Iran inaugurated the cell therapy and regenerative medicine center affiliated to the country’s Red Crescent Society in a ceremony attended by Iranian Vice President for Science and Technology Affairs Sorena Sattari.
Stem cells are of great importance for the future. If we want to describe the modern medicine, we should say that one of its important bases is stem cell,” he said. He also said scientific projects take 10-15 years to turn into trade products. In 2013, Iran hosted an international congress on stem cell and biomedicine attended by representatives of major medical research groups mostly from China, India, Italy and US and Iran have taken part in the two-day event and was organized by Iran’s Royan institute.
The congress aimed to bring together the researchers and practitioners from all over the world in stem cells and reproductive biomedicine to stimulate and promote research in this area. Stem cell research is one of the most promising research areas in modern biomedicine. However, due to moral and ethical debates, it remains a controversial issue in many regions of the world. Stem cells have been shown to have significant capability to develop into a plethora of different cell types and work as a repair system to replenish cells with specialized functions. Due to the efforts of Iranian scientists, doctors, engineers and researchers, Iran has advanced tremendously in the fields of stem cell research, medicine, nanotechnology, biotechnology and aerospace engineering. During the last few years, the Islamic republic of Iran has consistently grown in nearly all scientific fields and achieved considerable success in producing science and developing technology. Iran has invested around 2.5 billion dollars in stem cell research since 2008 and ranks second in the world in stem cells transplantation.