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A New Era in Cell Biology: German Company Develops Groundbreaking Alternative to Stem Cell Therapy
Date:3/5/2008

. Blasticon's therapeutic agents are for the most part in advanced stages of preclinical or clinical phases of development. In most cases, the medical fields of application described necessitate costly lifelong treatment. Blasticon's reprogrammed cells make it possible to attack illnesses at their origin and to prevent long duration of treatment. A further possible positive effect of the technologies is significant cost-reduction in the health system.

Products which are ready for application and soon to be introduced onto the market

The diagnostic application of the in vitro acute toxicity test "NeoHeps" can be introduced onto the market as soon as NeoHelps has been successfully validated by the European Union (EU). The REACH programme, a new EU chemical regulation that came into force on 1 June 2007 is of particular importance here; it will in future oblige all manufacturers, importers and users of chemicals to evaluate their substances as being safe. This presents a great challenge to many industries, whether they produce shampoos, kitchen utensils, computers, televisions, furniture or clothing - owing to the implementation of REACH, over 30,000 known chemicals are to be retested for their toxic safety. New chemical entities must also be tested with the REACH test regime. According to estimates, around 3,500 tests a year will be necessary.

Up to now, Blasticon's "NeoHeps" test system has passed all necessary tests within the EU test framework and has therefore been able to secure itself a clear market lead. In addition, "NeoHeps" could be of considerable benefit to the pharmaceutical industry, for example in examining the effectiveness and undesirable side effects of medicines. The advantages are less animal testing, unlimited availability of the required cells and cost-reduction in the area of drug development.

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