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Nipro Of Japan To Begin Marketing Human iPS Cells To Drug Makers

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Japan's Nipro says it plans to launch soon the nation's first sale of cultivated human stem cells to drug makers and research institutes. Nipro said sales should begin in June of cardiac muscle cells developed from human induced pluripotent stem cells. Similar cells from iPS cells in monkeys already are available on the market, but Nipro expects the human samples to enable assessments of drug side effects more readily, improving the speed and efficacy of clinical tests. The cells to be marketed as kits were produced by ReproCell, a Japanese biotech venture. (Click here for more - a subscription may be required

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