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There are plenty of reasons why Stem Cell Institute in Panama is considered by many to be the best private stem cell clinic in the world. One of those reasons is our ability to control the entire process to provide the best outcomes possible. From start to finish, every moment of your treatment has been planned to the finest detail with the intention of providing the safest, highest quality cells possible.

Medistem Panama is a state-of-the-art stem cell lab licensed to collect, isolate, process, grow, and store a variety of stem cells including cells from cord blood, cord tissue, fat, and bone marrow. The lab’s Golden Cells™ drive the therapeutic results you may experience at Stem Cell Institute in Panama. Our process is overseen by a team of 100+ professionals with over 15 years of experience treating patients with 50,000+ procedures safely (no serious adverse events).

Inside The Lab: Medistem Panama

Medistem Panama is our key to including the most recent developments in patient care. Also founded by Dr. Neil Riordan, PA, PhD, it allows us to stay at the leading edge of stem cell research. Medistem Panama is an adult stem cell laboratory licensed for: 

  • Isolation 
  • Processing 
  • Growth 
  • Storage 

These cells and their stem cell-based products are used for further research and therapeutic applications in Panama.

We have been honored to collaborate with scientists and researchers from institutions in the U.S. and across the globe, such as The University of Miami School of Medicine, The University of Utah School of Medicine, and The Affiliated Zhongshan Hospital of Dalian University, Dalian, China.

The Facility

Located in the City of Knowledge in Panama, Medistem Panama boasts expansive research and production facilities totaling 11,000 sq. ft. It proudly holds an ISO 9001 certification from the International Organization for Standardization. This accreditation underscores our unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality products and services to our valued patients.

Producing safe, high-quality stem cells requires a cutting-edge production lab. That is why it is equipped with: 

  • Three ISO 7 class 10000 cleanrooms 
  • Nine ISO 5 class 100 laminar flow hoods 
  • Seventeen ISO 5 class 100 incubators 

Complementing this, the research and development lab features: 

  • One ISO 7 class 10000 cleanroom 
  • Two ISO 5 class 100 laminar flow hoods 
  • Four ISO 5 class 100 incubators 

Additionally, our clinic houses an ISO 7 class 10000 cleanroom with three ISO 5 class 100 laminar flow hoods for our patients’ syringe preparation.

Lab Technician prepares syringes for patients in our clinic's GMP cleanroom after cell vials arrived from Medistem’s production lab

Lab Technician prepares syringes for patients in our clinic’s GMP cleanroom after cell vials arrived from Medistem’s production lab

In an interview with Joe Rogan discussing stem cells, actor Mel Gibson recounted his own visit to our labs. Gibson had brought his father in for treatment and eventually underwent treatment himself. 

Describing our facilities, he said:

“I went into one of the clean rooms…where they’re dividing cells and it’s kind of miraculous.”

Arnold Caplan, PhD with Neil Riordan, PA, PhD at Medistem Panama

Arnold Caplan, PhD, “Father of Mesenchymal Stem Cells” and former Stem Cell Institute patient, tours Medistem Panama

In essence, Medistem Panama is one of the most pristine environments globally. Its world-class laboratory is staffed with a seasoned team of:

  • Doctors
  • Technicians 
  • Researchers 

This collective expertise positions Stem Cell Institute among the premier stem cell clinics worldwide. It also ensures that you receive the pure, high-quality stem cells, to give you a headstart and equip you with the best possible tools to overcome your ailments.

Producing Results from Applied Stem Cell Research

Over the course of many years treating thousands of patients, our team observed unexpectedly remarkable outcomes in certain patients following successful treatments. They noticed that, although many of our patients were healing, some patients exhibited a level of improvement beyond the norm. 

This intrigued our scientific and medical staff. Recognizing the potential uniqueness of the stem cells being used, they embarked on a years-long retrospective analysis of our extensive patient data. With years of patient records at their disposal, they meticulously examined their most successful cases, searching for patterns and connections. 

The investigation unveiled a striking correlation—almost all of these exceptional cases were closely associated with six specific cell lines. To validate the findings, they compared the results against moderately successful cases and inactive fibroblast cell lines. Employing high-throughput screening, they analyzed the secretome of the cells, measuring over 1,100 molecules secreted by these MSCs.

