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The Scripps Research Institute and Sanford-Burnham to Co-host 2013 World Stem Cell Summit

LA JOLLA, April 16, 2013 – The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) will co-host the 9th annual World Stem Cell Summit December 4-6, 2013, in San Diego.

The large, multi-disciplinary conference features more than 170 experts, who will discuss the latest scientific discoveries, business models, translational issues, legal and regulatory solutions, and best practices.

“The Scripps Research Institute is dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary programs and collaborations, and we believe that the World Stem Cell Summit is the critical global meeting in the field that drives these goals,” said Professor Jeanne Loring, Ph.D., director of TSRI's Center for Regenerative Medicine, who serves as a co-chair of the event with Evan Snyder, M.D., Ph.D., of Sanford-Burnham, Bernard Siegel of the Genetics Policy Institute (GPI), Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., of the Mayo Clinic, and Alan Trounson, Ph.D., of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). “The Summit will provide a key audience for our researchers from our campuses in La Jolla, California, and Jupiter, Florida, to showcase their accomplishments.”

Snyder, director of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Program at Sanford-Burnham, added, “We’re looking forward to the valuable information-sharing opportunities and discussions that only occur when stem cell researchers, patient advocates, and representatives of many other stakeholder groups converge at the World Stem Cell Summit. Occasions like these help us advance our research on the basic biology of stem cells and spur the development of new, more personalized, medical applications for this science.” 

The event is expected to attract more than 1,200 attendees from 40 nations, and 200 sponsors, media partners and endorsing organizations. The conference provides an exhibition hall, country pavilions, specialized symposia, networking receptions, awards, and more.

The event will be held at the Hilton Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd., in downtown San Diego.

“We are delighted to return to California for our 9th Summit and to showcase San Diego as a global hub for these emerging technologies,” said Siegel, Summit founder and GPI executive director.

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The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is one of the world's largest independent, not-for-profit organizations focusing on research in the biomedical sciences. TSRI is internationally recognized for its contributions to science and health, including its role in laying the foundation for new treatments for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, hemophilia, and other diseases. An institution that evolved from the Scripps Metabolic Clinic founded by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps in 1924, the institute now employs about 2,700 people on its campuses in La Jolla, CA, and Jupiter, FL, where its renowned scientists—including two Nobel laureates—work toward their next discoveries. The institute's graduate program, which awards PhD degrees in biology and chemistry, ranks among the top ten of its kind in the nation. For more information, see

About Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute is dedicated to discovering the fundamental molecular causes of disease and devising the innovative therapies of tomorrow. Sanford-Burnham takes a collaborative approach to medical research with major programs in cancer, neurodegeneration, diabetes, and infectious, inflammatory, and childhood diseases. The Institute is recognized for its National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center and expertise in drug discovery technologies. Sanford-Burnham is a nonprofit, independent institute that employs 1,200 scientists and staff in San Diego (La Jolla), California and Orlando (Lake Nona), Florida. For more information, visit us at

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