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Scotland Continues to Forge Ahead in Stem Cell Research
Date:6/12/2013

BOSTON, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Scotland's standing as Europe's largest and most highly regarded stem cell research community has been reaffirmed recently by announcements of funding from the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the British Heart Foundation to the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) based at the Edinburgh BioQuarter. As part of a major $25m boost for UK regenerative medicine, the Edinburgh center will play a key role in the development of new therapies.

This and other recent news exemplify Scotland's strength and depth of expertise in this field. Developments at an academic level describing increased understanding of the mechanism of cellular reprogramming were recently reported by Dr. Keisuke Kaje from the MRC-CRM in Nature, whilst Scottish company Roslin Cells and the MRC-CRM have been actively collaborating on iPS cell line production ensuring a more quality-oriented perspective and generating more commercial opportunities.

Elsewhere, exciting research at Heriot-Watt University has seen the use of 3D printing techniques to produce clusters of viable stem cells that could speed up progress towards creating artificial organs. In the immediate future, Professor Will Shu and his team hope the technique can be used to generate biopsy-like tissue samples for drug testing.

At a clinical level also, Scotland has seen some major developments. ReNeuron has announced the successful conclusion of its Phase 1 stem cell clinical trial (PISCES) using its ReN001 therapy for treatment of stroke. This trial has been conducted at the Southern General Hospital, Greater Glasgow & Clyde, by Professor Keith Muir. The company is currently seeking final regulatory and ethical approvals
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