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Who is Robert Lanza?

Robert Lanza, M.D. is currently Chief Scientific Officer at Advanced Cell Technology, and Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has hundreds of publications and inventions, and over 30 scientific books: among them, “Principles of Tissue Engineering” and “Essentials of Stem Cell Biology,” which are recognized as the definitive references in the field.

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Dr. Robert Lanza featured in “CELLebrity” Doctors 2011 Calendar

First report of the long-term safety/efficacy of pluripotent stem cells in humans with any disease

Dr. Lanza Featured on Stephen Hawking's Stem Cell Special

"For a nice two decades scientists have dreamt about using human embryonic stem cells to treat diseases … that day has finally come…scientists have used human embryonic stem cells to successfully treat patients suffering from severe vision loss"

Wall Street Journal [Watch Video]

"In a report published in the journal Lancet, scientists led by Dr. Robert Lanza, chief scientific officer at Advanced Cell Technology, provide the first evidence that stem cells from human embryos can be a safe and effective source of therapies for two types of eye diseases"

Time magazine [Read More]

In a cloning first, Lanza and colleagues create stem cells from adults

Dr. Lanza Featured on Stephen Hawking's Stem Cell Special

"Advancement Could Lead to Treatment for Alzheimer's, Heart Disease"

Wall Street Journal [Read More]

"After years of failed attempts, researchers have finally generated stem cells from adults using the same cloning technique that produced Dolly the sheep in 1996. The process could provide a new way for scientists to generate healthy replacements for diseased or damaged cells in patients"

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"First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin"

NPR [Listen to the Story]

Lanza Featured on Stephen Hawking's Stem Cell Special

Dr. Lanza Featured on Stephen Hawking's Stem Cell Special

"Since my 20s, I haven't had to deal with the distractions that come from being able bodied. I've led a life of the mind. Stem cells may give you that same freedom, allowing you to pursue your wildest dreams without ever having to worry about the limitations of your body."

"Dr. Robert Lanza is one of the pioneers of stem cell therapies. He is already using them to help patients regenerate damaged body parts."

Premiere: Science Channel special, Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking, Feb. 3 at 10/9c.

Lanza urges students to persevere, keep challenging boundaries of science

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"I believe [Lanza's] passionate advice to fledgling scientists to be persistent and not take 'no' for an answer will inspire students to stay true to their goals and dreams; it will inspire them to contribute in their classes and their communities, knowing that one day their ideas and inventions will become part of larger endeavors that positively impact humanity," - Gregory Lamontagne, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, CCRI

Cloning & Stem Cells: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV

Lanza receives the Il Leone di San Marco award in Medicine

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Past honorees in other fields have included Dion, Susan Lucci, Tony Danza, Paul Giamatti, Paul Sorvino and Rudy Giuliani
 
Dr. Lanza received this year's prestigious Il Leone di San Marco award in Medicine (along with Regis Philbin, who received the award in Entertainment). For 34 years, the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee has acknowledged outstanding Americans in fields such as the Performing Arts, Entertainment, Medicine, Journalism, Literature, Playwriting, Government, Science, Academia or Business. Past honorees have included Stanley Tucci, Paul Giamatti, Paul Sorvino, Danny Aiello, Armand Assante, Tony Danza, Susan Lucci, Dion DiMucci, Phil Ramone, Bart Giamatti, and Rudy Giuliani. Dr. Lanza was one of four people who received this year's Il Leone di San Marco Award for their "many talents and great accomplishments" who represent the best in Italian-American culture.

The Lightning Rod: Lanza featured in The Pennsylvania Gazette (Longreads 'Best of the Web' selection)

Robert Lanza has racked up a slew of scientific accolades for his pioneering work on cloning and stem cells. And then there’s the private island stocked with dinosaur fossils, the Good Will Hunting comparisons … and his “theory of everything.”

The Pennsylvania GazetteSixteen miles outside Boston, in the back corner of an unfinished basement, a teenage boy lowers his syringe to a chicken egg and takes aim. It’s 1969 and this is Robert Lanza’s first time experimenting with embryos. He isn’t yet a well-known scientist. He hasn’t achieved all those cloning and stem-cell firsts, hasn’t been called genius, renegade, or quack. He doesn’t have to worry about being killed on his way to work. Journalists haven’t come up with the “real-life Good Will Hunting” analogy or suggested that he open his own Jurassic Park. He hasn’t worked with B.F. Skinner and Jonas Salk, hasn’t told off the former dean of Penn’s medical school. He doesn’t have a private 10-acre island and a house filled with dinosaur bones. That will all come later. Today he’s still just a kid, and he wants to win the school science fair. … Robby, the scrawny kid from Stoughton, Massachusetts, will become Bob Lanza—one of the most prominent and controversial figures in his field.

 

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Dr. Robert Lanza featured in CELLebrity Doctors 2011 Calendar
Top U.S. scientists hang their lab coats for stem cell research fundraising efforts. The 2011 “CELLebrity” Doctors Calendar spotlights twelve highly renowned doctors in the U.S. and details the progress that has been made in their prospective medical fields. NOTE: All proceeds from calendar sales benefit SCF and will be earmarked towards funding stem cell research in the United States.

