Coming to Madison is a new state-of-the-art production facility for Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics, Inc. (FCDI). The company, formerly known as Cellular Dynamics International, was founded by James Thomson, a UW-Madison stem cell pioneer, in 2004. In 2015, Fujifilm Holdings Corp., a Japanese company, purchased and renamed Cellular Dynamics International for $307 million.
FCDI specializes in manufacturing iPSCs or human induced pluripotent stem cells. Used in research and drug development, the cells are the embryonic state of skin or blood cells.
The company is allied with other Japanese biotech companies including Japanese Tissue Engineering Co., Fujifilm Wako Pure Chemical Corp., and Fujifilm Irvine Scientific. FCDI currently has an office in Madison.
In the $21 million facility which will be completed by March 2020, the company will develop regenerative medicine for treating illnesses like heart disease and cancer.
[Source: Wisconsin State Journal]