Addresses Methods for Obtaining Embryonic Stem Cells and Strongly Urges Passage of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005
Worcester, MA, July 12, 2005 - Robert Lanza, M.D., Vice President of Medical and Scientific Development at Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. (OTCBB:ACTC.OB) testified today before the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, of the Committee on Appropriations. Dr. Lanza's testimony focused on two approaches to creating pluripotent stem cell lines - that of single cell biopsy of embryos and the dedifferentiation of somatic cells back to pluripotency - and strongly encouraged support for the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005.
"Given our research to date and animal models, further investigations should be funded and encouraged to determine if pluripotent stem cell lines can be derived in humans using these approaches,” explained Dr. Lanza. "We hope that these new approaches will result in the future expansion of pluripotent stem cell lines available for human therapies. However, it is important to emphasize the urgent need to have continued access to surplus IVF embryos that would otherwise be discarded.” Dr. Lanza strongly encouraged the Senators to support the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005 (HR 810) and applauded the sponsors of this bill for their commitment to supporting embryonic stem cell research and the advancement of regenerative medicine. "While you were listening to this testimony,” Lanza explained, "another 10 Americans have died of diseases that could potentially be treated using stem cells in the future. It would be tragic not to pursue all options and methods available to us to get this technology to the bedside as soon as possible.”
"We are encouraged by the bipartisan support for the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005 in both the House and the Senate,” said William M. Caldwell, Chief Executive Officer of ACT. "We applaud the sponsors of this bill for their leadership in moving this country forward in this promising field of regenerative medicine.”
About Advanced Cell Technology, Inc.
Advanced Cell Technology, Inc., a Nevada corporation, is a biotechnology company applying stem cell technology in the emerging field of regenerative medicine. The company is currently headquartered in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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