California Stem Cell Inc.
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California Stem Cell Inc.'s founder, Hans S. Keirstead, PhD, is well known in stem cell circles as the developer of processes that can produce extremely pure cell lines from human embryonic stem cells. As such, the start-up is uniquely situated. Not only does it produce over 95% pure populations of several cell types for use in research, but the firm also has proprietary reagents it sells to pharma and biotech firms. And it is building its own therapeutic pipeline: CSC is poised to file an IND for an hESC-derived therapy to treat type 1 infantile spinal muscular atrophy, the largest genetic killer of children under the age of two.
Recent research advances and relaxation of government restrictions have opened the stem cell field to product possibilities. Companies developing these potentially revolutionary products must also come up with workable business models. In this issue we profile five emerging contenders: Amorcyte, California Stem Cell, Cardio3 BioSciences, CellDesign and Fate Therapeutics.