J&J buys convertible note in regen med firm

|By:, SA News Editor

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ -0.7%) invests $20M in the form of a convertible note in regenerative medicine company ViaCyte in exchange for a future equity stake and the rights to its type 1 diabetes combination product candidate VC-01.

VC-01 works by loading pancreatic progenitor cells into a proprietary device that is implanted under the skin. The progenitor cells then mature into insulin-producing cells that assist the under-producing pancreas.