LOS ANGELES (June 1, 2022) --


Cedars-Sinai and Space Tango are launching pilot-scale systems for the in-space production of stem cells to see if they can elevate the next generation of stem cell and gene therapies by harnessing the near-zero gravity conditions of spaceflight.

This mission, funded by a NASA Research Announcement award, will help researchers explore the effects of microgravity on induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). The work can potentially lead to better ways to manufacture large numbers of cells in the absence of gravity. 

Microgravity has become of great interest to stem cell scientists due to unique properties it grants to biological tissues and processes that could potentially help mass-produce cells or other products in a way that is not possible to do on Earth.


The launch to the International Space Station on SpaceX CRS-25 is currently scheduled for Thursday, June 9, at 10:45 a.m. ET.

Watch the launch live: NASA Live


Clive Svendsen, PhD, executive director of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute and co-principal investigator on the mission.

Dhruv Sareen, PhD, executive director of the Cedars-Sinai Biomanufacturing Center and co-principal investigator on the mission.


Launch Location: Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida

Launch Provider: SpaceX

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9

Capsule: Cargo Dragon


Follow  Cedars-Sinai on Twitter at @CedarsSinaiMed and scientists @dsareen and @CliveSvendsen to get live updates of the mission.