Indian Stem Cell Companies explore collaborative opportunities with Cambridge

Indian Stem Cell Companies explore collaborative opportunities with Cambridge

The Babraham Research Campus this week hosted a delegation of Indian stem cell companies, organised by the East of England Stem Cell Network (EESCN) and UKTI. Six of the subcontinent's leading regenerative medicine companies not only learnt about the Eastern region's world class strengths in stem cell science and regenerative medicine, but its ability to foster international research collaborations and to sustain new businesses. EESCN aims to foster a world-leading regenerative medicine technology cluster in the East of England.

The Network's Director, Julian Hitchcock said, "Stem cell science and regenerative medicine offer significant opportunities to increase not only health, but wealth and employment. The East of England is in a particularly strong position, because it is already the strongest region for stem cell sciences and regenerative medicine outside the United States (which is one reason why Pfizer Regenerative Medicine opened the pharma world's first dedicated site here). However, to succeed there has to be an openness, not only to the excellent work being undertaken in other centres around the UK, but to that being conducted overseas. Collaboration is very definitely the way forward in such a complex and challenging field. We're therefore delighted to welcome these six Indian stem cell companies to Cambridge."

Tim Willis, Head of International Relations at BBSRC added, “BBSRC’s new strategic plan, published in January 2010, outlines the importance of international partnerships in achieving its strategic priorities, which include agri-food science, crop science, animal diseases and life sciences underpinning health. BBSRC has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial partnership with India and looks forward to building on this.” Dr Nigel Whittle, R&D Specialist of UKTI’s R&D Programme said, "UKTI is delighted that the Babraham Institute, a centre of excellence in epigenetics and regenerative medicine, has agreed to host the inward mission of Indian stem cell organisations. The mission provides an excellent opportunity for the UK and the region to showcase its unparalleled expertise and capabilities in regenerative medicine. We hope that the mission will lead to significant collaborations in the field.”

Contact details:
The Knowledge Exchange Office
Tel:       +44 (0)1223 496206

Babraham Research Campus
Cambridge CB22 3AT
United Kingdom

Julian Hitchcock Director & Manager East of England Stem Cell Network, Cambridge
Tel: 07765 456785

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