A new science group is aiming to put the eastern region at the forefront of stem cell research.
Stem cell research offers hope to MS sufferers and others
The East of England Stem Cell Network, newly-formed at Hinxton in Cambs, brings together researchers and businesses involved in the science.
The group claims the benefits of stem cell medicine could be far-reaching.
Research holds the potential to provide treatments for a range of conditions from Parkinson's Disease to diabetes to spinal injuries, they say.
The stem cell network has been launched to promote the science.
The network is a collaboration between Cambridge University, Addenbrooke's Hospital and a host of business and research groups.
Light at end of tunnel
The group aims to ensure the east leads the world in stem cell research.
However, some critics condemn the use of stem cells from aborted foetuses and say research should be based on donated stem cells from adults.
Nigel Atkinson, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, welcomes the new development as a light at the end of a tunnel.
"Every aspect of life is difficult - socialising, play, dealings with the family and the rest.
"You just have to buckle down and get on with life but it's reassuring to know there are developments just around the corner. I know they're years away but they offer hope," he said.