Nearly 500 scientists, business leaders, and students met April 27 in Hartford for StemConn2015. Held every two years, StemConn is Connecticut’s premier conference on Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine research.

The enthusiastic audience, the largest ever for a StemConn conference, was welcomed by Connecticut officials, including Governor Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut State Representative Lonnie Reed, and Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.

Today Connecticut is a world-leader in stem cell research, and UConn, Wesleyan, and Yale each have significant programs in place. “The expansion of research towards clinical developments in this area has been remarkable,” said UConn’s Dr. Caroline Dealy, organizing chair of the conference.

Dr. Susan Froshauer, president and CEO of CURE, points out that that Connecticut’s bold decision 10 years ago to fund stem cell research has proved rewarding. “We have tripled the original investment, in terms of the amount of money that these researchers have brought into Connecticut,” Froshauer says.