A leader in dental stem cell preservation commits to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes

Oct. 31, 2012
Provia Labs’ Store-A-Tooth, a leader in dental stem cell preservation, announces a new program, “Store a Tooth – Find a Cure,” to support type 1 diabetes research.

Provia Labs’ Store-A-Tooth™, a leader in dental stem cell preservation, announces a new program, Store a Tooth – Find a Cure, to support type 1 diabetes research. With Store-A-Tooth, parents can bank the stem cells from their children’s teeth to take advantage of potential future stem cell therapies for conditions such as type 1 diabetes. To underscore its commitment to families managing type 1 diabetes, Provia Labs will donate up to 50% of its proceeds to fund diabetes research.

Every time a parent enrolls with Store-A-Tooth to bank their child’s stem cells and mentions Find a Cure, the company will donate up to half its proceeds to support leading diabetes research organizations, such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Diabetes Research Institute in Miami, or Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. The total funds raised will be announced at the Children with Diabetes Conference, July 9-14, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. Provia Labs will also make a donation for everyone who takes a short stem cell quiz on the newly launched Store a Tooth – Find a Cure web platform at www.stemcellsforacure.com.

“We feel it is important that all families have the option to store their stem cells, especially if they have conditions for which stem cells have a great deal of promise, such as type 1 diabetes,” said Provia Labs CEO Howard Greenman. “Unfortunately, most of the one million Americans affected by the condition and the 15,000 children newly diagnosed each year missed the opportunity to bank stem cells from their cord blood when they were born. The Store a Tooth – Find a Cure initiative is driven by our dedication to increase awareness and raise research funds so that more children can benefit from a future stem cell cure for diabetes.”

A 2011 study published in the Journal of Dental Research showed that stem cells from teeth can produce insulin in a glucose responsive manner. In the study, the stem cells were harvested from baby teeth taken out during routine dental care in kids age 7-11; research has also focused on stem cells from extracted wisdom teeth. In the July 2012 issue of Diabetes Care, Chinese scientists reported that an experimental procedure using adult stem cells enabled half of their patients to go off insulin for more than 18 months. The pace of research shows promise that in the near future, stem cell therapies might be useful in the fight against type 1 diabetes.

Store-A-Tooth makes it easy for families and their dentists to collect teeth removed during normal dental procedures, such as when baby teeth come loose, wisdom teeth are extracted, or teeth are pulled for orthodontia. Samples are sent overnight to a state-of-the-art laboratory where they’re processed and tested, then carefully preserved at very low temperatures until the day new stem cell therapies become routinely available.

Store-A-Tooth recently exhibited for the third time at the Children with Diabetes conference this summer. The company was also a sponsor of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes in Boston in early October.

To find out more information about the Store a Tooth – Find a Cure initiative or to join the cause, please visit www.stemcellsforacure.com or www.facebook.com/storeatoothfindacure.

Provia Laboratories, LLC, is a health services company specializing in high-quality biobanking (the collection, transport, processing, and cryogenic storage of biological specimens). Its dental stem cell banking service, Store-A-Tooth, gives parents the option to store stem cells today to protect their children’s health tomorrow. Store-A-Tooth preserves precious stem cells from baby and wisdom teeth that would otherwise be discarded, so parents can be prepared for advances in stem cell therapies that someday may help treat conditions such as type 1 diabetes, spinal cord injury, heart attack, stroke, and neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

For more information about Store-A-Tooth™ dental stem cell banking, please call 1-877-867-5753 or visit us at www.store-a-tooth.com or ‘Like’ Store-A-Tooth at http://www.facebook.com/storeatooth.