In order to avoid conflicts of interest, the Code of Practice
developed by the Steering Committee specifically states that the UK
Stem Cell Bank will not conduct discovery research on stem cell
lines deposited in the Bank. This is interpreted as requiring
the Bank to avoid research in basic stem cell biology and
"near-market" commercial research.
The Bank is encouraged to undertake research in cell
banking, cryopreservation, stem cell characterisation and safety
testing. In these areas, the Bank has developed active
research partnerships with both academic groups and commercial
organisations and can provide a generic work-package for those
seeking collaborations with the Bank.
Information on current research activities and a list of
publications involving staff from the Bank can be found in the
menu on the left.