BioTime, Inc. announced today it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Cornell University for the worldwide development and commercialization of technology developed at Weill Cornell Medical College for the differentiation of human embryonic stem cells into vascular endothelial cells. Potential uses of this technology may include a new modality for targeting cancer tumors.
Vascular endothelial cells form the blood vessels that support the growth of cancerous tumors. The technology may be used to derive vascular endothelial cells engineered to “deliver a toxic payload to the developing blood vessels of a tumor to remove malignant tumors while not affecting nearby normal tissues.”
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