Madison stem cell firm nabs $50K state grant

Madison stem cell firm nabs $50K state grant

Madison, Wis. – Shiloh Laboratories, a Madison-based biotechnology company, has received a $50,000 state grant to further develop a supplement used to grow stem cells in culture, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The company, founded in 2007 by genetics researcher Thomas Primiano, has developed what it believes is an improved growth-factor supplement that researchers would use to grow stem cells. The supplement, which is added to the stem cell culture, uses a naturally occurring protein to stimulate the growth of both embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.
According to Shiloh, the patent-pending supplement would have a lower price point than current supplements, and it would enable stem cell researchers to “feed” their cells every three days. With existing supplements, the cells must be fed each day.
In 1998, University of Wisconsin-Madison cellular biologist James Thomson became the first scientist to isolate and culture embryonic stem cells.