The Allard Cell Therapy Lab was established in space within the UBC Life Sciences Institute directly adjacent to Dr. Kieffer’s lab, with funding generously donated by Charles R. Allard and Peter A. Allard. It includes a tissue culture room for growth, differentiation, and cryopreservation of pluripotent stem cells. The primary goal of the Allard Cell Therapy Lab is to facilitate the development of clinically relevant procedures to cultivate cells that can be used to treat diabetes. The facility also produces cells that can be employed for research purposes, such as gene engineering studies, probing islet development pathways, and drug screening for new therapies.