Patent Strengthens CDI's Position as Leading Manufacturer of Human Cells for Research and Clinical Applications
MADISON, Wis., Aug. 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cellular Dynamics International (CDI) (Nasdaq:ICEL) today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) awarded the company Patent No. 8,815,585 on the automated production of human pluripotent stem cells, including induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). CDI's products and services are based on iPSC technology. This patent has broad-reaching effects, covering research, cellular therapy development and stem cell banking.
U.S. Patent No. 8,815,585 covers the automated production of human pluripotent stem cells, including induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).
Large-scale applications, such as cellular therapeutic development as well as stem cell banking, require automation for parallel processing of samples from many donors. In addition, the patent broadly covers automated iPSC culturing without the use of feeder cells or the addition of serum to culture media, factors important to cellular therapy development in a cGMP environment.
This patent joins an IP portfolio of over 800 patents awarded to, pending or in-licensed by CDI, thus providing additional confidence to customers and investors that CDI is amassing important IP and strengthening its IP portfolio.
CDI manufactures human iPSCs and differentiated cells at industrial scale and to tight specifications. Current iCell® offerings include cardiomyocytes, cardiac progenitor cells, neurons, dopaminergic neurons, astrocytes, hepatocytes, endothelial cells, hematopoietic progenitor cells and skeletal myoblasts. MyCell® offerings include iPSCs reprogrammed from a customer-sourced sample, genetically engineered iPSCs and iCell products under development made from MyCell iPSCs.
The patent positions CDI as the leading supplier of choice for researchers needing a reliable and high quality supply of human cells for research, cellular therapy and stem cell banking.
Bob Palay, chief executive officer of CDI, said, "CDI has distinguished itself as the leader of human cell manufacturing based on our industrialized process of manufacturing iPSCs and differentiated cells. This patent is further evidence of our continued leadership in the field. We believe that automation is critical to both large-scale manufacture of human stem cells and differentiated cell types, and their application, especially in cellular therapeutics. The issuance of this patent helps assure our customers that CDI will be able to provide them access to manufactured human cells in the quantity, quality, purity and diversity that meets their drug discovery, stem cell banking and cell therapy research and development needs."
Chris Parker, chief commercial officer of CDI, said, "CDI is using automated production to execute on the more than 3,000 patient samples associated with our CIRM grant and Coriell subcontract. This patent uniquely enables CDI to process multiple cell lines simultaneously as needed to create new stem cell banks or to expand existing ones. It also facilitates making disease cell lines available to researchers within a relatively short timeframe."
About Cellular Dynamics International, Inc.
Cellular Dynamics International, Inc. (CDI) is a leading developer and manufacturer of fully functioning human cells in industrial quantities to precise specifications. CDI's proprietary iCell Operating System (iCell O/S) includes true human cells in multiple cell types (iCell products), human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and custom iPSCs and iCell products (MyCell Products). CDI's iCell O/S products provide standardized, easy-to-use, cost-effective access to the human cell, the smallest fully functioning operating unit of human biology. Customers use our iCell O/S products, among other purposes, for drug discovery and screening; to test the safety and efficacy of their small molecule and biologic drug candidates; for stem cell banking; and in the research and development of cellular therapeutics. CDI was founded in 2004 by Dr. James Thomson, a pioneer in human pluripotent stem cell research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. CDI's facilities are located in Madison, Wisconsin, with a second facility in Novato, California. See www.cellulardynamics.com.
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