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Emerging Cell Therapies:
Realizing the Vision of NextGen Cell Therapeutics

January 25-27, 2021 | 10:00AM EST | 3:00PM UTC | 4:00PM CET*
*Program is in development and subject to change


The live portion of this conference has concluded and all presentations are now available for purchase on demand. Registrants to the live event may access this content anytime for up to 9 months following the event.

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Cellular therapeutics are poised to be a next pillar of medicine along with small molecules and biologics. These living drugs have a unique capacity for more complex decision-making and therapeutic responses, potentially alleviating the need for chronic treatment. Next-generation cell therapies will need to adapt and respond to disease progression, essentially functioning as microscopic “physicians” capable of sensing, diagnosing, and eradicating disease via multifaceted mechanisms that are difficult to resist yet similar to our natural immune system. Advances in engineered T cell therapeutics are being FDA approved and are now transforming treatment plans for cancers that previously had few therapeutic options. While there have been unprecedented complete responses in a subset of hematological malignancies, the current therapies can show significant toxicity and on the other hand show a lack of efficacy in solid tumors. Beyond cancer, engineered cell therapies could have significant impact in the treatment of autoimmunity, metabolic disorders and in regenerative medicine. This conference will therefore cover next-generation cellular engineering approaches designed to tackle refractory diseases such as solid tumors, while also addressing the higher safety requirements for diseases beyond late-stage metastatic cancers. This conference brings together clinically minded cell therapists, synthetic biologists, genome and protein engineers, systems biologists, and immunologists; this combined expertise is essential to establish cells as a safe and effective therapeutic strategy across a range of diseases. Smart cellular therapeutics of the future must be easily customizable, have intrinsic control systems to prevent toxicity, and be able to overcome rapidly evolving mechanisms preventing disease resolution; this conference aims to address these topics by convening global experts across a range of relevant disciplines.

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Regular Registration Rate: $275 USD
Student Registration Rate: $150 USD


Abstract Submission:
‣ For Short Talk Consideration: Passed
‣ For Poster Booth: Passed
ePoster / SciTalk Submission: January 14, 2021*
Financial Aid Application: Passed

*Please note, abstract submission is required
in order to submit an ePoster and/or Scitalk


Program Details

Speaking at this eSymposia

David Baker

University of Washington, USA

Christine E. Brown

Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope, USA

Dario Campana

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Yvonne Y. Chen

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Tal Danino

Columbia University, USA

Tara L. Deans

University of Utah, USA

David Edward Gilham

Celyad, Belgium

Saar I. Gill

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Jane L. Grogan

Arsenal Biosciences, USA

Darrell J. Irvine

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Dan S. Kaufman

University of California, San Diego, USA

Ahmad S. Khalil

Boston University, USA

Megan K. Levings

University of British Columbia, Canada

Timothy K. Lu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Alex Marson

University of California, San Francisco, USA

Marcela V. Maus

Harvard Medical School, USA

Miriam Merad

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA

David J. Mooney

Harvard University, USA

Martin Pule

University College London, UK

Aaron Ring

Yale School of Medicine, USA

Isabelle Riviere

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA

Kole T. Roybal

University of California, San Francisco, USA

Barbra Sasu

Allogene Therapeutics, USA

Andrea Schietinger

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center , USA

Tatiana Segura

Duke University, USA

Matthias Stephan

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA

Joseph C. Sun

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA


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