When taking action, we consider what impact our efforts will have in these areas:
- Will it speed up the development of a stem cell treatment?
- Will it increase the likelihood of success?
- Will it fill an unmet medical need?
- Is it efficient?
In addition, our Standards Working Group has developed research standards that make sure our grantees are following the highest standards in their research. We’ve worked closely with other state and federal agencies to align our standards and to protect patients.
Some therapies that come out of stem cell research involve transplanting the cells themselves. Others will be drugs that were discovered through modeling diseases in a petri dish. Still others will be diagnostics that allow doctors to diagnose and treat diseases more effectively—or through technologies that open up whole new fields of research. Our funding promotes all areas of stem cell research that show promise to accelerating treatments to patients in need.