Susan L. Solomon

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Susan L. Solomon
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Birth: August 23, 1951

Death: September 8, 2022

Specialty: Stem cell research

Major Contributions:

Co-Founder of New York Stem Cell Foundation

Recipient of the Stem Cell Action Leadership Award

Image Courtesy of NYSCF


Before she was leading one of the top stem cell research laboratories, Susan L. Solomon, held an impressive array of positions including being an attorney,  CEO of Sothebys.com,  chairman and CEO of Lancet Media Productions, and President of Sony Worldwide Networks; to name a few.  Becoming a health-care advocate when her son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at a young age, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, New York Chapter and a founding member and former president of New Yorkers for the Advancement of Medical Research.

After her parents’ deaths Solomon began to look at the treatments available and how there haven’t been many changes and options are very limited for many diagnoses. In learning where the cutting edge work is being done Solomon saw the potential for change found in stem cell research. So in 2005 she co-founded the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) with three key priorities: get young researchers into the field, provide a forum for researchers to discuss their work, and provide facilities and funding to enable research to move forward.

Within these priorities is also the goal of the NYSCF to help bridge the gap between academic research and the work of pharmaceutical companies in order to foster the development of new treatments and cures for diseases. Seeing the need to move away from the time consuming and variable practice of creating human stem cell lines by hand NYSCF designed the hardware and software to create an automated robotic technology that has the capacity to produce thousands of genetically arrayed stem cell lines that can include all the genetic subgroups needed. By using this technology, they hope to be able to be at the forefront of understanding how diseases work in the human body and to help usher in an era of personalized medicine.

Passing away in 2022 Solomon leaves a legacy of supporting scientific endeavors to change how we fund research leading to better treatments. When she died NYSCF was one of the biggest nonprofits dedicated to stem cell research employing over 100 scientists worldwide and hosting the world’s foremost translational stem cell conference.

Written by Angela Goad

Sources:

The New York Stem Cell Foundation: Susan L. Solomon

The Promise of Research with Stem Cells (TED)

Future Medicine: Regenerative Medicine

Wikipedia: Susan L. Solomon

Susan L. Solomon, Crusader for Stem Cell Research, Dies at 71

See Also:

The New York Stem Cell Foundation