As Minister for Public Health and Innovation Nicola visited the Anthony Nolan Laboratories and Research Institute to learn more about innovative research in to blood cancer and how more donors are now being matched than ever before.
Anthony Nolan was the world’s first stem cell register, founded over forty years ago, and it helps to facilitate transplants for more than 1,200 blood cancer and blood disorder patients each year.
Nicola took a tour of the labs, meeting with the Chief Executive and other researchers to discuss the challenges facing transplant research and undertake a demonstration of the Third Generation Sequencing Technology which is leading the way in matching donors, as well as meeting a double stem cell transplant recipient Emma Paine to hear her story.
Nicola says: Anthony Nolan has been at the forefront of innovation and life-changing treatment for a long time. But they aren’t standing still: they continue to innovate to help patients across the country, and to change the research landscape. It was fantastic to see their research institute in action today, and I’m excited to see what they do next.