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Spring Point Project Gains Support of Lions Clubs
Date:7/29/2008

Within a year and a half, cells from pigs are to be used in clinical trials

on a path to finally cure diabetes

MINNEAPOLIS, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lions Clubs of Multiple District 5M (MD5M) recently declared its commitment to support Spring Point Project, a Minnesota non-profit organization created to expedite the affordable and widespread availability of pig donors of islet tissue for diabetes care.

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Spring Point Project operates a biosecure facility, known as the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF) Islet Resource Facility, where high-health source pig donors are developed. The Diabetes Institute for Immunology and Transplantation of the University of Minnesota works in conjunction with Spring Point Project by conducting the preclinical and clinical trials. In this partnership, the two organizations provide the science and the source needed to move toward a cure for diabetes.

Helping to advance this research, The Lions and Lioness Clubs of MD5M, a division of the International Association of Lions Clubs, has established the Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation Inc. and plans to allocate funds to Spring Point Project. The MD5M will also assist by publicizing and promoting Spring Point Project to its members.

"Generous contribution and dedication, like that of the Lions Clubs, helps bring Spring Point Project closer and closer to a diabetes cure," says Spring Point Project CEO Henk-Jan Schuurman, PhD, who is an experienced researcher in the field of xenotransplantation -- the transplantation of living cells, tissues or organs from one species to another.

"We appreciate all supporters of our mission," Schuurman adds. "Spring Point Project is thriving thanks to those commitments, and we continue to seek financial support, as the path to
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