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La Jolla Stem Cell Laboratory Replaced With ‘Collaboratory’

Editor's note: one of the collaborators is UC, San Diego, not the University of San Diego as previously stated in this story.

A new stem-cell research center which promotes scientific cooperation opens in La Jolla Today.

— The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine in La Jolla transformed its stem cell laboratory into a new $127 million “Collaboratory.”

The nickname for the research facility is based on the consortium’s emphasis on collaboration among scientists.

Stem cell scientists will work together at the center from the following five major biomedical institutions: Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, the Salk Institute, Scripps Research Institute, the University of California, San Diego and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology.

Researchers hope to discover ways to use stem cells to repair damaged organs, fix spinal cord injuries and prevent various diseases.

More than 300 people will be employed in the 150,000-square-foot building located just north of the Salk Institute.

The California Institute For Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) is a state agency that promotes stem cell research contributed $43 million in public funds for the project.

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