1 Vision to cure diabetes
We have a vision to find a cure for diabetes, and human stem
cell research with the potential for cell transplantation, is
currently the most promising approach to achieve this goal.
2 Investigation of use of stem cells
We are investigating the use of stem cells to treat other
serious chronic diseases and the use of stem cells as a tool to
increase disease understanding and accelerate the drug discovery process.
3 Human pluripotent stem cells
We have extended our research on mouse pluripotent stem cells
to include human pluripotent stem cells, in order to move forward in
our efforts to direct human stem cells to mature into
insulin-producing beta cells which can be further developed for
transplantation to patients.
4 Use of pluripotent stem cells
We are using pluripotent stem cells as it has not yet been
demonstrated that the same scientific results can be obtained by the
use of multipotent adult/tissue-specific stem cells when it comes to
expansion potential and developmental capacity.
5 Human embryonic stem cells
We only work with human embryonic stem cells derived from
surplus embryos from in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment that are
donated with freely given informed consent. Such embryos are otherwise
destined by law to be discarded. We do not support human egg donation
for the creation of human embryos solely for research purposes.
6 Cloning of human beings
We believe cloning of human beings (reproductive cloning)
unethical and does not engage in any activity in this area.
7 Patenting of stem cells
We support the position that human embryonic stem cells, as
such, cannot be patented. However, the research-based protocols used
to develop stem cells into therapeutic cells, as well as the mature
cells and tissues developed by these specific protocols, should be patentable.
8 Protection of human embryo
We support a legislative framework around the use of human
embryonic stem cells that adequately protects the human embryo and at
the same time ensures that the knowledge obtained can be used to help
patients with serious chronic diseases such as diabetes.
9 Stem cell therapies
We support stem cell therapies that are only made available
after having been proven to be safe and efficacious in preclinical and
controlled clinical trials.
For more information, please see our
position on human biosamples.