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A History of Momentum

Throw your hat across the creek.

Always go forward and never look back.

This is the enduring philosophy of Charles C. Gates, a man who foresaw stem cells’ infinite potential for all of humanity and envisioned a place where unbridled collaboration could bring it to life. He passed away in 2005, but today his legacy of action lives on at The Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine.

Overview

THE VISION FOR STEM CELL AND REGENERATIVE-BASED THERAPIES

Late in his life, Charles Gates began talking to his family about the hope and benefit stem cell research promised for so many people in the world. Suffering from macular degeneration, Charles Gates started doing research on his own condition only to be introduced to the world of stem cells by his doctor, a family friend. He was amazed to learn about a science that had the potential to be leveraged across many diseases and also allow for personalized therapies. Established in 2006 with a generous gift in his memory, the Charles C. Gates “Program” and now “Center” for Regenerative Medicine aspires to honor what Charles Gates envisioned—by doing everything possible to support the collaboration between basic scientific researchers and clinical faculty to transition scientific breakthroughs into clinical practice as quickly as possible.

Led by its founding director, Dennis Roop, PhD, the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine is now a world-class facility located at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, the largest, new biomedical and clinical campus in the United States. Its first-rate laboratories, as well as its ability to conduct on-site clinical trials, are proving to be a successful draw for the nation’s top talent in stem cell research.

Established in 2006 with a generous gift in Charles Gates’ memory, the Center strives to honor the dream of its visionary namesake. We strive to uphold a steadfast tradition of pushing ahead and questioning norms; of encouraging collaboration between basic scientific researchers and clinical faculty; and most of all, of looking to the power of people to improve human lives.

“The more we know about biology, health & medicine the better we can help ourselves be healthy, productive people.”

– Diane Gates Wallach, Gates Center Board Co-Chair

Pioneers of Progress

The Gates Center is committed to bringing the world’s brightest innovators together to propel our mission. As a team, we encompass the dynamic creativity, scientific intelligence and industry experience needed to realize the true potential of breakthrough stem cell technologies.

Dennis Roop, PhD

GATES CENTER DIRECTOR AND PROFESSOR

Yosef Refaeli, PhD

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, IMMUNOLOGY

Xiao-Jing Wang, MD, PhD

PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF HEAD & NECK CANCER RESEARCH

Antonio Jimeno, MD, PhD

PROFESSOR, DIVISION OF MEDICAL ONCOLOGY

Strategic Advisors

Donald Elliman

CHANCELLOR, UNIV. OF COLORADO ANSCHUTZ MEDICAL CAMPUS

Liz Concordia

PRESIDENT AND CEO, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO HEALTH

William Hiatt

PROFESSOR OF CARDIOLOGY, GATES CENTER BOARD MEMBER

Daniel Ritchie

GATES CENTER BOARD
CO-CHAIR

Inspired by Motion

The Gates Center is a place that moves, flows, hums and streams with all that is human. To our own team and to the individuals whom we touch, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine are, in a word, lifeblood.

Despite the almost unbelievable appearance of what’s going on here, it’s all science, not science fiction. Walk through our halls and feel the vibrations of true discovery. Meet our expert investigators, try to comprehend the unlimited potential of their research and see if your heart doesn’t beat just a little faster. Because nothing is more alive than a pulse, and ours is racing with the promise of what’s next.

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