FAQ
  1. Who is ArunA Biomedical?
  2. Where is ArunA located?
  3. What is a neural progenitor cell?
  4. What are Neurons?
  5. What are Mesenchymal Cells?
  6. What are Mouse Embryonic Feeder Cells (i.e. ArunA's Mi-T-MEF™ Mouse Feeder Cells)?
  7. What are mouse fibroblast target cells (i.e. ArunA's MouseEZ™ Target Cells)?
  8. What can ArunA Biomedical's cells do?
  9. Why are ArunA Biomedical's products unique?
  10. Who are ArunA's customers?
  11. How can researchers purchase ArunA's cells?  What are the costs?
  12. How does ArunA ship its products?
  13. What is the impact of readily available Neural Stem Cells to the research community?

 

1. Who is ArunA Biomedical?

For more information about ArunA Biomedical please visit the "About Us" page.

2.  Where is ArunA located?

ArunA Biomedical is located in the Biotechnology Business Incubator at the University of Georgia in Athens, approximately 70 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Mailing address:  425 River Rd
                         Athens, GA 30602

3.  What is a neural progenitor cell?

Progenitor cells are cells which can divide and therefore create more cells. Under the proper conditions, they can be turned into different cell types.  A neural progenitor cell is a cell that has two main properties:  it must be proliferative (it can replicate itself and will continue to divide to create more neural progenitor cells) and it has the potential (when grown under the right conditions) to turn into many different cell types found in the nervous system (most cells of the adult nervous system do not replicate).

4. What are Neurons?

Neurons are cells that have the capability to transmit information by electrical and chemical signaling. Neurons comprise the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and peripheral ganglia (bundles of nerve cell bodies.)  There are also specialized types of neurons: sensory neurons, motor neurons and interneurons.

5. What are Mesenchymal Cells?

Mesenchymal cells are multipotent stem cells, meaning they can differentiate into a limited subset of cell types. These cell types include osteoblasts (bone cells), chondrocytes (cartilage cells) and adipocytes (fat cells).

6. What are Mouse Embryonic Feeder Cells (i.e. ArunA's Mi-T-MEF™ Mouse Feeder Cells)?

Inactivated mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) are cells used in stem cell culture systems.  When plated in the bottom of the culture dish, these feeder cells provide a surface to which the stem cells can attach, as well as releasing nutrients into the culture environment.  ArunA also offers mitotically and transcriptionally active mouse fibroblasts to use as target cells (please see question #7)

7. What are mouse fibroblast target cells (i.e. ArunA's MouseEZ™ Target Cells)?

Mouse fibroblast target cells are mouse embryonic fibroblasts that have NOT been inactivated and are left mitotically and transcriptionally active.  These cells can be used as target cells for genetic modification to generate mouse induced pluripotent cells (miPSC) using the viPS™ Vector Kit.   Please see the viPS™ Vector Kit Product Manual for details concerning transduction of these cells.  

8. What can ArunA Biomedical's cells do?

ArunA’s products provide a novel source of human cells that can be used to screen for the clinical efficacy or toxicity of potential therapeutic agents.  Also, the cells provide researchers with human cells rather than animal cells (most often currently used) to address basic science questions. 

For additional information, send your questions to:
 info@arunabiomedical.com

9. Why are ArunA Biomedical's products unique?

ArunA’s licensed patented platform technology offers a robust, loosely adherent monolayer cell culture system which makes ArunA’s products ideal for a broad array of research purposes. The single layer gives a clear view of the morphology of the cells, and also ensures that all cells are equally exposed to research compounds.

Our patented platform technology provides such a robust system that we can consistently produce billions of highly characterized cells and make them readily available to scientists around the world.

10. Who are ArunA's customers?

Our tools are designed to advance critical and basic research applications.  Customers include pharmaceutical companies as well as academic researchers interested in brain and spinal cord research, as well as bone formation and regeneration.

11. How can researchers purchase ArunA's cell?  What are the costs?

ArunA now offers direct sales of highly scalable human stem cell systems, including neural and mesenchymal cells, and specialized media and growth supplement. Products and pricing are currently available and may be purchased directly from ArunA Biomedical by visiting our product page.

12. How does ArunA ship its products?

Refrigerated products are wrapped in bubble wrap and shipped with cold packs.  Frozen supplements and cell vials are shipped on a minimum on 10lbs. of dry ice pellets, and frozen dry ice blocks if necessary.  All domestic shipments are shipped overnight in an expanded polystyrene cooler (EPS). International shipments are mailed in EPS coolers or PUR shippers and shipped international priority.  Due to the temperature sensitivity of our products, ArunA only ships on Mondays and Tuesdays.

13. What is the impact of readily available Neural Stem Cells to the research community?

Our hope is that researchers will be able to accelerate the efficiency of their research and thereby offer the patient community possible treatments and therapies sooner than anticipated.

Embryonic stem cells are the only cells that have been proven to produce functional cells like Dopaminergic cells - the cells that are lost in Parkinson’s disease or motor neurons - the cells that are killed off in Lou Gehrig’s disease. ArunA’s cells are more physiologically relevant to normal human neural cells and provide a better model for human disease research.