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Plenary Showcase


Mesenchymal and Progenitor Stem Cells: Results from the Clinic and the Future of Living Drugs

Showcasing clinical trials in the most advanced stages of testing. Lessons learned and approaches towards answering critical questions of the future of these technologies including purity, potency and logistics considerations

Chair: Al Dietz, PhD, Mayo Clinic
Speakers: Donna Skerrett, MD, MS, Mesoblast, Gil Van Bokkelen, PhD, Athersys, Etienne Sokal, MD, PhD, Promethera, Universite Catholique de Louvain

Al Dietz, PhD
Al Dietz, PhD

Emerging Strategies in Regenerative Medicine

Unlocking the potential of regenerative cells both inside and outside the body. Highlighting new approaches to promote tissue regeneration through therapeutic cell delivery, tissue engineering and endogenous tissue regeneration.

Chair: William Murphy, PhD, UW-Madison
Speakers: Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD, University of Pittsburgh, Timothy Kamp, MD, PhD, UW-Madison, Mervin Yoder, MA, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine

William Murphy, PhD
William Murphy, PhD

iPSC and Pluripotent Stem Cells - True Replacement Cell Therapies

Demonstrating how pluripotent stem cells in combination with advanced genome engineering can be the manufacturing platform for future cell therapies. A spotlight on translational studies in immunotherapy, the brain, and heart disease.

Chair and Speaker: Robert Deans, PhD, BlueRock Therapeutics
Speakers: Dan Kaufman, MD, PhD, University of California San Diego, Stephanie Protze, PhD, University of Toronto

Robert Deans, PhD
Robert Deans, PhD

Redirecting Immune Cells - T and NK Cells Aside from Canonical CARS

Chair: Sarah Nikiforow, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Speakers: Denis-Claude Roy, MD, FRCPC, Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, Sumithira Vasu, MBBS, Ohio State University, Lisa Butterfield, PhD, PICI, UCSF

Sarah Nikiforow, MD, PhD
Sarah Nikiforow, MD, PhD