NYSCF Accomplishments & Milestones

2017

2016

New Stem Cells Created

Creation of a new type of stem cell with only one set of chromosomes, haploid stem cells, with colleagues at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Columbia University Medical Center reported in Nature.

Dr. Zhang's Groundbreaking Work

Dr. Feng Zhang receives the 6th NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Prize for his groundbreaking work pioneering the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system.

2015

More Precision

The NYSCF Global Stem Cell Array highlighted as a faster, more efficient, more reliable, and cost effective method of creating stem cells and derived cell types in Nature Methods.

Immunoengineering Working Group

First meeting of the Immunoengineering Working Group convened to identifying new ways of addressing the immune attack in type 1 diabetes.

2014

Alzheimer’s Advancements

Successful generation of a stem cell model for familial Alzheimer’s disease and identification of fourteen genes that may be implicated in the disease reported in PLOS One.

Making Living Brain Cells

For the first time, scientists successfully derive living iPS cells from frozen Alzheimer’s patient’s brain tissue, reported in Acta Neuropathologica Communications.

2013

Customizable Bone

Creation of patient-specific, customizable bone to treat disease and injury published in PNAS.

2012

Mitochondrial Disease Breakthrough

Major breakthrough published in Nature describing a therapy that could prevent the inheritance of mitochondrial diseases.

Discovery of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Awards the NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Prize to Dr. Kazutoshi Takahashi for his role in the discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells, a breakthrough that garnered the Nobel Prize for research leader, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka.

2011

2010

NYSCF Global Stem Cell Array

Engineering and building begins on the NYSCF Global Stem Cell Array robotic technology for stem cell production and derivation.

2009

Shared Facility

NYSCF Laboratory becomes official New York shared facility under NYSTEM.

2008

Most Significant Scientific Breakthrough of the Year

TIME and Science magazines cite NYSCF-funded ALS research as the most significant scientific breakthrough of the year.

 

SCNT Diabetes Research

Expands research team to begin research in somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) for diabetes.

Women of Excellence Award

Susan L. Solomon honored with Women of Excellence Award by Governor David Paterson.

2007

First Grants

Awards first grants for senior scientists.

Advises Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Lt. Gov. David Paterson in drafting NYSTEM, New York State’s 11-year, $600 million stem cell research funding initiative.

2006

NYSCF Research Institute

Opens first privately funded “safe haven” stem cell laboratory in New York, free from restrictions tied to federal funding.

First Annual Gala

Mayor Bloomberg and Dick Wolf speak at NYSCF’s First Annual Gala for scientists and supporters.

2005

Seed Funding

Receives $1.1M of seed funding from two funders.

NYSCF Founded

Susan L. Solomon and Mary Elizabeth Bunzel form The New York Stem Cell Foundation in New York City.