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Poh Tan is the Founder and CEO of Innoguidance Consulting, a strategic marketing consulting firm that helps bring innovative ideas in science and applied science to the marketplace. Her passion is for stem cell research, and she will be speaking about Myths and Misconceptions about Stem Cell Research at TEDxStanleyPark.
Dr. Tan earned her PhD from the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia in 2008; her thesis was focused on mechanisms and molecules that regulate hematopoietic (blood) stem cell migration to the bone marrow. She has shared her thesis research with both national and international audiences, and her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Stem Cells and Oncogene. She is the former Chair of The Training and Education Committee for the Canadian Stem Cell Network and the former Product Manager in the marketing department of Vancouver's largest biotech company, STEMCELL Technologies, where she managed one of their flagship stem cell product lines.
Dr. Tan's passion is to educate the general public about the realities and myths about stem cells so people can make informed decisions about stem cell policy, research and therapy — that isn't based on the fear created by Hollywood and the mass media. She hopes that the next generation understands the truth about stem cells and their potential benefits to humanity, relying less on fiction, persuasion and religion to inform their decision-making.
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