LifeMap Sciences, a Subsidiary of BioTime, Announces Release of GeneCards Version 3.11
LifeMap Sciences, Inc., a subsidiary of BioTime, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BTX), announced today the release of GeneCards, Version 3.11. The new release is available at www.genecards.org. GeneCards is a comprehensive online database that provides comprehensive information on all human genes. It is accessed by professionals in many institutions including academia, research hospitals, patent offices, and leading biotech and pharma companies. LifeMap Sciences holds the exclusive worldwide license to market GeneCards from Yeda Research and Development Company Ltd., the commercial arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science.
GeneCards 3.11 now showcases gene-related scientific conferences, including links to ESCMID 2014 on Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, AD/PD 2014 on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and ISPPD-9 on Pneumococci and Pneumococcal diseases.
Additional features of the new GeneCards release include:
- More than 122,000 gene entries, including the world's largest arsenal of ~77,000 non-protein-coding RNAs.
- Revamped comprehensive version of the popular disease-gene list with links to MalaCards (www.malacards.org), our Human Disease Compendium.
- Enhanced information about genetic variations and disease mutations from UniProtKB
- Gene classifications from HGNC and IUPHAR
- Information on protein-binding ligands from the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR)
- Enhanced proteomics section with new tissue expression data from the renown MAXQB
- Improved presentation of expression in embryonic tissues from LifeMap Discovery (discovery.lifemapsc.com) and new antibodies.
“It is a pleasure to see GeneCards making new progress in its mission to cover ‘all about human genes'. I am especially proud to see the new information from the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, covering both gene-related binding molecules (ligands) and protein classification. Along with our newly enhanced super-pathways and novel proteome data, these items portray the inventiveness of our academic team,” said Professor Doron Lancet, Ph.D., The Ralph D. and Lois R. Silver Professor of Human Genomics, at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
“We continue focusing on making GeneCards a go-to platform for the biomedical research community, and are looking to expand our offerings of gene-related scientific conferences through future collaborations,” stated Yaron Guan-Golan, Chief Marketing Officer of LifeMap Sciences.
About LifeMap Sciences, Inc.
LifeMap Sciences' (www.lifemapsc.com) core technology and business is based on its Integrated Biomedical Knowledgebase and discovery platform for biomedical research, which currently includes GeneCards: the leading human gene database; LifeMap Discovery, the database of embryonic development, stem cell research and regenerative medicine; and MalaCards, the human disease database. LifeMap's products are used in many institutions including academia, research hospitals, patent offices, and leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. LifeMap is also engaged in therapeutics discovery, utilizing LifeMap's proprietary platform to aid in the development of products for the treatment of degenerative diseases, including utilizing BioTime's proprietary, PureStem human progenitor cell lines. In addition to its currently marketed products, LifeMap is pursuing several new internet and informatics products with substantial rapid revenue growth potential, leveraging its existing products and their large user base.
About BioTime, Inc.
BioTime is a biotechnology company engaged in research and product development in the field of regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine refers to therapies based on stem cell technology that are designed to rebuild cell and tissue function lost due to degenerative disease or injury. BioTime's focus is on pluripotent stem cell technology based on human embryonic stem (“hES”) cells and induced pluripotent stem (“iPS”) cells. hES and iPS cells provide a means of manufacturing every cell type in the human body and therefore show considerable promise for the development of a number of new therapeutic products. BioTime's therapeutic and research products include a wide array of proprietary PureStem progenitors, HyStem hydrogels, culture media, and differentiation kits. BioTime is developing Renevia (a HyStem product) as a biocompatible, implantable hyaluronan and collagen-based matrix for cell delivery in human clinical applications. In addition, BioTime has developed Hextend, a blood plasma volume expander for use in surgery, emergency trauma treatment and other applications. Hextend is manufactured and distributed in the U.S. by Hospira, Inc. and in South Korea by CJ CheilJedang Corporation under exclusive licensing agreements.