Global stem cell center put into use in Nanjing
2018-06-11 16:49:00

A newly built global stem cell storage, research and application center went into operation in Gaochun District, Nanjing on June 9.

The center can store 3 million dental and umbilical cord stem cells, and become a high-tech life science base integrating stem cell storage, drug development and medical applications.

Covering 3.24 hectares and built at an investment of 500 million yuan, the center has a GMP standard cell production workshop, a quality inspection center and an international cooperative research and development center.

Shi Songtao, tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of China’s “1000 Talents Program”, will serve as chief scientific adviser for the center. Shi is known as the “father of dental stem cells” since he isolated stem cells from dental pulp in 2000. The center also keeps scientific research cooperation with renowned experts from institutions of higher education including the Nanjing University and the Fourth Military Medical University. Many new drugs are now under the research and development stage.

According to Shi, stem cells have been proven effective in the treatment of lupus, heart disease, arthritis, rheumatism and other diseases in Europe, the United States, Japan and other countries. In recent years, with the implementation of the "Healthy China" initiative, China has made breakthroughs in many aspects including stem cell preparation, drug development and clinical applications.

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