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Centocor Successor’s Goal: Stem-Cell Treatments

Published: February 19, 2007

PHILADELPHIA _ Not in her wildest dreams did Anne Faulkner Schoemaker imagine she would one day run the small Malvern, Pa., company on the frontier of stem-cell science that was the vision of her late husband, Dutch-born entrepreneur Hubert J.P. Schoemaker.

“But here I am,” said the interim chief executive officer of Neuronyx Inc., in the office once occupied by the man who was an inspiration and mentor to many of the Philadelphia area’s Biotechnology industry scientists and executives.

Stem cell agency awards millions

Published: February 19, 2007

arnold-presserlarge20 state universities, labs – including UC Irvine – share nearly $45 million.

BURLINGAME — California’s stem cell agency on Friday doled out nearly $45 million in research grants to about 20 state universities and nonprofit research laboratories, far exceeding the federal government’s annual outlays for the controversial work.

In issuing the first significant research grants in its two-year history, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine became the biggest financial backer of human embryonic stem cell research.

The University of California, Irvine received six grants totaling $3.6 million.

McKenzie man heads to China for stem cell treatment

Published: February 19, 2007

mckenzieMcKENZIE – It may be a long shot, but Craig and Sheila Willis believe it’s worth taking for the chance that he might one day walk again.

An all-terrain vehicle accident last June injured Craig Willis’ spinal cord and has left him paralyzed. They’re headed Feb. 27 to the 463 Hospital in Shenyang, China, where Craig will get the stem cell treatment he can’t get in this country.

At a cost of $24,000 to $25,000, the trip is taking all their life savings, Sheila said. The treatment itself will cost $20,000. They’d like to see the miracle of “a complete recovery,” but Craig said he’d just be happy “to regain some form of mobility.”

“It’s kind of hard to put a price on the quality of life,” Craig said.