More than 170 researchers, friends and supporters joined Morgridge Institute for Research scientist James Thomson on April 18 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the isolation of human embryonic stem cells.
Tim Kamp and Bill Murphy, co-directors of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center, welcomed guests for a presentation and celebration in the Discovery Building to honor the people who contributed to a discovery that changed Wisconsin and the world.
The celebration capped a daylong symposium hosted by BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTCI) that drew national and international scientists who are advancing human stem cell products to clinical applications for a range of diseases.
The gala included remarks by Kamp and Murphy, along with special guests Virginia Hinshaw, Philippe Menasché, Gov. Tommy Thompson, Carl Gulbrandsen, John and Tashia Morgridge and others.