Our achievements. Our accomplishments. Our impact.



  • Commercialization

    The Stem Cell Network’s catalysis of commercialization of stem cell research has led to 399 patent applications, 60 issued patents, 43 licenses granted, the growth or launch of 11 start-up biotechnology companies and the establishment of a new Centre for the Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) to develop a strong industry presence in several emerging technology areas likely to be crucial to the future delivery of stem cell-based therapies.

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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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  • 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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  • Ethical, Legal and Social Issues

    SCN established and funded a world-leading arms-length research program to examine the key social, legal and ethical implications of stem cell research and, based upon this credible and research-based evidence, has provided critical policy recommendations to government that have impacted not only how research is conducted in Canada, but how Canadians will access potential therapies in the future.

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  • Catalyzing New Organizations

    The Stem Cell Network was critical for strategically identifying structural gaps in the Canadian stem cell research landscape and bringing together diverse stakeholder groups to seize those opportunities through the incubation and launch of new organizations.

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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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