TRENTON – Senator Barbara Buono, sponsor of S-1471, the bill to provide $270 million in funding to build stem cell research centers and facilities for cancer and biomedical research in New Jersey, made the following statement today following the signing of the bill by Governor Corzine:
“Today we have taken the next step in creating a legacy for New Jersey of hope, compassion, and discovery based on the promise of stem cell research.
“For those families and individuals who live each and every day with some of humanity=s most debilitating and painful diseases, the work done at the facilities built with this bill will lead to longer, happier, healthier lives.
“It is my hope that in the future, diabetes will no longer condemn children to a lifetime of constant needle injections and food restrictions.
“It is my hope that in the future, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s will no longer rob our parents and grandparents of their golden retirement years.
“All this hope is due to the potential that stem cell research has in developing treatments for conditions that medicine currently cannot cure.
“Earlier this year I had the pleasure of visiting the Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University and seeing all the cutting edge work they are doing with stem cells and neurological diseases.
“The progress I saw that day only increased the urgency I felt in getting this research done as quickly as possible.
“The potential of stem cell is undeniable and near limitless and so I am proud to say that today New Jersey is joining only a handful of states that has taken up the call to action.
“Between the tens of millions of dollars the State has dedicated for stem cell research over the past few years and the $270 million we have promised today to build state-of-the-art stem cell and biomedical research facilities, New Jersey is becoming an incubator for the cures and treatments that will improve the quality of life for millions, if not billions, of people around the world.
“I want to thank Governor Corzine, President Codey and Speaker Roberts for their efforts in promoting stem cell research in New Jersey and making our State synonymous with the cures of tomorrow. “