NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Stem cell technology developer Cellular Dynamics International said today it has inked a collaborative agreement with the Hamner Institute to develop predictive in vitro screening assays to be used in toxicity testing and risk assessment.

The Research Triangle Park, NC-based firm said the human induced pluripotent stem cell assays will enable chemical, environmental, and pharmaceutical toxicology assessments without the use of animal models.

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