When assessing the market potential for induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), it is important to consider where the research began, when it accelerated, and where it is at the current point in time.
Timeline of Key iPSC Production Events
The following is a timeline of the key events in the production of iPSCs, beginning with their discovery in 2006. For research product companies interested in dominating the iPSC products marketplace, it is critical to understand the different production methods for iPSCs, the chronological order of the introduction of methodologies, and the inventors who first performed each.
The reason for this is several-fold:
- Research products utilizing the older methods of iPSC production tend to have more companies offering competing products, because a longer timeline for product development has existed.
- Researchers are more likely to prefer to use progressive methods of iPSC generation.
- In most cases, the original inventor of the technique has applied for (and likely been awarded) patent rights that could limit the production of commercial products with that technique, unless a non-exclusive licensing agreement is signed.
As such, research product companies entering the iPSC product marketplace need to be well-informed of the relative timing and progression of induced pluripotent stem cell production methodologies.
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