This Initiative stems out of a Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) application on regenerative medicine lead by Dr. Fabio Rossi, UBC.
In 2017, UBC established a Research Excellence Fund and recognized regenerative medicine as nascent Cluster of Excellence. This Cluster has generated a network of members in the BC academic community and positioned this group to capitalize on larger opportunities and initiatives.
Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia Okanagan have all come on board as strong supporters of the regenerative medicine cluster initiative in BC!
Emerging Canadian-led clinical trials (including a first-in-the-world clinical trial of pluripotent stem cell derived insulin-secreting progenitors contained within a vascularized device) are happening in Vancouver right now! These clinical trials have positioned British Columbia at the forefront of RM research.
We have launched this initiative to unite members of this research community and its stakeholders to capitalize on this timely and unique opportunity. Our goal is to position Regenerative Medicine as an exemplar life science sector-specific cluster that Canada can lead in, and that can prototype government recommendations for innovative cluster growth (i.e., training, scaling, local procurement, etc).