developing stem-cell therapy for coronavirus

The spokesman for Iran’s Health Ministry said the country is developing a treatment method that could help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, with the help of stem cells.

According to Tasnim news agency, Kianoush Jahanpour said on Saturday “This is not a drug but a method which uses mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) to treat coronavirus (patients).”

He further underlined the method is a type of cell therapy that is still in the study phase.

The remarks came after some local reports said that Iranian stem cell scientist Dr. Masoud Soleimani, who returned home in December last year following his release from a US prison, has developed the first experimental coronavirus medicine.

Later, Soleimani rejected the reports as inaccurate, explaining that he and his research team were using mesenchymal stem cells to modify the immune response in patients suffering from the virus.

“I emphasize that this is a research-therapeutic approach,” he said.

The research is being conducted with the support of the Health Ministry at Shari’ati and Masih Daneshvari Hospitals, Soleimani said.

The results of the first phase of its clinical trial will be announced soon, he added.