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OptiStem is an EU-funded research project that brings together stem cell biologists and clinical experts from across Europe. We are investigating stem cells in skeletal muscle and epithelia. The project began on 1st March 2009 and will run for five years.

Our research aims to develop and implement clinical trials that use stem cells from adult tissues to treat degenerative diseases of epithelia and skeletal muscle.

Our 18 partner institutions come from six European countries:

  • 12 academic institutions
  • 1 national charity
  • 2 research networks
  • 3 small-to-medium businesses

Our scientists have expertise in clinical experimentation, pre-clinical tests and the cell biology of stem cells.