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San Antonio to host World Stem Cell Summit in 2014
September 19, 2013

By W. Scott Bailey, San Antonio Business Journal

San Antonio has secured a major prize in the bioscience industry.

Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) told a crowd gathered at BioMed SA's annual Julio Palmaz Award event on Wednesday night that it will bring the World Stem Cell Summit to San Antonio in 2014.

The World Stem Cell Summit is the largest interdisciplinary stem cell meeting, featuring more than 170 prominent scientists, business leaders, regulators, policy-makers, economic development officers, patient advocates and experts in law and ethics. Presentees at the 2014 summit will reveal some of the latest scientific discoveries, business models, legal and regulatory solutions and best practices impacting work in the stem cell arena.

The San Antonio event is expected to attract more than 1,500 attendees from 40 nations.

"Prominent local associations and institutions have expressed their support of the international regenerative medicine community's foremost event," says GPI Executive Director Bernard Siegel, founder and co-chair of the World Stem Cell Summit, about the unified effort San Antonio displayed in landing the event.

The list of institutions that have rallied together to bring the summit to the Alamo City includes the City of San Antonio, BioMed SA, the Texas Research and Technology Foundation, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and its Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, the University of Texas at San Antonio, BioBridge Global, T3DC and the Texas Research Park.

"In San Antonio, we are continually looking for ways to grow and promote our No. 1 industry: Health care and Bioscience," says San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. "San Antonio recognizes regenerative medicine as an emerging growth segment of this industry, and we are truly honored to be named host of this prestigious conference."

The 2014 World Stem Cell Summit is scheduled for Dec. 3-5 at San Antonio's Marriott Rivercenter hotel.

"The World Stem Cell Summit provides San Antonio institutions and companies the opportunity to forge collaborations around the globe and expand the awareness of San Antonio's unique biomedical assets," says BioMed SA President Ann Stevens.

The 2013 World Stem Cell Summit will be held later this year at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego in California.


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