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Cellular Dynamics Announces Commercial Launch of iCell(TM) Cardiomyocytes for Drug Candidate Toxicity Screening
Date:12/15/2009

MADISON, Wis., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellular Dynamics International (CDI) today announced the commercial launch of iCell(TM) Cardiomyocytes for use in testing of new drug candidates by the pharmaceutical industry. These human heart cells are designed to aid drug discovery and improve the predictability of drug compound efficacy and toxicity screens, weeding out ineffective and potentially toxic compounds early in the pharmaceutical pipeline process before significant time and resources have been invested.

iCell Cardiomyocytes are derived from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, spontaneously beat in vitro and exhibit the electrophysiological and biochemical properties of normal human heart cells. Thus, iCell Cardiomyocytes provide significant advances over non-human cell models, which may exhibit a different response than human tissue; tumor-derived cell models, which are genetically different than normal cells; and cadaveric cells, which exhibit batch-to-batch variability, de-differentiate under in vitro conditions, and exhibit non-cardiomyocyte behaviour.

iCell Cardiomyocytes are the first product ever developed from iPS cells, discovered by CDI senior research fellow Junying Yu, Ph.D., then a postdoctoral research associate in the University of Wisconsin-Madison laboratory of

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