The screening process brought to light a distinctive molecular signature in these six cell lines, significantly enhanced by the unique process they underwent. Termed “Golden Cells™” by Dr. Riordan, these cells have emerged as a pivotal element in our treatments at Stem Cell Institute. They represent a cornerstone in our commitment to provide exceptional therapeutic outcomes.

Explaining the difference between Golden Cells™ and other types of stem cells, Dr. Riordan says:

“I like to say that an MSC is not an MSC. They are not all created equal. If you are picking a basketball team, would you want me on your team or LeBron James, possibly the best basketball player of all time? We are both humans, but our abilities on the court are not equal. It’s the same with MSCs. Some perform better than others. That’s why we’ve been working to select the best cells for use in patients with chronic disease. Now we can retrospectively analyze existing data of outcomes. We are the only stem cell company with the data to do that.”

Our Process


At Stem Cell Institute in Panama, the foundation of our stem cell procedures lies in the meticulous collection and processing of umbilical cord tissue. Cord donations are sourced exclusively from healthy women after normal births in Panama who willingly participate in our donation program. 

Prior to donation, rigorous measures are undertaken with donors: 

  • Signing a consent form 
  • Completing a detailed questionnaire 
  • Providing a blood sample 

Our commitment to safety extends to the careful screening of each donated cord. We also verify their sterility and compliance with international blood bank standards. The donated cords are exclusively derived from normal, healthy births. This serves to emphasize our dedication to quality and safety in the stem cell collection process. Our supply of Golden Cells™ includes cells that were collected, processed, and stored before COVID and therefore are free from any previous COVID infections or mRNA vaccine inoculations.


The implantation of stem cells at Stem Cell Institute is tailored to your specific ailment and physical condition. This includes a minimum of three applications during your treatment protocol. 

Possible administration methods include, but are not limited to:

  1. Intravenous (IV): Safely delivering stem cells throughout the body, this method requires no anesthesia and typically lasts 20-30 minutes. Lidocaine topical spray may be used for needle prick comfort.
  2. Intramuscular (IM): Direct injection into the muscle, ensuring safety without the need for anesthesia.
  3. Intra-articular (IA): Injection directly into affected joints by licensed physicians, commonly employed for arthritis treatment. This method is generally safe and anesthesia is typically unnecessary.
  4. Intrathecal: Ideal for certain neurological conditions, stem cells are injected into the spinal fluid beyond the blood-brain barrier. An anesthesiologist conducts the injection under local anesthesia in sterile conditions. Lumbar puncture typically takes around 30 minutes, ensuring a comprehensive and secure approach to stem cell implantation.

Ensuring Safety

Safety is our top priority at Stem Cell Institute. We implement multiple protocols to meet the highest standards of:

  • Safety
  • Quality
  • Effectiveness

Dr. Riordan’s laboratory, Medistem Panama produces our specially-selected Golden Cells, which enables us to oversee quality and safety from umbilical cord donation to delivery to each of our patients. Medistem has a dedicated team of over 100 lab professionals that strive to deliver the safest stem cell products possible. Our doctors are backed by 15 years of experience (hundreds of years of collective experience) and over 50,000 procedures on 13,000+ patients. They prioritize the health and safety of every patient, showcasing their unwavering professionalism. All of these factors differentiate the treatment experience and outcomes our patients enjoy from other stem cell clinics across the globe.

Are you ready to see what our stem cell process can do for you? Apply today!

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Medistem Panama is equipped with advanced technology specializing in adult stem cell research and development. Golden Cells™ are at the heart of therapeutic outcomes at Stem Cell Institute. Its processes are managed by a team of over 100 professionals with years of experience and 50,000 procedures, ensuring your well-being.

Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama is at the forefront of applied stem cell research. Since our inception in 2008, we have performed over 50,000 procedures, helping thousands of families across the United States and around the world embrace the opportunity for a better life. Our medical team prioritizes the health and well-being of all our patients through top-notch stem cell treatment and care.

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