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CCRM and Stem Cells Australia Agree to Collaborate in the Global Translation of Stem Cell Research

17 June 2014
June 16, 2014 (Toronto, Canada and Melbourne, Australia) The Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) and the Stem Cells Australia consortium have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to increase the translation of stem cell research in the two countries. 

Exploring the potential of stem cells and their regenerative capacity has been a core focus of medical research in Canada and Australia for many years. Recognizing the need to accelerate the translation of such findings into real benefits has led to CCRM joining forces with Australian researchers, from leading universities and research organizations across the country, through the Stem Cells Australia consortium. The purpose is to build an international cluster of scientific excellence.

“The MoU between CCRM and Stem Cells Australia is an excellent opportunity to flow new IP through CCRM’s due diligence process that may complement existing technologies CCRM is reviewing for licensing or bundling into new company creations,” explains Michael May, PhD, CEO of the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine. “Being able to review disclosures from Canada and Australia will enhance CCRM’s ability to identify the most promising discoveries for commercialization and this, ultimately, benefits the regenerative medicine community.”

“CCRM is already working with one Australian research team and is in discussion with others. This MoU will formalize that relationship and allow others to have access to CCRM’s business development expertise and development capabilities,” says Professor Martin Pera, Program Leader of Stem Cells Australia and Chair of Stem Cell Sciences at The University of Melbourne. “This partnership will also give Australian scientists the means to interact with CCRM’s industry partners to showcase their technical expertise and know-how. We anticipate that the trial agreement will lead to more extensive opportunities for engagement of Australian stem cell researchers outside of the consortium with SCA and the CCRM.”

The MoU will cover a trial period to assess the benefits of working together and determine the impact the two groups may have on increasing the translation of stem cell research. The agreement will accelerate translation of Australian discoveries in stem cell science into new research tools and cellular therapies, through CCRM’s unique role in intellectual property development in this field.

CCRM representatives will travel to Australia in October 2014 as guests of Stem Cells Australia.

About Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM)

CCRM, a Canadian not-for-profit organization funded by the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence program and six institutional partners, supports the development of technologies that accelerate the commercialization of stem cell- and biomaterials-based technologies and therapies. A network of academics, industry and entrepreneurs, CCRM translates scientific discoveries into marketable products for patients. CCRM launched in Toronto’s Discovery District on June 14, 2011. 

CCRM has three core development themes: cell reprogramming and engineering; cell manufacturing; and, biomaterials and devices to carry out projects commissioned by academia and industry. CCRM has a fully resourced, 6,000 square foot development facility where all development work takes place. 

About Stem Cells Australia

Stem Cells Australia is an Australian Research Council funded Special Research Initiative, bringing together Australia’s premier life scientists to address the big questions in stem cell science. Stem Cells Australia was established in 2011 by The University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, Monash University, University of NSW, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.

For more information, please contact:

Stacey Johnson

Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine


Megan Munsie

Stem Cells Australia

+61 417 585 621