After 20 years, stem cells mean business in Wisconsin

On Nov. 6, 1998, developmental biologist James Thomson of the University of Wisconsin–Madison published a paper describing how his team had grown human embryonic stem cells. These cells exist at the earliest stages of development and are “pluripotent” — able to differentiate into every one of the more than 200 specialized cell types in the human body.

Biology and health science would never be the same. Under the headline “… hope for transplants and gene therapy — ethics at issue,” for example,  The New York Times diagrammed “blank slate” cells forming heart, liver and bone cells....


Ken Notes: I strongly believe this will happen and I hope WARF works with all involved to keep as much of the technology in Wisconsin. This could be the perfect way to jump start UW–Madison`s University Research Park II. Also some wet lab space is needed for smaller startups in the field. This is also an opportunity for investment because companies using stem cells are just now finding profit models for the research and business.

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