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Madison home to at least 10 stem cell companies
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Madison home to at least 10 stem cell companies

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Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics Inc. is one of at least 10 stem cell companies in Madison, most started by UW-Madison researchers. The others:

BrainXell: Founded by neuroscientist Su-Chun Zhang, the company produces brain cells from stem cells.

Cellular Logistics: Focused on repairing injured heart muscle, its co-founders include scientist Eric Schmuck and Drs. Peiman Hematti, a specialist in blood disorders, and Amish Raval, a cardiologist.

JangoBio: Based on research by gerontologist Craig Atwood, the company is developing therapies to reverse age-related hormone imbalances.

Nucleus Biologics: Formerly known as Primorigen Biosciences, it sells tools to help stem cells grow efficiently, including in large-scale production.

Opsis Therapeutics: Based on research by Dr. David Gamm, an ophthalmologist, the company is developing treatments for blinding disorders.

Regenerative Medical Solutions: Based on research by Dr. Jon Odorico, a transplant surgeon, the company is developing a cell therapy for diabetes.

Stemina Biomarker Discovery: Founded by attorney Elizabeth Donley and scientist Gabriela Cesar, it uses stem cells to screen drugs or chemicals for birth defects and identify biomarkers for autism.

Stem Pharm: A spinoff from the lab of biomedical engineer William Murphy, it sells materials to help stem cells grow into complex tissues.

WiCell: A nonprofit, it distributes many types of stem cells, including the original five lines by James Thomson.

— David Wahlberg, dwahlberg@madison.com

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The $21 million facility, next to the company's headquarters at University Research Park, will meet the Food and Drug Administration’s strict requirements for Good Manufacturing Practice. It will be at least 1,000 times cleaner than a regular lab, allowing production of cells for clinical trials.

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