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Date:4/27/2008

children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country, ranking third in National Institutes of Health funding. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 430-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu.

About the Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: The Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics was established in 2005, with a mission of fostering a multidisciplinary approach to the development of new cell and gene therapies for the treatment of serious and debilitating childhood disorders. The Center conducts cutting edge research in gene transfer, gene regulation, gene discovery, stem cell biology, experimental models of disease, and correction of genetic disease. Consistent with Children's Hospital's research mission to transform scientific insights into improved medical therapies, the Center has the capacity to support rapid translation of promising results from the laboratory to the clinic, through facilities for manufacturing clinical-grade gene therapy vectors for clinical studies, and through specialized regulatory support for the design and implementation of clinical trials of complex, novel classes of therapeutics.

About The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's Department of Ophthalmology and The Scheie Eye Institute: Scheie Eye Institute is the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania. Its ten clinical divisions include the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology which is housed at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The Department of Ophthalmology (http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/ophthalmology) is also home to the F.M. Kirby Center for Molecular Ophthalmology, founded in 1994 with
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