Stem cell transplant startup with Harvard tech, Magenta Therapeutics, gets $48.5M
Adult stem cell transplants can be very effective against certain leukemias and lymphomas. You get whacked with high-dose chemo or radiation to hopefully kill the cancer cells. Then you get blood-forming adult stem cells, usually donated from a family member. Assuming there’s a decent enough genetic match, you don’t reject them. They reboot the immune system. But these treatments can also be quite toxic, and tough to take.
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