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Stem Cells Find a UK Niche - The UK National Stem Cell Initiative

Until a few years ago, stem cells were the province of developmental biologists in academic laboratories. They now represent the hottest scientific and possibly commercial property of all the life sciences. Until recently, the clinical potential of stem cells was only in the narrow field of adult haematopoiesis. Now they are heralded as a treatment for a range of intractable diseases from cancer to Alzheimer's.


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By Dr John Sinden, Chief Scientific Officer of ReNeuron Holdings plc John Sinden was formerly Reader in Neurobiology of Behaviour at King's College London with a special expertise in neural transplantation. With two colleagues, he founded ReNeuron in 1997, joined the company as Chief Scientific Officer in 1998 and saw the company through a successful flotation on LSE AIM in late 2000.
He is Co-ordinator on the largest EC FP5-funded stem cell grant and occasionally advises the UK Government, its agencies and the EC on scientific, industrial and ethical issues in the stem cell field.

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