CARLSBAD, CA--(Marketwire - February 15, 2013) - International Stem Cell Corporation (OTCQB: ISCO) (www.internationalstemcell.com) ("ISCO" or "the Company"), a California-based biotechnology company, today announced amendments to the license agreements with Advanced Cell Technology, Inc.
The license agreements, first entered into in 2004 and amended in 2005, granted ISCO access to a range of ACT's patents and patent applications for the use of various technologies in a limited set of human tissues.
The amendments extend ISCO's existing rights in the area of parthenogenesis, and the therapeutic use of parthenogenetically derived stem cells for treating any human diseases. Pursuant to the amended agreements ISCO now has an exclusive world-wide license to ACT's patents and applications covering the uses of parthenogenetically derived stem cells in generating human tissue.
"We're excited to have extended our portfolio of intellectual property which not only allows us to develop new therapeutic and business opportunities, but also makes the possibility of partnering with big pharma practical," commented Dr. Andrey Semechkin, CEO and Co-Chairman of ISCO.
About International Stem Cell Corporation
International Stem Cell Corporation is focused on the therapeutic applications of human parthenogenetic stem cells (hpSCs) and the development and commercialization of cell-based research and cosmetic products. ISCO's core technology, parthenogenesis, results in the creation of pluripotent human stem cells from unfertilized oocytes (eggs) hence avoiding ethical issues associated with the use or destruction of viable human embryos. ISCO scientists have created the first parthenogenetic, homozygous stem cell line that can be a source of therapeutic cells for hundreds of millions of individuals of differing genders, ages and racial background with minimal immune rejection after transplantation. hpSCs offer the potential to create the first true stem cell bank, UniStemCell. ISCO also produces and markets specialized cells and growth media for therapeutic research worldwide through its subsidiary Lifeline Cell Technology (www.lifelinecelltech.com), and stem cell-based skin care products through its subsidiary Lifeline Skin Care (www.lifelineskincare.com). More information is available at www.internationalstemcell.com.
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