New, technologically advanced laboratories will officially open today to expand stem cell research efforts – particularly for translating discoveries from bench to bedside – at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA.

The creation of the labs was funded through a $19.8-million grant awarded to UCLA two years ago by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state agency that dispenses Prop. 71 monies to fund stem cell research.

The state-of-the-art Broad Stem Cell Research Center-California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, located on the third floor of the new Terasaki Life Sciences Building on campus, will provide crucial facilities for approximately 88 scientists in about 21,000 square feet. Research conducted in the new space will range from basic stem cell investigations to preclinical translational science and, finally, clinical research.

“This new space will allow us to greatly expand and accelerate our stem cell research efforts in a quest to find new ways to treat a host of diseases for which we now have no effective therapies,” said Dr. Owen Witte, director of the Broad stem cell center and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. “Our new facilities are adjacent to biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine and clinical/translational research programs, which provides endless opportunity for the kind of innovative, interdisciplinary research that UCLA does so well.”