UC San Diego plans to open stem cell center

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The University of California San Diego is creating a stem cell clinical center to speed research into new drugs and therapies.

UC San Diego officials announced Monday that businessman T. Denny Sanford has committed $100 million to the creation of the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center.

The center will integrate operations at four locations: the UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center and a nearby proposed clinical space, both scheduled to open in 2016; the UC San Diego Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine; and the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine.

Officials say the Sanford center will accelerate development of drugs and cell therapies derived from human stem cell research.