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About the Sanford Stem Cell Institute

The Sanford Stem Cell Institute is a global hub for stem cell science and innovation in space, advancing stem cell research through collaborative, multi-disciplinary interactions using state-of-the art core research facilities for stem cell translational medicine, and an extensive Alpha Stem Cell Clinic Network across the state of California to conduct clinical trials of promising new regenerative medicine.

Who We Are

In 2022, businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford committed $150 million to the creation of the Sanford Stem Cell Institute at UC San Diego. This gift combines current infrastructure with new Centers intended to leverage the advantages of space-based science, including expansion and, in some ways, quite literally launch stem cell research and regenerative medicine at UC San Diego into new spaces, endeavors, and training of future stem cell scientists.


SANFORD STEM CELL INSTITUTE (SSCI) is a global leader in regenerative medicine and hub for stem cell science and innovation in space. SSCI aims to catalyze critical basic research discoveries, translational advances, and clinical progress terrestrially and in space to develop and deliver novel therapeutics to patients.

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