Professor, GRA Eminent Scholar and Director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center at University of Georgia and CSO, Aruna Biomedical Inc.
Dr. Steven Stice has over 16 years of research and development experience in biotechnology and is a co-founder of five biotechnology companies. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend magazine. He produced the first cloned rabbit in 1987 and the first cloned transgenic calves in 1998 (George and Charlie). In 1997 his group produced the first genetically modified embryonic stem cell derived pigs and cattle. This research led to publications in Science and Nature journals, national news coverage (CBS, NBC, ABC and CNN) and the first US patents on cloning animals and cattle embryonic stem cells. In 2001, Dr. Stice announced the first cloned animal (calf) from an animal that was dead for 48 hours. In 2005, his stem cell group published the first work on deriving motor neurons from stem cells. Motor neurons are damaged lost during the progression of several diseases such as ALS and spinal muscular atrophy. Throughout his career he has published and lectured on cloning and stem cell technologies. Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Dr. Stice was a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Advanced Cell Technology, a company developing cloning and stem cell technology.
Currently, Dr. Stice is a Professor and Director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center and has a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar endowed Chair at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on developing innovative stem cell technologies for curing diseases. He co-founded CytoGenesis, Inc., which was later purchased by BresaGen. Dr. Stice helped BresaGen develop three human embryonic stem cell lines approved for NIH funding.
He was named one of the top forty entrepreneurs under forty years old in Georgia (2000) and received the AGR grand president’s award for leadership and AGR Brother of the Century Award and outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Illinois. University of Georgia Research Foundation named Dr. Stice inventor of the year in 2005.
Dr. Stice received a B.S. in agricultural science at the University of Illinois in 1983. He then attended Iowa State University and completed a M.S. degree in 1985. Next, Dr. Stice went to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst for a Ph.D. program and graduated in 1989.