Sigma-Aldrich to Carry Key Products for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell
ST. LOUIS, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sigma-Aldrich (Nasdaq: SIAL)
today announced a distribution agreement with AlphaGenix, Inc., a leading
developer and manufacturer of products for basic and clinical life science
research. Sigma-Aldrich will now be the exclusive supplier of
AlphaGenix-developed antibodies and research tools for the fields of
regenerative medicine and stem cell biology. This partnership will further
augment Sigma-Aldrich's growing product portfolio of life science tools for
stem cell research (http://www.sigma-aldrich.com/stemcell).
The new product offerings include antibodies to stem cell markers; tools
for 3-D stem cell culture systems, such as MaxGel(TM), a human derived
extracellular Matrix (ECM) and its components; and HydroMatrix(TM), a
synthetic peptide scaffold that offers the precision and control of a
synthesized matrix with the natural 3-D architecture of a highly crosslinked
Over the past decade, researchers have developed a number of enhanced 3-D
cell culture systems that better resemble in vivo systems. Both MaxGel and
HydroMatrix promote cell growth and migration and have been shown to support
the proliferation and enhance function of many cell types, including neural
stem cells, neurons, glia, astrocytes, fibroblasts, and keratinocytes.
"It is increasingly important to design cell culture assays that closely
mimic the behavior of cells in living tissues," said Carl Schrott, Director of
Marketing for Regenerative Medicine and Research Cell Culture at
Sigma-Aldrich. "Through this partnership, we will offer our customers new
tools to grow stem cells that resemble their in vivo counterparts, and the
high-quality antibodies needed to study them."
To access Sigma-Aldrich's extensive portfolio of reagents and kits for
life science researchers, visit http://www.sigma-aldrich.com/lifescience.
About Sigma-Aldrich: Sigma-Aldrich is a leading Life Science and High
Technology company. Its biochemical and organic chemical products and kits are
used in scientific and genomic research, biotechnology, pharmaceutical
development, the diagnosis of disease and as key components in pharmaceutical
and other high technology manufacturing. Sigma-Aldrich has customers in life
science companies, university and government institutions, hospitals, and in
industry. Over one million scientists and technologists use its products.
Sigma-Aldrich operates in 36 countries and has 8,000 employees providing
excellent service worldwide. Sigma-Aldrich is committed to Accelerating
Customer Success through Leadership in Life Science, High Technology and
Service. For more information about Sigma-Aldrich, please visit its
award-winning website at http://www.sigma-aldrich.com.
About AlphaGenix, Inc.: AlphaGenix is a life science company that
develops novel products and technologies for basic and clinical research with
a particular emphasis on stem cell markers, biomaterials and regenerative
medicine. The biomaterials product focus involves the design and application
of 3-dimensional biomaterials comprised of extracellular matrix components and
peptide nanofibers that have cell culture and tissue engineering applications.
In addition, the company conducts regenerative medicine research that involves
basic science and translational preclinical research using stem cell
regulatory network discoveries and novel preclinical studies utilizing animal
models with a focus on neurological disease. For more information on
AlphaGenix and its products, which are sold worldwide, visit our website at
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CONTACT: Sean Battles of Sigma-Aldrich, +1-314-286-7616,
Web site: http://www.sigma-aldrich.com