According to Dr. West, "While many have focused on the therapeutic opportunities of hES cells, and the generous $3 billion of funding provided by the State of California to fund this research, we believe that the greatest rate of return on investment may be in commercializing research products. We intend to win the race to profitability in this important field of medicine."
Under the collaborative production and manufacturing agreement, the parties intend to manufacture ESpyTM cell lines (derivatives of hES cells that send beacons of light in response to the activation of particular genes), as well as a host of supplies scientists will utilize in the field of stem cell research. The progenitor cell lines will be produced and distributed in joint efforts utilizing Embryome Sciences' proprietary "Embryomics™" technology, International Stem Cell's proprietary parthenogenetic stem cell lines derived from unfertilized human eggs and technology and approved hES cell lines licensed from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). Data on these lines will be presented on Embryome Sciences' future Embryome.com online database. International Stem Cell will contribute its manufacturing and quality control expertise backed by a staff with over 150 years of experience in the field.
Embryome Sciences also plans to develop and market other products for use by stem cell researchers, including growth and differentiation factors that can permit researches to manufacture specific cell types from embryonic stem cells, and purification tools useful to researchers in quality control of products for regenerative medicine. In addition to its own products, Embryome Sciences plans to market with Lifeline proprietary cell growth media optimized for the growth of human embryonic progenitor cells, as a