BRF is a biomedical institute conducting stem cell and related research for diseases presently considered incurable. It does this four ways:


Carried out in the US and through collaborations in Europe. Includes:


Two educational conferences:

  • Activated Egg Symposium: since 2002, a day for research information sharing on eggs for reproduction, stem cell derivation and therapies.
  • Spinal Cord Workshop: researchers and clinicians share information on specific barriers to a cure for spinal cord injury.

3. LABORATORY PRODUCTS & SERVICESgem culture medium mouse embryo

  1. SPAR (Special Program of Assisted Reproduction) a unique, award winning program combining HIV Semen Testing and Sperm Washing for safe procreation.
  2. Mail-in test kits for: infertility, post-vasectomy-check, and prostatitis-check.
  3. Culture medium for embryo development: GEM (Gamete-Embryo Medium).

These products and services have been developed during the course of our research and help to cover the administrative costs of the laboratory. This allows research activities to proceed with minimal overhead (about 6%).


Based on our research and events we produce:

  • Newsletters (email and snail mail): Our newsletters cover breakthroughs in research, as well as easy tutorials on the basics, and updates on Foundation news. Sign-up on our homepage, or email us your snail-mail address:
  • Videos of Groundbreaking Talks: free on the event sites and through iTunes Podcasts.
  • Educational Videos About Stem Cells and Stem Cell Research: available on our popular FAQs page.

Most Foundation research cannot be federally funded because of the U.S. moratorium on research funding for activated human eggs (either artificially or by sperm). (