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Stem Cell Summit

2018-01-242018-03-012018-01-12
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PLENARY KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Hans Keirstead

Hans Keirstead
Chief Executive Officer
AIVITA Biomedical
Hans Keirstead
Chief Executive Officer
AIVITA Biomedical
 
About Speaker:

Dr. Keirstead is an internationally known stem cell expert and has led therapy development for late stage cancers, immune disorders, motor neuron diseases, spinal cord injury and retinal diseases. He is the CEO of AIVITA Biomedical, an Irvine, CA-based company focused on the advancement of commercial and clinical-stage programs utilizing curative and regenerative medicines. As Full Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of California at Irvine he founded and directed the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center. He has been a long-time advisor to several governments on biomedical policy, and was a founding advisor of the California Stem Cell Initiative that resulted in a $3 billion stem cell fund (CIRM).

Erin Kimbrel

Erin Kimbrel
Senior Director of Development
Astellas Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Erin Kimbrel
Senior Director of Development
Astellas Institute for Regenerative Medicine
 
About Speaker:

Erin Kimbrel is the Senior Director of Development at Astellas Institute for Regenerative Medicine (AIRM), an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Astellas Pharma located in Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA. Dr. Kimbrel has nearly 15 years of experience in the stem cell field, including several years in industry where she has been engaged in research and development of various hESC and iPSC-derived cell-based therapies. She was previously the Director of MSC research at Advanced Cell Technology and Director of Translational Research/Sr. Director of Development at Ocata Therapeutics before the company was acquired by Astellas. She is a co-author on over 20 publications and an inventor on numerous patents. Dr. Kimbrel is a former Fulbright scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa, receiving her B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Cancer Biology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She completed post-doctoral training in Boston, Massachusetts at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School with a focus on hematopoietic stem cell fate decisions. Her current role at AIRM involves the strategic planning of pipeline programs as well as managing scientists involved in regenerative medicine research and early product development.

Douglas Melton

Douglas Melton
Professor
Harvard University
Douglas Melton
Professor
Harvard University
 
About Speaker:

Douglas A. Melton, Ph.D., is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Xander University Professor at Harvard University. He is also a co-director of Harvard's Stem Cell Institute. Research in Dr. Melton’s laboratory focuses on the genes and cells that make pancreatic tissue during normal development, with the goal of generating human pancreatic cells for transplantation into people with diabetes.Dr. Melton is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. In addition to numerous academic awards, Dr. Melton has twice been named to Time Magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. Dr. Melton earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Illinois and attended Cambridge University in England as a Marshall Scholar. He earned a B.A. in history and philosophy of science at Cambridge and remained there to earn a Ph.D. in molecular biology at Trinity College and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

Evan Y. Snyder

Evan Y. Snyder
Professor and Director, Program in Stem Cell & Regenerative Biology
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
Evan Y. Snyder
Professor and Director, Program in Stem Cell & Regenerative Biology
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
 
About Speaker:

Evan Y. Snyder, who is regarded as one of the “fathers of the stem cell field”, earned his M.D. and Ph.D. (in neuroscience) from the University of Pennsylvania and received training in Philosophy, Pscyhology, and Linguistics at Oxford University. He began his career as a physician-scientist at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital where, in addition to running a lab, remained clinically active in pediatric neurology and newborn intensive care medicine. After 23 years at Harvard, he was recruited to the Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and UCSD as Professor and founding director of the Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine and the Stem Cell Research Center and Core Facility. His ab studies the basic and translational biology of stem cells (particularly neural) with the goal of understanding normal and aberrant development, tissue homeostasis and plasticity, inter-cellular communication, oncogenesis, and recovery of function as well as using stem cells to model disease for pathway mapping and drug discovery.

