International Stem Cell Corp. (ISCO)
International Stem Cell Corp. specializes in the therapeutic applications of human parthenogenetic stem cells (hpSCs) and the development and commercialization of cell-based research and cosmetic products. The company was first to perfect the natural phenomenon of parthenogenesis, which utilizes unfertilized human eggs to create hpSCs. These stem cells, created in a particular form called HLA homozygous, can be immune-matched to millions of people regardless of sex or racial background, with minimal expectation of immune rejection after transplantation.
hpSCs are as pluripotent as embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and have significant therapeutic potential but their creation does not involve the destruction of a viable human embryo – thus sidestepping the controversy and ethical dilemmas associated with the use of human embryonic stem cells. Different from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSs), hpSCs do not involve manipulation of gene expression back to a less differentiated stage – a practice that may become a safety or regulatory obstacle in clinical applications.
A relatively small number of hpSC lines can offer the potential of producing the first true stem cell bank, UniStemCell, which ISCO intends to create as a means of serving populations across the globe. The company's scientists are currently focused on using hpSC to treat severe diseases of the eye, nervous system, and liver, for which cell therapy has been clinically proven but is limited due to the unavailability of safe human cells.
In addition to its therapeutic focus, ISCO also provides two revenue streams. Firstly through its subsidiary Lifeline Cell Technology, specialized cells and growth media for biological research around the world, and secondly its subsidiary Lifeline Skin Care, the company manufactures and sells anti-aging skincare products utilizing an extract from the hpSC and by leveraging the latest discoveries in the fields of stem cell biology, nanotechnology, and skin cream formulation technology.
The Guitammer Company Inc. (GTMM)
The Guitammer Company is a leader in low frequency sound products and technology. Its innovative and award winning line of patented ButtKicker-brand low frequency audio transducers let users feel low-frequency sound (bass). ButtKicker brand products are used around the world by leading entertainment and theater companies such as AMC, IMAX and Disney in movie theaters and attractions; by world-famous musicians; in home theaters, simulators and for car audio.
ButtKicker brand products are distributed by Pearl Drums for musicians under the trade name, "Pearl's Throne Thumper by ButtKicker", and factory installed in home theater seating by Palliser Furniture. ButtKicker brand products' patented design makes them musically accurate, powerful and virtually indestructible. The Company is headquartered in Westerville, OH.
The Guitammer Company's newly patented broadcast technology, ButtKicker LIVE! enables the excitement, impact and feeling of sporting events to be broadcast along with the sound and video. ButtKicker LIVE! puts you into the action, whether you're at home or at the event.
ButtKicker Live! technology is available for cable, satellite, fiber optic, IPTV and over-the-air broadcast and has been successfully tested with several major content (sports) providers. ButtKicker(r) and ButtKicker Live!(r) are registered trademarks of The Guitammer Company.
VIASPACE, Inc. (VSPC)
VIASPACE is focused on growing renewable Giant King™ Grass as a low-carbon fuel for clean electricity generation and environmentally friendly energy pellets, as well as a feedstock for bio-methane production, green cellulosic biofuels, biochemical, and biomaterials. A high-yield, low-cost feedstock, Giant King Grass meets the cost targets of green energy applications while maintaining a carbon neutral profile.
The highest yielding biomass crop in the world, Giant King Grass can grow in a variety of soil conditions and does not compete with food crops. Once Giant King Grass is established, it can be harvested at 3-5 feet tall every 45 to 60 days or at 14 feet tall twice a year. This incredibly high rate of growth provides a continual supply of biomass year-round, enabling strategically located power plants to operate 24 hours a day regardless of the current season.
VIASPACE provides Giant King™ Grass seedlings and technical expertise to qualified projects. The company also plans to serve as a project developer or co-developer for power plant or pellet mill projects, together with local partners that have land and require electricity, heat, pellets, biogas, or biofuels. VIASPACE and its partners are capable of delivering an integrated Giant King Grass plantation and biomass power plant project in just 24 months.
The excellent energy characteristics of Giant King Grass and its ability to be harvested multiple times each year enable and energy output yield that is much higher than other crops. This superior feedstock offers material productivity benefits at remarkable costs for energy production, biofuels, and biomaterials. Giant King Grass is currently being grown in the United States, Virgin Islands, China, and other areas.