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Life Technologies Expands Range of Stem Cell Reprogramming Solutions
Date:6/17/2013

CARLSBAD, Calif., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) today announced the launch of Epi5™ Episomal iPSC Reprogramming Vectors, the world's first product to be fully commercialized based on technology that won its developers a Nobel Prize in 2012 for the ability to easily reprogram adult human cells into an early embryonic state.

Scientists use induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology to create iPSCs from patient-derived adult somatic cells. The iPSCs can then be differentiated into many cell types, such as neurons and hepatocytes, to be studied in the lab. The ease-of-use and reprogramming efficiency of Epi5™ Episomal iPSC Reprogramming Vectors helps accelerate the process for applications in basic research and pre-clinical studies.

"You can give rise to iPSCs at a high efficiency rate by using the Epi5™ Episomal iPSC Reprogramming Kit," said Dr. Keisuke Okita, Lecturer, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University, who helped developed the Nobel Prize-winning technology with Dr. Shinya Yamanaka. "We are delighted to see that Life Technologies is taking the lead to make it available and we hope that many researchers will use it to advance research in areas such as pathology, drug discovery and stem cell biology."

While other reprogramming vectors have been developed in Dr. Yamanaka's lab, none has ever been commercially available. Epi5™ Episomal iPSC Reprogramming Vectors is the result of a global, non-exclusive license agreement Life Technologies signed last year with iPS Academia Japan for its iPSC patent portfolio. The license expands Life's
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