Archive for October, 2011

Jumping the innovation gap: Breathing life into life science startups

Author: Paul Krzyzanowski, 10/27/11

Canada was built upon the inventiveness and resourcefulness of people who lived here. Why then, have Canadians long heard and read about being second best, sellouts, and in general not that great? Thinking we aren’t competitive has almost become a national mantra. But it’s more than a state of mind: the innovation gap has a…Read more

Stem cells + world class scientists + Greek island = a summer school to remember

Author: Angela C. H. McDonald, 10/25/11

 I am a third year PhD student who likes to call herself a stem cell biologist and I have a confession to make: I sometimes forget that there are many other stem cell types in addition to the stem cells that I study (embryo-derived stem cells).

EU stem cell patent ruling: too early to predict impact

Author: Ubaka Ogbogu, 10/20/11

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled this week that scientific research patents cannot be granted for human embryonic stem cell products under European Union (EU) law. The patent in issue, held by Dr. Oliver Brüstle, Director of the Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology at the University of Bonn, concerns isolated and purified…Read more

Canadian organization wins Genetics Policy Institute Education Award for stem cell education

Author: Stem Cell Network, 10/14/11

Every year at the World Stem Cell Summit, the Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) hands out a number of Stem Cell Action Awards to recognize organizations and individuals who have positively impacted the stem cell community. This year in Pasadena, California, GPI awarded the Canadian science education organization Let’s Talk Science with the 2011 Stem Cell…Read more

Help rename the Stem Cell Network Blog

Author: Stem Cell Network, 10/12/11

We’re changing! We’ve added some new factors (contributions from the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine) and now we’re differentiating into something new! The new blog will keep your favourite bloggers, but will add more comprehensive coverage of issues pertaining to stem cells and regenerative medicine. To celebrate this growth, the blog needs a new…Read more

Human somatic cell nuclear transfer: Three genomes is the charm

Author: Angela C. H. McDonald, 10/06/11

Well before the creation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), a handful of researchers were using another reprogramming technique, somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), with the hopes of deriving patient-specific pluripotent stem cell lines. The availability of such cell lines would open up immense potential for developing personalized cell-based therapies as well as allowing…Read more

Unconstrained thinking: the link between computer chips and clinical trials

Author: Stem Cell Network, 10/05/11

by Drew Lyall The World Stem Cell Summit taking place this week in Pasadena, California, occupies a unique place in the stem cell calendar. The summit brings together patient advocates, policy makers, industry and scientists from around the world to take stock of progress in the field; to discuss common political, regulatory, financial and scientific…Read more