WiCell Research Institute Debuts Stem Cell Bank
The WiCell Research Institute this week said that it is launching a stem cell bank to distribute cell lines beyond the 21 lines that are eligible for federal funding and distribution through the National Stem Cell Bank.
The WiCell International Stem Cell Bank is initially offering three induced pluripotent stem cell lines derived in the laboratory of James Thomson, a professor of anatomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of regenerative biology at the Morgridge Institute for Research, part of the new Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.
WiCell said it hopes to add additional cell lines, such as disease model cell lines, from other providers locally and worldwide to the WISCB in the near future.
To obtain cells, researchers must complete an agreement ensuring the cells will be used only for non-profit research and pay a $900 per vial transfer/cost recovery fee plus shipping costs. In addition, the WiCell Research Institute will provide technical support for the long-term establishment of the iPS cells.