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Astellas Executive Interview Series – Dr. Bob Lanza

Since he was a child, Dr. Bob Lanza has been fascinated by science and human health. He spent his early years attempting to better understand how the cells in the body interact and how they had a…

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Lanza’s new paper published in leading physics journal

Observers determine the structure of spacetime itself
The paper—published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (one of the world’s leading journals in cosmology & astrophysics, covering the latest developments and breakthroughs including Stephen Hawking’s groundbreaking…

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Lanza and Podolskiy’s paper is the cover story of Annalen der Physik, which published Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity

On Decoherence in Quantum Gravity

In his papers on relativity, Einstein showed that time was relative to the observer. This new paper takes this one step further,…

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Lanza’s new book released

Why are we here? Where did it all come from―the laws of nature, the stars, the universe. Humans have been asking these questions forever, but science hasn’t succeeded in…

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Lanza Featured in OMNI MAGAZINE’s Collector’s Edition

Omni Magazine is back. Featured story: Building Doctor Who’s Time Machine
What if you could travel through time just like you navigate space? The journey starts here

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Lanza named head of Astellas global regenerative medicine

“Robert Lanza, one of the most prominent scientists in the field of stem cell biology, on Monday said he will lead global regenerative medicine research at Astellas Pharma Inc., the Japanese drug maker that acquired his Massachusetts…

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Lanza gives opening address at the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair

Lanza delivered the opening address to the judges and students at the Official Opening of 2015 MSSEF held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MSSEF was founded by the prestigious American Academy of Arts & Sciences and

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Lanza’s work voted the top science story of the year

Winner of Discover Magazine’s ‘People’s Choice’ Award

Stem cell breakthrough by Lanza and colleagues was voted the year's top story, beating the Ebola outbreak, climate change crisis, entangled photons, cosmic inflation,…

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First report of the long-term safety/efficacy of pluripotent stem cells in humans with any disease

“For a nice two decades scientists have dreamt about using human embryonic stem cells to treat diseases … that day has finally come…scientists have used human embryonic stem cells to successfully treat patients suffering from severe vision…

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In a cloning first, Lanza and colleagues create stem cells from adults

“Advancement Could Lead to Treatment for Alzheimer’s, Heart Disease”

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“After years of failed attempts, researchers have finally generated stem…

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Lanza receives the Il Leone di San Marco award in Medicine

Past honorees in other fields have included Dion, Susan Lucci, Tony Danza, Paul Giamatti, Paul Sorvino and Rudy Giuliani
Dr. Lanza received this year’s prestigious Il Leone di San Marco award in Medicine (along with Regis…

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Dr. Lanza featured in The Pennsylvania Gazette

Article selected as one of Longreads 10 Best Stories

Robert Lanza has racked up a slew of scientific accolades for his pioneering work on cloning and stem cells. And then there’s the private island stocked with dinosaur…

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Dr. Robert Lanza featured in “CELLebrity” Doctors 2011 Calendar

Top U.S. scientists hang their lab coats for stem cell research fundraising efforts. The 2011 “CELLebrity” Doctors Calendar spotlights twelve highly renowned doctors in the U.S. and details the progress that has been made in their prospective…

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DISCOVER Interview: Robert Lanza

Discover Interview Fighting for the Right to Clone

Stem cell and cloning guru Robert Lanza has battled the Catholic Church, the White House, and violent protesters.

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Biocentrism Explored

Rethinking Time, Space, and the Nature of the Universe.

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The Biocentric Universe Theory: Life Creates Time, Space, and the Cosmos Itself

The Biocentric Universe Theory: Stem-cell guru Robert Lanza presents a radical new view of the universe and everything in it.

Discover Magazine

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A New Theory of the Universe

A New Theory of the Universe: Biocentrism builds on quantum physics by adding life to the equation.

The American Scholar

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Lanza’s Research Featured on Front Page of New York Times

Biologists have developed a technique for establishing colonies of human embryonic stem cells from an early human embryo without destroying it.

