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NC startup envisions growing replacement corneas

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A new North Carolina startup is focused on developing replacement corneas from banked donor cells and scaffolds. The name at the moment is rather abstract--HCEC (Human Cultured Endothelial Cells). Ocular Systems, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the North Carolina Eye Bank launched the enterprise. Company founders want to isolate cells from banked donor corneas to grow new tissue in the lab, maximizing the potential of cells from a single donor. Human trials are some time in the future, but the company must first complete a number of preclinical studies. Release