The Stem Cell Network (SCN) is a Canadian not-for-profit that supports three main objectives: stem cell and regenerative medicine research; training the next generation of highly qualified personnel; and supporting the knowledge mobilization and transfer of stem cell and regenerative medicine research.

From the lab to the clinic, our goal is to power science that will benefit Canadians and all people. Created in 2001, with support from the Government of Canada, the Network has grown from a few dozen labs to more than 270 world-class research groups, supporting over 250 research projects and 30 clinical trials. Since its inception, over 25 biotech companies have been catalyzed or enhanced and more than 6,400 highly qualified personnel have been trained. In 2021, the Government of Canada demonstrated its continuing trust and support in SCN with an investment of $45 million for the 2022–2025 period.

IGNITE 2022–2025, is built on three core pillars: research, training and knowledge mobilization.

Our Strategic Plan
SCN’s new Strategic Plan, IGNITEprovides the road map for Canadian research success in the stem cell and regenerative medicine sector.

IGNITE reflects SCN’s five key objectives that are founded on two fundamental building blocks: good governance and a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all our work.

Our 2022-2025 Objectives:

Our Vision
To power life-saving therapies and technologies through regenerative medicine research for the benefit of all

Our Mandate
To be a national research leader dedicated to accelerating regenerative medicine and its translation for the benefit of Canada

Our Values
Five organizational values are cornerstones of our work and the work of the community across our Network:


Our EDI Statement
The best science is inclusive science. The Stem Cell Network is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We value the individual differences, lived experiences, expertise and knowledge of those in our community. We welcome the unique contributions of partners, employees and community members regardless of age, ancestry, culture, gender identity, physical ability, race, religion and sexual orientation. Together, we are powering regenerative medicine for the benefit of all.

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
The work of Canada’s Stem Cell Network occurs from coast to coast and occurs on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of many Indigenous peoples and nations, including the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation where SCN is headquartered. SCN honours, recognizes, and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters where we work and meet.




Research Groups


In Research, Training and Outreach


In Research Partnerships Leveraged

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