During the Friday opening of the new stem cell research center at UC Irvine, the institute’s director credited two parties — voters and donors — for helping to fund what is expected to become a leader in developing possible treatments for spinal cord injuries, Alzheimer’s disease and other ailments.
“Whatever we achieve here, it is your legacy as much as ours,” said director Peter Donovan, who previously led the stem cell program at Johns Hopkins University. “The use of stem cells can revolutionize the treatment of human diseases and injuries.”
The UCI center has already attracted leading scientists from Canada and the United Kingdom.
“With this, it’s not just California speaking,” Klein said. “This is tangible evidence that the science is at a world-class level. California is now the world leader in stem cell research and biomedical research.”