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For Immediate Release
Thursday, August 11, 2005
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Michelle Ruess
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Commission Unveils Guidelines, Applications for $5 million Stem Cell Research Grant Program


Trenton – The Commission on Science and Technology today publicly launched the new $5 million Stem Cell Research Grant Program with a new website providing open public access to grant guidelines, application forms and program details.

The Commission will award grants for amounts up to $300,000 over two years. The deadline for filing a Letter of Intent is Sept. 19, 2005 and the Commission expects to announce grant awards before the end of the year, said Commission Chairman Donald L. Drakeman during a media conference call.

“The Stem Cell Research Grant program will use a system that meets the public’s demand for accountability and transparency,” said Dr. Drakeman, CEO of Medarex, Inc.

The Stem Cell Research Grant program will support the full range of stem cell research, including basic research to determine the properties of stem cells, translational research to turn promising research into potential therapies and clinical research involving patients. Proposals will undergo both scientific and ethics reviews before facing discussion and vote during an open, public meeting of the Commission.

Dr. Drakeman was joined on the conference call by Harold Shapiro, chairman of the Ethics Review Panel. Dr. Shapiro is President Emeritus of Princeton University and past chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics for President Clinton.

 “The Ethics Review Panel will be guided by the National Academy of Science’s 2005 Guidelines for Stem Cell Research,” Dr. Shapiro said.

Plans to develop a Stem Cell Research Grant program were announced August 2 by Governor Richard J. Codey during a press conference at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitative Medicine in West Orange.

To assure public access and to encourage researchers to participate, the Commission today unveiled a new page on the NJCST website where guidelines, applications and details of the Stem Cell Research Grant program can be viewed and downloaded. The new page address is http://www.state.nj.us/scitech/grant_home.html