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BioTime to Produce Stem Cells for Research in Muscle Disorders

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The muscle cell lines will display the genes for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy Type I, facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy 1A, and Becker muscular dystrophy. The cell lines will be marketed researchers seeking new treatment modalities for these diseases.

"In the first quarter of this year, we will offer medical researchers normal muscle progenitor cell lines that we have already produced from BioTime's existing hES cell lines, and later in 2012 we plan to add to our product line the novel muscle progenitor cells produced from RGI cell lines bearing the five genetic muscle diseases," said Michael West, Ph.D., BioTime's CEO. "BioTime's business strategy includes generating near-term revenues in the emerging field of regenerative medicine by bringing some of the most advanced stem cell technologies to the market as research products."