The Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University is proud to announce the inauguration of a new human adult Stem Cell Core Research Facility (SCRF) at the Clemson University Biomedical Innovation Campus (CUBEInC) located at the Greenville Health System (GHS) Patewood Medical Campus. This facility is a natural extension of the research efforts at the Bioengineering Department at Clemson and constitutes a virtual stepping stone towards clinical translation of basic research (“bench to bedside”). The overall mission of SCRF is to promote teaching, research and economic development in the Upstate by creating a hub for innovative cutting edge research in the novel and exciting fields of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine. The Facility and its supporting labs have been equipped with basic equipment worth more than $1 mil with most of funding being provided by the State of South Carolina and the Bioengineering Department at Clemson University.
The SCRF will be directed by Dr. Dan Simionescu, Associate Professor of Bioengineering at Clemson University and Deputy Director for Clinical Research Programs and Operations at CUBEInC. Dr Simionescu is a productive NIH-funded scientist and Project Manager with more than 20 years of experience in the field. He is an elected AIMBE fellow and also directs the Biocompatibility and Tissue Regeneration Laboratories at Clemson University. The SCRF has already established collaborations with other academic departments at Clemson University, the USC School of Medicine in Greenville, the Department of Surgery and the Vascular Institute at GHS, the Hawkins Clinics of the Carolinas, the University of South Carolina Medical School (USC), the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), and several biotech companies.