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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. SCN was created in 2001. With support from the Government of Canada, the Network has grown from a few dozen labs to more than 200 world-class research groups, supporting 200 plus research projects and more than 25 clinical trials. Since its inception, over 20 biotech companies have been catalyzed or enhanced and more than 5,000 highly qualified personnel have been trained.

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

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.

5,000

Trainees

231

Research Groups

$139M

In Research, Training and Outreach

$148M

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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Canada’s Stem Cell Network Makes Its Single Largest Investment in Regenerative Medicine Research

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