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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RenovaCare, Inc., (Symbol: RCAR; www.renovacareinc.com), developer of the SkinGun™ and other patented technologies for spraying a patient’s own stem cells onto burns and wounds for accelerated self-healing, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Rodney L. Sparks as Vice President of Intellectual Property.
“Just over six months ago, I made an equity investment of $15.5 million in RenovaCare to pursue human clinical trials for the SkinGun™ and explore the use of our cell spray technology for medical conditions beyond burns,” stated Mr. Harmel S. Rayat, the Company’s Chairman.
“Clearly, our patent and technology licensing programs will play important roles in this expansion, which is why I’m so excited with the appointment of Dr. Sparks.”
Dr. Rodney Sparks is a respected intellectual property lawyer and technology licensing expert with decades of experience. He’s also a regarded scientist with postdoctoral training from the Johns Hopkins University and a research fellowship from the Mayo Clinic.
The appointment of Dr. Sparks follows the recent announcement of Dr. Roger Esteban-Vives to the position of Vice President of Research and Product Development.
Dr. Esteban-Vives will work with select contract partners, academic research groups and commercial collaborators to advance the use of RenovaCare’s technology platform for expanded medical conditions, such as reconstructive surgery and cosmetic applications, including acne scarring, wrinkles and tattoo removal.
Intellectual Property, Licensing, and Scientific Expertise
Dr. Rodney Sparks has over 30 years’ experience as a scientist, and lawyer representing biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and universities in the United States and abroad.
His experience includes tenure at the 170 year old firm, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, as well as private practice at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP, and at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld.
Dr. Sparks serves as Senior Biotechnology Patent Counsel Emeritus for the University of Virginia Licensing & Ventures Group, and previously served as an Advisor to RenovaCare.
Dr. Sparks has published and lectured at national and international meetings on numerous patent and licensing topics, and served an adjunct faculty member of the University of Virginia School of Law while co-directing a law school clinic in patent law and licensing.
He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and serves on the Biotechnology, Inter Partes Patent Proceedings, Licensing and Management of IP Assets, and Patent-Relations with the PTO committees of that organization. He also is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Dr. Sparks was as an academic scientist. After completing work on his Ph.D. at the University of Texas Health Science at San Antonio, Dr. Sparks completed postdoctoral training in the cellular and molecular biology of cancer at the Johns Hopkins University and was a research fellow at the Mayo Clinic.
He was on the faculty of the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine and was then a tenured faculty member at Tulane Medical School. While on the faculty at Tulane, he graduated from the evening program of the Loyola University School of Law.
Spraying Skin Stem Cells onto Burns and Wounds
Since its acquisition in 2013, RenovaCare has further developed its novel SkinGun™ as a potential alternative to skin grafting and other options, such as in-vitro cultured epithelial grafts that require a specialized and expensive external laboratory.
To date, over 70 patients with various types of second-degree burns have been treated on an experimental basis utilizing the technology underlying the Company’s SkinGun™.
Sprayed with a gentle mist of their own skin cells, many patients left the hospital within days, avoiding generally painful skin graft surgeries and potentially weeks of hospitalization. Clinical outcomes of early experimental treatments have been peer-reviewed and published in several medical journals, including Burns and Annals of Plastic Surgery.
Patients who undergo skin grafting, today’s default treatment of care, can remain hospitalized for weeks and even months and often must endure multiple painful and costly surgeries and prolonged physical therapy. Some of these patients may also suffer from the psychological effects of disfigurement caused by permanent scarring and often cope with the ongoing use of pain medications and protracted joint mobility issues.
RenovaCare products are currently in development. They are not available for sale in the United States. There is no assurance that the Company’s planned or filed submissions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be accepted or cleared by the FDA.
RenovaCare, Inc. is developing first-of-its-kind autologous (self-donated) stem cell therapies for the regeneration of human organs. Its initial product under development targets the body’s largest organ, the skin. The company’s flagship technology, the CellMist™ System, uses its patented SkinGun™ to spray a liquid suspension of a patient’s stem cells – the CellMist™ Solution – onto wounds. RenovaCare is developing its CellMist™ System as a promising new alternative for patients suffering from burns, chronic and acute wounds, and scars. In the US alone, this $45 billion market is greater than the spending on high-blood pressure management, cholesterol treatments, and back pain therapeutics.
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