03 Jan Madison will house new stem cell production facility
Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics, Inc. (FCDI) plans to build a $21 million facility in Madison to manufacture stem cells for use in developing regenerative medicine drugs — its own drugs and those of other companies.
FCDI, formerly Cellular Dynamics International, manufactures human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which are skin or blood cells that scientists reprogram back into their embryonic state and then coax into specific cell types for use in scientific research or drug development.
“To meet the growing demand for FCDI’s iPS cell platform, the state-of-the-art production facility will have a flexible cell culturing design to serve production requirements of both industrial quantities of cells and small, diverse batches,” said Seimi Satake, FCDI chairman and CEO.
FCDI has labs and offices in University Research Park at 525 Science Drive and recently expanded to 465 Science Drive.