45 - Bone Diseases: Stem Cells (Answered)

Jim Shannon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage the use of stem cell therapy for bone regrowth.

George Freeman

The Government has specifically supported the clinical application of stem cells as part of an overall strategy to develop regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine includes a wide range of cellular therapies including the use of stem cells to promote the regrowth of bone tissue. Regenerative medicine is one of the eight great technologies identified for targeted investment and where the United Kingdom has the potential to become a world-leader. Earlier this year the Regenerative Medicine Expert Group (RMEG) published their final report. This report sets out an NHS regenerative medicine delivery readiness strategy and action plan. The RMEG report sets out a series of recommendations and these will form the basis of the ongoing strategy to support regenerative medicine.