Volume 9.34 | Sep 1

Cell Therapy News 9.34, September 1, 2008
     In this issue: Science | Policy | Business | NIH | CBER | Regulatory
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Top Stories

Researchers Create Insulin-Producing Cells from Adult Pancreatic Cells: Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have converted adult pancreatic cells into insulin-producing beta cells in living mice without reversing a cell’s genetic programming to its earliest stages.
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Science

Scripps Research Scientists Find Gene Expression Profile Shared by Pluripotent Stem Cells
An international team of researchers led by Professor Jeanne Loring, Ph.D., of The Scripps Research Institute has developed a novel method to identify pluripotent stem cells.
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Bone Marrow Stem Cells May Help Control Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Massachusetts General Hospital investigators have found that infusions of a particular bone marrow stem cell appeared to protect gastrointestinal tissue from autoimmune attack in a mouse model.
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Oregon Health and Science University Researchers Grows Hair Cells Involved in Hearing
Oregon Health & Science University scientists have successfully produced functional auditory hair cells in the cochlea of the mouse inner ear.
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ABSTRACTS, REVIEWS AND SPECIAL REPORTS

A Biodegradable, Immunoprotective, Dual Nanoporous Capsule for Cell-Based Therapies
To demonstrate the transplantation of drug-secreting cells with immunoprotection, a biodegradable delivery device combining two nanoporous capsules is developed using secretory alkaline phosphatase gene transfected mouse embryonic stem cells as a model system.
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Stem Cells Stand Up for Themselves
Adult stem cells are not pampered pushovers. Rockefeller University researchers report that certain stem cells take charge of their surroundings, molding their environment to control their division and differentiation.
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Donor Demographic and Laboratory Predictors of Allogeneic Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Mobilization in an Ethnically Diverse Population
A reliable estimate of peripheral blood stem cell mobilization response to granulocyte colony-stimulating factor may identify donors at risk for poor mobilization and help optimize transplantation approaches.
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Policy

Animal Research Protection Bill Passes Senate
A bill designed to shield academic researchers from harassment by animal rights groups and others who oppose their work passed the state Senate on Friday.
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$26.5M Incentive Could Propel Colorado’s Bioscience Industry
The Colorado Legislature and Govenor Bill Ritter approved a $26.5 million incentive package to provide grants for the state’s fledgling biotech industry in the next five years.
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Business

Embryome Sciences, Inc., Licenses Virus-Free iPS and Embryonic Stem Cell Differentiation Technology from Advanced Cell Technology
Embryome Sciences, Inc. announced recently the license of a portfolio of patents and patent applications from Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. relating to induced pluripotent stem cells and embryonic stem cell differentiation technology.
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Cryo-Cell International and EndGenitor Technologies Announce Research Collaboration
Cryo-Cell International, Inc. and EndGenitor Technologies, Inc. are pleased to announce a new research collaboration to co-develop a combined cellular platform therapeutic for rapidly forming vasculature in injured tissues.
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Cyntellect to Collaborate with the Burnham Institute for Medical Research
Cyntellect, recently announced they have entered into a joint collaboration to develop new applications on Cyntellect’s in situ live cell imaging and laser processing product to accelerate research by Burnham’s scientists.
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Florida Biologix Announces Manufacturing Agreement with the National Taiwan University Hospital
Florida Biologix, announced that it has entered into a cGMP manufacturing agreement with the National Taiwan University Hospital.
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Synthecon Receives $738,000 Phase II Grant from the National Institutes Of Health To Improve Islet Transplantation Techniques to Treat Type 1 Diabetes
Synthecon, Inc., a Johnson Space Center spin-off, announced recently that the Company has received notice from the National Institutes of Health that its $738,000 Phase II Grant proposal to improve the transplantation of pancreatic islets in type 1 diabetic patients has been approved for funding.
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Kinetic Concepts, Inc Names New President of its LifeCell Regenerative Medicine Business
Kinetic Concepts, Inc. announced recently that it has named Lisa Colleran as President of its LifeCell business and a member of Kinetic Concepts, Inc.’s Executive Committee.
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NIH

Delays in Grant Application Submission due to Hurricane Gustav
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Pre-application for a Biomedical Technology Research Resource (X02)
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Biomedical Technology Research Resource (P41)
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CBER

Federal Register – FDA Regulations; Technical Amendment; Final Rule
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Contact Information for Questions About Clinical Investigations Affected by Natural Disasters
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Regulatory

FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (United States)

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals – Request for Inspection Under the Inspection by Accredited Persons Program
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MEDICINES AND HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS REGULATORY AGENCY (United Kingdom)

Field Safety Notices for Medical Devices: Infusion & Transfusion, Blood Filters – Medtronic Limited – Single Disposable Magellan Kits and One Source Kits
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