CellResearch Corporation receives new US patent approval for exclusive stem cell technology amidst new partnerships
Singapore company paves the way for new discoveries in stem cell technology with global patents and several high-level collaborations
Jun 18, 2015, 12:00 ET
SINGAPORE, June 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CellResearch Corporation Pte Ltd ("CellResearch"), a Singaporean company that specializes in stem cell technology, has received approval for its latest patent on 6 May 2015 from the US Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO"). With this patent, CellResearch's stance as a global leader of stem cell technology expertise is further solidified, and allows the company's continued efforts in making Cord Lining Stem Cells a preferred choice for regenerative therapies and medicines. The company will be using its patent to enhance its high-level collaborations with research facilities in the United States and around the world. This will allow CellResearch's proprietary stem cell technology to achieve its full potential as a platform to treat a wide-range of diseases including those of the skin, brain, heart and cornea.
The latest of such collaborations is the recently signed services and research agreement on 1 June 2015, which involves partnering with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The University will be using Cord Lining Stem Cells in clinical trials for the treatment of diabetic wounds. These trials will work towards US FDA approval for the use of CellResearch's patented stem cells for the treatment of such wounds. It is a significant milestone for the company, as well as for the world of stem cell therapy, as it will be the first time that stem cells, from this new source, will be developed as an approved product to be used to treat diseases.
Gavin Tan, Group Chief Executive Officer of CellResearch Corporation Pte Ltd said, "We are delighted to be able to work together with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, one of the world's leaders in stem cell research and therapy. Chronic diabetic wounds are notoriously difficult to heal and we believe that this partnership is a key step towards our objective of providing an affordable and effective wound care solution for sufferers. This development is also an important move forward to allow Cord Lining Stem Cell therapy to treat other diseases."
This partnership is part of a world-wide initiative combining CellResearch's stem cell discovery with the research expertise of international universities and scientific institutions. These include several alliances with the National University of Singapore, specifically its burns and surgery units, and the National Neuroscience Institute. The National Cancer Centre Singapore and The University Heart Center in Hamburg are also recent collaborators, as is the Ophthalmology Association of Vietnam.
Stem cell technology has moved beyond scientific speculation to become a current and well recognized mode of therapeutic treatment. The beginnings of stem cell research and trial had been fraught with ethical issues given the use of embryonic stem cells. Scientists have since managed to overcome these issues by deriving stem cells from other sources that are non-embryonic, such as bone marrow and fat. Past research and discoveries have been made utilising stem cells from such sources. However, CellResearch's discovery of a new source from the cord lining, allows for a whole spectrum of further scientific and medical breakthrough. The latest patent awarded to CellResearch specifically covers the isolation of epithelial and mesenchymal stems cells, two of the most potent stem cells found in the human body. They are derived from the amniotic membrane of the umbilical cord, and are known as Cord Lining Stem Cells. These two particular types of stem cells are very pluripotent and have been found by independent research groups to be the most promising source for stem cell therapy – the number of cells found within the cord lining are estimated to be in the billions, where other sources have yielded cells in the thousands or millions. The large yield available from this pristine source has the potential to bring down the cost of stem cell therapy as well.
CellResearch harnesses its stem cell technology in several other aspects, such as stem cell banking and therapy. Also patented are cosmetic skincare applications of cord lining extracts used in CellResearch's innovative CALECIM® skincare technology. This is available to the consumer of beauty products online and in select physician's offices.
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About the Patent
US patent application No. 13/781,135. This patent covers the isolation of epithelial and mesenchymal stem cells from the amniotic membrane of the umbilical cord ("Cord Lining Stem Cells"). The US patent issued covers claims with exclusive and comprehensive protection for all aspects of its stem cell technology including the isolated Cord Lining Stem Cells, stem cell banking and therapeutic applications. Also patented are cosmetic skincare uses of cord lining extracts used in CellResearch's innovative CALECIM® skincare technology.
This new patent adds to the strong intellectual property of the company with its technology now patented in over 35 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, the European Community, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, and China.
About CellResearch Corporation Pte. Ltd.
Founded in Singapore in 2002 by a group of clinician scientists and investors, CellResearch is the pioneer and global leader in Cord Lining Stem Cells for Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine and Therapy. Both an inventor and market leader in this space, CellResearch is at its core a Cord Lining Stem Cell Technology Asset Manager, with its main business lines comprising the banking of Cord Lining Stem Cells, development of cosmetic skincare in the form of their product, Calecim®, and advanced wound care, through their CorLinEx™ developments.
The company also owns one of the world's largest private skin, scar and keloid cell libraries, which provides high quality primary cell strains, culture media and research service support to researchers and corporations worldwide. A company valuation of S$639.7 million as of 2014 can be attributed to the impressive pace at which CellResearch has worked to obtain a vast spectrum of patents in over 35 countries worldwide for their innovations and products.
CellResearch has formed commercial partnerships with conglomerates in the bio-medical industry such as Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. ("Valeant"), a multinational speciality pharmaceutical company that develops and markets prescription and non-prescription pharmaceutical products. Valeant helps CellResearch launch some of its patented products into new markets. CellResearch's subsidiary is also in a strategic alliance with Singapore-listed company Cordlife Group Ltd ("Cordlife"), to provide human postnatal umbilical cord tissue storage services. Cordlife is a dominant market leader in the cord blood and tissue banking business in Singapore, and their alliance with CellResearch covers many Asian countries such as India, Hong Kong, Philippines and Malaysia. CellResearch's latest partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine also includes a synergistic relationship with the University's partner Caricord Inc. a US corporation that offers consumers cord blood banking services. The Californian-based company utilizes pharmaceutical grade, US FDA-licensed processing and storage practices and facilities located at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
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