Our achievements. Our accomplishments. Our impact.



  • Clinical Trials

    When the Stem Cell Network was first funded, its leadership considered that catalyzing a single clinical trial during its 14-year mandate would have been a success. Instead, the Network’s research investments have led to 12 clinical trials on various diseases, with even more in the development pipeline.

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  • Evidence-Based Policy Making

    When the Stem Cell Network launched in 2001, its most pressing goal was to address the policy vacuum that was constraining stem cell research in Canada. SCN and its members provided credible, research-based evidence and recommendations that were critical in the development of Canada’s regulatory landscape for stem cell research.

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  • Drug Discovery and Repurposing

    The Stem Cell Network was among the first organizations to recognize the potential of using stem cells for drug repositioning and discovery in order to reduce time and costs of bringing new therapies to patients, and in the process has established Canada as a world leader in the field.

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  • Blood Stem Cell Expansion

    Over more than a decade of targeted funding, the Stem Cell Network harnessed the strength of world-leading Canadian researchers to develop technologies to increase quantities of blood stem cells for expanded therapeutic use and to overcome a significant hurdle in the delivery of cell-based treatments to patients.

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  • Cancer Stem Cells

    A seminal Canadian discovery demonstrated that cancer stem cells are a significant reason for high relapse rates after cancer treatments. In recognition of this, the Stem Cell Network has invested heavily finding ways to target and attack them.

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  • Stem Cell Plasticity

    Adult stem cells offer great potential as tools or targets of new treatments, and the Stem Cell Network launched a multidisciplinary project early in its mandate in order to discover more about the nature of these mysterious cells.

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