Millipore Launches Progenitor Cell-Enriched Primary Human Epithelial Cell CulturesBillerica, Massachusetts—April 18, 2008— Millipore Corporation, a Life Science leader providing technologies, tools, and services for bioscience research and biopharmaceutical manufacturing, today announced the release of a new range of primary human epithelial cells. Developed by CELLnTEC Advanced Cell Systems, these epithelial cell cultures are made available by Millipore as part of a partnership agreement signed in 2006.
Supplied as complete kits including specialized media for their propagation, these primary cell cultures provide an enriched population of progenitor cells from skin, cornea, and bladder epithelia. These unique cells have significant applications for all medical research laboratories studying epithelial disease, regenerative medicine, cancers of these tissues, or basic biology of these tissues’ epithelia.
The new cells display optimal modeling and morphology, plus extended longevity due to their isolation in CELLnTEC’s unique Progenitor Cell Targeted (PCT) media formulations. PCT culture media are developed to specifically mimic the environment of the stem cell niche, and significantly increase isolation efficiency, progenitor cell enrichment and longevity of epithelial cell cultures.
Primary progenitor cells in kits with optimized media are a highly convenient solution for many researchers. Laboratories lacking either access to tissue or the expertise to conduct the difficult isolation of primary epithelial cells may now extend the reach of their discoveries. By providing pre-isolated, long-lived progenitor cells, Millipore and CELLnTEC are enabling the research community to expand its research potential.
Millipore has evolved from a high performance filtration products and services company into a leading provider of tools and services and a key partner of choice for Life Science customers. We’ve transformed ourselves through R&D investment, organic growth, and acquisitions such as Chemicon, Upstate, Linco, Celliance, Newport Bio Systems, NovAseptic AB and MicroSafe. The integrated Millipore offers more innovative technologies and stronger application support to streamline processes and provide consistently reliable results. The expert scientists in our Life Sciences business unit understand the complexity of Life Science research and can support our customers in their most difficult challenges in cell biology, stem cells, protein research, and cell signaling.
Millipore (NYSE: MIL) is a Life Science leader providing cutting-edge technologies, tools, and services for bioscience research and biopharmaceutical manufacturing. As a strategic partner, we collaborate with customers to confront the world’s challenging human health issues. From research to development to production, our scientific expertise and innovative solutions help customers tackle their most complex problems and achieve their goals. Millipore Corporation is an S&P 500 company with more than 6,100 employees in 47 countries worldwide. For more information, please contact Millipore Tech Service at 1-800-548-7853 or 951-676-8080 or visit www.millpore.com.
About CELLnTEC Advanced Cell Systems AG
CELLnTEC Advanced Cell Systems specializes in the development of progenitor cell targeted in vitro tools for epithelial research. Founded in 2002, CELLnTEC uses its novel adult stem cell-based approach to develop culture media that specifically target and retain epithelial progenitor cells in vitro. As of result of this unique approach to epithelial tissue culture media, these products deliver significant improvements in isolation, growth, and modeling accuracy. In addition, CELLnTEC also provides a range of human and animal epithelial cells as in vitro models for researchers in academic, biotech and pharma institutions, and is actively continuing the development of additional progenitor cell targeted culture media and organotypic in vitro models. For more information, please see www.cellntec.com.
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