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Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells can morph into good replacements for other cells.
“What makes cells so great is what makes them difficult to manufacture,” - Bollenbach, chief technology officer at ARMI.
Stem cell-based therapies must conquer 2 manufacturing challenges: automated production and volume.
Firms were launched to provide mass production and differentiation of iPS cells.
TreeFrog Therapeutics announced production of a single batch of 15 billion iPS cells in a week.
Cellino Biotech offers a platform for fabricating autologous iPS cell therapies.
“Target manufacturing cost for 2025 is $30,000/dose,” - Nabiha Saklayen, CEO of Cellino Biotech.
Kytopen developed a microfluidic platform to create iPS cells and other forms of cell therapy.
Its system can transfect hundreds of millions of cells in a minute, at the push of a button.
“There are still obstacles to obtain regulatory approval, ” - Kapil Bharti, a molecular-cell biologist at NIH.
All these problems will be overcome, advocates say.