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Automated, scalable culture of human embryonic stem cells in feeder free conditions

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posted on 17.02.2009, 16:49 by Rob ThomasRob Thomas, David Anderson, Amit Chandra, Nigel M. Smith, Lorraine E. Young, David Williams, Chris Denning
Large-scale manufacture of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) is prerequisite to their widespread use in biomedical applications. However, current hESC culture strategies are labor-intensive and employ highly variable processes, presenting challenges for scaled production and commercial development. Here we demonstrate that passaging of the hESC lines, HUES7, and NOTT1, with trypsin in feeder-free conditions, is compatible with complete automation on the CompacT SelecT, a commercially available and industrially relevant robotic platform. Pluripotency was successfully retained, as evidenced by consistent proliferation during serial passage, expression of stem cell markers (OCT4, NANOG, TRA1-81, and SSEA-4), stable karyotype, and multi-germlayer differentiation in vitro, including to pharmacologically responsive cardiomyocytes. Automation of hESC culture will expedite cell-use in clinical, scientific, and industrial applications.



  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


THOMAS, R.J. ... et al, 2009. Automated, scalable culture of human embryonic stem cells in feeder-free conditions. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 102 (6), pp. 1636-1644


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