Lanza named head of Astellas global regenerative medicine

Dr. Lanza Named Head of Astellas Global Regenerative Medicine

“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

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

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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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 Read more 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 …

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 …

‘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.

Robert Lanza Featured in News

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Advanced Cell Makes Stem Cells Without Harming Embryo By Rob Waters Jan. 10 (Bloomberg) — Advanced Cell Technology Inc. scientists say they perfected a method to create new lines of stem cells from a human embryo that doesn't harm the embryo and may help overcome ethical concerns about the research. The method involves extracting one …

Robert Lanza Featured in Wired News

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Embryonic Stem Cells Created Without Harming Embryo, for Real This Time By Brandon Keim Email 01.10.08 | 12:00 PM Scientists hope a new method for producing embryonic stem cells without damaging embryos will finally place the cells in the labs of scientists searching for cures to now-untreatable diseases. In a study published Thursday in Cell …

Robert Lanza Featured in The Los Angeles Times

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Stem cells created without destroying embryos By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer January 11, 2008 Scientists reported Thursday that for the first time they have made human embryonic stem cells without destroying embryos, a development that the government’s top stem cell official said would make the controversial research eligible for federal funding. Story …

Robert Lanza Featured in Newsweek Blogs

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Embryonic Stem Cells Without the Guilt? Posted Thursday, January 10, 2008 11:00 AM Sharon Begley When two groups of scientists independently reported that they had caused adult human cells to regress to a state that seemed indistinguishable from embryonic stem cells, it seemed the long and bitter battle over stem cells might be history. Rather …

Robert Lanza Featured in The Washington Post

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Scientists: Stem Cells Colonies Created Without Harming Embryos By Rick Weiss, Washington Post Thursday, January 10, 2008; 12:16 PM Scientists in Massachusetts said today they had created several colonies of human embryonic stem cells without harming the embryos from which they were derived, the latest in a series of recent advances that could speed development …

Robert Lanza Featured in Reuters article

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Embryo-Friendly Technique Produces Stem Cells By Maggie Fox WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A company that devised a way to make embryonic stem cells using a technique it said does not harm human embryos reported on Thursday it has grown five batches of cells using this method and urged President George W. Bush to endorse it. Massachusetts-based …

Robert Lanza Featured in the Wall Street Journal

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Scientists Create Stem-Cell Line January 11, 2008, Wall Street Journal By Gautam Naik Scientists have created fresh human stem-cell lines without destroying the embryos from which they were derived, the latest in a series of experiments aimed at overcoming ethical concerns that have long hobbled such research. Using the new technique, scientists extracted a single …

Will Biology Solve the Universe?

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

“The answer to the universe is biology — it’s as simple as that,” says Dr. Robert Lanza, vice president of research and scientific development at Advanced Cell Technology.

In New Method for Stem Cells, Viable Embryos

Thursday, August 24th, 2006
Source: New York Times, By Nicholas Wade, Gardiner Harris and Carl Hulse

Biologists have developed a technique for establishing colonies of human embryonic stem cells from an early human embryo without destroying it. This method, if confirmed in other laboratories, would seem to remove the principal objection to the research.

Stem Cell Test Tried on Mice Saves Embryo

Monday, October 17th, 2005
Source: New York Times, By: Nicholas Wade

Scientists have devised two new techniques to derive embryonic stem cells in mice, one of which avoids the destruction of the embryo, a development that could have the potential to shift the grounds of the longstanding political debate about human stem cell research.

Seven Days of Creation

Thursday, January 1st, 2004
Source:, By Wendy Goldman Rohm
DAY ONE 5:10 pm

It’s late on a Sunday afternoon and nearly dark inside the tiny, windowless lab; fluorescent light is said to be bad for human embryos. I’m sitting beside Robert Lanza, medical director at Advanced Cell Technology.

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.