NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies today announced a worldwide, non-exclusive deal with iPS Academia Japan for its induced pluripotent stem cell patent portfolio.

The agreement grants Life Tech the rights to commercialize a range of products and services designed to create iPS cells and differentiate them into any cell type for drug discovery and pre-clinical research. Life Tech will also be able to provide iPS cell creation, differentiation, and screening services to the scientific community.

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