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Medtronic and Genzyme Combine Their Cell Therapy Approaches to Serious Heart Disease

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To help guide it through the world of cardiac biologics, Medtronic's enlisted the help of biotech Genzyme. Medtronic has drug delivery devices and imaging expertise: Genzyme offers focused cell therapy research in cardiac repair and heart disease and has an up-and-running Phase II trial using autologous skeletal myoblasts. Both companies label the deal as strategic--for now. But 2006 is presumably the earliest newly formed MG Biotherapeutics will begin to commit heavily to this problematic endeavor.

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