Governor Paterson Announces $35 Million Investment in Stem Cell Research

Funding Stimulates Biomedical Sector, Provides Hope of New Therapies

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 19, 2010) – Governor David A. Paterson today announced $34.7 million in State funding to support investment in biomedical research and the New Economy through support for stem cell research.

The awards to 49 researchers at 16 institutions across New York State were approved March 4 at a meeting of the Funding Committee of the Empire State Stem Cell Board in New York City.

"New York's investment in stem cell research is invigorating New York's economy in the biomedical research and biotechnology sectors," said Governor Paterson. "This investment is also advancing research that holds the hope of new therapies to treat devastating diseases and conditions. As a result, New York will be healthier and stronger economically."

Governor Paterson has led a multi-year effort to advance stem cell science in New York State as part of a New Economy based on knowledge, technology and innovation. Since the beginning of 2008, the State has allocated nearly $223 million to support promising stem cell scientists in the development of new research, training, collaboration and research infrastructure.

State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., chair of the Empire State Stem Cell Board, said: "New York's stem cell research initiative is providing new hope for thousands of New Yorkers suffering from debilitating conditions such as Parkinson's disease, diabetes and paralysis. At the same time, this funding is helping to retain and attract some of the nation's best scientists to make New York a leader in biomedicine."

The awards approved today follow an evaluation of proposals submitted in response to a Request for Applications for Investigator-Initiated Research Projects and Innovative, Developmental or Exploratory Activities.

The Investigator-Initiated Research Project awards provide a maximum of $1.08 million to investigate a well-developed problem or research hypothesis, or to develop technologies or resources that are essential to overcome existing barriers to progress towards therapeutic applications.

Awards for Innovative, Developmental or Exploratory Activities provide a maximum of $330,000 in initial support for preliminary testing of novel or high-risk hypotheses, with a high likelihood that the results will yield the opportunity to apply for future funding.

The Board plans to issue Requests for Applications for both types of activities on a reoccurring basis. Earlier awards resulted in $53 million in support to 78 stem cell investigators in New York State.

The Board is charged with awarding funds to stimulate and support scientific investigations on any aspect of stem cell biology that will lead to a better understanding of the unique properties of stem cells and allow their use to treat disease.

New York State is committed to supporting innovative basic, translational and clinical stem cell research. New York State Stem Cell Science (NYSTEM) is a program of the New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Center. Its purpose is to administer stem cell research funding based on stringent peer review of recommendations of the Empire State Stem Cell Board. Information about the program is available at: http://stemcell.ny.gov.

Awards for Investigator-Initiated Research Projects

Institution Principal Investigator Award
Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University Roy-Chowdhury, Jayanta $1,080,000
Columbia University Medical Center, The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York Shen, Michael M. $1,080,000
Columbia University Medical Center, The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York Shen, Michael M. $1,080,000
Columbia University Medical Center, The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York Sloan, Richard P. $1,043,955
Columbia University Medical Center, The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York Tsang, Stephen H. $990,210
Columbia University, The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York Kass, Robert S. $999,709
Columbia University, The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York Vunjak-Novakovic, Gordana $1,019,668
Cornell University Schimenti, John C. $544,130
Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University Rafii, Shahin $1,079,866
Masonic Medical Research Laboratory Antzelevitch, Charles $1,080,000
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Studer, Lorenz $1,031,000
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Studer, Lorenz $1,080,000
Mount Sinai School of Medicine Bieker, James J. $1,080,000
Mount Sinai School of Medicine Cai, Chen-Leng $1,080,000
Mount Sinai School of Medicine Hoffman, Ronald H. $1,080,000
Mount Sinai School of Medicine Lemischka, Ihor R. $1,056,229
Mount Sinai School of Medicine Li, Xiajun $1,080,000
Mount Sinai School of Medicine Lin, Reigh-Yi $829,071
Mount Sinai School of Medicine Wolosin, Jose Mario $865,357
New York University School of Medicine Salzer, James L. $728,189
Ordway Research Institute, Inc. Roninson, Igor B. $1,013,000
Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. Hen, Rene $1,075,647
SUNY at Buffalo, Research Foundation of SUNY Gronostajski, Richard M. $1,060,681
The Rockefeller University Fuchs, Elaine V. $1,025,000
University of Rochester Benraiss, Abdellatif $787,934
University of Rochester Goldman, Steven A. $1,029,124
University of Rochester Noble, Mark $1,080,000
    $26,920,970

Awards for Innovative, Developmental or Exploratory Activities

Institution rincipal Investigator Award
Albert Einstein College of Yeshiva University Steidl, Ulrich $330,000
Columbia University, The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York Doetsch, Fiona $327,822
Columbia University, The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York Reizis, Boris $299,700
Cornell University Lee, Siu Sylvia $321,242
Cornell University Weiss, Robert S. $321,699
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Chambers, Stuart M. $274,744
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Hadjantonakis, Anna-Katerina $329,844
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Lee, Gabsang $251,232
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Nimer, Stephen D. $330,000
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Ptashne, Mark $329,987
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Tabar, Viviane $330,000
Mount Sinai School of Medicine Rendl, Michael $330,000
Mount Sinai School of Medicine Rendl, Michael $330,000
Mount Sinai School of Medicine Wang, Jianlong $329,808
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Thompson, Deanna M. $308,780
SUNY at Buffalo, Research Foundation of SUNY Seigel, Gail M. $253,994
SUNY at Buffalo, Research Foundation of SUNY Sim, Fraser J. $319,907
SUNY at Buffalo, Research Foundation of SUNY Stachowiak, Michal K. $330,000
SUNY at Stony Brook, Research Foundation of SUNY Colognato, Holly $240,000
SUNY at Stony Brook, Research Foundation of SUNY Sirotkin, Howard I. $316,609
University of Rochester Perkins, Archibald S. $330,000
University of Rochester Rangasamy, Tirumalai $330,000
University of Rochester Sun, Jun $330,000
University of Rochester Zhang, Xinping $314,552
University of Rochester Zhang, Yi $319,792
    $7,829,712