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SCN’s vision is to capitalize upon Canada’s competitive advantage in stem cells for the benefit of Canadians.

The Stem Cell Network (SCN) is a national non-profit that supports stem cell and regenerative medicine research, training the next generation and outreach across Canada. SCN’s goal is to translate science from the lab to clinical applications, commercial products and public policy for the benefit of Canadians. SCN is supported by the Government of Canada and works in partnership with industry representatives, health charities, government and non-government organizations to build on Canada’s leadership in the sector. Since 2001, SCN has directed an investment of $118M of strategic funding that has benefitted 196 world-class research groups and more than 4,100 trainees, and has catalyzed 24 clinical trials.

SCN was founded on a core set of organizational values that have shaped the way it has conducted itself over the past 20 years. The SCN community shares these common values and works to ensure they are expressed in all that it does:

• Requiring research excellence, integrity and a commitment to ethical practice;
• Fostering collaboration;
• Fostering equity, diversity and inclusion;
• Driving innovation; and
• Supporting continual learning and improvement.

4,100

Trainees

196

Research Groups

$118M

In Research, Training and Outreach

$125M

In Partner Support

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are our bodies’ building blocks. They are different from other cells because they have the potential to differentiate into any cell type and can renew themselves, which means they can heal blood, tissue and organs.

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In the news

Significant Advancements in SCN-funded Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Trial

December 2, 2021 (Ottawa, ON) – The promising results from a Canadian clinical trial funded by the Stem Cell Network (SCN) represents a significant scientific advancement in treating those who live with type 1 diabetes.  In the first study of its kind, Dr. Timothy Kieffer and his team at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) …

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