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Deepcell Partners With Stanford University on Human Cell Atlas Project

NEW YORK — Deepcell said on Wednesday that it has partnered with Stanford University to help build out a broad-scale human cell atlas.

Under the terms of the deal, Deepcell will use its AI-based technology for label-free cell isolation and collection to help Stanford generate single-cell morphology data for the Tabula Sapiens program, which aims to build a benchmark human cell atlas of 2 million cells collected from 25 organs of eight people.

The work, Deepcell said, will help to create a detailed portrait of cell types, as well as a view of their distribution and variation across tissues and within the endothelial, epithelial, stromal, and immune compartments. Data from the collaboration will also be used to expand the company's Deep Cell Atlas, an atlas of single human cells that so far includes more than 1 billion cell images.

The Tabula Sapiens program is run by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub.

Earlier this year, Menlo Park, California-based Deepcell began working with researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles to identify and sort cancer cells from clinical cytology samples of body fluids.