August 14, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell patents

4 min read

Has it really been 10 years since induced pluripotent stem cells (aka IPS cells or IPSC) came onto the scene in the stem cell field? Yes, it was a decade ago that now Nobel Laureate Shinya Yamanaka (山中伸弥) published that seminal Cell paper on reprogramming to make mouse IPS cells and then human IPS cells came the next year. From the moment I read that first mouse IPS cell paper, I was very excited about the science and the ideas in it. The domain …Read More

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A new patent has been awarded to James Sherley for a very unusual method claimed for making induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. The patent, No. 8,759,098, claims that a single non-genetic chemical agent, xanthine, can by itself reprogram adult stem cells (ASC) into iPS cells (aka iPSCs; see image they released at left). Surprising patent, huh? Another notable element to this patent story is the identity of the patentee: Dr. James L. Sherley. Sherley fought a court battle (Sherley v Sebelius) with the Obama administration seeking to ban all …Read More