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The conference listed on this page was held in February 2010. For information on the 2011 conference go to www.stemcells-event.com 


Stem Cells Conference



SMi's Stem Cells conference offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn about scientific and commercial developments in regenerative medicine.

"The presentations were excellent. It was worth taking the opportunity to hear these people talk" Senior Representative, Johnson & Johnson, Stem Cells 2009 Attendee


  • Supplement your existing knowledge through thought provoking presentations
  • Transfer knowledge with fellow senior executives
  • Evaluate your commercial efforts against those leading the way
  • Meet the leading figures in regenerative medicine
  • Collaborate on new projects and ideas
  • Engage with potential new clients and suppliers
  • Learn from leading experts
  • Leave with a wealth of knowledge and new contacts 


All those responsbile for research, business development, translational medicine, process development and alliance management, including:

  • Business Development Managers
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • CSOs
  • Directors of Commercialisation
  • Directors of Manufacturing
  • Heads of Partnering and Licensing
  • Heads of Translational Medicine
  • Medical Directors
  • Principal Scientists
  • Product Managers
  • Research Directors
  • Senior Scientists
  • Senior Vice Presidents of R&D
  • VP - Operations


Organisations represented at our inaugural Stem Cells conference included:

  • Asterand 
  • Baxter BioSurgery
  • European Patent Office
  • Federal Institute for Risk
  • Finnish Red Cross Blood Service
  • Genzyme
  • Geron
  • ITI Lifesciences
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kiadis Pharma
  • MHRA
  • Novartis Pharma
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Pfizer Global Research and Development
  • Roche
  • Stemgent
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific





Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Professor Dame Julia Polak

Professor Dame Julia Polak, , Imperial College, London

9:10 Stem Cells - Where are we now? Where are we going?

Professor Dame Julia Polak

Professor Dame Julia Polak, , Imperial College, London

  • Existing research
  • Current developments
  • The future
  • 9:30 Stem cells and the treatment of retinal degeneration

    Lyndon da Cruz

    Lyndon da Cruz, Consultant Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital

  • What is dry AMD?
  • Growing RPE cells from embryonic stem cell lines
  • Progress of trials
  • Support from Pfizer
  • Applying for MHRA approval
  • 10:05 Stem cells and neurodegenerative conditions

    Roger Barker

    Roger Barker, Reader, Cambridge Institute for Brain Repair, University of Cambridge

  • Neural stem cell behaviour
  • Potential therapy development
  • Progress to date
  • 10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:10 Pfizer and regenerative medicine

    Paul Whiting

    Paul Whiting, Site Lead and Executive Director, Pfizer Regenerative Medicine

  • Internal and external investments
  • Platforms for regenerative medicine within a pharmaceutical company
  • Challenges of a stem cell therapy
  • 11:45 Creating bone like materials from stem cells

    Molly Stevens

    Molly Stevens, Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine, Imperial College London

  • Latest research
  • Differing cell types
  • Quality of bone like material produced
  • Next steps
  • 12:20 Developing therapies for chronic liver disease

    Stuart Forbes

    Stuart Forbes, Professor of Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh

  • Possibilities of stem cell therapy
  • Research to date
  • Liver fibrosis
  • Liver cancer
  • 12:55 Networking Lunch

    14:10 Magnetic targeting and imaging of stem cells

    Mark Lythgoe

    Mark Lythgoe, Director , Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging

  • Introduction to magnetic nanoparticles for imaging, targeting and hyperthermia in stem cells
  • Enhanced uptake of stem cells using magnetic targeting in vascular damage
  • High-field MRI of stem cell homing to lung metastases
  • Novel MRI contrast agents for stem cell tracking
  • MRI investigation of the therapeutic potential of Amniotic Fluid Stem cells
  • Magnetic nanoparticles as a hyperthermic therapy following stem cell delivery
  • 14:45 Cancer stem cells as therapeutic targets

    Malcolm Alison

    Malcolm Alison, Professor of Stem Cell Biology, Centre for Diabetes, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

  • Normal stem cells and the origins of cancer
  • Prospective identification of cancer stem cells
  • EMT as a major force in tumour progression
  • Overcoming the radio-and chemoresistance of cancer stem cells
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Induced pluripotent stem cells - Potential and reliability

    Marc Lalande

    Marc Lalande, Professor and Chairman, University of Connecticut Health Centre

  • Assessing advances and research in iPS cells
  • hESC VS iPSC
  • Reliability of iPS cells as models of human disease
  • Benefits for drug development
  • 16:25 Cardiovascular disease modelling

    Sian Harding

    Sian Harding, Professor of Cardiac Pharmacology, National Heart and Lung Institute , Imperial College London

  • Stem cell based disease modelling
  • Cardiomyocyte function
  • Benefits of stem cell disease modelling
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Cathy Prescott

    Cathy Prescott, Director, Biolatris

    9:10 Effective clinical trials

    Tom Okarma

    Tom Okarma, Chief Executive Officer & President, Geron

  • Developing effective trials of GRNOPC1
  • Achieving Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance
  • Phase 1 trials
  • Procedures
  • Measuring efficacy
  • Timescales and endpoints 

    9:50 Ethical considerations of stem cell science

    Søren Holm

    Søren Holm, Professor, Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, University of Manchester

  • What are the objections?
  • Embryonic stem cells
  • Therapeutic cloning
  • iPS cells
  • Reacting to public interest
  • Education
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Regulatory status of stem cell science

    Glyn Stacey

    Glyn Stacey, Director, UK Stem Cell Bank

  • European regulatory developments
  • Global regulatory developments
  • How do regulations impact on research and technology?
  • 11:40 Boosting stem cell numbers in the blood: a pharmacological approach to regenerative medicine

    Sara Rankin

    Sara Rankin, Reader in Leukocyte and Stem Cell Biology, National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London

  • Stem cell trafficking in vivo
  • Stimulating mobilization of endogenous progenitor cells from the bone marrow into the blood
  • Use of Mozobil and VEGF
  • Potential treatments
  • 12:25 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Stem cells & regenerative medicine; a licensing perspective

    Huseyin  Mehmet

    Huseyin Mehmet, Director Exploratory Biomarkers, Merck Research Laboratories

  • Knowing what Merck wants
  • Processes.
  • Opportunities & utilities.
  • Thresholds, realism & limits
  • 14:30 Mozobil [Plerixafor] and stem cell mobilisation

    Sunil Navani

    Sunil Navani, Medical Director - Oncology & Transplantation , Genzyme

  • Stem cell mobilisation
  • CXCR4 antagonism - clinical development and future applications
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Developing small molecule regenerative drugs

    Yen Choo

    Yen Choo, Chief Executive Officer, Plasticell

  • Proliferation and differentiation of stem cells
  • Tissue development and repair
  • Alliances
  • Funding
  • 16:20 Stem cells, acquisitions and strategic alliances

    Alain Vertès

    Alain Vertès, Global Alliance Director, F.Hoffman-La Roche

  • Practicalities of alliances
  • Benefits
  • Long term plans


  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



    Practical steps and strategies on obtaining patent protection for stem cells

    Practical steps and strategies on obtaining patent protection for stem cells

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James
    17th February 2010
    London, United Kingdom

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

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