Discovery is a Step Closer to a Universal Stem Cell Line for Human Therapeutics and Creation of a Global Stem Cell Bank
Oceanside, California, December 19, 2007— Scientists at International Stem Cell Corporation (OTCBB: ISCO) have created unique human stem cell lines that make them easily "immune matched" to human beings and could enable the creation of a bank of stem cells that could be used, without rejection, by a majority of the different people and races of the world.
The findings are outlined in a scientific peer review paper entitled "HLA Homozygous Stem Cell Lines Derived from Human Parthenogenetic Blastocysts" which was announced in the December 19, 2007 online edition of Cloning and Stem Cells Journal: http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/clo.2007.0063
International Stem Cell Corporation
Kenneth C. Aldrich, Chairman
Jeff Krstich, CEO
The Orbach Company, Inc.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL STEM CELL CORPORATION:
International Stem Cell is a biotechnology company currently focused on developing therapeutic and research products through the use of human stem cells. In the area of therapeutic product development, ISCO's objective is to create an unlimited source of human cells for use in the treatment of several diseases, including diabetes, liver disease and retinal disease through cell transplant therapy. In furtherance of this objective, ISCO has developed pluripotent human stem cells from unfertilized human eggs, and techniques to cause those stem cells to be "differentiated" into the specific cell types required for transplant. It has developed manufacturing protocols to produce the cells minimizing contamination with animal by-products, a characteristic likely to be important in meeting U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirements. ISCO also provides the specialized cells and growth media needed for therapeutic cell transplantation research to academic and commercial researchers in related fields. For more information, visit the ISCO website at: http://www.internationalstemcell.com/.
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