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

w.cellulardynamics.com/about/founders.html">James Thomson, V.M.D., Ph.D., in 2007. iCell Cardiomyocytes are produced in-house by CDI from a master cell bank of iPS cells expanded from a single clonal population reprogrammed from fully mature human cells using Dr. Thomson's patented technology. Based on strong intellectual property and exclusively licensed patents from several universities, CDI has developed a proprietary process to industrialize iCell Cardiomyocytes production so that the cardiomyocytes are manufactured at the high quantity, quality and purity required by pharmaceutical companies. CDI has successfully engaged in pre-launch validation testing with several pharmaceutical customers.

"Drug toxicity testing is an important part of early-stage drug development, said Chris Parker, chief commercial officer of CDI. "The problem our pharmaceutical customers face today is that current cell models to test drugs are inadequate, because they are either non-human, cadaveric, or tumor-derived cells. They miss toxicities that might have manifested themselves in a human cell model. With the launch of iCell Cardiomyocytes, we hope to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of preclinical research studies, so that our pharmaceutical customers are more assured of the safety and efficacy of their drug candidates and a better return on their research investment."

Robert Palay, chief executive officer of CDI, continued, "Launching iCell Cardiomyocytes to the pha
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