Thursday, November 19, 2009

Scripps' Loring Teams with International Stem Cell Corp.

The Scripps Research Institute and scientist Jeanne Loring are collaborating with International Stem Cell Corp. of Oceanside, Ca., to study parthenogenic stem cells and their potential therapeutic use, it was announced today.

In a news release from the company, Loring, director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Scripps, said,
“"Parthenogenetic cell lines are uniquely valuable for our quest to understand the genetic and epigenetic processes that control stem cells. We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with scientists at ISCO."
International Stem Cell said its scientists have derived a type of cell found in the human eye from parthenogenetic stem cells that may have application in treatment of macular degeneration. The company said it and Loring and will study these cells as part of the collaboration.

Kenneth Aldrich, chairman of International Stem Cell said,
“Our intent is to begin to provide these parthenogenetic stem cell lines to advance the field of regenerative medicine, as well as to commercialize our cells for cell transplant therapies.”
The firm has applied for grants from the California stem cell agency, but so far has not been successful. CIRM, however, is currently trying to link more closely with industry.

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