World Stem Cell Summit Announces Keynote Speakers and Hot Topics for 2010

Thu Jun 3, 2010 7:05am EDT

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DETROIT--(Business Wire)--
Bernard Siegel, executive director of the Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) and
co-chair of the 2010 World Stem Cell Summit, announced the selection of keynote
speakers for the World Stem Cell Summit, which is taking place at the Detroit
Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan, October 4-6. 

Leadership Keynote - Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm 

Science Keynote - Sean Morrison, Ph.D., Director of Center for Stem Cell
Biology, Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan 

Industry Keynote - Thomas Okarma, MD, Ph.D., President and CEO, Geron

Society Keynote - Robert Klein, Chair of California Institute of Medicine
Governing Board 

Advocacy Keynote - A. Alfred Taubman, Founder and Chair, A. Alfred Taubman
Medical Research Institute 

"We are delighted to present some of the preeminent leaders in the stem cell
community," said Siegel. "The keynote speeches set the tone of the conference
and will serve as a platform to catalyze, lead and inspire the global network of
influential stem cell stakeholders that attend the Summit." 

Regarding his invitation to address the Summit, Tom Okarma said, "It is a
pleasure and an honor to present one of the keynotes at the World Stem Cell
Summit. As the industry leader in human embryonic stem cell research, this is
the one meeting that we at Geron feel is a must attend, and we are pleased to
tell our story to its audience." 

The 2010 World Stem Cell Summit features a multi-track program with more than
150 international speakers and 50 hours of in-depth science, business and
society presentations (law, ethics, policy, regulatory and social issues). No
other stem cell conference produces this breadth of content and 360 degree
global view of the field of regenerative medicine. 

Some selected panel topics include: 

"The Promise of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine" 

"The California Model for Funding, Regulation and Successful Collaborations" 

"Pharma`s Growing Investment in Regenerative Medicine" 

"Toward Global Harmonization: Perspectives from International Network Leaders" 

"Hospital Perspectives of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine" 

"Risks and Rip-Offs: Where to Draw the Line on Stem Cell Tourism" 

"Healing Our Wounded Warriors: Armed Forces Investment in Regenerative Medicine"

"Stem Cell Progress" sessions covering diabetes; neurological disorders,
including Parkinson`s Disease and ALS; aging; cancer; blindness; paralysis,
including spinal cord injury and MS 

The World Stem Cell Summit is the flagship international event uniting the stem
cell community by bringing together scientists, patients, advocates, business
people, investors, educators, ethicists, policy makers, government
representatives, and others to network and learn from each other. In 2010, the
Summit will attract more than 1,200 attendees from 30 nations, 60 exhibitors and
more than 200 endorsing organizations and media partners from around the world. 

The Genetics Policy Institute presents the Summit, which is co-hosted in 2010 by
the State of Michigan, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and the
University Research Corridor, which includes the University of Michigan,
Michigan State University, and Wayne State University. 

For more information and to register, visit the newly redesigned World Stem Cell
Summit web site at

Genetics Policy Institute
Bernard Siegel, 305-801-4928

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