In response to CIRM RFA 12-04, Fisher BioServices, Inc., proposes to grow a California-based self-sustaining biobank of human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) lines for use in the development of new therapies. We have 27 years of experience in biorepository science and services, and have the expertise and global infrastructure to expand the supply and distribute the cell lines to international research sites. Fisher BioServices will provide LN2 dry shippers and arrange for the transfer of each cell line (proposed at 100 vials) from the Deriving Laboratory (RFA 12-03) to the repository. If needed, we will train staff in the use of the shippers according to SOPs; the vials will be received and stored in the biobank according to SOPs. Fisher BioServices will provide online access and researchers will be able to search the database, place orders, and submit payment. The information required from those seeking to use CIRM materials, the fee schedule, and other variables in the operation and management of the biobank, will be decided in collaboration with CIRM, the Deriver, and the Tissue Collector (RFA 12-02). As inventory is depleted, Fisher BioServices will send the cell line to StemCells, Inc for expansion and replenishment of the inventory. This will include those derived under CIRM 12-03 as well as from California researchers. The quality of materials in the biobank will be documented and available. The cells will be distributed in compliance with all regulations.
Statement of Benefit to California:
Our Biobanking facility was established in California in 2002 with commercial resources, demonstrating our commitment to building our business in California apart from State funding. We are already part of the business and biotech community and will not be displacing another biobanking/repository business in California.
By creating a biobank of cell lines that are derived and expanded by California-based laboratories, the biobank will preserve and create additional high quality, skilled biotech laboratory jobs in California.
In addition, Fisher BioServices supports the entire developmental pipeline of new therapies and our goal is to provide excellent, high value service to the CIRM biobank users and correspondingly grow our California repository business along with the California pharmaceutical companies that are developing cell-based therapies. We are on the forefront of supporting the development of cell-based therapies at cryogenic temperatures and the expansion of this arena of our business will provide new jobs well beyond the laboratory for residents of California.