PLENARY SPEAKERS
Toshio Miyata

Toshio Miyata
Executive Director
Health & Global Policy Institute
Toshio Miyata
Executive Director
Health & Global Policy Institute
 
About Speaker:
Stem Cell Product Development & Commercialization
DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS
Matthew Durdy

Matthew Durdy
Chief Business Officer
Cell Therapy Catapult
Matthew Durdy
Chief Business Officer
Cell Therapy Catapult
 
About Speaker:

Part of the team that created the Catapult, he is also an Executive Director. He is responsible for finding, funding and transacting the business of the Catapult and has been a champion of the early integration of healthcare economics and reimbursement expertise into decision- making and clinical product design.  He began his career in international investment banking and has successfully managed a number of SMEs in the biotechnology sector.   His first degree was from Oxford University in Biology and he has an MBA (High Honors) from Chicago Booth. He is a non-executive director of two immune-oncology companies and periodically assists the UK Government and international organisations in the development of initiatives in healthcare innovation.

James Hickman

James Hickman
Chief Scientist
Hesperos
James Hickman
Chief Scientist
Hesperos
 
About Speaker:
Patrick Keenan

Patrick Keenan
Managing Director
Prevail Partners
Patrick Keenan
Managing Director
Prevail Partners
 
About Speaker:
Kevin Murray

Kevin Murray
Vice President, Global Sales
BioSpherix Medical
Kevin Murray
Vice President, Global Sales
BioSpherix Medical
 
About Speaker:

Sales Manager for BioSpherix, Ltd. BS BioChemistry, MBA Finance & Marketing, 20+ Years experience in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech/Medical Research Industry.

Gail Naughton

Gail Naughton
Chief Executive Officer
Histogen
Gail Naughton
Chief Executive Officer
Histogen
 
About Speaker:
Brock Reeve

Brock Reeve
Executive Director
Harvard Stem Cell Institute
Brock Reeve
Executive Director
Harvard Stem Cell Institute
 
About Speaker:
Gil Sambrano

Gil Sambrano
Vice President of Portfolio Development and Review
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Gil Sambrano
Vice President of Portfolio Development and Review
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
 
About Speaker:

Gil leads the team responsible for selecting the highest quality stem cell-based projects for CIRM funding from Discovery to Clinical programs.  His team builds and cultivates a world class team of expert reviewers and directs a rigorous review process through the governing board-appointed Grants Working Group (GWG).

Gil joined CIRM in 2005 as the first Scientific Officer. During his tenure, Gil has contributed to building the vision of CIRM by leading and advancing the scientific review process, constructing grants administration policies, guiding early development of the Grants Management System, and managing the training grant programs. He has been a key point of contact to help applicants and grantees identify appropriate partnering opportunities and navigate the CIRM solicitation and application process.  He leads the conduct of GWG review meetings and has been the primary liaison with patient advocate and scientific members of the GWG.

Prior to CIRM, he was an assistant professor in the department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at UCSF. In 2001, Gil took on a notable position to coordinate efforts of the Alliance for Cellular Signaling, a multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary consortium of scientists led by the Nobel laureate, Alfred G. Gilman, whose goal is to understand the basic principles that regulate signal transduction in cells.

His scientific education includes a B.S. in biology from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of California, San Diego. Gil trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California San Francisco.

Katy	Spink

Katy Spink
Managing Partner
Dark Horse Consulting
Katy Spink
Managing Partner
Dark Horse Consulting
 
About Speaker:
Glyn Stacey

Glyn Stacey
Head of Division
National Institute for Biological Standards and Control
Glyn Stacey
Head of Division
National Institute for Biological Standards and Control
 
About Speaker:
Emily Titus

Emily Titus
Director, Technology Development
Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM)
Emily Titus
Director, Technology Development
Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM)
 
About Speaker:
Emily Titus  Copy

Emily Titus
Director, Technology Development
Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM)
Emily Titus
Director, Technology Development
Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM)
 
About Speaker:
Alain Vertès

Alain Vertès
Managing Director
NxR Biotechnologies GmbH
Alain Vertès
Managing Director
NxR Biotechnologies GmbH
 
About Speaker:

