Medicyte GmbH Signs Agreement with Life Technologies to Develop Next Generation Upcyte® Cells

(PresseBox) ( Heidelberg, Germany and Carlsbad, USA, )
Medicyte has signed a licensing agreement for the rights to use Lentiviral vector technology from Life Technologies to develop and market next generation, cell-based upcyte® cell products to the biopharma and academic research markets.

Various data, already presented at academic meetings, indicates that Medicyte's upcyte® hepatocytes combine the benefits of quantity (generation of up to 2000 vials per donor) with the quality of primary hepatocytes. The new generation of upcyte® hepatocytes show more comparable results to primary cells in in-vitro assays (such as CYP 3A4-Induction, genotoxicity or hepato- and cytotoxicity). 'With the technology we have licensed from Life Technologies, we are capable to bring more predictive, reliable, and standardized cell strains on the market' commented Dr. Joris Braspenning, CEO of Medicyte GmbH.

Financial terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.

About Upcyte® Technology

Currently, the primary cell types commercially available are restricted, and their poor proliferative capacity limits their use in cell-based assays. The use of immortalized cell lines in cell-based models, on the other hand, is compromised by their transformed and not healthy phenotype.

Using Medicyte's innovative upcyte® technology, primary cells are driven into proliferation, thus allowing controlled induction of cell proliferation without immortalization, uncontrolled cell growth or changing typical characteristics.

Therefore, upcyte® cells and corresponding cell-based assays can become available in sufficient quantities with a consistent quality that can be used for research, screening and drug development. That allows true standardization of cell based assays.
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