A Report from a Workshop of the International Stem Cell Banking Initiative, Held in Collaboration of Global Alliance for iPSC Therapies and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Boston, 2017

Stem Cells. 2019 Sep;37(9):1130-1135. doi: 10.1002/stem.3003. Epub 2019 Aug 6.


This report summarizes the recent activity of the International Stem Cell Banking Initiative held at Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Boston, MA, USA, on June 18, 2017. In this meeting, we aimed to find consensus on ongoing issues of quality control (QC), safety, and efficacy of human pluripotent stem cell banks and their derivative cell therapy products for the global harmonization. In particular, assays for the QC testing such as pluripotency assays test and general QC testing criteria were intensively discussed. Moreover, the recent activities of global stem cell banking centers and the regulatory bodies were briefly summarized to provide an overview on global developments and issues. Stem Cells 2019;37:1130-1135.

Keywords: Banking; Global harmonization; International Stem Cell Banking Initiative; Pluripotent stem cells; Quality controls.

Publication types

  • Congress
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Boston
  • Cell- and Tissue-Based Therapy / methods
  • Humans
  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells / cytology
  • International Cooperation
  • Pluripotent Stem Cells / cytology*
  • Quality Control
  • Stem Cells / cytology*
  • Tissue Banks / standards*