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Materials for stem cell factories of the future

Celiz, Adam D.; Smith, James G.W.; Langer, Robert; Anderson, Daniel G.; Barrett, David A.; Winkler, David A.; Davies, Martyn C.; Young, Lorraine E.; Denning, Chris; Alexander, Morgan R.


Adam D. Celiz

James G.W. Smith

Robert Langer

Daniel G. Anderson

David A. Barrett

David A. Winkler

Martyn C. Davies

Lorraine E. Young

Professor of Stem Cell Biology


The materials community is now identifying polymeric substrates that could permit translation of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) from lab-based research to industrial scale biomedicine. Well defined materials are required to allow cell banking and to provide the raw material for reproducible differentiation into lineages for large scale drug screening programs and clinical use, wherein >1 billion cells for each patient are needed to replace losses during heart attack, multiple sclerosis and diabetes. Producing this number of cells for one patient is challenging and a rethink is needed to scalable technology with the potential to meet the needs of millions of patients a year. Here we consider the role of materials discovery, an emerging area of materials chemistry that is in a large part driven by the challenges posed by biologists to materials scientists1-4.


Celiz, A. D., Smith, J. G., Langer, R., Anderson, D. G., Barrett, D. A., Winkler, D. A., …Alexander, M. R. (2014). Materials for stem cell factories of the future. Nature Materials, 13(6), 570-579.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 31, 2014
Online Publication Date May 21, 2014
Publication Date 2014-06
Deposit Date Nov 20, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 20, 2015
Journal Nature Materials
Print ISSN 1476-1122
Electronic ISSN 1476-4660
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 6
Pages 570-579
Keywords biomaterials, cells, human pluripotent stem cells
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Additional Information Received: 18 July 2013; Accepted: 31 March 2014; First Online: 21 May 2014; : The authors declare no competing financial interests.


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