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Manipal Group Sets Up Stem Cell Arm in Malaysia (Malaysia)

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Stempeutics Research Pvt. Lab recently disclosed plans to open a subsidiary in Malaysia. The startup will be dubbed Stempeutics Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd. Stempeutic's parent company, the India-based Manipal Education and Medical, will invest between $6 million and $10 million in Stempeutics Malaysia over the next three years. Manipal will also use Stempeutics Malaysia as a jumping off point for research and commercialization in Taiwan and Singapore. Manipal has already invested $7 million in Stempeutics for the company's stem cell research program. Stempeutics is currently researching the prospect of using adult stem cells to treat a number of ailments, including myocardial infarction, multiple sclerosis, limb ischemia and cerebral stroke. Adult stem cells come in two forms. The first are autologous stem cells that are harvested from the patient's own bone marrow. Stempeutics is already conducting several clinical trials into the possible benefits of these stem cells. The company is also waiting for approval from the Indian Council of Medical Research to conduct trials with allogenic stem cells. This type of adult stem cell comes from non-related donor cells. Allogenic stem cells have the benefit of being produced on a large scale. Manipal plans to invest $5 million over the next two years to build a cell manufacturing plant in India. (Click here for more
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