Government unveils investment in regenerative medicine
13 July 2011
Posted by Michelle Devonshire
The UK Government has announced it is allocating a total of £4 million into regenerative medicine.
According to the Department of Health, the money will be used to fund NHS stem cell services and is expected to improve the time within which donors and potential recipients are matched.
It was unveiled by Anne Milton, the UK's Public Health Minister, who stated that one life per month could be saved by the investment, which is being made alongside charity Anthony Nolan and NHS Blood and Transplant.
Chief executive of the Anthony Nolan Trust, Henry Braund, stated: "For a patient with a blood cancer waiting for a stem cell transplant, every minute counts and everything we can do to reduce that time is vital."
Average search times are expected to be reduced to two weeks by the partnership, which will also include £2 million going towards increasing collection services at five umbilical cord blood collections sites and opening a new site later this year.
In related news, a cross-party group of MPs recently issued a call to young men to join the Anthony Nolan stem cell register and urged politicians to recruit individuals to sign up this summer.