London, October 22. The revelation that a paralysed man with a completely severed spinal word is learning to walk again in a British-led scientific and medical breakthrough is a hugely uplifting story and one in which the UK can be justifiably proud.

The brilliant research work underpinning this remarkable development was first pioneered by Professor Geoffrey Raisman at University College London who came to see me nearly 10 years ago for funding when I created the UK Stem Cell Foundation – an initiative supported by the likes of Lord Winston, Sir Richard Sykes, Lady Archer, Nick Ross and Sir Richard Branson was also a supporter.


Professor Sir Christopher Evans – Creator of UK Stem Cell Foundation

We at the Foundation recognised the enormous potential of Professor Geoffrey Raisman’swork and funding was made available from the foundation as well as directly from one of our Trustees, Jon Moulton.

The latest stunning development in the process was co-funded by the UKSCF and the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation and the results are heart-warming.

Sir Richard Sykes, Chairman of the UKSCF, could not have put it better when he said: “The first patient is an inspirational and important step, which brings years of laboratory research towards the clinical testbed.”

To fully develop future treatments that benefit the three million paralysed globally will need continued investment for wide scale clinical trials”. Hats off to the UKSCF.

Personally, I’m delighted with how the UKSCF has gone on to back a wide range of future stem cell therapies for medical conditions such as spinal repair, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, liver disease, corneal blindness, hip surgery, bone and cartilage repair, glaucoma and blood cancer.  With companies such as ReNeuron plc developing a treatment for reversing stroke damage, retinal blindness and vascular damage, I think the future of British medical science has never been more promising with plenty of excitement to come.