California Stem Cell Leaders Keirstead and Airriess Panelists at Advocacy and Thought Leader Conferences

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California Stem Cell, Inc. (CSC)’s Hans S. Keirstead, Ph.D. and Chris N. Airriess, Ph.D. are speaking at two significant advocacy and academic conferences: The Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (FSMA) Conference, June 23 - 26, 2011 at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort, Orlando, Florida, and the upcoming Aspen Ideas Festival, June 27- July 3, 2011, Aspen Colorado.

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The Aspen Ideas Festival is a significant opportunity to discuss the state of stem cell research and therapeutic development with many of the world’s thought leaders.

California Stem Cell, Inc. (CSC)’s Hans S. Keirstead, Ph.D. and Chris N. Airriess, Ph.D. are speaking at two significant advocacy and academic conferences: The Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (FSMA) Conference, June 23 - 26, 2011 at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort, Orlando, Florida, and the upcoming Aspen Ideas Festival, June 27- July 3, 2011, Aspen Colorado.

The FSMA Conference was a great opportunity to learn and interact with the world’s leading SMA experts and researchers. Dr. Keirstead presented at the scientific session on Saturday, June 25 and Dr. Airriess participated in the Scientific Panel Discussion, Therapeutic Approaches Targeted at Protection or SMN Replacement, on Sunday, June 26.

“It is both humbling and inspiring to meet the families of FSMA. It is for them that we dedicate our talents, experience and passionate focus on the promise of stem cell therapies to find treatments for motor neuron diseases. All of us at CSC are tremendously grateful for the support of FSMA in the development of our programs to date and we will not stop until we reach our goal," said Dr. Airriess.

The vision of the Aspen Ideas Festival is to create stimulating and invigorating programs and discussions designed to create a vibrant intellectual exchange among some of the most remarkable minds around the world today.

Later this week, Dr. Keirstead will be speaking on two panels. In his first plenary session, Game Changers: New Technologies to Cure Disease and Treat Injury on Friday, July 1, Dr. Keirstead will discuss the groundbreaking stem cell based treatments that his team has developed, and present his views of the future of this field.

On Saturday, July 2, Dr. Keirstead will discuss the ethics of stem cell use on the Frontiers of Medicine panel with Ezekiel Emmanuel, MD.,Ph.D., Head of the Department of Bioethics at The Clinical Center of the US National Institutes of Health.

“The Aspen Ideas Festival is a significant opportunity to discuss the state of stem cell research and therapeutic development with many of the world’s thought leaders," said Keirstead. I am hoping not only to communicate our progress to others outside the field, but also to learn from and be inspired by world class minds and scholars who are as passionate about their work as I am about ours.”

ABOUT CALIFORNIA STEM CELL
Founded in 2005, the mission of California Stem Cell is to catalyze the efficient development of human therapies based on human pluripotent stem cells. CSC has developed proprietary methods for scalable production of human motor neurons, neuronal progenitors, hepatocytes, and cardiac cells, at high purity, from hPSCs.

CSC is a privately held Delaware Corporation with headquarters and research facilities in Irvine, CA. CSC is currently developing stem cell based therapies for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease). CSC also markets high-purity human cells in platforms suitable for high throughput and high content screening of conventional drug candidates using human cell substrates, predictive toxicity of conventional drugs using human cell substrates, and development of experimental research tools

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ABOUT FAMILES OF SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY
Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (FSMA) non-profit 501(c) 3 tax exempt organization with 30 Chapters throughout the United States and over 70,000 members and supporters. FSMA provides funding, support, and research for families and children who suffer from SMA, which is one of the leading causes of death in infants and children.

To learn more about FSMA please visit: http://www.fsma.org/

ABOUT ASPEN INSTITUTE
The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: To foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.

To learn more about the Aspen Institute please visit: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/

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