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Cellular Dynamics and Roche Conduct 'Stem Cells in Drug Discovery and Development' Workshop at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting
Date:3/2/2010

a> (CDI) and Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. (Roche) today announced a workshop to be held during the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, on March 7 - 11.

The workshop, entitled "Toxicology in the 21st Century: Stem Cells in Drug Discovery and Development," will present the current understanding of pluripotent stem cells and their utility in providing cellular models, how they are being employed to understand pharmaceutical mechanisms of efficacy and toxicity, and the practical issues and obstacles that will need to be addressed to enable regenerative cellular therapy to become a reality. Widely regarded as the father of stem cell research, Dr. James Thomson, CDI Chief Scientific Officer and Director of Regenerative Biology at the Morgridge Institute for Research, University of WisconsinMadison, will discuss his predictions on the impact of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) on personalized therapeutics during the panel discussion.

"iPSC-derived human cells are a very promising approach to drug discovery and toxicology testing and have many advantages over current cell models," said

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