Aldevron Breakthrough Blog: conferences

Aiming for improved delivery, safety, at ESGCT

Covering multiple modalities

Every year, October marks the change in the season, the dropping of temperatures, and the height of conference season for biotech. This year’s ESGCT meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, was the event’s first in-person occurrence since 2019, and it was exciting to be back – Edinburgh didn’t disappoint! There was rich dialogue amongst industry experts, healthy attendance with over 2,000 delegates, exceptional networking events, and the city of Edinburgh was a joy with several unseasonably sunny days.

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Unspoken Themes

Big topics not always on conference agendas

For events such as Biotech Week Boston, industry leaders, suppliers, regulatory agencies and academia come together to collaborate, present and partner on topics related to biotechnology, specifically therapeutics. And every year there is an unspoken theme you don’t see on the agenda, where speakers, attendees and sponsors discuss shared pain points, challenges and what the future could hold. 

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Novel Stem Cell Therapies

A first look at patient data at ISSCR

I’m always grateful for the chance to hear the latest results from drug developers in the CRISPR space. That’s why it was a huge bonus to have a world class cell and gene therapy conference just fifteen minutes down the road from Aldevron Madison in September!

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BIO Convention Brings Optimism, Concerns

Timelines and Supply Chains Still Seen as Challenges

BIO International’s annual convention is one of the largest gatherings of biotechnology innovators in the world. The Aldevron team attending this year’s in-person gathering in San Diego observed that the past few years of COVID restrictions haven’t changed the high interest in our industry.

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Connecting on CRISPR

Innovation from the CRISPR 2022 Meeting

When it comes to gene editing technology, there are few meetings as valuable for us and our collaborators as the annual CRISPR meeting. Academic in focus and highly technical in nature, the 2022 edition of this event came to Boston, packing more than 40 lectures and 120 posters into a rapid-fire, three-day learning experience.

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Rare Disease and a Repeatable Process

Of all the presentations at the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT) Annual Meeting, a presentation by renowned physician and geneticist Dr. Francis Collins caught our attention. In his talk, Dr. Collins spotlighted an encouraging path forward in the treatment of rare diseases with cell and gene therapies. While acknowledging that gene therapy is being taken to new heights in many areas, he noted there are still thousands of diseases that have not yet had a focus for treatment development.

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Unique Perspectives, Unique Opportunities

TIDES USA pivots to RNA technology

We often hear how interest in, and use of, RNA technology is growing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. One discussion at the TIDES USA conference had a unique perspective: how Moore’s Law may now apply to RNA technology.

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Seeking Faster Paths to the Clinic

Need for speed emphasized at American Biomanufacturing Summit

The American Biomanufacturing Summit, held in San Francisco in April, is a senior-level event attracting over 200 biopharmaceutical executives sharing the latest information from the industry. One top item consistently discussed was how the expectations of speed have been dramatically changed after how quickly COVID-19 vaccines were developed and moved to market, most particularly the mRNA vaccines.

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