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CFD Research Gets DoD Contract for Stem Cell Research

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – CFD Research announced Tuesday that it has received a $1 million, two-year contract from the US Department of Defense to continue research on its technology for detecting and sorting stem cells according to their differentiation state.

Yi Wang, principal investigator on the grant, said that the firm is developing a non-invasive, label-free technique that is based on electrical impedance measurement. The Huntsville, Ala.-based firm's technology includes a high-throughput capability to collected and purify differentiated cells in a targeted pathway, it said in a statement.

"Current methods to determine differentiation states require modification of the cell with biomarkers or destructive techniques leading to statistical population assessments and as such cannot guarantee the purity of the sample population," Wang said in a statement. "Our method will directly detect the differentiation state with minimum effects and result in a purified stream of pathway differentiated cells."

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