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According to Dr. West, “The opportunity presented by pluripotents stem cells to manufacture for the first time in the history of medicine all of the cellular components of the human body on an industrial scale is at once both opportunity and challenge. The opportunity is to build a new and emerging field we call 'regenerative medicine' in which many currently incurable diseases are treated with cells capable of regenerating tissues afflicted with disease. The challenge relates to the complexity of the cell types in the body and our ability to manufacture products with precisely-defined compositions for human clinical use. BioTime’s PureStem™ technology which facilitates the industrial scale up of defined cell types as well as the growing international initiative to map all of the cellular building blocks of human life together may speed the applications of these discoveries into life-saving therapies.”
“Having access to information at a genetic level of the transient
embryonic progenitor cells that exist in a developing embryo holds great
promise to solving many perplexing problems that exist in stem cell
biology. Many of these progenitor cells are unique and undescribed in
current scientific literature. Our work with PureStem™ embryonic
progenitors has shown them to be potentially superior to pluripotent and
adult stem cells for use in treating chronic degenerative diseases.
Consolidated and annotated data describing the characteristics of these
progenitor cells in the mammalian embryo, such as the mouse, at the
cellular and gene expression level, would be a valuable resource to all
stem cell scientists,” says
LifeMap Sciences’ (www.lifemapsc.com) core technology and business is based on its Integrated Biomedical Knowledgebase and discovery platform for biomedical research, which currently includes GeneCards®: the leading human gene database; LifeMap Discovery™, the database of embryonic development, stem cell research and regenerative medicine; and MalaCards, the human disease database. LifeMap’s products are used in many institutions including academia, research hospitals, patent offices, and leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. LifeMap is also engaged in therapeutics discovery, utilizing LifeMap’s proprietary platform to aid in the development of products for the treatment of degenerative diseases, including utilizing BioTime’s proprietary, PureStem™ human progenitor cell lines. In addition to its currently marketed products, LifeMap is pursuing several new internet and informatics products with substantial rapid revenue growth potential, leveraging its existing products and their large user base.
OncoCyte Corporationis developing products and technologies to diagnose and treat cancer.
ES Cell International Pte Ltd., a Singaporeprivate limited company, develops hES products for research use.
OrthoCyte Corporationis developing therapies to treat orthopedic disorders, diseases and injuries.
ReCyte Therapeutics, Inc.is developing therapies to treat a variety of blood and lymphatic vascular disorders, as well as products for research using iPS and other cell reprogramming technology.
Cell Cure Neurosciences Ltd.is an Israel-based biotechnology company focused on developing stem cell-based therapies for retinal and neurological degenerative diseases. Its lead product is OpRegen® for the treatment of macular degeneration.
LifeMap Sciences, Inc.markets, sells and distributes GeneCards®, the leading human gene database, as part of an integrated database suite that also includes the LifeMap Discovery™ database of embryonic development, stem cell research and regenerative medicine, and MalaCards, the human disease database.
Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc.is a newly formed subsidiary whose first acquisition was the stem cell assets of Geron Corporation, including patents and other intellectual property, biological materials, reagents and equipment for the development of new therapeutic products for regenerative medicine.
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