Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963954 | Print ISBN: 9781412959087 | Online ISBN: 9781412963954| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
STEMCELLS, INC., IS a California—based company dedicated to diseases of the brain, liver, and pancreas. To treat such diseases, the company works with tissue—derived stem cells with the goal of using these cells for regenerative therapy. As of early 2008, StemCells boasts of holding a human neural stem cell, with candidates for both hepatic and pancreatic stem cells as well. StemCells' mission is to harness the great promise offered by stem cell technology towards the treatment, and possibly cure, of a broad array of intractable human disease for the benefit of patients, family members, physicians and society in general. The company defines stem cells as those cells that have the ability to differentiate into any other cell type and that can divide sustainably. Furthermore, those cells that have risen from stem cells but can still differentiate into multiple cell types are called progenitor cells. StemCells harvests stem cells from tissues ...