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Bryant: Stem Cell Bill Means Jobs, Opportunity For South Jersey

TRENTON – Senator Wayne Bryant, who helped write the $250 million stem cell bill now pending in the Senate, said the technical amendments approved today ensure that the $50 million facility in South Jersey will be at the Camden campus of Rutgers University.

“What’s now clarified is that the facility will be at Rutgers,” Senator Bryant said. “This is a great development for biomedical research, candidates for doctoral degrees and thousands of career-track job applicants.”

Senator Bryant, D-Camden, predicted the measure would pass with bipartisan support when the Senate reconvenes after the budget break. The measure, sponsored by Senate President Richard J. Codey and Sen. Barbara Buono, also would provide $150 million for a stem cell facility in New Brunswick and another $50 million for adult stem cell development at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. Funds would be provided from bonds secured by cigarette taxes.

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