September 7, 2021, Palo Alto, California – I Peace, Inc. (CEO: Koji Tanabe), a Palo Alto-based biotech startup focusing on Nobel Prize-winning technology of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) expands its personalized iPSC banking service. I Peace launched its clinical-grade personalized iPSC banking service in 2020 in Japan and has already banked several individuals’ iPSCs. The company will collaborate with I’rom Group Co., Ltd. (Japan) to make the service available for clients at every corner of the country. Using this as proof of concept, I Peace plans to launch the iPSC banking service in the U.S. as the next phase of its business expansion. [Read more…]
Since the discovery of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology 15 years ago, significant progress has been made in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. New pathological mechanisms have been identified, new drugs identified by iPSC screens are in the pipeline, and the first clinical trials employing human iPSC-derived cell types have been initiated. [Read more…]
BEIJING and SHANGHAI and BOSTON, Aug. 31, 2021 — Jacobio Pharmaceuticals (“Jacobio”, 1167.HK) announced a strategic investment in the US-based biotech company Hebecell on August 31. Jacobio will collaborate with Hebecell to develop the next-generation natural killer cell therapy based on induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC-NK).
Once the deal is completed, Jacobio chairman and CEO Dr. Yinxiang Wang will be appointed as Chairman of Hebecell. [Read more…]
Drug discovery involves high cost and uncertain outcomes. Only a few companies can take the risk of investing enormous amounts of money into research and testing, only to see undesirable side effects emerge during the final human clinical trials. In many cases, companies are spending millions of dollars to fail during clinical testing.
Now, some new medicines are being tested for safety on specialized cells developed from human pluripotent cell lines. Cells types which are frequently being using within drug discovery applications include heart (cardiomyocytes) and liver cells (hepatocytes), which are the organs where 80% of drug failures occur. [Read more…]
As you start to learn about stem cells, one of the most common questions to have is, “What types of stem cells exist?” There is not an agreed-upon number of stem cell types, because one can classify stem cells either by differentiation potential (what they can turn into) or by origin (from where they are sourced). This post is dedicated to explaining the five types of stem cells, based on differentiation potential. [Read more…]