IRB-approved
Mesenchymal Stem Cell Protocol

OUR CLINICAL STUDY

Our clinical study, The Effects of Cord Tissue Derived MSCs on the Treatment of Chronic Low Grade Inflammation, is registered with the government of the Cayman Islands (Trial HPC/CTr/003).

OUR STEM CELLS

Our cells are ethically sourced from AATB certified, US-donated, full term human umbilical cords and processed in our award-winning partner medical laboratory located in the USA, which is fully FDA registered, cGMP compliant, ISO 9001, and ISO 13485 certified. The cells are tested to ISCT standards for viability to ensure they meet minimum QA requirements multiple times before treatment.

OUR Treatment PROTOCOL

Our IRB-approved protocol consists of a two-day period including the intravenous (IV) transplant of 300 million culturally expanded human umbilical cord tissue-derived adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).

We include a variety of therapies designed to aid stem cell activation and potency (physiotherapy, acupuncture, lymphatic massage). The procedure is minimally invasive (single IV transfusion) and has very little downtime. 

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Revolutionizing
Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy

2009

2022

We follow the highest standard, respecting safety & innovation in the delivery of culturally expanded MSCs. Our clinic in the Cayman Islands is currently conducting patient-funded phase II/III clinical trials utilizing culture-expanded umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs).

200+ patients enrolled worldwide

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Jonas L.
Multiple Sclerosis
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DVC Stem
Grand Cayman, BWI
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Walter A.
Intelligent Aging
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Amira H.
Fibromyalgia
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Chandra M.
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Dr. Cona was very charismatic, charming and so very thoughtful throughout the entire process.
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Carlos C.
Lyme Disease
Therapy improved my symptoms by 85%
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Lisa P.
Multiple Sclerosis
Very prompt replies to all communication
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Bentley C.
ALS
"DVC Stem is exactly the kind of company I want for stem cell services: licensed, knowledgeable, friendly, and effective."
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Franco A.
Chronic Inflammation
"I highly recommend Dr. Cona and his team at DVC Stem for their dedication and competence."
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Darren R.
Parkinson's Disease
The entire staff truly care about what they do. Great facility
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Andy C.
Chronic Inflammation
Outstanding facility and the staff were so professional.
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Lila K.
COPD
"Very comfortable and calming atmosphere, staff answered all my questions, the response time was very rapid and clearly conveyed."
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Olivia S
Crohn's Disease
"The entire staff was amazing and ensured I was safe and comfortable during my treatment"
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Steph S.
Autoimmune
"Dr. Cona was patient, kind and took great care of me!"
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Pinky K.
Multiple Sclerosis
"We had a very pleasant stay in the Cayman Islands"
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Linda R.
Multiple Sclerosis
What a professional group of personnel:from the lovely ladies at the front desk, to Dr. Cona who administered the 300 million stem cells introduced this morning! Everyone kept up with how I was feeling and my vital signs. I look forward to every day to see what improvement each day reveals due to the stem cells' activity!
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Matthew M.
Multiple Sclerosis
""Thanks so much for everything! Your facility is truly top not notch!""
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Tyler H.
Multiple Sclerosis
"The cool thing about the Cayman Islands besides being beautiful, it was an opportunity to get some rest and relaxation allowing my body to heal and restore. I'm back in the US now and feel like I am ready to conquer the world."
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Alex B.
Crohn's Disease
"Dr. Cona and his staff were the answer to all of my prayers!"
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Michael H.
Heart Failure
"Stem cells have made remarkable improvements on my health."
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Janice G.
COPD
"From the moment I went into the clinic to receive stem cells I felt like I was with family. I have never met such sincere devoted medical people in my life."
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Michael M.
Multiple Sclerosis
"Before stems he was using a walking stick and had a hard time just standing still without holding onto something to balance. Since stems, not only has he been walking without assistance, he is skimming the pool, shooting hoops, bending down and getting himself back up, and a lot of other small things he has not been able to do in a long time."
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Paul
Intelligent Aging
"Please, give them the opportunity to change lives just like they changed my moms life."
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Chris C.
Multiple Sclerosis
"You are just not another patient to Dr. Cona or his team, trust me, they care about your well being. Dr. Cona in my mind is a special individual and thats what the MS community needs....."
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Robert P.
Intelligent Aging
"After the stem cells I now have 60% more movement than I had 30 years ago. My sense of wellbeing has greatly improved. I highly recommend my whole experience at DVC Stem."
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Margie P.
POEMS Syndrome
"My breathing has improved at least 50%. I have not been admitted to the hospital once since stem cells. I have come off all of my conventional medication."
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Aaron C.
Multiple Sclerosis
"For professional and caring staff. Couldn't have asked for a better experience."
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Doug A.
Stroke
"We are so thankful for Dr. Cona and this stem cell treatment!"
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Priscilla M.
Multiple Sclerosis
"The clinic is wonderful and everyone so kind."
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Andreas G.
Multiple Sclerosis
"Today, a week after treatment, I can say it was the right decision!"
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Charlie W.
ALS
"The whole experience could not have more professional."
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Jen S.
Multiple Sclerosis
"If you are considering this treatment, then strongly consider DVC Stem."
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Eddie Hall
Chronic Inflammation
"The treatment was absolutely amazing. Dr. Cona talked me through the whole procedure and kept me relaxed the entire time."
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Dave L
Multiple Sclerosis
"Best clinic for stem cell treatment in the world. The staff is highly skilled and Dr. Lou Cona is a pioneer in his field."
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Maria A.
Multiple Sclerosis
Improved movement, feeling & sensation in fingers. Best of all, the nerve pain in my arm is completely gone.
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World Renowned Stem Cell Facility

