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Dr. David Gamm is one of about 100 faculty researchers using stem cells to model diseases, screen drugs or develop cell therapies at UW-Madison, where James Thomson gained international attention 20 years ago this month by announcing the world’s first isolation of human embryonic stem cells.

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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.