Dr Alain Vertès is a Sloan Fellow from London Business School and a microbiologist by training (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Institut Pasteur Paris, University of Lille Flandres-Artois). He is a strategy and business development consultant and works to enable funding and partnering in biotechnology. Focusing on technology deployment and innovation commercialization, he has contributed to both white (industrial) and red (pharmaceutical) biotechnology, in different functions including research, manufacturing, contract research, and strategic alliances in pharmaceuticals (Lilly, Pfizer, Roche), biotechnology (Mesoblast), petrochemicals (Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation), public research, and consulting (Australian Strategic Policy Institute, NxR Biotechnologies GmbH). Particularly, he has long been associated with the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth in Kyoto, Japan, working on developing transformational biorefinery technologies and on deploying green technologies to the marketplace. In the pharmaceutical industry, he champions radical innovation for bringing to patients disease-modifying, paradigm-changing therapeutics such as siRNA, cell- or gene-based pharmaceuticals.

Stem Cell Research & Regenerative Medicine
DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS
Deborah Ascheim

Deborah Ascheim
Chief Medical Officer
Capricor
Deborah Ascheim
Chief Medical Officer
Capricor
 
About Speaker:
Charles Cox

Charles Cox
Director, Children’s Program in Regenerative Medicine
University of Texas Houston
Charles Cox
Director, Children’s Program in Regenerative Medicine
University of Texas Houston
 
About Speaker:
Buddhadeb Dawn

Buddhadeb Dawn
Director
Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center
Buddhadeb Dawn
Director
Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center
 
About Speaker:
Jacques Galipeau

Jacques Galipeau
Don and Marilyn Anderson Professor in Oncology; Assistant Dean for Therapeutics Discovery and Development; Director, Program for Advanced Cell Therapy
University of Wisconsin in Madison
Jacques Galipeau
Don and Marilyn Anderson Professor in Oncology; Assistant Dean for Therapeutics Discovery and Development; Director, Program for Advanced Cell Therapy
University of Wisconsin in Madison
 
About Speaker:
Chaim Lebovits

Chaim Lebovits
President and CEO
Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics
Chaim Lebovits
President and CEO
Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics
 
About Speaker:
Douglas Losordo

Douglas Losordo
Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President of Clinical, Medical & Regulatory Affairs
Caladrius Biosciences
Douglas Losordo
Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President of Clinical, Medical & Regulatory Affairs
Caladrius Biosciences
 
About Speaker:

Dr. Losordo is the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical, Medical and Regulatory Affairs of Caladrius Biosciences, Inc, Clinical Professor of Medicine at  the New York University Langone Medical Center  and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Losordo’s career has been dedicated to patient care and to the development of novel therapeutics aimed at the reversal or repair of chronic conditions such as heart failure, critical limb ischemia, cancer and diabetes.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, he received his medical degree from the University of Vermont. Dr. Losordo completed an internship, residency and fellowship at St. Elizabeth’s Medical, Boston, Massachusetts, where he subsequently joined the faculty, working with the late Jeff Isner to develop a program in gene therapy and cell-based tissue repair. Dr. Losordo’s group has executed the full “translational medicine” paradigm: identifying potential therapeutic approaches in the laboratory, investigating these strategies in pre-clinical/IND-enabling models and designing and executing first-in-human and proof-of-concept clinical trials as the study sponsor/IND-holder. His work has included developing VEGF gene therapy for myocardial ischemia and diabetic neuropathy, CD34+ cell therapy for refractory angina, critical limb ischemia, severe claudication and coronary microvascular dysfunction and regulatory T cell therapy for autoimmune disease. Two of these candidates advanced to phase 3. At Caladrius Dr. Losordo has initiated a phase 2 study of autologous regulatory T cell therapy for new onset type 1 diabetes in children and recently received Japanese PMDA agreement on a study of CD34 cell therapy for critical limb ischemia targeting conditional approval under the new Japanese regulatory rules governing regenerative therapies. In addition to his own work Dr. Losordo has also mentored numerous scientists and physician-scientists from around the world who now have their own independent programs in translational research.

