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$16.8 million grant awarded to develop platelet recovery treatments
Date:9/30/2009

e "ex vivo," or outside the body, platelets and their precursors from embryonic stem cells for use as cell therapy. The principal investigator in Philadelphia is Mortimer Poncz, M.D., chief of the Division of Hematology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

The Hutchinson Center/UW group will receive a total of $8.2 million during the seven-year grant; the Philadelphia research group will receive $8.6 million.

"This coast-to-coast collaborative effort will take advantage of complementary skills and interests in these two institutions to develop new therapies for all patients needing platelet transfusions," Poncz said.


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Contact: Dean Forbes
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
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