NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Seattle-based ReachBio today said that it would distribute Axiogenesis' full product line to the North American life science research and drug discovery markets.
Cologne-based Axiogenesis sells tissue-specific cells derived from specially engineered mouse stem cell lines that are used in basic research, drug discovery, and toxicity testing of new drug candidates. According to a ReachBio statement, the first cell types available from Axiogenesis are pure atrial cardiomyocytes used for cardiotoxicity screening, electrophysiology studies, and as a cellular model system for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Heribert Bohlen, CEO of Axiogenesis, said in a statement that ReachBio “share[s] our philosophy that cellular model systems for drug discovery and toxicity testing should utilize highly relevant cells that are as close to the natural state as possible. The biopharma industry is trying to find ways to move away from the use of artificial cell lines that have questionable biological significance in the drug development process, and towards more biologically relevant cellular systems.”
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.