NYS Department of Health -
NYSTEM: New York Stem Cell Science Program


New York State is home to world-class biomedical and academic research institutions and is well-positioned to be a leader in the field of biomedical research. Through a multi-year commitment to stem cell research, New York has captured a unique opportunity to forge enterprising new partnerships among government, academia and biotechnology industries here.  It has slowed the exodus of talented scientists in search of funding, and has fostered the development of a thriving stem cell research community – with all the economic benefits that entails.

NYSTEM, the New York State Stem Cell Science Program, administers funding for basic, applied, translational or other research and development activities related to stem cell biology as approved by the Empire State Stem Cell Board (ESSCB).

The mission of ESSCB is to foster a strong stem cell research community in New York State and to accelerate the growth of scientific knowledge about stem cell biology and the development of therapies and diagnostic methods under the highest ethical, scientific, and medical standards for the purpose of alleviating disease and improving human health.

New York’s investment has already had a major impact on the research community through funding of innovative stem cell science and establishment of a solid ethical foundation for conducting stem cell research. To date, ESSCB has allocated $248.5 million through 12 Requests for Applications, with awards to 194 scientific investigators at 36 institutions throughout New York State. Additionally, 110 peer-reviewed scientific publications and related articles have been published with NYSTEM support.


Janet Cohn, J.D.
Deputy Director
NYS Department of Health
Albany, NY  12201

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