STEMCELL Supports COVID-19 Research

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is bringing the scientific community together in an unprecedented collective research effort to find diagnostic tools, vaccines, and treatments to improve global health outcomes.

As a member of the global scientific community, STEMCELL Technologies is committed to supplying the necessary research tools to support this effort and is collaborating directly with researchers working on the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Together, we can reach solutions, sooner.

Collaborating to Accelerate COVID-19 Research

From the very start of the novel coronavirus outbreak, STEMCELL has accelerated the pace of discovery for COVID-19 research. Hear how our Canadian-made products have been used in the push to develop vaccines and viral treatments.

Read on to learn more about how STEMCELL is helping scientists advance their search for effective interventions for the COVID-19 outbreak.

Announcements & Mentions in the News

Collaboration within the health sciences field is crucial to finding and implementing effective solutions.

To rapidly develop new diagnostic tools, vaccines, therapeutics, and public health measures for addressing COVID-19, researchers in academia and the biotech industry are working closely alongside pharmaceutical and government bodies.

Explore the links below to learn more about how STEMCELL is partnering with scientists from around the globe to support the COVID-19 research effort and improve global healthcare outcomes.

SARS-CoV-2 Publication Highlights

To aid research progress, scientists and publishers alike have been working tirelessly to ensure that new data on COVID-19 and the SARS-CoV-2 virus are shared quickly and widely within the scientific community.

Explore some noteworthy early peer-reviewed studies of SARS-CoV-2 using STEMCELL products:

Zhu N et al. (2020) A novel coronavirus from patients with pneumonia in China. N Engl J Med. 382(8):727–33.

To isolate and identify a novel pathogen-causing illness in China, researchers infected air-liquid interface (ALI) cultures of pathogen-free human airway epithelial cells with fluid from patients showing symptoms. This human airway infection model, grown in PneumaCult™ media, enabled the scientists to isolate the virus that was reproducibly infecting human lung cells, sequence its genome, and investigate elements of its pathogenesis with transmission electron microscopy.

Xu H et al. (2020) High expression of ACE2 receptor of 2019-nCoV on the epithelial cells of oral mucosa. Int J Oral Sci 12(1):8.

Researchers in China used single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNAseq) to investigate the expression levels of the SARS-CoV-2 receptor, ACE2. To get a clean signal for their analysis, these researchers used the EasySep™ Dead Cell Removal (Annexin V) Kit as a part of their process to prepare oral tissue samples for scRNAseq.

Lukassen S et al. (2020) SARS-CoV-2 receptor ACE2 and TMPRSS2 are primarily expressed in bronchial transient secretory cells. EMBO J. Apr 4. Online ahead of print.

Scientists in Germany also used scRNAseq to probe which cells in the lungs had the highest expression of transmembrane receptors for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Although they used primary healthy lung tissue samples for the larger airways, this is impractical for the very small subsegmental bronchial branches, where sample sizes are small. To increase the number of cells for analysis, these scientists grew cells from the lung’s smallest airways into ALI cultures in PneumaCult™-ALI Medium.

Tools for COVID-19 Research

Having the right tools and support is essential for accelerating scientific discovery for COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2. As Scientists Helping Scientists, STEMCELL Technologies is here to help with relevant products, resources, and support.

Products for Your Coronavirus Research

Discover technologies and techniques that might benefit your research program by exploring how scientists are using STEMCELL products in a variety of contexts related to coronavirus research.

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COVID-19 Researcher Profiles

Discover the personalities and points of view behind the research. We asked scientists who are contributing to the global COVID-19 research effort about their scientific backgrounds, current efforts, and the successes and challenges they are seeing.

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Working Together to Advance Science

The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized how important collaboration is for advancing research progress, efficiently. By working together, the scientific community—including academic, biotech, and governmental bodies—can reach breakthroughs for COVID-19 and in other areas, sooner.

Working Together to Advance Science

STEMCELL as a Partner for Advancing Science

As scientists, we understand the value of collaboration. Explore the ways in which we are working together with researchers to accelerate scientific discovery.

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