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The Novosang project has received more than £12 million of funding to date.

The Novosang project has received more than £12 million of funding to date.

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Funding

The Novosang project has received more than £12 million of funding to date.

Funding has come from organisations including the Wellcome Trust, the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and NHS Blood and Transplant.

This funding has enabled us to complete a proof of concept – demonstrating that red blood cells can be produced from pluripotent stem cells, meeting good manufacturing practice guidelines required for clinical use.

Our work has involved developing a process to enable scaling up production of red blood cells.  We hope to translate our work into a first-in-man trial in healthy volunteers.

Further investment would now aid us in scaling up red blood cell production for full clinical trials, with a view to a larger-scale up to address demand for blood supplies.

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