360 Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Newsletter- January 22, 2016

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360 Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Newsletter - Jan 22, 2016

Remembering Drew Lyall
Drew Lyall, who served a dozen years as the chair of the Stem Cell Network of Canada, has passed away at age 49. For me, it’s also personal loss. With his striking red hair, Scottish brogue and a super abundance of intellect, warmth and good humor, he led the stem cell movement in Canada. He was his nation’s best ambassador to the world touting the remarkable achievements of Canada’s scientists. We met the stem cell conference circa 2007 and became friends immediately, two nonscientists consumed with a passion for stem cells and their unlimited potential for cures. I well remember dining with Drew in central London where he regaled me with absolutely fantastic, detailed stories of his youthful travels to 80 countries. A modern day adventurer of the first rank! He once paid me a visit to my home in Florida where we spent the day talking advocacy movements and how Canada was emerging as a world leader in stem cell research. An innovative thinker, his ideas for public education were appreciated by all in our stem cell community. Largely due to Drew’s dedication and hard work, the Genetics Policy Institute honored the Canadian Stem Cell Network with the Stem Cell Action “Education” award at the 2009 World Stem Cell Summit. The Canadian Stem Cell Foundation has published a beautiful tribute to Drew’s memory appropriately titled “Stem cell community has lost a treasured friend. Read article.

GPI/RMF Update: Alan Fernandez, GPI’s Associate Director, visited last week with Dr. Jan Nolta (UC Davis) and other researchers and advocates for a private showing of James Vavano’s outstanding new documentary: “The Huntington’s Disease Project - Removing the Mask.” Full release scheduled March 2016. To learn more about James Vavano, Wehaveaface.org and view the film trailer, click here.

Huffington Post: “Stem Cell Battles” Blazes Times Square in New York!

It’s marketing genius! Stem cell advocate (and fellow historical artifact) Don Reed authored a wonderful book on stem cell research: “STEM CELL BATTLES: Proposition 71 and Beyond: How Ordinary People Can Fight Back Against the Crushing Burden of Chronic Disease” with a posthumous foreword by Christopher Reeve. He describes in HuffPo how his book cover became the talk of the town in Times Square, gracing the most prominent intersection on the planet. Read article.

World Stem Cell Summit

Wisconsin Public Radio: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Sponsors Legislation for New Standards in Regenerative Medicine
“The bill would create a public-private board to set guidelines for regenerative medical products, including those developed from stem cells.” The text of the bill is hyperlinked to the cited article.


Atlanta Business Chronicle: Georgia Tech to Build New $23 Million research Center
“The Marcus Foundation gave Georgia Tech $15.7 million to build a new research center that will develop new processes and techniques for manufacturing living cells used in cell-based therapies. Georgia Research Alliance and Georgia Tech sources also provided funding for a total investment of $23 million. The center also plans to seek funding from federal agencies, clinical research organizations and other sources. The new center, called the Marcus Center for Therapeutic Cell Characterization and Manufacturing (MC3M), will help standardize production and testing for the cells. Standardized manufacturing techniques already exist for drug-based pharmaceuticals, and the center will find similar methods and standards for manufacturing therapeutic cells.” Read article.


Times of San Diego: Science Center in Balboa Park to Host ‘Super Cells’ Exhibit
“An exhibit that showcases the power of stem cells will open Saturday at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.
‘Super Cells: The Power of Stem Cells’ will show visitors how each of us is the result of a handful of tiny stem cells that multiplied to produce the 200 different types of specialized cells that exist in our body. The exhibition, which is split into four high-tech, fun and interactive zones, also explains how stem cells continue to be active to keep the body healthy.” Read article.


Featured video:

“Learn about CRISPR - the revolutionary gene editing toolbox that is allowing scientists to find and replace DNA in any organism, and gain insight into how to treat diseases in new ways.” Desktop Genetics has produced THE basic and fully understandable cartoon video that explains CRISPR! Highly recommended.


The Economist: Curing Multiple Sclerosis-Stem cells are Starting to Prove Their Value as Medical Treatments
A nice overview describing progress in the field. Read article.


StemCells, Inc. CEO Martin McGlynn Passes Baton to President and COO Ian Massey
“StemCells, Inc, a world leader in the research and development of cell-based therapeutics for the treatment of central nervous system disorders, announced that Dr. Ian Massey, its President and Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed by the Board of Directors to succeed Martin McGlynn as the Company's Chief Executive Officer, effective January 18, 2016. Massey has additionally been elected to the Board." Read company press release.

360 Newsletter Editor

Bernard Siegel
Executive Director
Genetics Policy Institute

2013 World Stem Cell Summit

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