Friday, 4 January 2013

Sanford-Burnham announces collaboration with Intrexon

The Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute announced yesterday their collaboration with Intrexon Corporation, a synthetic biology company. According to the officials, goal of the collaboration is to accelerate stem cell research by combining the scientifc team of Sanford and the patented IPSCs technologies of Intrexon.
Specifically, the two companies have mutually agreed that Sanford will gain access to all of Intexon's cellular selection and gene regulation technologies  that are not currently available to the market, whereas Intrexon may obtain commercial and intellectual property rights on advances that will arise during their collaboration. Sanford seems to be mainly interested in two of Intrexon's technologies:
  • LEAP (Laser-Enabled Analysis and Processing)
  • RTS (RheoSwitch Therapeutic System)
Evan Snyder, researcher and pionneer in the field of induced pluripotent stem cells, made the following statement:

“I’m looking forward to merging and melding our expertise. We’ll bring our iPSC and gene therapy expertise to the table. Likewise, our colleagues at Intrexon will share their knowledge of how best to use the technologies. We envision we’ll be meeting with them frequently and sharing insights to further advance the platforms for stem cell applications.”

The LEAP system will allow the researchers of Sanford to accelerate improve their IPSCs generating methods whereas RTS will give them a new method for regulating the function of certain genes

Promotional video of Sanford-Burnham

For the official press release, click here.

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