EMD Millipore, Sistemic Ltd. Launch Joint Development of Stem Cell Production Control Markers

EMD Millipore, the Life Science division of Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany), announced a new initiative with Sistemic Ltd. (Glasgow, UK), a supplier of microRNA-based services and kit-based products. The companies are jointly developing a proprietary monitoring methodology using Sistemic's microRNA marker detection capability to enable consistent growth of stem cells in EMD Millipore's Mobius CellReady platform. These markers could also be incorporated into a commercially available kit for quality control of stem cells in culture.

The announcement was made at the second annual Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa, which was held in La Jolla, CA, on October 29 to 31.