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About DanStem

The Danish Stem Cell Center (DanStem) opened in 2011. The center comprises two sections:

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Section for Basic Stem Cell Biology (BasicStem)

Supported by a ten-year grant of DKK 350 million (€47 million) from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. In 2015 DanStem received a donation of additional DKK 235 million (€31.4 million), based on an application for New Strategic Funding of the Novo Nordisk section of Basic Stem Cell Biology.

The Section for Strategic Translational Stem Cell Research and Therapy (TransStem)

Supported by a grant in the amount of DKK 64,8 million (Euro 8,7 million) from the Danish Council for Strategic Research. 

Research group leaders:

DanStem has been established as a result of a series of international recruitments coupled with internationally recognized research groups focused on insulin producing beta cells and cancer research already located at the University of Copenhagen.

The researchers and their teams are highly regarded throughout the world for their contributions to science. They all have well-established, international collaborations and actively participate in several international scientific consortia.

DanStem plays an active role in training undergraduates, PhD students and postdocs. The Center's unique infrastructure, high level mentoring, and international networks makes it an international key contributer to the creation of a new generation of developmental and stem cell biologists and clinicians.


Executive Director: Professor Henrik Semb 
DanStem consists of approximately 130 staff members.
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