To that end, they just announced a big step in that direction by developing a method to produce corneal endothelium-like cells from human pluripotent stem cells.
This work represents a significant step towards the creation of complete cornea tissue that can be used for transplantation and supports prior data showing indications of corneal endothelium generated by ISCO’s collaborators at Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital, India. Such cells by themselves may potentially promote wound healing and regeneration of the cornea and therefore could be used as a standalone medical treatment.
Development and commercialization of ISCO’s stem cell-derived cornea tissue along with manufacturing of Lifeline Cell Technology’s media and cellular products are the foundation for our expansion to the Asian markets and for clinical collaboration with Indian biomedical organizations including Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital and All-India Institute for Medical Sciences.
Press release: International Stem Cell Corporation Reports Reaching Milestone in Its Cornea Program…