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Stem Cell Sciences Announces the Creation of the World's First Authentic Rat Embryonic Stem Cells from its Exclusively Licensed Technology
Date:9/2/2008

CAMBRIDGE, England, September 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

- ("Stem Cell Sciences", "SCS", "the Company")

Stem Cell Sciences plc (AIM:STEM, ASX:STC), a company focused on the commercialisation of stem cells and stem cell technologies, is pleased to announce that two independent laboratories in the UK and USA have achieved germ-line transmission from embryonic stem (ES) cells in rats using technologies exclusively licensed to the company by Edinburgh University. This is believed to be the first time that germ-line transmission from rat ES cells has been demonstrated, and full scientific reports on this breakthrough, which has been independently verified, have been submitted to a major scientific journal for publication.

Under the terms of its agreement with Edinburgh University, SCS has global exclusive rights to commercialise the rat ES cells, the specific culture medium used to generate and grow the cells, and rats derived therefrom. The Company has exclusively licensed two important patents covering this new technology from the University and now plans to engage in confidential discussions with interested parties seeking a sublicence to use rat ES cells in their commercial drug discovery programmes.

The main advantage of this important new technology is that it allows the generation of both knock-out rat models, in which the effect of gene deletion is studied, as well as the generation of knock-in models, which involves the insertion of genes. For example, in the case of knock-out models, their response to drugs can provide information on safety and efficacy. Alternatively, the insertion of genes such as those involved in drug metabolism in the human liver means that knock-in models can provide information on human safety and pharmacokinetics.

"This remarkable breakthrough will enable the generation of transgenic rat models for drug discovery in a very similar manner to the already widely used transgenic mice models. The ad
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