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…]
In this article, the present and future outlook for human iPSC derived tissues is explored. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are differentiated cells that are reprogrammed into a pluripotent state, allowing a wide range of cell and tissue types to be derived from them.
Key findings include:
- iPSC technology is moving from a boutique phenomenon to industrialized cellular models.
- Increasing recognition by industry and regulatory bodies for detecting a variety of toxicities.
- Emerging utility for predicting cardio and neuro-related oncology adverse effects.
DRESDEN, Germany, June 28, 2021 — denovoMATRIX GmbH, a developer of technologies which enable high quality stem cell expansion, has received a grant from the State Bank of Saxony for the development of microcarriers designed for xeno-free induced pluripotent stem cell culture. The outlook for the technology is for applications in iPSC banking, allogenic therapies, as well as the clean meat industry.
Catalent, the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies, development, and manufacturing solutions for drugs, biologics, cell and gene therapies, and consumer health products, today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire RheinCell Therapeutics GmbH, a developer and manufacturer of GMP-grade human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Upon completion, the acquisition will build upon Catalent’s existing custom cell therapy process development and manufacturing capabilities with proprietary GMP cell lines for iPSC-based therapies. The deal will enable Catalent to offer the building blocks to scale iPSC-based cell therapies while reducing barriers to entry to the clinic for therapeutic companies and is expected to close before the end of 2021, subject to customary conditions. Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed.
TreeFrog Therapeutics announces the results of two runs of hiPSC amplification in 10L bioreactors at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research.
BORDEAUX, France, Jun. 21, 2021 — Today, French cell therapy company TreeFrog Therapeutics released data showing the mass production of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) produced with their proprietary C-Stem™ technology in 10L bioreactors at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). The data shows the output from two batches with indistinguishable expansion curves, demonstrating a high degree of reproducibility, while cell analysis showed conservation of stem cell quality. [Read more…]