Latest News from Stem Cell Institute Innovation Facilities

Laboratory for Stem Cell Automation

The Laboratory for Stem Cell Automation at the UMN Stem Cell Institute houses two TECAN Fluent 780 workstations and has been available to assist UMN researchers integrating automation into their stem cell related projects. This facility is now also available for hire by external customers. More details of the robotic workstations and how to make requests for use can be found here.

Stem Cell Business Incubator

The UMN Stem Cell Business Incubator provides equipped laboratory space to start-up companies in the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine business sectors.

Our newest start up client is BlueCube Biowho moved their team into Incubator laboratory space in the Stem Cell Institute in March 2021. BlueCube Bio is led by one of our SCI faculty members, Allison Hubel PhD, Professor in the Dept of Mechanical Engineering. Professor Hubel is also Director of BioCor, the UMN Biopreservation Core Resource. BlueCube Bio is developing non-toxic preservation solutions to improve cell manufacturing.

The Business Incubator also continues to support our existing client companies:

Sarcio was founded by SCI Faculty member Professor Timothy O’Brien, uses pluripotent stem cells and organoids to address cartilage repair.

Anatomic is using discoveries made at the UMN Stem Cell Institute to accelerate the production of neurons from pluripotent stem cells. Patrick Walsh MS, CEO of Anatomic is a graduate from the 2011 inaugural class of Stem Cell Biology MS students at the UMN Stem Cell Institute.

Both Sarcio and Anatomic were awarded grants from Regenerative Medicine Minnesota in 2021.

Stem Cell Core

The UMN Stem Cell Core supports stem cell and reprogramming projects around the University. The core provides expertise, training, reagents, cell lines, assistance with differentiation protocols and other aspects of stem cell technologies and assists with potential translation. UMN research groups can request services by completing the form here.