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Regenerative Medicine Showcased At World Stem Cell Summit In Detroit

The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, a Washington-based lobbying group, will hold its general membership meeting at the World Stem Cell Summit Oct. 4-6 in Detroit.

Members of the alliance include large firms like Johnson & Johnson and Corning, as well as smaller venture-backed firms in the burgeoning field.

Bernard Siegel, founder and co-chair of the summit and executive director of the Genetics Policy Institute, said the events panel discussions "are designed to address the needs of the life science investor community and executives from biotechnology, pharmaceutical and other regenerative medicine companies."

Tom Okarma, president and CEO of Menlo Park, Calif.-based pharma firm Geron Corp. and a keynote speaker at the summit, described it as "the one meeting that we at Geron feel is a must-attend."

Expert industry panels include:

* The Outlook for the Cord Blood, Cell Therapy and Bio Banking Industries
* Devices and Tools for Research and Industry
* Financing Pathways for Cell Based Therapies
* Michigan's Role in Stem Cell Research and as a Center for * Regenerative Medicine Commercialization
* Stem Cell Standardization Issues
* Pathways to Commercializing Stem Cell Therapies -- Tech Transfer Perspectives
* Reimbursement and Insurance Solutions for Cell Therapies and Related Industries
* Regenerative Medicine Under the Microscope -- VC and Investor Perspectives
* Pharma's Growing Investment in Regenerative Medicine
* The Shifting Landscape of Intellectual Property Law and Its Impact on the Future of Regenerative Medicine
* Forging Relationships between Industry and Regulators
* Commercialization of Stem Cells and International Market Trends
* Hospital Perspectives on Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
* Partnering and M&A: Inside Information from the Regen Dealmakers
Global Clinical Trials Update
* Regenerative Medicine Against Aging -- Technological, Political and Commercial Obstacles and Opportunities
* Economic Development -- Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine as an Engine for Economic Growth
* Finding Common Ground -- The Emerging Alliance Between Advocates and Industry
* Healing Our Wounded Warriors -- Armed Forces Investment in Regenerative Medicine

The co-hosts for the summit are the State of Michigan, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the University Research Corridor, members of which are the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University.

The summit will attract more than 1,000 attendees from 30 nations, 60 exhibitors and more than 200 endorsing organizations and media partners. Science & Education partners include Oakland University and The Taubman Foundation. Some of the diverse sponsors and endorsers include the American Red Cross, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and, among public companies, Beckman Coulter, Millipore, NeoStem and Roche.

The largest and most comprehensive multi-track stem cell conference, the Summit features more than 150 international speakers and 50 hours of in-depth science, business and society presentations. No other stem cell conference offers the breadth of content and global perspective. The agenda works to unite, educate and harmonize the global stem cell community. For more information and to register, visit

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