Press Release

Press Release, June 2019

New Editorial Team For CellR4

CellR4 was launched in 2013 by Dr. Camillo Ricordi (Founder of The Cure Alliance) with the aim of providing a platform for discussion of challenges and opportunities in the development of new treatments, independent from the disease target – a unique feature of top-class medical journals. CellR4 was created with true Open Access character, the full text of articles being downloaded free of charge.

Dr. Ricordi has now asked an experienced journal editor to join him in the next phase of the journal development. Dr. David F Williams was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biomaterials from 1996 to 2014, during which time he profoundly raised the profile of the journal, which saw an increase in Impact Factor from just over 1 to 9, with an Eigenfactor in the top 1% of all the world’s scientific journals.

In his tenure as sole Editor-in-Chief of Biomaterials, Dr. Williams worked with Peggy O’Donnell as Managing Editor. Peggy, who is also his wife, joins him on the editorial team at CellR4, and they will bring their unique personal and responsive style to the journal. Dr. Ricordi will remain as a co-Editor-in-Chief with Dr. Williams.

CellR4 will continue to focus on cellular events in the study and treatment of disease, with the emphasis on cellular repair, replacement, regeneration and reprogramming. Papers dealing with all types of disease or condition irrespective or cause, organ system or classification, are welcome, with an emphasis on translational aspects concerning areas of un-met clinical need and diseases so far considered as incurable. Dr. Williams is actively encouraging high-level opinion and perspectives papers as well as those that cover original research and/or clinical methods. Through his own international profile, he is also pursuing a strong international contribution.

A new submissions platform is currently being developed.

Dr. Williams currently works at the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine and may be contacted at