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MultiCell Technologies is Granted U.S. Patent for Immortalized Human Liver Cell Lines
Date:8/20/2009

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MultiCell Technologies, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: MCET) announced today it has been granted U.S. patent 7,566,567 by the United States of America Patent and Trademark Office covering its Fa2N-4 and Ea1C-35 immortalized human hepatocyte cell lines.

The Fa2N-4 and Ea1C-35 immortalized human hepatocyte cell lines were derived from normal human liver cells, and are nontumorigenic, stable in culture, and produce therapeutic plasma proteins in cell culture. The Fa2N-4 cell line has also been engineered to function as a proxy for normal human liver cells for use in performing drug toxicity assays. MultiCell has licensed several pharmaceutical companies rights to use the Fa2N-4 cell line for drug toxicity applications including Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Eisai Pharmaceuticals. MultiCell licensed Corning, Inc. to sell the Fa2N-4 cell line and media within the drug discovery and life science research markets for drug toxicity (Tox) applications as well as for drug adsorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME) studies. MultiCell retained worldwide exclusive ownership of the Fa2N-4 and Ea1C-35 cell lines for all applications other than ADME/Tox, including drug target identification and using the cell lines for the production of therapeutic plasma proteins.

MultiCell also owns exclusive worldwide rights to two issued U.S. patents (6,872,389 and 6,129,911), one U.S. patent application (U.S. 2006/0019387A1), and several corresponding issued and pending foreign patents and patent applications related to the isolation and differentiation of human liver stem cells. MultiCell previously announced it had entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with Maxim Biotech, Inc. to develop products for the study of human liver stem cells and human liver cancer.

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