Mark Holterman, MD, a pediatric surgeon, has served as a member of the general surgical team at Children’s Hospital at OSF Healthcare since 2011. He is additionally a professor in the Division of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria. Dr. Mark Holterman, CEO of regenerative medicine-focused Mariam Global Health, maintains a strong interest in the development of cell-based therapies.
In late 2016, the United States Congress passed and President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act. This legislation, the result of bi-partisan alliances in Congress, was designed to help patients with serious health conditions benefit from the fast-tracking of new drugs and medical devices. It also channels new funds into medical research. In addition to its $2 billion designated over a two-year period to fight the American opioid epidemic, and other provisions, the law provides greater support to the field of regenerative medicine.
The act builds on the Food and Drug Administration’s recent practice of incorporating the input of patients into the agency’s drug approval procedures. Thus, it provides for a quicker and more efficient FDA approval process for certain stem cell treatments before they enter the market. The membership of groups such as the World Stem Cell Summit and the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine applauded the new legislation.