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Essent Biologics Launches Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells For Regenerative Medicine, Biopharmaceutical And Cell Therapy Research | New Products Services

CENTENNIAL, Colo., June 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Essent Biologics, a nonprofit biotechnology company setting a new standard in human-derived biomaterials and comprehensive data for research, today announced the launch of its human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) for regenerative medicine, biopharmaceutical and cell therapy research. Essent Biologics will provide highly-characterized, low-passaged hMSCs. Each vial will contain over one million cells at thaw and have a passage level of P0 or P1 to ensure potency.

The company’s hMSCs are the first commercial hMSC product that is recovered, expanded and cryopreserved without the use of antibiotics or animal products. Additionally, with each order of hMSCs, Essent Biologics can provide full donor information coupled with a source biopsy called the Essent Origin Sample™.

“This is an import milestone in getting our products into the hands of brilliant researchers,” said Corey Stone, Executive Director, Essent Biologics. “Our stem cells are

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HEALTH

Zambian president bans campaign rallies to stem Covid-19 spread


Zambian President Edgar Lungu.

  • Zambia has banned campaign rallies ahead of elections scheduled for August.
  • The country has recorded more than 93 000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with more than 1 200 deaths.
  • A leader of the opposition party said his party would go ahead with its campaign rallies.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday banned campaign rallies ahead of elections scheduled for 12 August, saying large gatherings risked spreading the Covid-19 virus.

Lungu, a lawyer, is pitted against economist Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND), whom he narrowly beat in the 2016 elections.

Zambia, Africa’s no.2 copper producer, is the grips of an economic crisis after it failed to make payment of a coupon on one of its dollar bonds in November, dragging it into sovereign default.

Opposition parties have pilloried Lungu’s handling of the crisis. Last year, police shot dead two people after

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