The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is the patent and license agent
for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
WARF has assumed responsibility for patenting, licensing, and
distribution of human embryo stem cells, which are the result of research by
Dr. James Thomson. Although certain
rights have been granted to Geron Corporation, WARF has retained rights
involving the research use of human embryonic stem cells. WARF is currently working on a mechanism to
support the supply of cells to academic and non-academic researchers that it
expects to have finalized in October 1999.
WARF intends to provide the
cells to academic researchers for a nominal fee.
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