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Robert McCarthy Ph.D.PresidentVitaCyte LLC

Robert C. McCarthy, Ph.D., is President of VitaCyte LLC (www.vitacyte.com), a firm he co-founded with Francis Dwulet in 2003. Bob and Francis were key members of the project team at Boehringer Mannheim Biochemicals that developed the first purified collagenase-neutral protease enzyme mixture used to recover human islets from donor pancreata. Liberase™ HI Purified Enzyme Blend increased human islet yields that contributed to the success of the “Edmonton Protocol,” the first successful use of human islet transplantation to manage adult type I diabetic patients. VitaCyte continues to be in the forefront to generate knowledge that is applicable to the therapeutic applications of these enzymes. Clostridium histolyticum collagenase is used as an ancillary reagent to isolate therapeutic cells or as a biotherapeutic active pharmaceutical ingredient.

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