NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Intrexon today announced an agreement to acquire adult stem cell technology firm Medistem for about $26 million.

Based in San Diego, Medistem develops endometrial regenerative cells, which are universal donor adult stem cells that stimulate new blood vessel formation. ERCs can generate different tissues such as heart, brain, pancreas, liver, bone, cartilage, and lung, and Intrexon plans to use its synthetic biology platforms to "engineer a diverse array of cell-based therapeutic candidates using Medistem's multipotent ERCs," it said.

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