Aldevron Breakthrough Blog / James Brown, Ph.D.

A successful and inspiring Breakthrough Symposium

Earlier this month Aldevron hosted its first scientific conference, the Breakthrough Symposium. We felt the time was right, given 2018 is Aldevron’s 20th anniversary, to invite those in the gene and cell therapy fields to Fargo, North Dakota, for collaboration, networking and fellowship. We were overwhelmed and gratified by the response!

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Aldevron Honored by Goldman Sachs for Entrepreneurship

Michael Chambers, Founder and CEO, Among 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs at 2018 Builders + Innovators Summit

Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) is recognizing Aldevron CEO and Founder Michael Chambers as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs at the 2018 Builders + Innovators Summit in Santa Barbara, California.

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Taking biotech as far as it can go at the Breakthrough Symposium

Aldevron is privileged to work with some of the most innovative and groundbreaking companies, academic institutions, and government laboratories in biotechnology today. Since the company’s founding 20 years ago, Michael Chambers and John Ballantyne have always focused on clients, with the goal to improve the lives of the customers and patients they serve. Researchers across the globe are making tremendous breakthroughs in gene and cell therapy and gene editing, resulting in advances in medicine, agriculture, energy and many other fields. We are honored to serve as the basis for many of these transformative products.

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Aldevron, Sanford Health, North Dakota State University highlight advances in rare disease treatment

Area organizations Aldevron, Sanford Health, and North Dakota State University (NDSU) have joined forces to bring together a special event titled, "From the Valley to the Mountain: The RARE Impact of the Red River Valley," on Wednesday, April 11 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Aldevron corporate headquarters, 4837 Amber Valley Parkway, Fargo N.D. The evening will start with refreshments, a Meet and Greet, and a silent auction, followed by leaders in science and medicine from the Red River Valley sharing their contributions toward advancing gene therapy and rare disease research efforts around the world.

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Aldevron and the University of Minnesota collaborate in supporting Rare Disease Day

Aldevron is a sponsor for the Rare Disease Day program, "Gene Therapy for Rare Diseases: Promise and Challenges", presented by the University of Minnesota Center for Orphan Drug Research and Stem Cell Institute on February 23, 2018. Dr. Jakub Tolar, Dean, Medical School, University of Minnesota, will moderate the event, which will include presentations by University of Minnesota faculty and a representative from Abeona Therapeutics.

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Advancing opportunity in cell-based immunotherapy

Both immunotherapy and regenerative medicine are experiencing explosive growth.  It was a pleasure to learn about the advancements in these fields at two excellent conferences, the CAR-TCR Summit organized by Hanson Wade, and the Cell and Gene Meeting on the Mesa sponsored by the Alliance of Regenerative Medicine.

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Insights from the Gene and Cell Therapy Meeting on the Mesa: 2016

Last month I took part in a workshop on gene and cell therapy manufacturing at the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine’s Cell and Gene Meeting on the Mesa. It was a pleasure to participate with very distinguished colleagues: Matthew Caple, Vice President of Site Operations at Brammer Bio; Mike Kelly, Director, Asset Leadership and Portfolio Management, Gene Therapy, Biogen; and Michael Roberts, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Synpromics.

The workshop was moderated by Jessica Carmen, Ph.D., Director of Business Development, Cellular Therapy Partnerships, MaxCyte and sponsored by MaxCyte and Brammer Bio. Dr. Carmen did a great job taking us on a journey through manufacturing from construct design through raw material manufacturing, viral vector manufacturing, and ultimately commercialization.

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