Quantifiable Results

Our treatment protocol currently has an 85% success rate. Preliminary data collected from our study shows symptom improvements occurring within the first 3 months post-treatment.

Established Since 2009

Our Medical Director, Louis A. Cona, MD, has provided mesenchymal stem cell treatments for over a decade. Our IRB-approved clinical study utilizing human umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells is registered with the government of the Cayman Islands (Trial HPC/CTR/003).

High Quality Stem Cells

We administer industry-leading mesenchymal stem cells MSCs with exquisite immunomodulatory potential and cytokine secretion for confidence in quality, safety, and treatment efficacy.

300M MSCs Administered

We conduct extensive viability testing to ensure each patient received a minimum of 300 million live umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells.

View our IRB-approved treatment protocol

Our Partners

Beautiful, Safe, Highly Regulated Location

DVC Stem is located in Grand Cayman, a small island paradise in the Caribbean. Healthcare regulations are extremely strict, on par with the US, UK, and EU. Additionally, our entire medical staff is fully registered and licensed, and our stem cell protocols are IRB reviewed and approved by a board in the United States. The Cayman Islands is a safe, English-speaking British Overseas Territory and hosts over 2 million tourists a year.

Watch a short video showcasing Grand Cayman

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

Learn more about the science behind stem cell therapy

Find peer-reviewed studies categorized by condition to learn more about the real world outcomes of stem cell therapy. This database will be periodically updated with new studies as they are published.

Mesenchymal Stem Cells

A Pathway Towards Improved Health & Longevity

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are one of the most researched types of cells for regenerative therapies. MSCs are adult stem cells that have self-renewal, immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, signaling, and differentiation properties.

These regenerative effects of mesenchymal stem cells make them a potent treatment for a variety of autoimmune and inflammatory medical conditions making our standardized protocol ideal for a wide range of patients.

Learn more about the regenerative properties of MSCs

Natural Healing
IMPROVE BODIES NATURAL HEALING ABILITY

Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) provide regenerative results by seeking out areas of damage, paracrine signaling, regulating immune responses, and positively affecting human microbiology.

Regulate Immune System
MODULATE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Viable (live) MSCs can provoke complex immunomodulatory mechanisms that can regulate and "calm" an overactivated immune system seen in many autoimmune conditions.

Reduce Inflammation
LOCATE & REDUCE AREAS OF INFLAMMATION

Studies have shown that, besides their ability to differentiate into distinct cell types, MSCs also exert therapeutic effects by cell “enhancement”, through the release of trophic and anti-inflammatory factors, which may re-establish the physiological environment.

Damaged Cell
REPLACE DAMAGED & DISEASED CELLS 

MSCs find areas of damage through paracrine signaling and can differentiate into a variety of different cell types. This function can improve scarring and potentially increase organ function throughout the body.

Trusted by hundreds of patients worldwide

We only offer treatments for conditions that have medical research backing positive results and no harmful side effects. Hundreds of studies have shown the safety and efficacy of stem cell therapies for various degenerative diseases. View some of our most notable patient testimonials below or you can view all patient testimonials here.

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"The treatment was absolutely amazing. Dr. Cona talked me through the whole procedure and kept me relaxed the entire time."

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Eddie Hall

Chronic Inflammation / Intelligent Aging
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"From the moment I went into the clinic to receive stem cells I felt like I was with family. I have never met such sincere devoted medical people in my life."

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Janice G.

COPD
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They treated me like family and tended to anything we needed throughout the whole process. I am beyond grateful for everything and I can not recommend them all enough.

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Maria A.

Multiple Sclerosis / Neuropathy
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"I have been able to cut my spasticity meds in half as I have less spasms, tremors, and stiffness in many areas of my body."

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Debbie P.

Multiple Sclerosis

Simple Treatment
Onboarding Process

Screening Application

The initial screening form will allow us to determine if you are a good candidate to begin the pre-treatment process.

