Patients with liver failure also have limited therapeutic options, with transplantation still being the only cure for irreversible liver failure. Although living donor transplants are possible thanks to the regenerative capacity of the liver, there is still a massive disparity between demand and availability. Stimuliver, a University of Edinburgh spin out created through the Venture Lab acceleration program at the BioInnovation Institute in Copenhagen, is tackling this problem with research into iPSC-derived liver tissue from David Hay’s CRM labs.
“The generation of implantable human tissue to treat debilitating disease is of paramount importance. We have generated proof of concept that human liver tissue can be deployed underneath the skin and supports recipient organ function from a far. These capabilities are the focus of Stimuliver, which generates human liver tissue implants at clinical grade.” – Professor David Hay, CEO of Stimuliver
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There is enormous potential for next generation stem cell derived allogeneic cell therapies to relieve the global healthcare burden that we have today from diseases such as liver failure and diabetes. With optimized cell sources and matrices supported by the availability of high-quality raw materials, these lifesaving treatments can be delivered to patients.
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