Founded in 1996 to conduct research that cannot be funded by the NIH, Bedford Research scientists have achieved ground-breaking milestones:

  • 1998 Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR) designed to protect wives and babies of HIV-infected men from infection during conception
  • 2000 World’s first program of egg donation for stem cell research
  • 2001 Report on artificially activated human eggs (parthenotes)
  • 2002 First Activated Egg Symposium
  • 2003 Textbook “Human Embryonic Stem Cells”
  • 2006 Research program with University of Athens to understand parthenogenesis
  • 2008 First detection of prostate cancer genes in semen specimens for screening test; study ongoing
  • 2009 Discovery that circadian rhythms may be important to stem cells (Science Highlights, 2017) AND First Spinal Cord Workshop “What are the Barriers to Cure?”
  • 2010 First International Meeting on Spinal Cord and Neurodegenerative Diseases in Taiwan
  • 2012 First circadian microscope system to observe activated mouse egg development for 5 days.
  • 2014 First observations of active circadian rhythm genes in early mouse embryos
  • 2017 Discovery of method in a mouse model system to deriving “universal” stem cells. AND Development of mouse “universal” stem cells that are also resistant to HIV infection.
  • 2018 Development of ethical guidelines for women to donate frozen eggs for research.
  • 2019 Development of ethical guidelines for studies of human eggs leftover from egg donations for fertility treatment AND First Symposium on Circadian Rhythms and Development.