MassBio Statement on Stem Cell Decision

August 24, 2010

MassBio President & CEO Robert K. Coughlin's statement on U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth's decision to issue an injunction against embryonic stem cell research.

“Stem cell research is one of the most promising areas in medical science today. Using stem cells to better understand diseases and find treatments and cures is essential. We support President Obama’s decision to overturn the federal stem cell funding ban in order to better solve unmet medical needs around the world. Judge Lamberth’s decision not only undermines this industry that is vital to the Massachusetts and regional economy, but more importantly, further delays treatment for the many patients and their families who hope to overcome conditions such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and spinal cord injuries.”

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