Ontario has a strong history in stem cell and regenerative medicine research. It was in Toronto, at the Princess Margaret Hospital, that stem cells were first identified by Drs. James Till and Ernest McCulloch in the 1960s. Their inspired work laid the foundation for an entire field of international study and for a world-leading community of researchers and organizations. The Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine was established on November 25, 2014, by Ontario’s Honourable Reza Moridi, Minster of Research, Innovation and Science, with $3M in funding. A further $25M in support from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, was awarded over five years (2015-2020) and was announced on June 19, 2015.
The Ontario Advantage
- World-leading scientific discoveries in stem cell and regenerative medicine
- Collaborative network of over 250 research programs across Ontario
- Established commercialization entity with strong links to international industry
- Cell bioprocessing and manufacturing facilities located across the province
- World-class clinical infrastructure and expertise for implementing early stage cell therapy trials (phase I-III)
- Process for creating and incubating well-funded spin-offs into the community
- Favourable regulatory environment and philanthropic community
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