Two leaders in biomedical research - the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University School of Medicine - will join forces in a new stem cell initiative that will catalyze research and serve as a magnet for scholars from around the world. The Siebel Stem Cell Institute, established by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, is a joint initiative between the Berkeley Stem Cell Center and the Stanford Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Institute, two of the world's leading institutions at the forefront of biomedical science.</p>
<p>The new consortium will bring together the top physician-scientists, biologists, chemists, engineers and computer scientists to study stem cells - master cells from which all specialized cells and tissues are derived. The goal is to target the root causes of today's most devastating diseases and translate discoveries into new therapies.</p>
<p>The joint institute is funded by a $9 million gift from the Siebel Foundation, which will leverage the vast expertise of UC Berkeley and Stanford to advance stem cell research to new, critical stages.