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Cellular Dynamics International In-Licenses Key Patent Portfolio for Using Stem Cell-Derived Cells in Drug Testing
Date:7/15/2009

MADISON, Wis., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellular Dynamics International (CDI) today announced that it has exclusively in-licensed a US-issued patent portfolio on optimizing the stem cell differentiation selection process and on using heart cells (cardiomyocytes) in drug testing.

The license, obtained from Dr. Loren Field and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), covers two important concepts for using stem cell-derived cells for drug screening. First, the Field patents cover a cell purification strategy that enables greater than 90 percent purity of any type of cells. Secondly, the Field patents cover the use of stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes for drug testing. Financial terms of the license were not disclosed.

"CDI is building an industrial pipeline and automated process enabling us to plug in different cell types and generate large quantities of purified cells," said Chris Kendrick-Parker, chief commercial officer of CDI. "That is the primary requirement for commercial application of these cells as tools in the pharmacology and toxicity testing market. Similar to our recently announced in-licensed patent portfolio from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the IUPUI agreement ensures that we have a commercial advantage in this area, providing our customers with the comfort that they are unencumbered when they do business with us."

Brad Fravel, business development manager at

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