WiCell Research Institute


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Company Profile

WiCell is a non-profit research institute established in 1999 to advance the science of stem cells. The organization is focused on enhancing and expanding the study of human embryonic stem (hES) cells by generating fundamental knowledge; establishing research protocols; providing cell lines, research tools and training to scientists worldwide; and supporting efforts to unlock the therapeutic potential of this seminal scientific field. Beginning in October 2005, WiCell hosts the National Stem Cell Bank.

Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, WiCell is a supporting organization of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a world-leader in the area of hES cell research. Stem cell pioneer Dr. James Thomson, Ph.D., V.M.D., was the first to isolate hES cells and now serves as WiCell’s scientific director.

A number of UW-Madison faculty members use laboratory space at WiCell to facilitate collaborative research between the institute and the university. WiCell employs a staff of 40, including scientists engaged in research on basic stem cell biology and a support group that facilitates UW research programs. WiCell staff members manage the National Stem Cell Bank, train researchers in hES culture and maintenance, and provide outreach to area schools and the general public.
Business Sectors
Pharmaceuticals   Human Diagnostics  
Med or Lab Devices   Lab Reagents or Services
Drug Manufacturing   Food & Agribusiness  
CRO   Bioinformatics or Software  
Company History
For many years, scientists tried to isolate and grow human embryonic stem cells. In 1990, Dr. James Thomson, a researcher at University of Wisconsin-Madison, successfully established and sustained several independent cell lines in culture. It was the first time anyone had succeeded in culturing these miraculous cells.

WiCell provides human embryonic stem cells for research purposes to scientists around the world and engages in basic research on stem cells and their application in cell-based diseases. Through the efforts of scientists at WiCell and around the world, diseases such as Parkinson's, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer's may be treated by replacing damaged cells with healthy ones.
WiCell Research Institute
Address 504 S Rosa Rd, Suite 101
[Map] Madison
Phone 1-888-204-1782
Fax 608-441-8059
Website Link
Head Robert J. Drape
Company Statistics
Global Headcount 17
Local Headcount 17
Year Founded 1999
Ownership Private
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Reference Documents
Corporate Profile
WiCell Factsheet Nov 2009 [View]
2008 - WiCell Establishes Second Stem Cell Bank [View]
2007 - WiCell Profiled [View]