Northwestern University Stem Cell Therapy Clinic Closes Abruptly
Northwestern University Stem Cell Therapy Clinic Closes Abruptly
A Chicago-based center that has long operated a clinical trial program for stem cell therapies, has stopped recruiting further patients as its chief, Richard Burt, leaves for a research sabbatical.
Northwestern University Stem Cell Therapy Clinic Closes Abruptly
Northwestern University Stem Cell Therapy Clinic Closes Abruptly

A Chicago-based center that has long operated a clinical trial program for stem cell therapies, has stopped recruiting further patients as its chief, Richard Burt, leaves for a research sabbatical.

A Chicago-based center that has long operated a clinical trial program for stem cell therapies, has stopped recruiting further patients as its chief, Richard Burt, leaves for a research sabbatical.

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