Stem cell pioneer starts company to produce cells for testing

05/26/2005 |

University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Jamie Thomson, who first isolated human embryonic stem cells in 1998, says he and two colleagues have formed a company to provide researchers with human heart cells produced from undifferentiated master cells. Thomson said his group has figured out how to create heart cells that actually beat, and he plans to sell those cells to biotech and pharmaceutical companies testing the safety and efficacy of potential drugs.

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