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Videos

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New breakthroughs in stem cells and tissue engineering are the key to extending life.

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Can humankind reverse the tide of extinction? This video includes biographical material on Lanza.

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It’s an experimental breakthrough for macular degeneration. How embryonic stem cells helped two blind people see again.


 
Clinical Trials

NPR’s Talk of the Nation Science Friday

NPR's Talk of the Nation Science Friday with Dr. Robert Lanza

Stem Cell Eye Therapy Shows Promise: The study in The Lancet is the first published report on embryonic stem cell use in humans.

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Front Page, Washington Post: Embryonic Stem Cells Appear to Restore Vision to Legally Blind Patient

For the first time, an experimental treatment made from human embryonic stem cells has shown evidence of helping someone, partially restoring sight to two people suffering from slowly progressing forms of blindness

Washington Post Featuring Dr. Robert Lanza

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Reuters: First patients shown to improve with embryonic stem cells

Reuters Featuring Dr. Robert Lanza

The first-ever report of the medical use of stem cells taken from human embryos

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TIME: Early Success in a Human Embryonic Stem Cell Trial to Treat Blindness

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The first patients to receive human embryonic stem cell transplants say their lives have been transformed by the experimental procedure

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CBSNEWS: Stem Cell treatment could aid leading cause of blindness

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Possible stem cell treatment for Macular Degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older Americans

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The Guardian: First Trial of Embryonic Stem Cell Treatment in Europe Gets Green Light

The Guardian Featuring Dr. Robert Lanza

“This is the first time an embryonic stem cell therapy has been approved in Europe,” said Lanza.

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Washington Post: First patients treated in new human embryonic stem cell study

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“The initiation of these two clinical trials marks an important turning point for the field.” said Robert Lanza, the company’s chief scientific officer.

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MIT Technology Review: Two Patients Undergo Stem-Cell Blindness Treatment

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“Researchers see the start of a second set of tests, in blindness, as an important landmark for the stem-cell field.”

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TIME: The Tiniest Transplant

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The great promise of stem cells is finally being put to the test. “We are finally ready to break ground on this field with the first trials,” says Dr. Robert Lanza, “It’s taken a decade of extensive research to get to this point.”

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NEWSWEEK: Saving Sight, Testing Faith

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Lanza’s dream of turning human embryonic stem cells into therapies for the sick and the suffering is taking a huge step closer to reality.

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USA Today: Embryonic stem cell trial to test macular degeneration treatment

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Federal officials have approved the start of human embryonic stem cell treatment experiments on patients suffering a leading cause of vision loss.

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TIME: FDA Approves Second Trial of Stem-Cell Therapy

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For only the second time, the Food and Drug Administration approved a company’s request to test an embryonic stem cell-based therapy on human patients.

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Reuters: Second U.S. Company Gets Stem Cell Go-Ahead

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the second human trial of human embryonic stem cells — this one testing cells in people with a progressive form of blindness.

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BBC: Human Trials to Start for Stem Cell Treatment for Blindness

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An American biotech company has just announced that it has been licensed to begin human trials of a stem cell treatment for blindness.

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Washington Post: New Embryonic Stem Cell Experiment

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Government regulators have given the go-ahead to a second study that will for the first time carefully test a treatment created using human embryonic stem cells in people, according to the company sponsoring the experiment.

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USA Today: Second human embryonic stem cell clinical trial to start

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Federal officials have cleared a second clinical trial of a human embryonic stem-cell treatment, a company announced Monday, for a progressive blindness syndrome affecting young people.

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Associated Press: Feds OK 2nd Human Study of Embryonic Stem Cells

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NEW YORK (AP) – For only the second time, the U.S. government has approved a test in people of a treatment using embryonic stem cells – this time for a rare disease that causes serious vision loss.

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New York Times: 2 Treatments for Retinas Make Gains

Advanced Cell Technology, of Marlborough, Mass., said it would test its stem cell therapy on 12 adults with severe vision loss caused by Stargardt’s, an inherited disease. The company has turned human embryonic stem cells into retinal pigment epithelial cells, which will be surgically implanted into the eye. The hope is that the implanted cells [...]

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From physicist Scott M. Tyson’s book The Unobservable Universe
From physicist Scott M. Tyson’s book The Unobservable Universe

“…Dr. Lanza’s writings provided me with the pieces of perspective that I had been desperately seeking.”

Book Cover of The Unobservable Universe“I downloaded a digital copy of [Biocentrism] in the privacy of my home…Now, mind you, my motivation was not all that pure. It was my intention to read the book so I could more effectively refute it like a dedicated physicist was expected to. I consider myself to be firmly and exclusively entrenched in the cosmology camp embodied by the likes of Stephen Hawking, Lisa Randall, Brain Greene, and Edward Witten…The book had the completely opposite effect on me. The views that Dr. Lanza presented in this book changed my thinking in ways from which there could never be retreat. Before I had actually finished reading the book, it was abundantly obvious to me that Dr. Lanza’s writings provided me with the pieces of perspective that I had been desperately seeking. Everything I had learned and everything I thought I knew just exploded in my mind and, as possibilities first erupted and then settled down, a completely new understanding emerged. The information I had accumulated in my mind hadn’t changed, but the way I viewed it did – in a really big way.”

