Wednesday, 06 November 2013
Regional Network for Stem Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine (abbreviation: RegMed) is an EU FP7 project GlowBrain initiative with the goal of connecting experts from different areas with a long-term goal of setting up requirements for future stem cell therapies in Croatia. At the founding meeting held on Wednesday, November 06th, 2013, from 15:00 till 17:00 at the premises of Croatian Institute for Brain Research (CIBR), University of Zagreb School of Medicine the representatives from various areas: clinical researchers (orthopedics, dentistry, neurosurgery, transfusion medicine), basic researchers (regenerative medicine, functional genomics, molecular biology), bioethics, business sector and pharmaceutical industry, translational medicine and technology transfer agreed to be members of the Network with the following mission statement: ”Croatia should be among the first to establish regenerative medicine technologies, especially application of stem cells for the benefit of its citizens and economy". RegMed will set the framework of activities and support further collaborations in order to facilitate the development of regenerative medicine in Croatia. Members of the Network agreed to meet every two months. The meetings would consist of thematic lectures and formal and informal discussions.
The Network will support and act as an intermediary for new activities. This will include applications for scientific and infrastructural projects and organization of training network. It is expected that the Network could generate new economic activities therefore it should gather the expertise to create new business models, contacts with industries and partnership and generation of SMEs with interest in regenerative medicine.