FP7 logo euThe ESNATS project has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° HEALTH-F5-2008-201619

Embryonic Stem cell-based Novel Alternative Testing Strategies

Partners: National Biological Standards Board (NIBSC)

The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) is a government funded organisation involved in international standardisation and research on biological medicines. It provides International Reference Materials for bioassays and performs batch-testing of products. NIBSC hosts the UK Stem Cell Bank (UKSCB) funded by the UK government to act as a GMP repository for ethically sourced and well-characterised human stem cell lines of all types, for basic research and for the development of therapies. It also undertakes research and development in the areas of cell banking, characterisation, cryopreservation and safety testing.

Key staff involved in the project

Glyn StaceyGlyn Stacey, PhD, Head of Division of Cell Biology and Imaging and Director for the UK Stem Cell Bank, will provide experience of establishing principles and strategies for cell banking and characterisation. He has experience in the UK Public Health Laboratory Service and in cancer research. He has also worked as part of WHO initiatives on qualified cell banks for vaccine manufacture and diagnostic testing. He has written numerous publications and books on animal cell culture. As Director for the UK Stem Cell Bank he is engaged in initiatives on the standardisation of stem cell culture including the International Society for Stem Cell Research (standards committee) and the International Stem Cell Initiative.

Charles Hunt, PhD, Operations Manager for the UK Stem Cell Bank, has over 25 years experience in cryobiology and tissue banking both in an academic and public health setting. As Operations Manager for the UKSCB, he has been responsible for establishing the clinical GMP facilities and the quality assurance system for stem cells for both for research and therapy. He is also on the UK Standing Advisory Committee for Tissues and President-elect of the British Association for Tissue Banking.

Dr Lyn Healy, PhD., Senior Stem Cell Biologist at the UK Stem Cell Bank, has over 20years experience in the stem cell field working primarily on human and murine haematopoietic stem cells and more recently focused on human ES cells. Lyn leads on the stem cell R&D for the bank.

Ms Lesley Young, BSc (hons), Cell Banking Supervisor at the UK Stem Cell Bank has over 10years experience at the NIBSC establishing new cell lines and providing quality controlled cell banks for Vaccine batch release and research projects. She transferred to the Bank in 2003 and has responsibility for managing the cell banking programme and in the Banks R&D programme to implement new technologies to the banking process.

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