Melissa Carpenter runs a cell-therapy consulting business and is a senior scientific advisor to Proteus Venture Partners, an investment group focusing on regenerative medicine. She began her professional career studying neural stem cells at CytoTherapeutics Inc. and then became director of stem cell biology at Geron Corp. just weeks after the first publication about human embryonic stem cells. She worked there for five years before moving first to the Robarts Research Institute in Ontario, Canada, and then to Novocell as vice president of research and development. Monya Baker spoke with her about her work and her recent Nature Biotechnology review on developing safe therapies from human pluripotent stem cell lines1.

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