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Statement on National Stem Cell Bank at UW-Madison’s WiCell (Oct 3, 2005)

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For Immediate Release

October 3, 2005

Contact: Doug Bradley
dbradley@uwsa.edu
(608) 262-5061

Statement on National Stem Cell Bank at UW-Madison's WiCell

Kevin P. Reilly, President

University of Wisconsin System

"I am proud of our university, and I am happy for the people of our state that Wisconsin's WiCell Research Institute has been selected by the National Institutes of Health as the federal government's first and only National Stem Cell Bank. This is no accident, but is testament to the collaborative efforts of our colleagues at UW-Madison and throughout the research community.

"The National Stem Cell Bank designation brings with it $16 million in funding over the next four years, and again emphasizes why UW-Madison is consistently recognized as among the top research universities in the nation, by a variety of measures.

"Science and discovery will benefit from our efforts here, but so, too, will the quality of life and health in Wisconsin, which is central to our mission as a public university.  I wish Dr. Jamie Thomson, WiCell scientific director; Dr. Derek Hei of UW-Madison's Waisman Clinical Biomanufacturing facility; and their many colleagues the best of success."

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