Provia Labs’ Store-A-Tooth™, a stem cell bank specializing in dental stem cell preservation, announces the appointment of Boyd Melson, world-class athlete and strong advocate for stem cell research, to their Advisory Board. Melson brings his big heart and passion for improving the lives of those dealing with spinal cord injury to the team of dedicated advisors who help shape Provia’s mission and services.

Melson is a gifted professional boxer who donates all of the money that he earns in the ring to stem cell research for the treatment of spinal cord injury. His advocacy efforts have been profiled on Emmy Award winning HBO series Real Sports, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated and Yahoo. He is a founder of the organization Team Fight to Walk (www.teamfighttowalk.com), which through professional boxers and other athletes raises money for JustADollarPlease (www.justadollarplease.org), which supports efforts to bring clinical trials of stem cell treatments for spinal cord injury to the USA.

“In the USA-alone, where a spinal cord injury occurs every 41 minutes, there are 1.3 million people living with the tragic after-effects”, said Melson. “The exploding field of regenerative medicine holds great promise for the treatment of these injuries. My dearest friend in this world, Christan, who is the inspiration behind my passion for all things relating to stem cell therapy, lives every day with the challenges resulting from a spinal cord injury. I have experienced firsthand, in her case, how stem cells can improve the quality of life. I live to help Christan and others like her.”

Boyd continues, “I am really pumped about being an Advisor to Store-A-Tooth, whose mission is to help the world prepare for a future where stem cells have changed medicine as we know it. Everyone should be banking their cells.”
“We are thrilled to have Boyd on our Advisory Board,” said Provia Labs CEO Howard Greenman. He brings a boundless passion and devotion to advancing the public’s awareness of the potential of stem cells and regenerative medical treatment. “His heartfelt insights about the effects of accidents like spinal cord injury, and his advocacy for the needs of people living with the chronic condition, are a constant inspiration to us all here at Provia Labs.”

As an amateur boxer, Melson won the 48th World Military Boxing Championship gold medal in the 69 kg. weight class, and was a four-time United States Army champion and three-time NCBA All-American boxer. He won gold medals at the All Army Boxing Championships twice and at the Armed Forces Boxing Championships twice. He won a bronze medal at the 2005 US Amateur Boxing Championships. Melson turned professional in 2010, in order to raise money for stem cell research. He serves as an Army Reserves Captain of the 1179th Transportation Brigade at Fort Hamilton, in Brooklyn, NY. He is a Manhattan, NY resident.

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About Provia Laboratories, LLC
Provia Laboratories, LLC (www.provialabs.com) is a health services company specializing in high quality stem cell biobanking (the collection, transport, processing, and cryogenic storage of biological specimens). Its dental stem cell banking service, Store-A-ToothTM, gives parents the option to store stem cells today to protect their children’s health tomorrow. Store-A-Tooth preserves stem cells from baby and wisdom teeth that would otherwise be discarded, so parents can be prepared for advances in stem cell therapies that someday may help treat conditions such as type 1 diabetes, spinal cord injury, heart attack, stroke, and neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
For more information about Store-A-Tooth™ dental stem cell banking, please call 1-877-867-5753 or visit us at www.store-a-tooth.com or ‘Like’ Store-A-Tooth at www.facebook.com/storeatooth.