Prerequisites

You will receive a list of labs/intake forms that must be completed prior to final treatment clearance.

Final Review

Our medical team will review the submitted information & either provide clearance to proceed or request additional information.

Schedule Treatment

Once approved, you may book your treatment on your desired date, subject to availability.

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Louis A. Cona
Louis A. Cona, MD

Medical Director of DVC Stem

Dr. Cona has been a pioneer in regenerative cell therapy, providing the first stem cell treatments in the Cayman Islands over a decade ago. He continues to research alternative therapies for various medical conditions, and with IRB-certified clinical trials, he has treated local and international patients successfully for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Chronic Low-Grade Inflammation which is part of the overall aging process, as well as many other degenerative conditions.​

Dr. Cona is certified by the American Academy of Aesthetic Practitioners and is also a member of the World Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (WAAAM). He is also a recognized member of the British Medical Association, the General Medical Council (UK), the Caribbean College of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Cona is the treatment performing physician for all stem cell therapy patients at DVC Stem.

Meet our

Patient Management Team

Barbara Krutchkoff
Barbara Krutchkoff, PhD
Science and Medical Consultant

Barbara is the executive director of the 501c3 Institute of Regenerative and Cellular Medicine, and Co-Chair of the IRB, which provides support for translational research and validation of regenerative therapies.

Daniela
Daniela Bouck, RN
Head Nurse

Daniela Bouck graduated as a nurse in Munich, and brings 18 years of experience. Registered & licensed with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK and the Nursing Council of the Cayman Islands.

Rob
Robert Hancock
Director of Patient Management

Rob will be your main point of contact at DVC Stem. As an expert in Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy, he is happy to assist with any questions related to treatment, logistics or general questions about MSCs.

Patient Management
Prashant Lakkannavar
Patient Management

Prashant has over 14 years experience in the customer service industry. He follows a personalized approach when dealing with patients.  He has a friendly and approachable attitude and is accomplished at accommodating a variety of patient requests.

Patient Management
Maja Pesic
Massage Therapist

Maja is a trained Massage Therapist and has practiced for over 10 years throughout the world before joining us here in the Cayman Islands.

Physiotherapist
Michael Connolly
Physiotherapist

Michael graduated from the University of Brighton in 2016 with a BSc (hons) in Physiotherapy and is currently studying for a masters with the Society of Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Medicine.

Acupuncturist
Lisa Li
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture

Shuangyu “Lisa” Li has over 14 years of experience in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She holds degrees in TCM and Clinical Medicine from Toronto, Canada, and Beijing, China, Lisa has been working as a Licensed Acupuncturist in Canada since 2006.

Frequently Asked Questions

View some of the most common questions about our clinic, protocols, and stem cells.

Where is DVC Stem located?

DVC Stem is located in the beautiful island paradise of Grand Cayman. We are only a short 45-minute flight from Miami & our clinic is situated directly across from the world-famous Seven Mile Beach.  We have partnerships with multiple resorts within walking distance of the clinic and can offer patients preferred rates during their stay in the Cayman Islands.

Is your treatment protocol safe?

Yes, we have not had any patients report harmful side effects from treatment or a worsening of their condition. Common short-term side effects immediately following the cell transplant have been fatigue, headache, and nausea. These effects normally subside between 1-2 hours.  Additionally, Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells have been found safe in hundreds of peer-reviewed studies (which can be found here: www.dvcstem.com/study-database)

What makes DVC Stem different from clinics in the United States?

Despite the overwhelmingly positive clinical evidence, the United States still has very strict regulations and laws against stem cell treatments. While you may find many clinics in the US offer “stem cell therapies”, these therapies are highly restricted in scope and number of cells used.

It is currently not legal to administer expanded allogeneic treatment inside the US. The expansion is what allows the high cell numbers needed for effective treatment.

Although our partner lab, which is a fully FDA-registered facility, is located in the US our IRB-approved clinical trials must be conducted abroad. Patients must be able to travel to our clinic located in Grand Cayman (GCM), a safe British overseas territory located about 45 minutes south of Miami via air.

How do I know if I am a candidate for treatment?

We require all prospective patients to fill out our patient screening/application form. This will allow our medical director to better understand your candidacy for treatment as well as what you hope to achieve with stem cell therapy.

If you are ready to begin the process you can apply for treatment here.

How much does treatment cost?

The cost of treatment is $25,000 USD.  We do offer interest-free financing (up to 14 months) for US residents via our partner Advance Care Card.  You can learn more about our pricing here.

What are the current COVID-19 travel restrictions?

There are no quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travelers. For more information about vaccine, testing, and travel requirements, please visit the official Cayman Islands Government website.

Ready to get started?
Begin the patient on-boarding process and find out if you are a candidate for treatment.