Statement of Bernard Siegel on Stem Cell Court Case, Sherley v. Sebelius

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The following statement may be attributed to Bernard Siegel, J.D., spokesperson for the Stem Cell Action Coalition and executive director of the Genetics Policy Institute (GPI):

“The Stem Cell Action Coalition, comprising 73 nonprofit organizations, applauds the decisive ruling in the case of Sherley v. Sebelius. With this ruling in favor of the government, a dark cloud has been lifted and NIH funding for embryonic stem cell research should accelerate. This ruling places the government on very solid legal footing moving forward. I am optimistic, when all is said in done, the pro-cures cause will prevail and the full promise of embryonic stem cells will be delivered."

“We are very grateful to Neal Goldfarb, of the law firm of Butzel Long Tighe Patton, PLLC in Washington, D.C., for his efforts in writing the brief on behalf of the Genetics Policy Institute, which presented arguments in the case in support of the government’s position.”

An initiative organized by GPI, the Stem Cell Action Coalition aims to foster public awareness about the promise of embryonic stem cell research and its translation into regenerative medicine, promote robust funding of basic research and translational medicine within ethically responsible and scientifically sound guidelines, and vigorously defend this research from unwarranted restrictions. In addition to covering the critical legal issues at the U.S. federal level, the Coalition places a special focus on challenges at the state level, and serves as a facilitator to coordinate advocacy among all stakeholders.

The Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) supports stem cell research to develop therapeutics and cures. It pursues its mission through producing the annual World Stem Cell Summit, publishing the World Stem Cell Report, honoring leadership through its annual Stem Cell Action Awards, organizing educational and public awareness initiatives, and fostering strategic collaborations.


Genetics Policy Institute
Bernard Siegel, 305-801-4928

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