Human embryonic stem cells are capable of becoming all of the thousands of different cell types in the body
EMERYVILLE, Calif. (PRWEB) December 12, 2007
"Human embryonic stem cells are capable of becoming all of the thousands of different cell types in the body," said Michael West, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer. "And since embryonic stem cells can now be derived in a noncontroversial manner, they are increasingly likely to be utilized in a wide array of future therapies to restore the function of organs damaged by degenerative diseases such as heart failure, stroke, and diabetes. The future challenge for regenerative medicine is to navigate the complexity of human development and manufacture purified populations of desired cell types. Embryomics(TM) represents the merger of new technologies in the field of genomics with the biology of embryonic stem cells to provide scientists with a detailed "roadmap" of the human developmental tree, the factors to push the cells into desired lineages, and tools to purify the desired cell types.
BioTime believes that the development of products in the embryomics sector may allow Embryome Sciences to commercialize products more quickly, using less capital, than developing therapeutic products from stem cells. Embryome Sciences' plan is to market its products and services to companies and academic researchers in this growing industry to provide them with the tools they need to attain their goals.
The new BioTime subsidiary plans to launch three kinds of research products in the next two years. The first product is a commercial database that will provide the first detailed map of the embryome, thereby aiding researchers in navigating the complexities of human development and in identifying the many hundreds of cell types coming from embryonic stem cells. This map of the human and mouse embryome will take the form of a relational database that would permit researchers to chart the cell lineages of human development, the genes expressed in those cell types, and antigens present on the cell surface of those cells that can be used in purification. Embryome Sciences plans to launch this web-based database in January 2008. The new website may also be used to market stem cell research products developed by Embryome Sciences and by other companies.
Second, in order to manufacture specific cell types from embryonic stem cells, researchers need to use factors that induce those cells to become a desired cell type. Embryome Sciences plans to develop growth and differentiation factors that can do this, and hopes to launch the first of these products beginning in 2008.
The third category of near-term embryomics products that Embryome Sciences will pursue, to be launched beginning in 2009, is a line of purification tools useful to researchers in quality control of products for regenerative medicine.
About BioTime, Inc.
BioTime, headquartered in Emeryville, California, develops blood plasma volume expanders, blood replacement solutions for hypothermic (low temperature) surgery, organ preservation solutions, and technology for use in surgery, emergency trauma treatment and other applications. BioTime's lead product Hextend is manufactured and distributed in the U.S. by Hospira, Inc. and in South Korea by CJ Corp. under exclusive licensing agreements. BioTime has recently entered the field of regenerative medicine through its wholly owned subsidiary Embryome Sciences, Inc. where it plans to develop new medical and research products using embryonic stem cell technology. Information about BioTime can be found on the web at http://www.biotimeinc.com. Hextend(R), PentaLyte(R), and HetaCool(R) are registered trademarks of BioTime, Inc.
Forward Looking Statements
The matters discussed in this press release include forward-looking statements which are subject to various risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results anticipated. Such risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to the success of BioTime in developing new stem cell products and technologies; results of clinical trials of BioTime products; the ability of BioTime and its licensees to obtain additional FDA and foreign regulatory approval to market BioTime products; competition from products manufactured and sold or being developed by other companies; the price of and demand for BioTime products, and the ability of BioTime to raise the capital needed to finance its current and planned operations. Other factors that could affect BioTime's operations and financial condition are discussed in BioTime's Annual Report on Form 10-KSB filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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