Marcela Maus

Marcela Maus
Assistant Professor of Medicine; Director of Cellular Immunotherapy
Harvard Medical School; Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
Marcela Maus
Assistant Professor of Medicine; Director of Cellular Immunotherapy
Harvard Medical School; Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
 
About Speaker:
Michael May

Michael May
President & CEO
Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM)
Michael May
President & CEO
Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM)
 
About Speaker:
Mahendra Rao

Mahendra Rao
Vice President for Regenerative Medicine
New York Stem Cell Foundation
Mahendra Rao
Vice President for Regenerative Medicine
New York Stem Cell Foundation
 
About Speaker:

Mahendra Rao  received his MD from Bombay University in India and his PhD in Developmental Neurobiology from the California Institute of Technology. Mahendra Rao is widely known for his research involving human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), iPSC, and other somatic stem cells. Dr. Rao   has an extensive  academic  background  with faculty positions at several  institutions including  the National Insttitutes of Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India, and the University of Utah School of Medicine.  Dr. Rao has published more than 300 papers on stem cell research and is the co-founder of a neural stem cell company Q therapeutics  and its subsidiary Neuro Q.

Dr. Rao serves on several editorial boards, review panels scientific advisory boards and company boards. He continues to work with the ISCT, ISSCR  and FDA on consent  and other regulatory authorities. Dr Rao is currently the Vice president of Research in Regenerative Medicine at Neuro Q and provides consulting service to several companies focused on regenerative medicine. He currently  serves  on the Board of CESCA, XCell and Stempeutics  and as a consultant  for the New York Stem Cell foundation. He continues to maintain an active research program in neural development and in evaluating cell based screening and therapy to treat disorders of the nervous system.

 

Khalid Shah (updated)

Khalid Shah
Vice Chair of Research, Director Center for Stem Cell Therapeutics and Imaging
Harvard Medical School
Khalid Shah
Vice Chair of Research, Director Center for Stem Cell Therapeutics and Imaging
Harvard Medical School
 
About Speaker:

Dr. Shah is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Center for Stem Cell Therapeutics and Imaging at BWH. He is also the Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Neurosurgery at BWH and a Principal Faculty at Harvard Stem Cell Institute in Boston. In recent years, Dr. Shah and his team have pioneered major developments in the stem cell therapy field, successfully developing experimental models to understand basic cancer biology and therapeutic stem cells for cancer, particularly brain tumors. These studies have been published in a number of very high impact journals like Nature Neuroscience, PNAS, Nature Reviews Cancer, JNCI, Stem Cells and Lancet Oncology. Recently, Dr. Shah's work has caught the attention in the public domain and as such it has been highlighted in the media world-wide including features on BBC and CNN. Dr. Shah holds current positions on numerous councils, advisory and editorial boards in the fields of stem cell therapy and oncology. In an effort to translate the exciting therapies develped in his laboratory into clinics, he has recently founded biotech company, AMASA Technologies Inc. whose main objective is the clinical translation of therapeutic stem cells in cancer patients.

Sally Temple

Sally Temple
Scientific Director
Neural Stem Cell Institute
Sally Temple
Scientific Director
Neural Stem Cell Institute
 
About Speaker:
Anthony Ting

Anthony Ting
Vice President
Athersys
Anthony Ting
Vice President
Athersys
 
About Speaker:

Dr. Ting is the Vice President of Regenerative Medicine and Head of Cardiopulmonary Programs. With more than thirty years of experience in cell and stem cell biology, Dr. Ting has developed expertise in translational clinical studies with adult stem cell therapies and has been responsible for all stages of the development of MultiStem® from the bench to the bedside. Dr. Ting manages all programs in the cardiovascular and pulmonary areas at the Company, as well as the evaluation of potential new uses for the cell therapy product. Dr. Ting serves on several regenerative medicine society committees including the International Society for Cell Therapy, the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine and the American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy. From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Ting was a Principal Investigator and Head of the Screening for Novel Inhibitors group at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) at the National University of Singapore. Prior to joining IMCB, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University. Dr. Ting received his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Johns Hopkins University and his B.A. in Biology from Amherst College.

Bob Valamehr

Bob Valamehr
Vice President, Cancer Immunotherapy & Reprogramming Biology
Fate Therapeutics Inc.
Bob Valamehr
Vice President, Cancer Immunotherapy & Reprogramming Biology
Fate Therapeutics Inc.
 
About Speaker: