The lack of any progress in Stem Cell Legislation in Ireland is extremely frustrating. Apart from the obvious limitations to scientific advancement and regenerative medicine, the potential loss of inward investment by large multinationals is equally concerning. Companies such as Merck-Millipore and Pfizer (both existing players in the Irish Pharmaceutical Industry) are all investing heavily in Stem Cells for their potential in drug discovery. The worry is that these multinationals will simply bypass Ireland on future projects.
A major debate is imminent with the existing Irish Stem Cell Foundation now being joined by the Adult Stem Cell foundation of Ireland. This is a serious debate with many stakeholders holding opposing views. The Irish government needs to prioritise progress in this regard and facilitate both organisations if they are indeed committed to future investment in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical industries.
Seeing how long it has taken to even raise awareness among the political class, who knows how long the ESC v hIPSC debate will take….
Can this country at least start the ball rolling on this subject?!! I see trouble on the horizon