An overview of the CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic
at UC San Diego Health
The mission of the Alpha Stem Cell Clinic at UC San Diego Health is to accelerate the development, implementation and administration of safe and effective stem cell-based human therapies.
About the Alpha Stem Cell Clinic
The Alpha Stem Cell Clinic at UC San Diego Health is one of three “alpha clinics” in a network designated by the
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state’s stem cell agency. It is the cell therapy arm of the
Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center that specializes in early phase, first-in-human trials.
The alpha clinics are intended to create the long-term, networked infrastructure needed to launch and conduct numerous, extensive clinical trials of stem cell-related drugs and therapies in humans, including those developed by independent California-based investigators and companies. These trials are requisite before any new drug or treatment can be approved for clinical use.
The clinics will emphasize public education to raise awareness and understanding of stem cell science. This will combat “stem cell tourism” and the marketing of unproven, unregulated and potentially dangerous therapies. The clinics will also help establish sustainable business models for future, approved stem cell treatments.
Alpha Stem Cell Clinics Network
To learn more about participating Alpha Clinics, please visit each clinic's dedicated webpage: