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WiCell was established in 1999 for the purpose of advancing the science of stem cells. The nonprofit organization is located in Madison, Wisconsin, and closely collaborates with the University of Wisconsin–Madison to further the knowledge and mission of human pluripotent stem cell research. The organization distributes clinical-grade human pluripotent stem cell lines, conducts basic research as well as quality control testing, and provides cell banking services to partners worldwide.

After James Thomson successfully isolated and cultured human embryonic stem cells for the first time in 1998, WiCell was established the following year by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation in realization of the potential in Thomson’s discovery and the unclear regulation of this type of research in a university setting. The foundation wanted to create a ...

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