Right Turn: Putting your money where your mouth is

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/31/15

. Tomorrow (or today for you readers), I’m heading to a BBQ. Canadians love to BBQ. I don’t have any stats on this, but I was born in Canada and I know this to be true. To further support my statement, Google says Canada “leads the world when it comes to online searches for recipes…Read more

Regenerative Medicine Deal Review: June

Author: Mark Curtis, 07/29/15

. Welcome to your Regenerative Medicine Deal Review for the month of June. It was an epic month in partnerships that saw multiple collaborations closely tying industry leaders together. Almost all public cell-based immunotherapy companies have formed partnerships with Big Pharma or biotech in the last 24 months, amongst a flurry of collaborative activity that…Read more

Right Turn: Greg Bonfiglio on investing in RM

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/24/15

. You are probably ready for something more substantial from Right Turn after three weeks of light vacations posts. I have something that fits the bill. Greg Bonfiglio, Founder and Managing Partner of Proteus Venture Partners, was interviewed by PharmaTelevision in May when he attended the World Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine Congress in London,…Read more

Sticky cells are the key to printing 3D organs

Author: Paul Krzyzanowski, 07/23/15

. It’s been about 50 years since Philip K. Dick, one of the greatest science fiction authors, introduced the idea of artificial organs replacing failing or diseased organs. In his novel, Ubik, the author writes: “[Glen] Runciter’s body contained a dozen artiforgs, artificial organs grafted into place in his physiological apparatus as the genuine, original…Read more

Right Turn: Back soon!

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/17/15

.   I hope the last two weeks of Right Turn made you smile while I was on vacation. I expect I’ll be back on the job next week feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, or I might be completely overwhelmed due to post-vacation workload. Still, it was worth it. Thanks for your patience and for sticking…Read more

Right Turn: Great tweets of science

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/10/15

. I’m still on vacation, but I’m thinking about you loyal readers. I hope this clever list of tweets, from PhD Comics, gives you a chuckle. If you’re feeling creative, please add some additional “great tweets of science” in the comments below.   Our regular feature, Right Turn, appears every Friday and we invite you…Read more

Stem cells: like mother, like daughter

Author: Sara M. Nolte, 07/08/15

. If you’re a frequent reader of Signals, you’ve probably seen the phrase “self-renewal” at least once. And if you’re anything like me, you’re probably still a bit confused as to what it means. Yes, I admit it, even after being a part of the cancer stem cell field for over six years, I can…Read more

A high school student rethinks science career options after StemCellTalks

Author: Guest, 07/06/15

. StemCellTalks is a Canadian high school outreach initiative that has been running in seven Canadian cities since 2010. The annual symposia were established to facilitate knowledge transfer between academia and high school students pertaining to the science and practical ethics of stem cells. To date, over 500 graduate student and trainee volunteers have reached…Read more

Right Turn: Vacation Relaxation

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/03/15

. I knew I was going to miss my co-editor, Lisa Willemse, but never more so than now, as I contemplate producing content for Signals during my three-week (spoiled, I know) vacation. The empathetic minds behind PhD Comics have neatly summed up my mood right now – and possibly yours too? Nevertheless, I’m excited; how ‘bout…Read more

ISSCR 2015 Stockholm, Day 2: The air we breathe – stem cells care too.

Author: David Kent, 06/29/15

. Over the last decade, there has been a lot of talk about how blood stem cells typically live in a low oxygen environment (~1 to 4%) and most of the work that researchers do is performed at normal oxygen levels (e.g., 20% of the air). However, very few researchers have studied this in a…Read more