New York Times

Lanza Voted Top 4 “Most Influential People on Stem Cells”

Lanza featured in the 2013 “TOP 50 Global Stem Cell Influencers.” It is the result of a global survey of the stem cell community, which yielded thousands of votes. The 50 personalities were picked based on their career achievements whether this was groundbreaking discovery and research, innovation, or lifetime dedication. Lanza was among the top four on the list, alongside James Thomson and Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka.

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Robert Lanza at


March 15, 2013

The use of cloning and stem cells to resurrect life


New breakthroughs in stem cells and tissue engineering are the key to extending life.

Robert’s Cloned Creatures

Can humankind reverse the tide of extinction? This video includes biographical material on Lanza.

Stem Cells Offers Hope for blind

It’s an experimental breakthrough for macular degeneration. How embryonic stem cells helped two blind people see again.

Rethinking Our Insanely Improbable Universe

Speaking with the authority of a distinguished scientific career, Robert Lanza presents the case for abandoning the “dumb universe” paradigm…

Lanza on biocentrism

Robert Lanza’s talk on biocentrism at the Science & Nonduality Conference.

Robert Lanza Interview By Deepak Chopra

“My special guest is Dr. Robert Lanza and his extraordinary mind, I just finished reading his book Biocentrism and I said to myself, ‘Finally, aha, somebody that I can totally relate to.”

— Deepak Chopra
TIME Magazine: Top 100 Icons of the Century

Lanza Interviewed By Michio Kaku

“To give us a glimpse about some of the big breakthroughs that were made in biotechnology, we have Dr. Robert Lanza of Advanced Cell Technology. He is one of the leading scientists making breakthroughs in this fast moving field.”

— Dr. Michio Kaku
Professor of Theoretical Physics and Co-Founder of String Theory


The Grand Biocentric Design

Beyond Biocentrism


Principles of Tissue Engineering

Principles of Tissue Engineering

Research with B. F. Skinner


“Greatest Psychologist of All Time” Most Influential Psychologists (American Psychological Association)

1. B. F. Skinner
2. Jean Piaget
3. Sigmund Freud

Symbolic Communication Between Two Pigeons

SCIENCE 207; 543 (1980)
Robert Lanza (with B.F Skinner & Robert Epstein)

“Self-Awareness” in the Pigeon

SCIENCE 212; 695 (1981)
Robert Lanza (with B. F. Skinner & Robert Epstein)

“Lying” in the Pigeon

Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior 38; 201 (1982)
Lanza (with Skinner & Starr)

Lanza & Skinner’s Work Featured in TIME Magazine

Pigeon Talk − A triumph for bird brains
– TIME Magazine

Lanza & Skinner’s Work on Symbolic Communication Featured in New York Times

Pigeons’ ‘Conversation’ Triggers a Debate About Language – NY Times

Lanza & Skinner’s Work on Self-Awareness in New York Times

Science Watch: ‘Self-Awareness’ in Animals
– NY Times

Lanza and Skinner’s Work Featured in My Weekly Reader

Pigeons Punch Buttons. Talking or Training?
– My Weekly Reader

Research with Jonas Salk and Christiaan Barnard

Work with Jonas Salk

Developed Polio Vaccine
J. Supramol. Struct 182;33 (1979)
Lanza (with Salk)

Work with Christiaan Barnard

Performed the World’s First Heart Transplant

New England Journal of Medicine 307; 1275 (1982) Lanza (with Barnard & Cooper)

JAMA 249; 1746 (1983)
Lanza (with Barnard, Cooper & Cassidy)

American Heart Journal 107; 8 (1984)
Lanza (with Barnard, Cooper & Boyd)

Research with Rodney Porter and Gerald Edelman

Work with Professor Rodney Porter

Recipient of the 1972 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology

Lanza worked with Porter at Oxford University in 1977

Work with Dr. Gerald Edelman

Nobel-winner was “The Father of Modern Immunology”

Lanza worked with Edelman at Rockefeller University in 1976

NPR’s Talk of the Nation Science Friday

Meet AIRM’s Chief Scientific Officer: Dr. Robert Lanza
Regenerative medicine could revolutionize medicine, and provide therapies for the world’s most deadly conditions...

