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OCM Member
CEO & Founder , Regenerative Medicine
CEO & Founder @ Regenerage Medicine , Mexico
Biography :

International speaker on Biotechnology (mRNA) and its clinical applications with "No Option" patients. Served in various capacities in private and public practices, as hospital staff physician and as an emergency health services coordinator for a variety of private and public institutions throughout Mexico. Managed a Blood Bank from 2009-2012. MD degrees at Westhill University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico and am a qualified Physician Surgeon. Diplomate in Aesthetic Medicine from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, and I am an Advanced Fellow with the American Board of Anti-Ageing and Regenerative Medicine, a Visiting Scholar in Dermatology, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Fellow in Stem Cell Medicine with both the American Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine and University of South Florida.

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Research Director at INSERM, Osteoarticular and Dental Regenerative Nanomedicine
University of Stransbourg , France
Biography :

Dr. Nadia Benkirane is Research director and head of the “ Osteoarticular and Dental regenerative Nanomedicine” laboratory, at INSERM (French National Institute for Health and Medical Research), UMR 1109, Strasbourg, France. She was leader of “Active Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering” team INSERM 977. She received her Ph.D. from University Louis Pasteur, ULP, Strasbourg, France for the work on Development of pseudopeptides as synthetic vaccines. Dr. Jessel (Benkirane) then held a postdoctoral position in collaboration with the Institut Pasteur, Paris, France, working on Immunotherapy HIV, and another postdoctoral position on the application of modified peptides as vaccines against FMDV (Plum Island Animal Disease Center, ARS, USDA, Greenport, NY 11944-0848, USA). She joined the INSERM U595 in 2002 as a post-doc, and received the diploma to direct the research (HDR) in 2004. Dr. Jessel got the permanent position (CR1) in the INSERM 595 laboratory in 2004 and Research Director (DR2) position in the INSERM 977 and head of “active Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering team from 2009 until 2012). Currently Research Director (DR1) in the INSERM UMR 1109 (Osteoarticular and Dental Regenerative Nanomedicine" and heads the team. Dr. Jessel possesses expertise in diverse fields of molecular and cellular biology, immunochemistry, tissue engineering and biomedical engineering. In the last 10 years, she focused her research on the bio-functionalization of multilayered polyelectrolyte architectures with emphasis on the use of these architectures to induce specific cellular responses and gain control over cell proliferation and differentiation. Dr. Benkirane-Jessel have 138 publications (h index: 36) with peer-reviewed publications in high impact factor journals (Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA; Adv. Mater.; Adv. Funct. Mater.; Small; Nanoletters, Biomaterials, ACS Nano), 5 chapters reviews and 5 international patents, she is a regular referee for a number of scientific journals (Nature nanotechnology, Nature Materials, ACS nano, Biomaterials, Nanoletters…). She is under the contract (Interface INSERM/Clinic 2008-2013) and she got also “Prime d’Excellence Scientifique” from the INSERM, 2010-2014 and the PEDR from the INSERM on 2016 for 4 years.

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Manager, Development & Commercialisation at CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing, Cell Therapy
University of Adelaide , Australia
Biography :

Manager, Development & Commercialisation TekCyte (A business unit of CTM CRC) Tony is responsible for overseeing the translation of technologies from the laboratory to pilot-scale, adding value prior to their commercialisation. He is also responsible for seeking contract research, collaborative and/or licensing opportunities for the organisation.

Research Interest :

Cell Therapy ,Therapeutic Applications

OCM Member
Chief Scientific Officer of Alira Health and Board Member and CEO of an SPV, Firefly Innovations LLC., Cell Biology ,Tissue Engineering,Molecular Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology , USA
Biography :

Mitchell Sanders has over 30 years of experience in cell biology, animal models and clinical product development in advanced wound care. He has produced over 12 peer-reviewed publications and 27 worldwide patents in medical device, therapeutics, and in vitro diagnostics. Mitch is an expert in clinical and translational research and is a reviewer for the Wound Healing Society (WRR), Wounds International, Tissue Engineering, CIMIT, MassVentures, MIT, WPI, Tech Sandbox, Piranha Pond, SBANE and the Venture Forum.

OCM Member
Head of analytical development for the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, Cell Biology ,Cell and Gene Therapy
University of Manchester , United Kingdom
Biography :

Damian Marshall is the head of analytical development for the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult and has almost 20 years of industrial gained working for SME’s and large companies. He leads a team of ~30 scientists working with a wide range of therapy developers helping to de-risk their route to commercialisation. This is achieved through advanced product characterisation, helping companies to manage sources of variability and gain a high level of products and process knowledge. His team is also supporting the development of new adaptive manufacturing approaches by integrating technologies to allow real-time product monitoring and enable feedback control during product manufacture.

Research Interest :

Cell therapies, Drug toxicology, Cell characterisation and Nanotechnology.

OCM Member
MD at Anderson Cancer Center , Department of Immunology
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center , USA
Biography :

Finished postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine (Immunology) and Harvard Medical School (Translational Cancer Research),presently working at Department of Immunology at MD Anderson focusing on tumor immunology.

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First Scientific Director of the Basic Research Department of the San Raffaele Institute, General Pharmacology
Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan , Italy
Biography :

MD cum laude (1962), Assistant and then Associate Professor at the University of Milan (1965-1980), he has been post-doc in the lab of the Nobel Graduate George E. Palade at the Rockefeller University of New York (1968-1970). Professor of General Pharmacology at the University of Milan (1981-1999) and then at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan, he is an Emeritus since November 2010.

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Scientist at Genethon , Gene Therapy ,Neuro Science ,Toxicology
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia , Italy
Biography :

Dr. Ronzitti is group leader at Genethon. His main interest is the development of adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based gene therapies for rare disorders. In 2013, he arrived at Genethon as a post-doc supervised by Dr. Mingozzi to develop a gene therapy approach for Crigler-Najjar, a metabolic syndrome. This approach is now being translated in the clinic and the first patient will be injected this year.

Research Interest :

Cell therapies, Drug toxicology, Cell characterisation and Nanotechnology.

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Professor, Department of Pathology
Federal University of Minas Gerais , Brazil
Biography :

Dr. Alexander Birbrair started his scientific career from B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, UESC, Ilheus, Brazil. He completed his Ph.D. in Neurosciences Program, particularly in the field of Stem Cell Biology, from Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. Dr. Birbrair received his Post-Doctoral Degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA in Stem Cell Biology and joined as a Professor at Department of Pathology, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil in 2016. He is a recipient of several notable awards and honours, which includes, Gordon A. Melson Outstanding Doctoral Student Award for 2015 and Editor's choice Award in Journal of Gerontology Biological Sciences Volume 69 Issue 12 December 2014 for the manuscript “Human Slow Troponin T (TNNT1) Pre-mRNA Alternative Splicing is An Indicator of Skeletal Muscle Response to Resistance Exercise in Older Adults.” by Zhang T, Choi SJ, Wang ZM, Birbrair A, Messi ML, Jin J-P, Marsh AP, Nicklas B, and Delbono O. He is an active member of American Heart Association, Western NC Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and International Society for Stem Cell Research with more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for 14 Journals related to pathology and stem cell biology.

Research Interest :

Cell therapies, Drug toxicology, Cell characterisation and Nanotechnology.

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