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Large-Scale Manufacture of Therapeutic Human Stem Cells
Large-scale manufacturing of human stem cells for therapeutic use is a leap in technology and science for the current biotechnology industry.

Pharmaceutical Technology
Volume 33, Issue 7, pp. 74-79

Robert J. Thomas* is a Research Councils UK academic fellow in biomanufacturing, and David J. Williams is the professor of healthcare engineering and director of the Research School of Health and Life Sciences, both at Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK, LE11 3TU, tel. +44 1509 227601,

*To whom all correspondence should be addressed.

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