Excellent scientific talks and great weather were on tap when I attended the 2017 Cell & Gene Therapy World in Miami in January. Ed Field from BioRestorative Therapies started off with the top events of 2016, which was populated with some sizable deals.
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.
Last month, I participated in a panel discussion at the Rejuvenation Biotechnology 2016 Conference sponsored by the SENS Research Foundation at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California. The title of our panel was "As Paths To Clinic Are Expedited, The Distinction Between Development And Manufacturing Is Becoming Increasingly Blurred".
One of the panelists was Alan Moore, Vice President and Commercial Chief for Biologics and Advanced Therapies of Wuxi AppTec. Alan and I have known each other for some time and it was great to reconnect with him. His presentation covered the impressive work that Wuxi has done in autologous cell processing.