Stem cell research and manufacturing powerhouses, such as Stem Cell Sciences Ltd (
http://www.stemcellsciencesltd.com/), CXR Biosciences (
http://www.cxrbiosciences.com/), Invitrogen (
http://www.invitrogen.com/), Angel Biotechnology (
http://www.angelbio.com/), and Geron Corporation (
http://www.geron.com/), are prime examples of world-renowned companies conducting research in Scotland.
Also instrumental to Scotland's success is an organization that unites those interested in or conducting this type of research.
The Scottish Stem Cell Network (SSCN,
http://www.sscn.co.uk/), launched in 2003, brings together scientists and clinicians to improve the rate at which laboratory research translates
into therapeutic benefits for patients. The SSCN works with the entire stem cell community in Scotland, including academic
institutions and clinical and industry-based research groups, and also provides international organizations with easy access
to stem cell researchers in Scotland. Another unique feature about the SSCN is the organization's role in engaging the general
public to participate in open debates on issues deemed controversial with regards to this type of research.
Scotland is an ideal location in which to conduct stem cell research, with a powerful life sciences research and technology
base and an equally supportive regulatory environment. Through advanced research led by globally respected stem cell experts
and advanced facilities, Scotland is poised to continue to lead the way in the biomedical applications of cell biology.