Vitro Biopharma Launches New Stem Cell Products to Accelerate Bone Growth
May Lead to Faster Recovery of Bone Fractures
Golden, Colorado—January 22, 2013—Vitro Diagnostics, Inc. (OTCQB: VODG), dba Vitro Biopharma, announced the launch of a series of products with application to accelerated bone growth, fracture healing and development of new osteoporosis drugs. The new products are osteoblasts derived from human adult stem cells known as mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). These cells lead to bone growth and function to maintain bone density and in the recovery from bone fractures. Osteoporosis, a disease characterized by reduction in bone density is thought to result from decreased osteoblast production by MSCs; bone growth necessary for repair of bone fractures also depends on osteoblasts. The new products include native and labeled MSC-derived human osteoblasts in various formats including fluorescent and magnetic cells for use in different imaging methods. For example, magnetic osteoblast cells labeled with super paramagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) may be used for in-vivo imaging of osteoblasts using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) a common clinical imaging procedure. The availability of native and multiply-labeled osteoblasts provides numerous options to conduct in-vitro high throughput screening cell assays and to coordinate these studies with in-vivo studies.
Dr. Jim Musick, Vitro Biopharma’s President & CEO, said, “We are pleased to announce commercial availability of our MSC-derived human osteoblasts, the latest in our line of MSC-derived differentiated cells intended for applications in drug discovery and development as well as regenerative medicine. Diseases and injury to the skeletal system pose significant health risk and impairment of function. The incidence of osteoporosis continues to rise with the aging population. Bone fractures are common injuries requiring long healing times and significant loss of production. Improved treatment of osteoporosis and accelerated recovery from bone fractures both provide significant health benefits. We are pleased to offer our new products to assist in the achievement of these objectives. We have additional related products in our pipeline and plan to engage in animal studies in the near future to determine the application of our new products to accelerated healing and regenerative medicine.”
About Vitro Biopharma
Vitro Diagnostics, Inc. dba Vitro Biopharma (OTCQB: VODG; http://www.vitrobiopharma.com), owns US patents for production of FSH, immortalization of pituitary cells, and a cell line that produces beta islets for use in treatment of diabetes. In 2011, Vitro Biopharma out-licensed its intellectual property related to treatment of infertility to Dr. James Posillico, a renowned expert in Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Vitro Biopharma also owns a pending US patent for generation of pluripotent stem cells and an additional pending patent for methods of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) generation and related materials. Vitro Biopharma’s mission is “Harnessing the Power of Cells™” for the advancement of regenerative medicine to its full potential. Vitro Biopharma operates within a modern biotechnology manufacturing, R&D and corporate facility in Golden, Colorado. Vitro Biopharma manufactures and sells “Tools for Stem Cell and Drug Development™”, including human mesenchymal stem cells and derivatives, the MSC-Gro™ Brand of optimized media for MSC self-renewal and lineage-specific differentiation. In addition to our FSH patent licensee, Vitro Biopharma maintains several strategic partnerships including an alliance with Neuromics, Inc. (www.neuromics.com). Neuromics, Inc. is a primary distributor of Vitro Biopharma products and a well established manufacturer and distributor of a large variety of life science research products especially focused on cell-based assay systems We jointly manufacture stem cell assay systems with HemoGenix®, Inc. (http://www.hemogenix.com/), known as the LUMENESC™ quantitative assay for determination of MSC quality, potency and response to toxic agents. Stemgenesis, Inc. (http://www.stemgenesisinc.com ) is a Chinese-based firm with operations in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China and with US operations in Sacramento, CA. Vitro Biopharma has an agreement with Stemgenesis, Inc. for distribution of its stem cell products into select Chinese provinces. Also, Vitro Biopharma’s CEO is a consultant on an NSF grant at the City College of New York to advise Dr. Lane Gilcrest, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and his colleagues regarding the development of novel extracellular materials for use in self-renewal and differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells.
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