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Melbourne a productive choice for cellular therapy meeting

Melbourne’s growing expertise in medical meetings has seen it secure one of the world’s largest scientific conferences in cell, gene and regenerative medicine.

The International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy (ISCT) 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting will take place from May 29 to June 1, 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). It is expected to attract cell and gene therapy and regenerative medicine professionals – from clinicians and researchers to industry partners, technologists and academia – from more than 27 countries.

The global cell and gene therapy industry is currently experiencing tremendous growth, in particular the Asia Pacific region, so it is fitting that ISCT, a leader in the field, is coming to Australia.

“It’s no coincidence that one of the most influential cell and gene therapy conferences is being held in one of the world’s most productive areas for cell and gene therapy research and innovation,” says John Rasko, ISCT President, Head of the Gene and Stem Cell Therapy Program at the University of Sydney, Australia. “This conference is a rare chance to connect with so many great people from all areas of cell and gene therapy.”

The conference will cover the full breadth and depth of cell and gene therapy topics, providing state-of-the-art plenary sessions in cell and gene therapy clinical translation and regenerative medicine disease areas including cancer, stroke, acute CNS injuries, osteoarthritis, hemophilia, GvHD and even a session on the controversial ethical issues in the commercialization of cell therapy development.

Notable speakers include Australian expats Cameron Turtle (US) and Saar Gil (US), as well as regional authorities Jun Takahashi (Japan), Weidong Han (China) and Masayo Takahashi (Japan).

The successful bid was led by the Melbourne Convention Bureau, supported by the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne. MCB Chief Executive Officer Karen Bolinger said: “This conference is a platform for leading experts to advance the field and provides the opportunity for Victoria to strengthen ties with international networks, showcase our local talent in the sector and build new research links. Those attending will experience first-hand why Melbourne is one of the world’s most successful destinations for association health and medical conferences.”

Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula added: “Melbourne is Australia’s medtech and biotech hub, and this conference offers a fantastic opportunity for local industry to collaborate with world-leaders in cell and gene therapy.”