Refaeli Lab Joins University of Colorado Denver

On April 1, 2009, the Refaeli Lab joined the Charles C. Gates Program in Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology and the Department of Dermatology at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD). With this transition came our relocation to the main UCD medical campus in Aurora, CO, in the former Fitzsimmons military base. We are now housed in a brand new medical campus adjacent to several laboratories that work of stem cells of the skin, lung, retina and pancreas. In addition, our new research directions have already produced novel collaborations and synergies on ongoing efforts to understand somatic cell reprogramming re-differentiation and application in clinical settings.

One additional aspect of our move that is very exciting to us is the close proximity to the BioSciences Park. This is a facility that is administered by the Fitzsimmons redevelopment authority that aims to facilitate the transfer of technologies developed in academic laboratories into commercial ventures. This approach to translating our findings on the bench into clinically relevant applications is one of the driving forces of our laboratory. The presence of the BioScience Park across the street will help ensure this transition in an efficient and productive manner. In addition, we stand to learn about new areas by continuous discussions with the people involved in the clinical development of technologies generated in academia. This is an interaction that is very exciting for us and will be beneficial for both parties. In fact, a number of technologies developed in our laboratory have already been licensed to companies for further development.