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Karmanos Cancer Institute, Aastrom Biosciences create new center for cell therapy.

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, and Aastrom Biosciences, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, have joined to establish the Center for Cell Therapy (CCT). The CCT is initially being funded through a LLL#2.2 million grant awarded from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, by the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor Initiative, along with other contributions from the Institute and Aastrom. The CCT will focus on the development of new cell therapies to treat cancer and other debilitating diseases.

The goal of the CCT is to consolidate resources to enable cell therapies to be developed and delivered to cancer patients. The CCT will begin clinical studies with the Aastrom Replicell System using cord blood-derived cells intended to provide a normal blood and immune system in leukemia patients. The CCT will also initiate a project using the Aastrom system and Dendricell cell produce to produce dendritic cell-based vaccines intended to treat cancer.

Contact: Martha Button, Institute - (313) 996-8674, or Todd Simpson, Aastrom - (734) 930-5777
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Date:Jul 13, 2001
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