Harvesting adipose derived adult stem cells is a simple and straightforward process. First we select an area to take the fat, commonly on the abdomen or thigh. Then a local anesthetic solution is injected in the area. Next we take a syringe with a tool called a cannula attached and suction out a small amount of fat.
This fat is then processed over about 2 hours. The process is really quite simple. At the end, we have a product referred to as Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF). SVF is really wonderful stuff. It contains a mixture of large numbers of adult stem cells, up to about 25 million of them. SVF also contains a large number of growth factors. The growth factors in SVF tend to be highly anti-inflammatory. We can now use these adult stem cells and growth factors for a number of disorders. We refer to the use of SVF as deployment. There are many deployment protocols under investigation.