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

Thursday, December 31st, 2099
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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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The Grand Biocentric Design

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

The Grand Biocentric Design book cover image THE GRAND BIOCENTRIC DESIGN
How Life Creates Reality

The theory that blew your mind in Biocentrism and Beyond Biocentrism is back, with brand-new research revealing that its radical claims might not be so radical after all.

What is consciousness? Why are we here? Where did it all come from? All of it, the laws of nature, the stars, the universe. Humans have been asking these questions forever, but science hasn’t succeeded in providing many answers – until now. In The Grand Bicoentric Design, Robert Lanza, one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” is joined by theoretical physicist Matej Pavsic and astronomer Bob Berman to shed light on the big picture that has long eluded philosophers and scientists alike.

The Grand Biocentric Design is a one-of-a-kind, groundbreaking explanation of how the universe works, and an exploration of the science behind the astounding fact that time, space, and reality itself, all ultimately depend on us.

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Saturday, January 7th, 2017

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Friday, December 30th, 2016

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Beyond Biocentrism

Friday, June 10th, 2016

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BEYOND BIOCENTRISM

Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death

Biocentrism shocked the world with a radical rethinking of the nature of reality … but that was just the beginning.

 
 
 

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Lanza named head of Astellas global regenerative medicine

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

“Robert Lanza, one of the most prominent scientists in the field of stem cell biology, on Monday said he will lead global regenerative medicine research at Astellas Pharma Inc., the Japanese drug maker that acquired his Massachusetts company this month. Lanza will also remain in his current role of chief scientific officer at Astellas-owned Ocata Therapeutics Inc., which is developing stem cell therapies for a broad range of diseases.”

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Lanza gives opening address at the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Lanza delivered the opening address to the judges and students at the Official Opening of 2015 MSSEF held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MSSEF was founded by the prestigious American Academy of Arts & Sciences and has advanced science literacy and inspired new generations of science and engineering leaders for over six decades. 400 distinguished scientists and engineers served as judges, providing the year-end competition with over $525,000 in scholarships and prizes.

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Lanza’s work voted the top science story of the year

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Winner of Discover Magazine’s ‘People’s Choice’ Award

Stem cell advance by Lanza and colleagues was voted the year’s top story, beating the Ebola outbreak, climate change crisis, entangled photons, cosmic inflation, as well as the year’s other science stories ranging from topics in space exploration to mathematics, technology, paleontology, and the environment.

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Robert Lanza – TIME 100’s Most Influential People

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Lanza Named One of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World

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Photo Library of Robert Lanza

Monday, November 4th, 2013

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Photo Library of Robert Lanza

Monday, July 15th, 2013

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Photo Library of Robert Lanza

Monday, July 15th, 2013

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Photo Library of Robert Lanza

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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Why You Will Always Exist

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Can life really be reduced to the laws of physics, or are we part of something more noble and triumphant?

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Robert Lanza’s TEDTalk at TEDxDeExtinction

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

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Revolutionary human stem cell trial

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Next year will see the first person receive induced pluripotent stem cells – “rewound” adult cells that can grow into any tissue in the body
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2013 Smart Guide: Revolutionary human stem cell trial
If all goes to plan, 2013 should see the first human trial of “rewound” cells. These are produced by turning adult cells back to […]

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Stem-Cell Trial Without Embryo Destruction

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

By JONATHAN D. ROCKOFF
Wall Street Journal
A Massachusetts biotechnology company said it expects as early as Friday to start the process for regulatory approval of what would be the first human trial involving stem cells created by reprogramming adult cells back to an embryonic-like state.
Researchers have been experimenting with treatments derived from stem cells, which can […]

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What Happens When You Die?

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

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Lanza Named One of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

 

Lanza Named One of TIME Magazines 100 Most Influential People in the World
Dr. Robert Lanza selected for the 2014 TIME 100 list of the hundred most influential people in the world, along with Pope Francis, Beyoncé, Vladimin Putin, Robert Redford, and other artists, pioneers, leaders, titans and icons.

 

 

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Lanza Featured in Fortune Magazine

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

“…he’s the standard-bearer for stem cell research”

“Lanza published a paper in The Lancet earlier this year detailing the results of early clinical trials involving two women suffering from macular degeneration. A UCLA ophthalmologist
Lanza Featured in Fortune Magazine
injected each woman with 50,000 retinal cells derived from human embryonic stem cells, and according to the paper, both claim to have better vision as a result. They’re not 20/20. But after a single injection one now walks the mall alone, uses her computer, and can pour a cup of coffee. The other sees colors and can read five letters on the eye chart. If Lanza is remembered one day as the man who saved millions from blindness, his story will provide a ready-made biopic for Ben Affleck. Born in the hardscrabble town of Roxbury and raised by a professional gambler, he escaped the economic underclass through intelligence and imagination. At 13, he altered the DNA of a chicken to make it change color; the experiment was published in Nature. His sisters never graduated from high school. He received an MD from Penn and a Fulbright scholarship, and has collaborated with giants, including B.F. Skinner and Jonas Salk. He was the first ever to clone an endangered species, and now he’s the standard-bearer for stem cell research.”

 

 

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Dr. Robert Lanza Featured on ABC’s Barbara Walters Special

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
Robert Lanza on the Barbara Walters Special
Robert Lanza featured on “Live to be 150, Can You Do It?”.

