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BD Biosciences Announces Winners of Research Grant Program
Date:8/29/2011

>Neil Rodrigues, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Boston University, takes a novel approach to hematopoietic stem cell expansion. Rather than utilizing on conventional growth factors, Dr. Rodrigues employs small molecule compounds that promote stem cell division without differentiation. This approach has several advantages, including relatively low cost and the ability to target specific cell populations. He also investigates small molecule compounds that target leukemic stem cells which can sustain leukemia and cause disease relapse. Ultimately, this work could lead to new strategies that broaden the utility of stem cell therapy beyond traditional blood cancers and promote hematopoietic stem cell engraftment in patients immediately post-transplantation, when they are most prone to infection.

Additional information about the BD Biosciences Grant Program is available at http://www.bdbiosciences.com/grant

About the BD Biosciences Research Grant Program

BD Biosciences' Research Grant Program aims to reward and enable important research by providing vital funding for scientists pursuing innovative experiments to advance the scientific understanding of disease. The grant submissions are judged by a distinguished research panel of non-affiliated scientists. Through its grant program, BD Biosciences supports innovation in research and development as well as help enable the next generation of scientific breakthroughs.

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BD is a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. The Company is dedicated to improving people's health throughout the world. BD is focused on improving drug delivery, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases and cancers, and advancing research, discovery and production of new drugs and vaccines. BD's capabilities are instrumental i
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