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Good Cells Grow In Ontario

Paige Collins

Paige Collins | Wednesday, March 8, 2017

To spotlight the province’s excellence in regenerative medicine and our capacity for commercialization, the Ontario Investment Office organized a tour for members of the international media.


Ontario has a long track record of excellence in the field of regenerative medicine. In fact, it was in Ontario that stem cells were first identified by Drs. James Till and Ernest McCulloch in the 1960s. Since then, researchers in the province have kept the momentum going, making numerous important discoveries and incredible progress towards impactful clinical applications.

To spotlight the province’s excellence in regenerative medicine and our capacity for commercialization, the Ontario Investment Office organized a tour for members of the international media. Over the course of the 3 day tour, invited journalists had the opportunity to tour institutions throughout southern Ontario and speak with investigators to learn firsthand how we are all working together to realize the full potential of regenerative medicine.

After visiting with our counterparts in Toronto, the group made their way to the SCC-RI, the only tour stop outside of the Greater Toronto Area. While here they heard a presentation from Director Dr. Mick Bhatia and went on a guided tour of some of our key laboratory spaces to see our unique human stem cell reprogramming and drug discovery technologies up close and personal.

We were thrilled to be a part of this tour and showcase our unique position in Ontario’s thriving regenerative medicine ecosystem.

Dr. Collins explaining screening equipment

Mick Bhatia

Mick Bhatia

Director and Senior Scientist