Looking Back

20 Years of Immunology Research

Cell separation is an integral part of immunology research. Look back with us at some highlights from the last 20 years of immunology research and see how STEMCELL has been helping immunologists isolate pure populations of cells along this journey.

  • 1996

    In the Beginning, There were Columns

    Our first cell isolation technology, StemSep™, is actually column-based, and is invented the same year Peter Doherty and Rolf Zinkernagel won a Nobel Prize for their work on the specificity of immune cells.

  • Newly Discovered Therapies Against HIV

    Major advances in HIV therapy are named “Breakthrough of the Year” by Science. Learn more about the immune response to HIV and recent cutting-edge research in this field.

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  • 1999

    First Column-Free Cell Isolation Technology

    As a first step away from column-based cell isolation, we develop a unique immunodensity cell isolation technology, RosetteSep™, allowing scientists to isolate cells directly from whole blood.

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  • 2002

    The Iconic EasySep™ Cell Isolation is Invented

    We develop EasySep™, a fast, easy and column-free immunomagnetic cell isolation technology, allowing scientists to isolate highly purified cells with a simple pour.

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  • 2003

    FOXP3 Described as 'Master Transcription Factor' in Regulatory T Cells

    This discovery opens doors for researchers to more accurately identify regulatory T cells and their role in maintaining immune tolerance. Learn more about recent advances in immune tolerance research.

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  • The Role of Macrophages Discovered in Obesity-Associated Inflammation

    Scientists begin to discover the contributions of adipose tissue-resident immune cells in metabolic disorders. Learn more about recent advances in obesity-associated inflammation.

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  • 2005

    Fully Automated Cell Isolation

    RoboSep™ is introduced and is the first fully automated column-free cell isolation instrument. Discover how you can minimize sample handling and process up to 16 samples at once.

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  • 2007

    Human Genetic Variation Named "Breakthrough of the Year"

    The ability to detect variations in the human genome allows immunologists to identify genes associated with autoimmunity. Learn more about the genetic basis of autoimmunity.

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  • 2010

    ILC2s Described as a New Immune Cell Type

    Scientists discover ILC2s as a new cell type that promotes type 2 immune responses and plays a role in the development of allergy. We’ve partnered with Nature Immunology to create a wallchart summarizing the development, plasticity and function of innate lymphoid cells. We are giving them away for free!

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  • 2013

    PBMC Isolation Gets Easier

    With the invention of SepMate™, scientists say goodbye to slow and laborious PBMC isolation. This specialized tube allows consistent isolation of PBMCs in just 15 minutes with a simple pour-off. Now manufactured following cGMP.

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  • Promising Results of Cancer Immunotherapy Trials

    This year, the promise of cancer immunotherapy is named "Breakthrough of the Year" by Science. Learn more about some of the major advances in cancer immunology research.

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  • Canadian Government Support for HIV Research

    We receive Government of Canada support to develop new cell isolation technology that will enable advancements in the study of the immune response to HIV and the development of HIV vaccines.

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  • 2014

    Enabling Cell Isolation Directly from Whole Blood

    We launch EasySep™ Direct, a new technology that allows for the isolation of highly purified cells directly from whole blood without the need for lysis or centrifugation.

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  • 2015

    Emerging Applications of CRISPR Genome Editing Technology

    Groundbreaking studies describing new applications of CRISPR/Cas9 has led to this gene editing technology being named “Breakthrough of the Year”. See how scientists apply this technology to immune cell engineering.

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  • STEMCELL Technologies Named Company of the Year by BIOTECanada and LifeSciences BC

  • 2016

    Immunologists Tell Their Stories

    We launch Immunology Profiles, a new platform where immunologists can tell their stories, discuss their research, and voice their thoughts and opinions on the field.

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  • Free Positively Selected Cells from Magnetic Particles

    We develop EasySep™ Release, a new technology that allows scientists to positively select cells then release bound magnetic particles from their isolated cells. This invention enables sequential positive selections to isolate unique and rare cell types.

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