As a long-time supporter of stem cell research, I’m proud to announce the launch of a new Children’s Hospital Boston Web site that we hope will demystify the science of stem cells and answer some of the public’s questions about them. For the past three and a half years, my wife, Patti, and I have served as co-chairs of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Stem Cell Task Force because we believe that stem cells hold incredible promise for the future of health care. During this time I’ve gotten to know Len Zon and George Daley, the two physician-scientists who head up the hospital’s Stem Cell Research Program, and I believe that the work they are doing will revolutionize health care.They’ve explained to me how stem cell research will open the door to each of us creating our own personalized repair kits, a way in which we could replace damaged cells with healthy cells, potentially eliminating years of pain, suffering and devastating economic consequences from diseases that now take a heavy toll on all of us. We could vastly improve the quality and length of our lives and especially those of our children.
In talking with Drs. Zon and Daley, I’ve come to believe that there’s no greater opportunity to change science and medicine – and improve and save lives – than through stem cell research. As a businessman, I know the economic cost of maintaining the status quo versus investing in change. The United States is spending trillions of dollars each year to treat – not cure – diseases like diabetes, sickle cell anemia, ALS and Alzheimer’s. Stem cell therapies that are currently in development provide a very real opportunity to cure these diseases.
Today, on the one-year anniversary of the government lifting the ban on federal funding for stem cell research, Children’s is launching a new Web site that will be filled with information that we hope will help the public better understand the science at the core of all of our efforts.
I am convinced that stem cell therapies will deliver better medicine at a lower cost to society and, based on their extraordinary achievements in the field, I am supporting the work of Drs. Zon and Daley because no team is better positioned to realize the tremendous potential of stem cell research.