Paolo Bianco reportedly has died at age 60. This is terribly sad news and a huge loss for the stem cell community.
Paolo made great contributions both in the science of stem cells itself and also in the area of advocating for responsible science. It is challenging to do both and he did it incredibly well.
Last year he received the ISSCR Community Service Award along with Elena Cattaneo and Michele De Luca for their work in Italy on the very difficult Stamina crisis.
Paolo was a dedicated champion of evidence-based medicine in the stem cell field. For instance, here is a Nature piece he wrote calling for responsible conduct in the stem cell field, entitled, “Don’t market stem-cell products ahead of proof”. I strongly share that vision.
We’ve lost a great force for good in science and policy. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
More to come.