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Stem Cell Leader Beike Biotech and China's Tsinghua University Receive US$4 Million for Stem Cell Reprogramming Laboratory
Date:11/13/2007

ry will be housed in Beijing-based Tsinghua University's special Shenzhen Graduate Campus located in this southern Chinese city that borders Hong Kong. Building on Beike's years of experience in successfully using stem cells to treat humans with serious brain and nerve maladies, this designated "China Key Laboratory" marks the country's entry into the current global race to find new stem cell therapies that can be applied medically. The US$4 million grant will be spent purely on equipment and comes from the Shenzhen Municipal Government as part of a US$12 million grant given out in 2007 to encourage innovative technologies in Shenzhen.

Further grants from the government are expected to help cover the cost of running the lab and expansion. The lab is to be staffed by over 50 people, including 20 renowned Chinese Phd's and well-known researchers like Dr. Zhang Hai, who has published articles widely in Western periodicals, for example, "Nature" on her breakthroughs in research of microRNA and other cell building blocks.

"Dr. Zhang Hai is a pioneer and our work with her will allow Beike to lead the world not only in clinical applications of stem cells but also in basic research. Outside of China, it is not easy to get a 20 Phd's together in a first class lab focusing on stem cell research. We expect to have some breakthroughs come out of this and more publications in leading journals," Dr. Sean Hu said.

Stem cells are the master cells that replenish all the body's tissues, from skin and blood to the brain and heart. They have proven capability to assist in nerve and organ regeneration, enable tissue repair and restoration, and are even thought to be able to effectively treat cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Beike currently has seen significant success using stem cells to treat a variety of nervous system disorders for Chinese and International patients alike (Details can be found at http://www.st
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