Front Page, Washington Post: Embryonic Stem Cells Appear to Restore Vision to Legally Blind Patient

For the first time, an experimental treatment made from human embryonic stem cells has shown evidence of helping someone, partially restoring sight to two people suffering from slowly progressing forms of blindness By Rob Stein and David Brown For the first time, an experimental treatment made from human embryonic stem cells has shown evidence of helping someone, partially […]

Reuters: First patients shown to improve with embryonic stem cells

The first-ever report of the medical use of stem cells taken from human embryos

TIME: Early Success in a Human Embryonic Stem Cell Trial to Treat Blindness

The first patients to receive human embryonic stem cell transplants say their lives have been transformed by the experimental procedure By Alice Park | @aliceparkny | January 24, 2012 | For the researchers at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute who launched the first-ever study to show that human embryonic stem cells may help reverse patients’ disease, the history-making day began at […]

CBSNEWS: Stem Cell treatment could aid leading cause of blindness

Possible stem cell treatment for Macular Degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older Americans

The Guardian: First Trial of Embryonic Stem Cell Treatment in Europe Gets Green Light

“This is the first time an embryonic stem cell therapy has been approved in Europe,” said Lanza. Retinal cells derived from embryonic stem cells will be injected behind patients’ retinas.Photograph: Roger Tooth/Guardian British surgeons are to take part in the first trial in patients of a human embryonic stem cell therapy to gain approval from […]

Washington Post: First patients treated in new human embryonic stem cell study

“The initiation of these two clinical trials marks an important turning point for the field.” said Robert Lanza, the company’s chief scientific officer. Researchers at UCLA treat the first patients in the second FDA-approved study evaluating a therapy made from human embryonic stem cells. (Reed Hutchinson/UCLA) Researchers have treated the first two patients in the […]

MIT Technology Review: Two Patients Undergo Stem-Cell Blindness Treatment

“Researchers see the start of a second set of tests, in blindness, as an important landmark for the stem-cell field.” Eye opener: A confocal microscope image of a rat retina after injection of human retinal pigment epithelium cells.Credit: Advanced Cell Technologies In a bid to harness the potential of embryonic stem cells, surgeons in California have […]

TIME: The Tiniest Transplant

The great promise of stem cells is finally being put to the test. “We are finally ready to break ground on this field with the first trials,” says Dr. Robert Lanza, “It’s taken a decade of extensive research to get to this point.” The Tiniest Transplant The great promise of stem cells is finally being […]

NEWSWEEK: Saving Sight, Testing Faith

Lanza’s dream of turning human embryonic stem cells into therapies for the sick and the suffering is taking a huge step closer to reality. May 23 & 30, 2011 Stem cells from embryos may finally cure patients—reviving a bitter debate. By Sharon Begley Stem cells are taken from donated human embryos, then grown in a […]

USA Today: Embryonic stem cell trial to test macular degeneration treatment

Federal officials have approved the start of human embryonic stem cell treatment experiments on patients suffering a leading cause of vision loss.

TIME: FDA Approves Second Trial of Stem-Cell Therapy

For only the second time, the Food and Drug Administration approved a company’s request to test an embryonic stem cell-based therapy on human patients.

Reuters: Second U.S. Company Gets Stem Cell Go-Ahead

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the second human trial of human embryonic stem cells — this one testing cells in people with a progressive form of blindness.

BBC: Human Trials to Start for Stem Cell Treatment for Blindness

An American biotech company has just announced that it has been licensed to begin human trials of a stem cell treatment for blindness.

Washington Post: New Embryonic Stem Cell Experiment

Government regulators have given the go-ahead to a second study that will for the first time carefully test a treatment created using human embryonic stem cells in people, according to the company sponsoring the experiment.

USA Today: Second human embryonic stem cell clinical trial to start

Federal officials have cleared a second clinical trial of a human embryonic stem-cell treatment, a company announced Monday, for a progressive blindness syndrome affecting young people.