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Lanza Named One of the Top 50 “World Thinkers”

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

 

Lanza Featured in Fortune Magazine
Dr. Lanza selected as one of Prospect Magazine’s “World Thinkers 2015.” The thinkers were chosen for “engaging in original and profound ways with the central questions of the world today,” as well as for their continuing significance for “this year’s biggest questions” (in economics, science, philosophy, cultural and social criticism and in politics).

 

 

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Lanza Considered One of the Fathers of Applied Stem Cell Biology

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

 

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“Robert Lanza is widely acknowledged as one of the fathers of the field of applied stem cell biology.”
 
 – Mark S Blumenkranz, MD, MMS
HJ Smead Professor, Stanford University, and Trustee, Brown University

 

 

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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

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From Wikipedia: The h-index measures both the productivity and impact of a scientist or scholar. A value for h of about 12 might be typical for advancement to tenure (associate professor) at major [US] research universities. A value of about 18 could mean a full professorship, 15–20 could mean a fellowship in the American Physical Society, and 45 or higher could mean membership in the United States National Academy of Sciences. According to Hirsch (who put forward the h-index), an h index of 20 is good, 40 is outstanding, and 60 is truly exceptional.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Lanza has published extensively in leading scientific journals. Here is a sampling of his papers:

Science (207: 543, 1980)
Science (212: 695, 1981)
Science (283: 1849, 1999)
Science (288: 665, 2000)
Science (294: 1893, 2001)
Science (295: 819, 2002)
Nature (252: 597, 1974)
Nature (308: 61, 1984)
Nature (439: 216, 2006)
Nature (444: 481, 2006)
Cell (11: 115, 1977)
Cell (17: 491, 1979)
Lancet (365: 1636, 2005)
Lancet (379: 713, 2012)
Lancet (385: 509, 2015)

 

 

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At Home with Robert Lanza

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
Lanza Featured in Financial Times Magazine

Professionally, Lanza works at the cutting edge of human discovery, but the majority of his domestic space looks like a museum from a bygone era.

 

 

 

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Lanza Voted Top 4 “Most Influential People on Stem Cells”

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

 

Lanza Featured in Fortune Magazine
Lanza featured in the 2013 “TOP 50 Global Stem Cell Influencers.” It is the result of a global survey of the stem cell community, which yielded thousands of votes. The 50 personalities were picked based on their career achievements whether this was groundbreaking discovery and research, innovation, or lifetime dedication. Lanza was among the top four on the list, alongside James Thomson and Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka.

 

 

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Lanza Featured in Der Spiegel, Europe’s largest news magazine

Monday, September 24th, 2012

 

Lanza Featured in Spiegel Online International

The Dawning of a New Era of Hope

Stem cell researcher Robert Lanza hopes to save thousands of lives — and for a long time this caused him to fear for his own… At the time, a doctor was threatened at a nearby fertility clinic, and a pipe bomb exploded at a bio lab in Boston. “Back then I thought that there was probably a 50-50 chance that I was going to get knocked off because I was so visible,” says the doctor. “I said, okay, try to kill me — I’m still going to do what I think is right.” In Lanza’s case, doing what is “right” involves working with therapies based on human stem cells. The blind shall see again; the paralyzed shall walk again; the hemophiliac shall not bleed anymore. That may sound like something out of the Bible, but Lanza is no faith healer. In fact, the US business magazine Fortune called him “the standard-bearer for stem cell research.” Lanza is often compared to the main character played by Matt Damon in the film “Good Will Hunting,” a highly talented outsider who, like Lanza, comes from a humble background.

Initial Success: “We have some surprisingly good visual outcome,” says Steven Schwartz, an eye surgeon at UCLA. He says that one of his patients can read a clock again and go shopping, while another can recognize colors again. Lanza is a “genius” and his work is “stellar,” Schwartz says.

 

 

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NPR’s Talk of the Nation Science Friday

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

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

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

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

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Reuters: First patients shown to improve with embryonic stem cells

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

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

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Time Featuring Dr. Robert Lanza

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

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

CBS News Featuring Dr. Robert Lanza

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

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Are We Part of a Single Living Organism?

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

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“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

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

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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

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Technology Review Featuring Dr. Robert Lanza

“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

Friday, June 17th, 2011

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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

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

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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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‘Biocentrism’: How Life Creates the Universe

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

The 21st century is predicted to be the Century of Biology, a shift from the previous century dominated by physics. It seems fitting, then, to begin the century by turning the universe outside-in and unifying the foundations of science, not with imaginary strings that occupy equally imaginary unseen dimensions, but with a much simpler idea that is rife with so many shocking new perspectives that we are unlikely ever to see reality the same way again.

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Photo Library of Robert Lanza

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

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Photo Library of Robert Lanza

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

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Why Does Life Exist?

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

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For over 10,000 years we’ve looked to the sky and gods for answers. We’ve sent spacecraft to Mars and beyond, and continue […]

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Five Reasons You Won’t Die

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

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

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

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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

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

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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

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

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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

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

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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

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

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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

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

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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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Death is Only the Beginning

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If death doesn’t exist, then what happened to your dog?

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.

Lanza Featured in OMNI MAGAZINE’s Collector’s Edition

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Omni Magazine is back. Featured story:

Building Doctor Who’s Time Machine

What if you could travel through time just like you navigate space? The journey starts here

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Biocentrism Explored

Streaks of light in circular pattern

Rethinking Time, Space, and the Nature of the Universe.