28 March 2017, Stevenage UK: Plasticell, a developer of stem cell technologies and cell-based therapies, has announced that it has signed agreements with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to progress its therapeutic stemcell pipeline.
“We are delighted to have put together this collaboration which has such enormous potential for the creation of next-generation stem cell products,” commented Dr Yen Choo, founder and Executive Chairman of Plasticell.
Separate agreements with the two Singapore research centres encompass technology licensing, collaborative research and scientific exchange visits.
Plasticell will initially collaborate with the laboratories of Prof. Peter Dröge (School of Biological Sciences, NTU) and Dr. Farid Ghadessy (p53 Lab, A*STAR) to apply proprietary genome editing technology to insert functional multi-transgene cassettes into specific loci of human stem cell lines. The engineered lines will be used by Plasticell in multiple projects focusedon precisely directed stem cell differentiation, phenotypic screening for drug discovery and in next-generation immuno-oncology applications.
About the Agency fo rScience, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore's lead public sector agency that spearheads economic oriented research to advance scientific discovery and develop innovative technology. Through open innovation, we collaborate with our partners in both the public and private sectors to benefit society. As a Science and Technology Organisation, A*STAR bridges the gap between academia and industry. Our research creates economic growth and jobs for Singapore, and enhances lives by contributing to societal benefits such as improving outcomes in healthcare, urban living, and sustainability. We play a key role in nurturing and developing a diversity of talent and leaders in our Agency and Research Institutes, the wider research community and industry. A*STAR oversees 18 biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering research entities primarily located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis.
For more information on A*STAR, please visit www.a-star.edu.sg
About NanyangTechnological University (NTU)
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
The University is ranked 13th in the world, and has also been named the world's top young university for the last three years running.
For more information on NTU, please visit www.ntu.edu.sg