Darrell Kotton, Gustavo Mostoslavsky, and George Murphy began the Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM) in 2008 with a mission. It was not to win a Nobel Prize, launch more spin-offs than their peers, or make megabucks and retire at 35. Rather, their mantra was both humbler and grander: “decrease the burden of human suffering on the planet, help patients, and advance new knowledge.”
Since then, the lab has made a name for itself not only through its top-notch research on stem cells and lung disease but also because of its willingness to share the resources they create—for free, to anyone.
CReM’s philosophy of openness challenges the cutthroat, hypersecret culture that dominates many other life science labs. And now the lab’s commitment to open-source biology, as it is known, has earned it the 2017 Sharing Research Resources Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), established “to recognize successful models for sharing biomedical research resources.” Read More!
By Barbara Moran