Legal Entities

The international Human Cell Atlas consortium is supported by two not-for-profit organisations, HCA Inc. and HCA Stichting, incorporated under the laws of the United States and The Netherlands, respectively. HCA Inc. and HCA Stichting are independent organisations but work together to ensure compliance with national and international data protection regulations and to provide sustainable financial management for the HCA Executive Office

Formulation and oversight of the scientific mission of HCA remains the purview of the HCA Organising Committee (OC), a volunteer body of approximately 30 scientists from around the world.

Please contact hca@humancellastlas.org for more information on either organisation.

Human Cell Atlas, Incorporated

Address:
415 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02142
USA

US Tax EIN: 85-0847756

Mission:

Human Cell Atlas, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organisation incorporated in the State of Delaware on April 24, 2020, with the primary purpose of (i) supporting the development of a global collaboration among researchers to develop a comprehensive reference map of all human cells as a basis for understanding human health and diagnosing, monitoring, and treating disease, (ii) recommending best practices concerning the storage, processing, and access of personal data collected through such efforts; and (iii) advancing the pursuit of research and education in single cell and spatial genomics and related subjects, including proteomics and other “omics” fields.

Board of Directors

HCA Inc is governed by an eight-member Board, each of whom serve without compensation. The current members are:

  • Aviv Regev (Co-chair), USA
  • Sarah Teichmann (Co-chair), UK
  • Genevieve Almouzni Pettinotti, France
  • Piero Carninci, Japan
  • Jose Florez, USA
  • Musa Mhlanga, The Netherlands
  • Fabian Theis, Germany
  • Ma’n Zawati, Canada

Policy and Financial Statements:

Human Cell Atlas Stichting

Address:
Prinses Margrietplantsoen 33
2595 AM The Hague
The Netherlands

Mission:

The Foundation’s objective is in the public interest: (a) to support the development of a global collaboration among researchers to develop a comprehensive reference map of all human cells as a basis for understanding human health and diagnosing, monitoring, and treating disease; (b) to facilitate the storage, processing, and access of personal data collected through such efforts, with due observance of all applicable laws and regulations regarding the privacy, protection and processing of personal data including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); and (c) to advance the pursuit of research and education in single cell and spatial genomics and related subjects, including proteomics and other similar fields, and all other acts and things which may be conducive to the aforesaid objects.

Supervisory Board

HCA Stichting is governed by a three-member Supervisory Board, each of whom serve without compensation. The current members are:

  • Muzlifah Haniffa (Chair), UK
  • Musa Mhlanga, The Netherlands
  • Martijn Nawijn, The Netherlands

Policy and Financial Statements:

  • Articles of Incorporation [TBA]
  • Policy Plan [TBA]

Please note that as HCA Stichting was incorporated in 2022, the organisation has not yet released an annual report or financial statement.