Now in its ninth year, the World Stem Cell Summit brings scientists, clinicians, philanthropists, companies and patient advocates from around the world to share breakthroughs that were once thought impossible. The Summit is interdisciplinary and provides a complete 360 view of the stem cell field. The Summit meets to accelerate the discovery and development of lifesaving cures and therapies. This is an ideal event for health, science, biotech and business reporters to interview the world’s stem cell leaders and pioneers.

A few of the dozens of potential stories at the Summit:

• HEALTH: Meet the scientists creating new clinical for regeneration of tissues, organs and spinal cords; cancer; diabetes; neurological diseases; and heart disease.

• SCIENCE/HEALTH: Did you know: Stem cell research is being conducted in space? Those extra fat cells might be used to cure diseases? We may be entering a new age of cloning, “nuclear transfer” therapeutic cloning? Desperate families battling illness are being taken advantage of by unproven stem cell therapies and deceptive claims?

• FAMILY/PREGNANCY/PARENTING: Parents spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to store their new baby’s cord blood. Hear from cord blood collection executives and the scientists working on uses and new breakthroughs for cord blood.

• HEALTH AND BEAUTY: Can stem cells be used to thwart the aging process, rejuvenate the human body and allow a longer life span? Some world-renowned scientists believe the answer is yes.

• BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY: How do companies secure financing in this rapidly advancing field? The industry is international – sessions will focus on economic development in Japan, UK, Brazil, Argentina, Qatar, China, Canada and more. What are the trends in regenerative medicine technology? Who are the leaders driving new technology and solutions for the industry?

• NON PROFIT/EDUCATION: Major philanthropists (including Denny Sanford, who recently donated $100 million to UCSD) will discuss the complex relationship between philanthropists and institutions.

• STORIES OF HOPE: In addition to scientists and business leaders, many patient advocates seeking cures and new treatments attend the summit and participate in panels. The Stem Cell Action Awards will honor Denny Sanford and Malin Burnham, philanthropists; Dr. Paul Knoepfler, professor and author; Mary Ann Liebert, publisher; and Roman Reed, activist for stem cell research funding.

The Genetics Policy Institute (GPI), a nonprofit organization, produces the Summit. The 2013 World Stem Cell Summit Organizing Partners are California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), Mayo Clinic, The Scripps Research Institute, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, and Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) at Kyoto University. It will feature over 1000 participants, 200 speakers, 67 panel and keynote presentations, with attendees from more than 40 countries.

Free Public Forum: Tuesday, December 3, 2013, organized by California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).

World Stem Cell Summit: Wednesday, December 4th to Friday, December 6th, 2013.

Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, One Market Place, San Diego, California, USA, 92101

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Press Registration & Interviews: To apply for press registration credentials, contact Joseph Dawson, joseph [at] Advance registration is requested. On-site and remote interviews can be arranged.