Royan Institute for Reproductive Biomedicine, Stem Cell Biology and Technology is a leading Iranian biomedical research center involved in stem cell technology and regenerative medicine.
Royan was established in 1991 by Saeid Kazemi Ashtiani, who was also the first director. The institute has had close collaborations with other leading Iranian research centers as Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics (IBB), NRCGEB, and the Bone Marrow Transplantation Center at Shariati hospital in Tehran. Academic output has increased rapidly, from two journal articles in 1996 to 67 in 2005, including 24 publications in international journals.
Royan is a leading stem cell research center, and Iran has some of the most liberal laws on stem cell research in the world. The institute founded a Department of Stem Cells in 2002 to establish embryonic stem cell lines and human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC) and to study differentiation into different kinds of cells including cardiomyocytes, beta cells, and neural cells. Researchers claimed a live birth of a cloned sheep in 2006, inviting foreign observers to verify the claim.
- By Aneesh Raman CNN (2006-11-17). "Iran in the forefront when it comes to stem cell research - CNN.com". Edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 2012-12-11.