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Cellectis In-licenses Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Technology from iPS Academia Japan
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Cellectis In-licenses Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Technology from iPS Academia Japan

Cellectis In-licenses Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Technology from iPS Academia Japan
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Cellectis In-licenses Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Technology from iPS Academia Japan

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Cellectis, the French genome engineering specialist, and iPS Academia Japan Inc. have announced that they have signed two separate non-exclusive agreements granting Cellectis worldwide access to the induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells patent portfolio arising from the work of Professor Shinya Yamanaka, MD, Ph.D., Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) at the University of Kyoto, Japan.

The agreements allow Cellectis and its affiliates to research, develop and commercialize both research tools (covered by one agreement) and human therapeutics or prophylactics (covered by the second agreement) derived from iPS cells, in a certain range of differentiated cell lineages.

Cellectis is the first company worldwide to be licensed by iPS Academia Japan under this iPS cell patent portfolio for human therapeutics and prophylactics. In the research tool field, this is the first agreement with French company following agreements with US and German companies.

Cellectis’ genome engineering expertise and technology allows precise and reproducible targeted modifications in the genome of living cells and organisms. The iPS cell technologies will be used by Cellectis, and Ectycell, its subsidiary focused on industrial applications of iPS cells, to engineer these cells and derive consistent lines of robust products both as tools and as therapeutics.

“These agreements provide Cellectis with a powerful combination of innovative technologies to deliver robust and high value products,” declared David Sourdive, PhD, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development for Cellectis. “This could potentially lead to the development of important new products in the field of human healthcare, which is a long-standing commitment for Cellectis.”

“iPS Academia Japan is pleased to build a faithful relationship with Cellectis through these agreements and believe that this will be a significant step for the expansion of iPS cell technology, especially for application of this technology for regenerative medicine, “ said Osamu Yoshida, MD, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of iPS Academia Japan Inc.
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