In a developing embryo, stem cells can differentiate into all of the specialized embryonic tissues. In adult organisms, stem and progenitor cells act as a repair system for the body, replenishing specialized cells. The possibilities arising from these characteristics have resulted in great commercial interest, with potential applications ranging from the use of stem cells in reversal and treatment of disease, to targeted cell therapy, tissue regeneration, pharmacological testing on cell-specific tissues, and more.
However, to have stem cells easily accessible for research purposes and clinical applications requires them to be preserved in stable, temperature controlled conditions.
For this reason, a substantial market has evolved for the biobanking of tissues containing stem cell populations and the storage of stem cells themselves. [Read more…]