By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cellular Dynamics today announced it has expanded its distribution deal with iPS Academia Japan to include iCell Neurons and iCell Endothelial Cells.

The deal builds on a distribution agreement forged by the Madison, Wis.-based stem cell technology firm and the affiliate of Kyoto University in June 2011 covering iCardiomyocytes.

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