The Regenerative Medicine revolution is upon us, and if you don’t hop on board this speeding train now, you might just get left behind in the dust. In this article, Top Doctor Magazine shines its spotlight on Joseph Krieger, the conductor of the regenerative revolution train and the President of Boston Biolife, an innovative organization dedicated to educating medical professionals about the novel advances in regenerative medicine.
Joseph Krieger graduated from Boston University Medical School with a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry. He was then hired as a Product Manager by a medical device manufacturer in Massachusetts that sold radiofrequency (RF) ablation devices used in many areas in medicine, including Cardiology, Oncology, Neurosurgery, and Pain Management. To facilitate the adaptation of RF in various medical markets, Krieger created medical training programs for physicians, nurses, and sales reps. “I found that my scientific education assisted in my ability to communicate with doctors on a very high level.” This eventually led to Krieger coordinating hundreds of more hands-on training programs, which paved the way for a massive technological shift in medicine from 1993-2010. The medical imaging, software engineering, and new surgical innovations we see today in minimally invasive procedures are all direct products of Krieger’s medical training courses way back then.
Boston BioLife’s Mission
Just when you thought that Joseph Krieger had hit the peak of his career after changing the game of medical technology, his continual hunger for innovation and exploration propelled him to start a new venture. “Having been born and raised in Massachusetts, my Boston location has always lent itself to the most world-renowned innovation, research, and medical facilities, yet I recognized that there is a huge gap in the awareness of emerging life sciences technologies and their potential impact in clinical medicine and patient care.” After this epiphany, Krieger knew his next order of business and founded Boston BioLife in July 2015.
“By finding and promoting innovations that are undiscovered in the lab or new to the market and providing a forum that allows the introduction of new technology and science to the physician, I realized that I am able to provide an opportunity for the physician to further patient care in the most relevant, current, and sophisticated uses,” Krieger shares and calls this his “Bench to Bedside” technique. Boston BioLife’s central premise is to educate physicians and scientists alike about the life science technologies in clinical medicine and how they can be integrated into their practices, which will benefit their patient’s overall well-being.
Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine
Krieger fully recognizes the importance of stem cells in Regenerative Medicine and believes in their ability to one day provide immeasurable results. Boston BioLife’s involvement in the clinical applications of stem cells is centered around the scientific components and mechanisms of action of various cells, cytokines, and growth factors. “We are focused on stem cell identity, origin, biological activity, and the current roles stem cells are taking part in medical applications as well as their potential for future applications,” Krieger reports.
They also analyze other regenerative medicine components such as platelet-rich plasma, bone marrow aspiration concentrate, adipose, amniotic fluid, placental membrane derivatives, and patient-derived proteins and enzymes. By researching these different sources of important cellular materials, Krieger feels that they can help the physician get a good grasp of the possible outcomes that may be used to help patients and advance their medicine.
Regenerative Medicine Will Cure Your Backaches
The endless possibilities of where stem cells can be applied in clinical medicine are enough to drive anyone with utter excitement, but more so if you are a biochemist named Joseph Krieger. “I see several trends in point-of-care applications for stem cells. The biggest trend that I see is the potential of personalized compounding. Meaning, combining various autologous derived stem cells, growth factors, and proteins and mixing them in a custom way for a patient-specific basis.” He also sees stem cells such as adipose and bone marrow being further developed and used with other fluids and protein to aid in advanced healing.
However, Krieger is primarily invested in educating physicians about pain management and musculoskeletal applications. Why? “I believe that the musculoskeletal component for Regenerative Medicine has the clearest pathway to unencumbered development with a huge potential benefit,” Krieger explains. He continues, “Lower back pain is the #2 reason why people go to the doctor. Literally, billions of dollars are spent on lost productivity, revenue, cost of care, and there is also a rampant addiction and overdose epidemic.” He believes that by teaching physicians Regenerative Medicine applications for pain in Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine, and Orthopedic Medicine, they can significantly reduce various pain issues and improve their patient’s quality of life.
Educate Yourself Accordingly
Of course, with every new unexplored technology, it is only natural to have skeptics questioning it. Due diligence must be done before sharing it with the rest of the world. That is why Krieger understands the FDA’s perspective and believes that their current regulatory positions are fair and necessary. He adds, “The standards of safety and quality need to be maintained to truly see the benefit of these technologies.”
Biological medicine is highly complicated, and if not done right, can lead to disastrous outcomes. Krieger thinks that one of the most dangerous scenarios for Regenerative Medicine is insufficient information and lack of technical awareness. Since many physicians could not have extensive education on RM back in medical school, he believes that it is in everyone’s best interest for physicians to continue and further their RM medication.
Boston BioLife’s interactive two-day educational courses, which are taught by leading physicians and scientists at the forefront of Regenerative and Translational Medicine, are precisely the kind of training medical professionals need to stay on top of their game.
Experience a Boston BioLife Course
Although the idea of pulling cells from our body and combining them with other substances to heal broken parts of us sounds simple, the science behind it is incredibly complicated. It takes serious time and dedication to understand Regenerative Medicine, but Joseph Krieger and his team at Boston BioLife are here to make things a little bit easier. “We believe that we have a medical education training model that works. The combination of scientific professionals in conjunction with clinical practitioners can create greater awareness and insight, increasing the potential for new technologies to reach the clinic and betterment for patient care.”
If you want to get in touch with Joseph Krieger, you may reach him via email at JosephKrieger@bostonbiolife.com or via phone at 855-904-1047. For course information, visit their website: www.bostonbiolife.com.
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