 

Paradigm Shifter: An Interview with Robert Lanza

Paradigm Shifter interview with Dr. Robert Lanza

An interview with the author of Biocentrism, a book that Nyogen Roshi (the last authorized disciple of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, the foremost Zen master of the twentieth century) describes as mirroring his experiences in the practice of zazen as closely as anything he has encountered in a modern writer.

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Radio Interviews

Robert Lanza Interview By Deepak Chopra

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“My special guest is Dr. Robert Lanza and his extraordinary mind, I just finished reading his book Biocentrism and I said to myself, ‘Finally, aha, somebody that I can totally relate to.’”

“Deepak Chopra”

“TIME Magazine: Top 100 Icons of the Century”

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Lanza Interviewed By Michio Kaku

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“To give us a glimpse about some of the big breakthroughs that were made in biotechnology, we have Dr. Robert Lanza of Advanced Cell Technology. He is one of the leading scientists making breakthroughs in this fast moving field.”

“Dr. Michio Kaku”

“Professor of Theoretical Physics and Co-Founder of String Theory”

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Books

MSNBC Publishes Free Online Abridgment of Biocentrism

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“The Universe in Your Head”

“Stem cell pioneer Robert Lanza generates controversy on a whole different plane with ‘Biocentrism,’ a book that lays out his theory of everything.” Alan Boyle, MSNBC’s Science Editor

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“Free Online Abridgment”

“Exclusive online abridgement ‘Biocentrism’: How life creates the universe. Authors say cosmology misses the big picture unless it includes biology.”

MSNBC.com

 

Essentials of Stem Cell Biology

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“Outstanding — 5 Stars. This is the best book I’ve reviewed on stem cell biology.”
Doody’s Book Review

 

Principles of Tissue Engineering

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“First published in 1997, Principles of Tissue Engineering is the widely recognized definitive resource in the field. Co-edited with Robert Langer, Institute Professor at MIT, and Joseph Vacanti, The John Homans Professor at Harvard Medical School (Langer and Vacanti are considered the founders of tissue engineering)”

 

One World: The Health & Survival of the Human Species in the 21st Century

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Foreword by President Jimmy Carter. Includes the last works of Carl Sagan and Jonas Salk, and contributions by Director-General of UNESCO, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, President of the European Parliament, Director-General of the World Health Organization, and the Ministers of Health from the United Kingdom, France, Japan, India and Russia, among others. Conclusion by Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

“This book is as bold and ambitious in scope as its title promises.”
The New England Journal of Medicine

 

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Drs. Robert Lanza and Kwang-Soo Kim Win Prestigious NIH Director’s Award

Robert Lanza and Kwang-Soo Kim of Harvard University have won a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Opportunity Award for research in “Translating Basic Science Discoveries into New and Better Treatments” under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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Dr. Robert Lanza Honored By BioWorld Magazine As Leader Who Could Shape Biotech Over Next 20 Years

Dr. Lanza Recognized as a “Stem Cell Pioneer”
WORCESTER, MA – May 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE)—Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. (“ACT”; OTCBB: ACTC) announced today that the company’s Chief Scientific Officer, Robert Lanza, MD, has been recognized by BioWorld, a widely-read publication covering the biotechnology industry, as one of 28 leaders predicted to be the “movers and [...]

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NEWSWEEK: Still No Truce in the Stem-Cell Wars

by Sharon Begley
Embryonic” and “senescent” aren’t supposed to go together any more than “good” and “grief” or other oxymorons, which is why biologist Robert Lanza was “devastated” when he saw what was happening with the human stem cells he and colleagues were trying to grow. Like hundreds of other stem-cell scientists, they had been intrigued [...]

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CBS News: The Trouble With Adult Stem Cells. Research Shows Why They Won’t Displace Embryonic Ones

by Andrew Moseman
When scientists first created induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) three years ago, they were hailed as a game-changing advance for medicine: Scientists hoped the engineered cells could duplicate the talents of embryonic stem cells, which can develop into any kind of cell in the body, while avoiding the destruction of embryos. However, [...]

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TIME: Researchers Hail Stem Cells Safe for Human Use

By Alice Park
Stem-cell science is a fast-moving field. Just three years since a Japanese researcher first reprogrammed ordinary skin cells into stem cells without the use of embryos, scientists at a Massachusetts biotech company have repeated the feat, only this time with a new method that creates the first stem cells safe enough for [...]

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Is Death An Illusion? Evidence Suggests Death Isn’t the End

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Evidence suggests death isn’t the end.

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Scientist in a Treehouse

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Many years ago, as a young boy, I persuaded myself to make an immense journey.

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Robert Lanza takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

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"Before I did the #icebucketchallenge, I challenged the leader of Advanced Cell Technology (ACT), Dr. Bob Lanza, to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. He did it and leading up to it he provided a quite articulate message for context (see video). Bob is one very cool guy even without ice water."
Paul Knoepfler

Entire Company takes the Ice Bucket Challenge. Click Here to See Video.