The View from an Academic who serves on Regulatory Committees

Evan Snyder, Director, Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine/Core Facility, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Video Overview

Evan Snyder, director of the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, discussed the critical importance of understanding the innate biological roles of different stem cell populations when designing therapies – and the circumstances under which it can be ethically justifiable to attempt a scientifically credible therapy even in the face of an incomplete understanding of its mechanism. Moving on from regulatory issues, Dr. Snyder then considers the potential for “Big Data” methods applied to large banks of patient-derived pluripotent cells to identify the earliest stages of age-related pathology, potentially culminating in therapies that can be deployed well in advance of the appearance of symptoms.