Leaders in stem cell medicine and research

Melbourne is a world leader in the development of stem cell research and regenerative medicine.

Australia excels in stem cell research and the development of regenerative medicine products. Melbourne scientists received almost 60 per cent of Australia's health and medical research funding for regenerative medicine between 2010 and 2014.

Victorian organisations have extensive clinical trial experience trialling stem cell therapies, as well as broad capabilities in point-of-care diagnostic development pipeline, including experience with regulatory authorities such as the Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency.

As the first international partner to jointly manage collaborative research projects with the world's largest stem cell agency – the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and a partnership with the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine in Canada – Melbourne continues to build its leadership position in stem cell research and pioneering new treatments.

In addition, the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) is a US$115 million medical research centre based at the Clayton Campus of Monash University. Boasting 14 research groups studying a variety of regenerative approaches, ARMI is one of the largest regenerative medicine and stem cell research hubs in the world.

This expertise includes:

  • Mesoblast Limited is a world leader in developing innovative cellular medicines, having -established a clinically advanced and diverse portfolio of cell-based products, with several programs in active clinical programs. The Japanese Government recently approved TEMCELL® HS. Inj., a product based on Mesoblast’s proprietary mesenchymal lineage adult stem cell technology for the treatment of graft versus host disease in children and adults in Japan. TEMCELL is the first allogeneic cell-based product to receive approval in Japan.

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