The LUMC has a long-standing tradition in the field of organ transplantation and the development of therapies and disease models based on stem cells, and it has a leading role in the field of regenerative medicine in the Netherlands. This is partly due to the combination of the necessary expertise and the right infrastructure. For example, a production facility, NECSTGEN, is being built at the Leiden Bioscience Park. Among other things, stem cell products can be manufactured here that may be used in patients.
"I am very enthusiastic about reNEW. In Leiden we already have a unique ecosystem with excellent science, education, proven translational potential and state-of-the-art infrastructure. With this new collaboration and financial boost, we can create the critical mass needed to bring about a major turning point in this emerging medical field," says Pancras Hogendoorn, Dean and Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board of the LUMC.
In the LUMC, reNEW is coordinated by Professor Ton Rabelink: "This donation is a fantastic boost for this relatively new field within medicine. It also directly builds on the ambition made possible by the National Science Agenda and in which we cooperate within national consortia such as Regmed XB."
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Regnerative Medicine at LUMC
Regenerative medicine is one of the three focus areas of the LUMC. Work is undertaken on innovative new treatments. Read more about the regenerative treatments that the LUMC develops on the website. rg.lumc.nl/en
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