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27 September, 2006 - 12:28 By Staff Reporter

Fit-out delay stalls stem cell project at Babraham

Stem Cell Sciences (SCS) has revealed that the automated cell production facility it is building at the Babraham Bio-campus has been hit by delays, resulting in setbacks to some of the revenues it forecast for the end of this year.The Edinburgh-based cell engineer plans to sell stem cells direct to customers from the Cambridge facility through its SC Services business unit.

Reporting in the company’s interim results for the half year ended June 2006, SCS stated that the specialist nature of the fit out had required more time to complete than originally expected, though technology transfer from bench scale to trial systems had run smoothly with no unforeseen problems.

SCS added that the effect of the slightly delayed commissioning would mean that some revenues forecast for the second half of 2006 would be delayed into early 2007.

In the six months ended June 30, pre-tax losses came in at £1.12 million compared to £1.08m in the same period last year. Revenues slipped to £494k from £681k.

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