March 22. 2013 7:00AM - Last modified: March 22. 2013 7:33AM

MADISON – Cellular Dynamics getting $16 million grant for stem cell biobank

Cellular Dynamics International is getting a $16 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to develop several thousand stem cell lines that will become the basis of a stem cell biobank for use by researchers worldwide.

The Madison company, founded by UW-Madison stem cell pioneer James Thomson, will receive blood and tissue samples from healthy donors as well as from people with Alzheimer’s disease, autism spectrum disorders, liver diseases, cardiovascular ailments, eye diseases, respiratory diseases, and neurodevelopmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy.

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