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UK Stem Cell Line Registry

The Steering Committee for the UK Stem Cell Bank and use of stem cell lines publishes the UK Stem Cell Line Registry which identifies all human embryonic stem cell lines approved for use in the UK. We will not support research using human embryonic stem cell lines that have not been approved by the steering committee. 

Download the UK Stem Cell Line Registry (PDF, 212KB)

UK Stem Cell Bank

The UK Stem Cell Bank provides ethically-sourced and quality controlled human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines and other associated materials to researchers worldwide, and aims to facilitate high quality and standardized research in this area. The Bank publishes a catalogue of currently available hESC lines. 

International Stem Cell Banking Initiative

The International Stem Cell Banking Initiative (ISCBI) provides information for scientists interested in developing or using a stem cell bank. The initiative’s aim is to create a global network of stem cell banks through support for existing banks, and by encouraging the development of new banks.

The ISCBI encourages good practice in stem cell banking - scientifically and ethically - and provides information on resources and meetings for those involved in stem cell banking.

Induced pluripotent stem cell resources - applicant guidance

A growing number of researchers seek to exploit the potential of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), since 2006 when Yamanaka published a method to reprogramme mature cells to a pluripotent state. We have issued guiding principles on expectations regarding requests for support for the establishment of new iPSC resources. 

Download the iPSC resource guidance (PDF, 26KB).

International Stem Cell Initiative

The International Stem Cell Initiative (ISCI) is a worldwide collaborative effort to establish basic criteria and techniques to underpin the eventual development of applications for human embryonic stem (hES) cells in human medicine.

The ISCI database gathers together information on bone fide human embryonic stem cell lines from around the world and is available for researchers to analyse for themselves.

MRC-Wellcome Trust Human Developmental Biology Resource

The MRC-Wellcome Trust Human Developmental Biology Resource is a collection of human embryonic and fetal material available for research use by the international scientific community. 

NHS Blood and Transplant

The NHS Blood and Transplant special health authority:

  • The British Bone Marrow Registry (BBMR)
  • The NHS Cord Blood Bank to collect, process, store and supply umbilical cord blood. 
  • Specialist services providing haematopoietic stem cells (stem cells that can turn into blood cells) for the treatment of blood cancers. These specialist services also provide a national network of GMP facilities with regulatory expertise and small scall manufacture capabilities

Innovate UK Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

The £55 million Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult is a centre for translational excellence for cell and gene therapy and regenerative medicine. Its vision is the for the UK to be a global leader in the development, delivery and commercialisation of cell and gene therapy, making it a location for business start-up and growth. 

The catapult takes products into early clinical trials, providing clinical, technical, manufacturing and regulatory expertise and access to the NHS, with a focus on collaboration and lowering barriers to investment and funding.

The catapult manages a new UK Cell Therapy Manufacturing Centre that provides vital large-scale manufacturing facilities. This will substantially bolster the UK's excellent but small-scale NHS and academic facilities that are a source of materials for early-stage clinical trials, thus extending the UK’s capabilities into later studies and commercialisation.