Cellular Dynamics International Sends Human iPSC-Derived Cardiomyocytes to International Space Station
News Jan 02, 2018
Bioculture System. Credit: NASA
Cellular Dynamics International (CDI), a FUJIFILM company, the leading developer and manufacturer of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and differentiated tissue-specific iPSC-cells, announced that its iCell® Cardiomyocytes were launched into space via SpaceX’s 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station on Dec.15, 2017. The purpose of the scientific research project utilizing CDI’s iCell Cardiomyocytes in space is to validate the function of NASA’s new Bioculture System for automated cell culture on the International Space Station and to study human cardiac cell function in microgravity.
“We are thrilled that CDI and its iPSC technology are part of the groundbreaking research on cell function in microgravity environment,” said Dr. Bruce Novich, Division President-CNBD for FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation and Division President – Life Sciences for CDI. “The scientific investigation using our iCell Cardiomyocytes and the native cell biology they provide, will generate a greater understanding of the potential effects space exploration may have on human biology.”
Developed and manufactured by CDI, iCell Cardiomyocytes are derived from human iPSCs and recapitulate many of the salient features of native healthy and disease-related human cardiac function, including electrical activity, calcium cycling, contraction, as well as normal and pathological responses to environmental changes.
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