Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Cyntellect to Collaborate with U of Florida on Cancer Stem Cells

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cyntellect today said that it will collaborate with the University of Florida Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research on the purification and analysis of cancer stem cells.
The partners will use Cyntellect’s LEAP system to purify the stem cells “and their progeny without disturbing them from their growing environment,” said Cyntellect. The San Diego-based firm will receive certain payments and commercial rights to discoveries under the collaboration. Further details were not provided.
The collaboration will seek to “gain a better understanding of the molecular machinery, signaling pathways, and markers associated with rare cells, such as CSCs,” said Cyntellect CEO Fred Koller in a statement. “This information will be paramount to innovating novel drug development strategies and developing new cutting-edge diagnostics for crippling diseases, such as cancer.”
Cyntellect said that the alliance with the University of Florida is the second “major” LEAP collaboration this year. It expects further collaboration sin 2009 aimed at leveraging cell manipulation for discovering new drugs and cellular therapies and developing new cell-based diagnostics.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.