Posts Tagged ‘CCRM’

Right Turn: Rare sighting of Macareindeer captured on video before holidays

Author: Stacey Johnson, 12/23/16

Our story begins in a wondrous land called Torona, far from the North Pole, where mythical creatures – half human, half reindeer – have dedicated their adult years to the admirable pursuit of helping to treat patients around the world with “regenerative medicines,” whether they’ve been naughty or nice. When they aren’t busy with their…Read more

Insights from CGTW16 – Part 1: Cell Manufacturing Best Practices

Author: Guest, 11/17/16

Amin Adibi is a biomedical engineer and a research assistant at the University of British Columbia. His areas of interest include cell manufacturing and bioprocess optimization, clinical translation of cellular therapies, health outcomes and cost-effectiveness modelling. Amin has an MSc degree from University of Calgary, where he focused on developing adjuvant MSC-based therapies for brain…Read more

Special op/ed: Canada can lead the world in regenerative medicine — but it won’t happen without strategic investment

Author: Michael May, 08/30/16

Michael May is President and CEO of CCRM, a leader in developing and commercializing regenerative medicine, cell and gene therapy technologies, Michael Rudnicki is Scientific Director and CEO of Stem Cell Network, with a mandate to translate stem cell research into clinical applications, commercial products and public policy, and Peter Zandstra is a professor in…Read more

Right turn: Who said science and creativity had to be mutually exclusive?

Author: Erin Sugar, 03/25/16

Beautiful things can happen when you combine science, art and technology. (Think STEAM!) Contemporary dancer Paige Fraser has teamed up with Intel to create an artistic piece that uses 18 Intel RealSense cameras to display a whimsical 3D reflection that mimicks her real-life dancing. “The future’s bright when we figure out how to bring together…Read more

Right Turn: Hurray for tissue engineering!

Author: Stacey Johnson, 03/11/16

Tissue engineering is a key part of regenerative medicine (RM), but it sometimes feels like the poor cousin of stem cells. The Jan to big sister Marcia. That won’t be the case at the upcoming 10th World Biomaterials Congress (WBC2016), happening May 17-22 in Montreal, Quebec. It’s been 20 years since this event was held…Read more

Right Turn: Counting stem cells for a restful sleep

Author: Stacey Johnson, 02/19/16

I had the pleasure of talking about my career to my daughter’s class when she was in grade 5. In an effort to keep the kids awake, I avoided a potentially sleep-inducing talk about corporate communications and instead focused most of my presentation on giving a simple explanation of stem cell biology and the work…Read more

Series: Spotlight on Cell Therapy

Author: Nicole Forgione, 02/17/16

Cell therapy is not a new idea. Bone marrow transplantation—the first ever cell therapy—has been around since the 1950s. Over half a century of research has brought important advancements, yet this technology has struggled to make it to prime time. Understandably, there is scepticism about whether cell therapy will live up to the hype. Recently,…Read more

Right Turn: Regenerative medicine debuts on The Late Show

Author: Stacey Johnson, 01/22/16

Does it seem like regenerative medicine is having its moment in the sun? Last week, the news that GE Healthcare and the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) are building a centre for advanced therapeutic cell technologies, with $20 million coming from the Government of Canada and a matching $20 million coming from GE…Read more

Right Turn: New $40M centre will solve cell therapy manufacturing challenges

Author: Stacey Johnson, 01/15/16

It was huge news in Canada on Wednesday (January 13) when the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) and GE Healthcare announced their partnership in the development of a new centre for advanced therapeutic cell technologies. GE Healthcare is providing CAD $20 million that the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)…Read more

Right Turn Special Report: Competition rife in Canada

Author: Stacey Johnson, 12/25/15

This may come as a shock to many of you, but the land of lakes, trees, socialism and universal healthcare has a dark underbelly: the competitive nature of its academics. If you look to the regenerative medicine community, everything looks hunky-dory and, on the surface, very collaborative; after all, the Stem Cell Network is behind…Read more