I was wondering the same thing - if it's Prochymal. It sounds like it -- adult bone marrow donors, made into an infusion and the fact that the patients had to have failed every other type of medication. But, why wouldn't they use the name for publicity?
One thing I read in that article that i'm not so sure about (but I'm far from an expert!)... It said that the stem cells "are essentially blank slates capable of morphing into any kind of cell". I thought this was true of fetal stem cells but *not* adult stem cells. I thought adult stem cells could only become 4 types of tissue.
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--methylpred - finally off 6/15/08, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08, started Xifanan 5/24/08
--single mom to 10-yr-old girl