Stem for Life Foundation -
NeoStem also understands that, in order to support innovative and transformative technologies, one needs to promote education and funding for research and this resulted in the formation of the Stem for Life foundation (SFLF) which is a non-sectarian, non-partisan public charity. SFLF engages in continuous world-wide efforts to educate and raise awareness of the paradigm shift occurring in medicine through advancements in adult stem cell science. SFLF partners with best in class researchers and clinicians dedicated to developing critical new adult stem cell treatment options which hold the promise of transforming clinical outcomes and reducing overall healthcare costs. SFLF resources are committed to fostering and reinforcing a global awareness of the promise of adult stem cell therapies with the paramount goal of alleviating human suffering, supporting the advancement of adult stem cell research and facilitating collection of adult stem cells among first responders.
SFLF and NeoStem have partnered with the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture on a joint initiative to foster the highest levels of world-class scientific research on adult stem cells and explore the cultural, ethical and human implications of their use and their promise for helping to alleviate human suffering. The Second International Vatican Adult Stem Cell Conference: Regenerative Medicine – A Fundamental Shift in Science & Culture will be held within Vatican City April 11-13, 2013. Many of the world's leading media outlets and news wires plan on covering the conference with the exposure going beyond the Vatican walls and flowing into leading newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and abroad.
Expanded Board -Finally, we are pleased that last month Stephen Potter joined the NeoStem Board of Directors. Stephen has been involved with the cellular therapy industry since its early days. He was most recently the Senior Vice President of Operations and Corporate Development for Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. where he worked as a member of the senior leadership that achieved one of the first approvals for a stem cell therapy for Prochymal. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development at Genzyme Corporation. We look forward to Stephen's insight as we look ahead to achieving the next level in our development.