Associated Press: Feds OK 2nd Human Study of Embryonic Stem Cells

NEW YORK (AP) – For only the second time, the U.S. government has approved a test in people of a treatment using embryonic stem cells – this time for a rare disease that causes serious vision loss.

New York Times: 2 Treatments for Retinas Make Gains

Advanced Cell Technology, of Marlborough, Mass., said it would test its stem cell therapy on 12 adults with severe vision loss caused by Stargardt’s, an inherited disease. The company has turned human embryonic stem cells into retinal pigment epithelial cells,…

Paradigm Shifter: An Interview with Robert Lanza

“An interview with the author of Biocentrism, a book that Nyogen Roshi (the last authorized disciple of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, the foremost Zen master of the twentieth century) describes as mirroring his experiences in the practice of zazen as closely as anything he has encountered in a modern writer.” Paradigm Shifter: An Interview with Robert […]

Drs. Robert Lanza and Kwang-Soo Kim Win Prestigious NIH Director’s Award

Robert Lanza and Kwang-Soo Kim of Harvard University have won a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Opportunity Award for research in “Translating Basic Science Discoveries into New and Better Treatments” under the American Recovery & Reinvestment…

Dr. Robert Lanza Honored By BioWorld Magazine As Leader Who Could Shape Biotech Over Next 20 Years

Dr. Lanza Recognized as a “Stem Cell Pioneer”

WORCESTER, MA – May 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE)—Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. (“ACT”; OTCBB: ACTC) announced today that the company’s Chief Scientific Officer, Robert Lanza, MD, has been recognized…

CBS News: The Trouble With Adult Stem Cells. Research Shows Why They Won’t Displace Embryonic Ones


When scientists first created induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) three years ago, they were hailed as a game-changing advance for medicine: Scientists hoped the engineered cells…

NEWSWEEK: Still No Truce in the Stem-Cell Wars

by Sharon Begley

Embryonic” and “senescent” aren’t supposed to go together any more than “good” and “grief” or other oxymorons, which is why biologist Robert Lanza was “devastated” when he saw what was happening with the…

TIME: Researchers Hail Stem Cells Safe for Human Use

By Alice Park

Stem-cell science is a fast-moving field. Just three years since a Japanese researcher first reprogrammed ordinary skin cells into stem cells without the use of embryos, scientists at a Massachusetts biotech company have…

Robert Lanza in Yankee Magazine

Scientist in a TreehouseMany years ago, as a young boy, I persuaded myself to make an immense journey.


From physicist Scott M. Tyson’s book The Unobservable Universe

“…Dr. Lanza’s writings provided me with the pieces of perspective that I had been desperately seeking.”

“I downloaded a digital copy of [Biocentrism] in the privacy of my home…Now, mind you, my motivation was not all that pure. It was my intention to read the book so I could more effectively refute it like a dedicated physicist was expected to. I consider myself to be firmly and exclusively entrenched in the cosmology camp embodied by the likes of Stephen Hawking, Lisa Randall, Brain Greene, and Edward Witten…The book had the completely opposite effect on me. The views that Dr. Lanza presented in this book changed my thinking in ways from which there could never be retreat. Before I had actually finished reading the book, it was abundantly obvious to me that Dr. Lanza’s writings provided me with the pieces of perspective that I had been desperately seeking. Everything I had learned and everything I thought I knew just exploded in my mind and, as possibilities first erupted and then settled down, a completely new understanding emerged. The information I had accumulated in my mind hadn’t changed, but the way I viewed it did – in a really big way.”


Robert Lanza takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

“Before I did the #icebucketchallenge, I challenged the leader of Advanced Cell Technology (ACT), Dr. Bob Lanza, to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. He did it and leading up to it he provided a quite articulate message for context (see video). Bob is one very cool guy even without ice water.”

Paul Knoepfler

Entire Company takes the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Lanza’s Early Cloning Research Featured on the Front Covers of Scientific American, Wired Magazine, and U.S.News & World Report, Among Others

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