April 14, 2010

JAPAN: Automatic cell culture device to aid medicine

. TOKYO, Japan / The Japan Times / Kyodo News / April 14, 2010 Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have developed a device that can culture the cells of several people simultaneously and effectively for regenerative medicine, KHI officials said. Home page banner of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. The device is expected to be used in the future to culture induced pluripotent stem cells, which can develop into any type of body tissue. Cell culture has been one of the major barriers to the spread of regenerative medicine as it requires a time-consuming process. At present, experienced technicians need to take care of each person's cells manually to prevent the incorporation of cells of other people. Banner of Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology The price for the device is expected to top ¥100 million. [rc] (C) The Japan Times Ltd.