Introducing MCI Acorn Days
Cell Banking for Stem Cell Treatments
With MCI and Acorn, preparing for regenerative medicine has never been simpler. Book an appointment with MCI Clinics to take advantage of this limited offer.
Getting Ahead of Aging
The health challenges that come with age are hard to predict and have serious impacts on our health and lifestyle. We’ve seen our parents lose mobility, friends sidelined with injuries and loved ones lost to unforeseen illness. Preparing for all the possible scenarios that come with age is daunting.
But there’s good news, the field of regenerative medicine is poised to treat these challenges, by leveraging your own cells through stem cell treatments. These therapies have immense potential to help repair tissue loss, treat chronic disease, replace organs, support recovery from diseases like COVID-19, and even reduce the visible signs of aging.
Therapeutic Uses of Stem Cells
As of 2021, there are patients living with lab grown bladders, burn victims with bioprinted skin and professional athletes receiving cell treatments for cartilage, ligament, and tendon damage.
This is just the beginning for cell-based treatments. Regenerative medicine has the capability of treating the whole body by harnessing the power of our own stem cells.
Conditions currently in clinical trials for cell-based treatments
- Macular Degeneration
- Heart Disease
- Liver Disease
- Kidney Failure
- Bladder Replacement
- Venous Leg Ulcers
- Chronic Achiles Tendenosis
- Hair Loss
- Skin Treatmetns
- Tissue Growth
- Cartilage Injury
- Diabetic Foot Ulcer
- Bone Break
Peace of Mind with Acorn
When it comes to regenerative medicine, there’s a catch. As we age, so do our cells, and their healing properties deteriorate over time.
This is where Acorn comes in. Acorn help you cryogenically preserve viable cells, sourced non-invasively from your own hair follicles. This gives you access to your own younger cells preserved for your lifetime. This equips you with the best possible cells when you need them the most.
Don't miss out on life changing treatments because your cells are too old and ineffective, bank your younger cells with Acorn today.
How It Works
A trained technician non-invasively collects cells by plucking hair from the scalp. This provides all the cells required for storage.
Upon arrival at the Acorn lab, we thoroughly examine the collection and deliver you a report confirming the viability of your cells.
Using cryopreservation, we freeze your cells to a temperature of -196°C. This ensures that they stay healthy and viable for your lifetime.
You are in control of your cells. They will be healthy and ready to use for any cell-based treatment you require in the future.
Dates & Locations
I thought stem cells were only in a newborn’s umbilical cord or in bone marrow?
Umbilical cord cells and bone marrow cells certainly have traditionally been the most talked-about sources of stem cells. Although those sources of cells are sources of ‘adult’ stem cells, they are costly, highly invasive and always painful to harvest. In addition, red blood cells are not adult stem cells and also cannot be used for generation of iPSC’s. The discovery of iPSC technology has unlocked the ability to use adult cells as pluripotent stem cells. Acorn’s proprietary transport medium allows you to collect whole hair follicles from your head that contain live cells and safely transport those follicles back to our lab. Acorn’s non-invasive method lets you leverage the innovation behind iPSC technology and removes the historical challenges of highly invasive cell collection methods.
How is this different than storing just my digital DNA instead?
Getting your DNA as a digital file is comparable to taking a picture of a person and not getting all the other information you might get from a live interaction with them. DNA alone doesn’t capture everything that your cells can uncover.
The live cells that Acorn collects through your hair follicles can be converted into iPSCs (induced pluripotent stem cells). iPSCs are stem cells that can become any type of cell in the human body. This is why they have the potential to be used in regenerative medicine and gene therapies. In addition, your follicle cells can also be leveraged as genetic sources of data to help you make better health decisions based on your genetic make-up. They can be used to analyze 100% of the full genome. In comparison, the DNA obtained from the cells of cheek swabs/saliva in current popular home collection kits is made up of dead cells. The services that use cheek swabs/saliva typically focus on less than 1% of a full genome. Also, cells collected in this way are not viable for use in medical therapy the way that live hair follicle cells could be used from Acorn’s non-invasive process.
How do I know there will be a use for my stored cells one day?
There are always uses for collected cells. The most common one available today is genetic testing. Almost every day there is a new medical development in the use of cells as therapeutic medicines. Skin tissues and other organs are already being grown today from cells, we believe that growing entire organs on demand is right around the corner. There are a plethora of research avenues being explored. Stem cell treatments range from cosmetic uses (growing or rejuvenating new skin) to growing new, young complete tissues and organs. Cell therapy is a rapidly emerging area of medicine. As time goes on and research advances, the list will become longer and longer with the potential to cure diseases we never could have imagined. Follow us on social media and visit our website where we share the world’s most innovative advances in treating real diseases and ailments using cells. Acorn’s deep-rooted biological science expertise tells us that cells are the therapeutic currency of tomorrow. In our lifetime our own cells will be the future of personalized healthcare - and have a real potential to change the way we all think about healthspan.
What is cryopreservation?
Cryopreservation is the most widely accepted, medically-proven, method of safe long-term preservation of human samples, specifically cells, at very low temperatures to maintain their viability when thawed. The medical community has been using cryopreservation for generations already for fertility solutions involving the freezing of eggs; or with the preservation of sperm samples - all successfully generating 40 years of live births already.
How can I prepare for my cell collection appointment?
Please allow for about 15 min per person for your session which includes time to process your collection and to set up your client account at Acorn. Starting in the month following your cell collection, and ongoing, you will be billed your monthly cell storage fee of $16 CAD.
Collecting a few plucked hairs from your head is very easy - most people say it feels like plucking an eyebrow. However, we always like to remind people that you need to have some hair on your head - even if only a small amount - for the cell collection session. So if you happen to be someone who shaves their head, you will need to grow just enough hair on a few areas of your head to allow for a set of tweezers to retrieve a few strands of hair. This can be as short as 0.5 cm in length or less and depending on how fast your hair grows this can be grown out fairly quickly. Please keep this in mind when you choose your cell collection date. Its also a good idea to come to your session with recently washed hair, to minimize the amount of hair product that you use, and to limit the hair accessories that you wear that day (elastics, clips, extensions etc...)
Will my hair grow back after it is plucked?
Yes, pulling out the hair follicle doesn't stop hair growth. On average, most people have anywhere from 100,000 to 150,000 hairs on their heads and naturally lose around 100 to 200 hairs per day that naturally grow back. Scalp hair grows in cycles - each hair follicle undergoes a growth stage that lasts anywhere from two to eight years, followed by a two-month resting stage where no growth occurs. At that point, the hair strand falls out and a new one begins to grow in its place. For a healthy person, this means between 80 and 90 percent of hair follicles are growing hair at one time, while the rest of the follicles are resting or shedding.