(C) Private 2009 - Ruth McKernanIt really started last year ...

September 2009. In 2008 Pfizer engaged rather late in regenerative medicine. Its unit (former Pfizer Technologies) at Sandwich and Abington (UK) matured into Neusentis under the leadership of Dr. Ruth McKernan, the Chief Scientific Officer since its beginnings. In the exclusive interview published only here, she addressed central issues in the development of stem cell therapies.

Several years later most of the basic challenges are still waiting to be resolved by those in the field, for example the complementary roles of small molecules and stem cell biologics in personalized medicine, the standardisation of stem cells for pharmaceutical use, or predictive toxicology to ensure drug safety. Read also about competitors in the field like Novo Nordisk, Cellartis (today: Cellectis), or Cellular Dynamics.


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