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

for a Phase II study—scheduled to begin this summer. In a separate announcement ReNeuron has selected Dundee as the location of choice for another Phase 1 stem cell-based clinical trial, this time focused on critical limb ischemia.

Also underway is a 20-patient Phase 1 clinical trial using limbal cells to repair corneal blindness. This is being led by Professor Bal Dhillon in Edinburgh and is funded jointly by the UK Stem Cell Foundation and Scottish Enterprise in partnership with Scotland's Chief Scientist's Office.

Finally, a significant boost to Scotland's capabilities for supporting clinical trials was received with news that the new GMP Manufacturing Facility within the MRC-CRM, and managed by Roslin Cells along with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS), has been awarded a license by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), which permits the manufacture and release of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs) for use in clinical trials.

"Scotland is once again demonstrating its expertise in academic, translational and clinical applications in stem cells and regenerative medicine" says Dr. Ed Hutchinson, spokesperson for life sciences at Scottish Enterprise. "These advances have been made possible through a collaborative approach whereby Scotland's universities, companies and health boards all actively participate in developments in this exciting area. With a supportive supply chain in place, Scotland can be seen as the place to go to undertake stem cell clinical trials and as a base for the European market."

This week, a Scottish delegation including the MRC Center for Regenerative Medicine, Roslin Cells and Universities of Edinburgh
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