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Athersys grows into ortho market with RTI deal

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Cell therapy firm Athersys has entered the orthopaedics industry after licensing its multipoint adult progenitor cell (MAPC) technology to RTI Biologics. The licence will allow RTI (Alachua, Florida) to develop biologic implants for orthopaedic applications, which it aims to make available to orthopaedic surgeries in the first half of 2012. Athersys currently develops stem cell technologies, such as its MultiStem product, for the treatment of certain cardiovascular, central nervous system-related, inflammatory and immune system disorders. Under the terms of the deal, Cleveland, Ohio-based Athersys will receive a $3m fee and will gain up to $37.5m in potential commercialisation milestones and cumulative revenue achievements.

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