Deputy Director of the Institute of Cell Therapy Cryobank Volodymyr Shablii, PhD has got one more prestigious award. This time, the leading Cryobanks’ scientist was awarded by the U.S. – Ukraine Foundation (USUF) in the framework of the competition “40 new leaders under 40 in the field of biotechnology.” Volodymyr Shablii received the US-Ukraine Biotechnology Initiative Award.
The US-Ukraine Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1991. The goals of the US-Ukraine Foundation are to strengthen democracy, reform the free market, and promote respect of human rights in Ukraine.
The awarding ceremony was held on November 12, 2018 at the CEO Club in Kyiv. The event was attended by the president of the US-Ukraine Foundation Nadia McConnell, the first US ambassador to Ukraine Roman Popadiuk, and the main sponsor, co-founder of the biotech company Cygnus Technologies, Irene Joseph.
Since the scientists’ hopes to fight incurable diseases today are mostly related to biotechnologies and stem cells application, this field of science is increasingly attracting attention of the governments of developed countries and non-governmental organizations.
Among the awards of the scientist of the Institute of Cell Therapy, Volodymyr Shablii are the prizes of the
International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA) in 2016 and 2017, the International Placenta Stem Cells Society Society (IPLASS) in 2014, and others.
The Institute of Cell Therapy develops innovative therapies for socially important diseases (2 drugs are approved by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine) and since 2008 conducts clinical trials in the field of stem cell treatment. Since 2003, the Ukraine’s first Cryobank of the umbilical cord blood stem cells, other human tissues and cells is functioning at the Institute of Cell Therapy.