Pluripotent Stem Cell Manufacturing Expert Panels 2019

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  • Location : Los Angeles, California, USA

Date: June 30, 2019
Time: 13.00 – 18.00 PST
Location: Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC
First Floor, Seminar Room #101
1425 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033

After the success of the 2018 CIRM/IABS “4th Cell Therapy Conference: Manufacturing and Testing of Pluripotent Stem Cells” and the associated HESI CT-TRACS tumorigenicity workshop (conference report: Abbot et al. 2018), five organizations have come together to continue the discussion and address bottlenecks associated with the manufacturing and testing of pluripotent stem cell-based therapies.

The Pluripotent Stem Cells Manufacturing Meeting 2019 (PSCM2019) will be held on 30 June 2019 at the Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC (Los Angeles, California), following the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) 2019 Annual Meeting. For more information, please contact Lucilia Mouriès (

This event is co-hosted by the following organizations:

Live-streaming information for the event and related materials will be available via GAiT’s website:

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Agenda for the Expert Panels

13.00-13.25 Opening Panel: Review of takeaways from the June 2018 CIRM/IABS PSC Manufacturing, Standards, & Controls meeting; objectives and context for this year’s discussion.

  • Chair: Dr. Stephen Lin (CIRM)
  • Panel:
    • Assoc. Prof. Ngaire Elwood (ISCT)
    • Dr. Stephen Lin (CIRM)
    • Dr. Lucilia Mouriès (HESI CT-TRACS)
    • Dr. Yoji Sato (NIHS; HESI CT-TRACS)
    • Prof. Glyn Stacey (ISCBI)
    • Dr. Stephen Sullivan (GAiT)

13.30-13.55 Panel 2: Pluripotent stem cells as manufacturing cell substrates – challenges encountered and forecast

  • Chair: Dr. Wen Bo Wang (Fate Tx)

14.00-14.25 Panel 3: International standardization of human pluripotent stem cell manufacturing – rationale and review of current status

  • Chair: Prof. Glyn Stacey (SSCBio Ltd./University of Norfolk/ISCBI)

14.30-14.55 Panel 4: Defining Quality Parameters of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells as manufacturing intermediates for therapeutic development

  • Co-Chair: Assoc. Prof. Ngaire Elwood ((Murdoch’s Children’s Research Institute/ISCT/FACT/ BMDI Cord Blood Bank)
  • Co-Chair: Dr. Amanda Mack (Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics International)

15.00-15.25 Panel 5: Outlining a road map to cell therapy comparability

  • Chair: Prof. Jo Mountford (SNBTS/University of Glasgow)

16.00-16.25 Panel 6: Towards standardized tumorigenicity testing – challenges and the way forward

  • Chair: Dr. Yoji Sato (NIHS; CT-TRACS Tumorigenicity WG)

16.30-16.55 Panel 7: Towards automated and closed human Pluripotent Stem Cell Manufacture

  • Co-Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Schwarzbach (NYSCF)
  • Co-Chair: Dr. Mathilde Girard (YposKesi)

17.00-17.15 Panel 8: Financial and Logistical Challenges to human Pluripotent Stem Cell Manufacture

  • Co-Chair: Dr. Bill Shingleton, Assymtote
  • Co-Chair: Dr. Rajesh Ambasudhan (Allele Biotech)

17.20-17.35 Panel 9: Avoiding immunorejection and engraftment failure – challenges and the way forward

  • Chair: Dr. Stephen Sullivan (GAiT)

17.40-18.00 Closing Panel: Organizers summarizing and highlighting upcoming events

  • Co-Chair: Dr. Stephen Lin (CIRM)
  • Co-Chair: Prof. Glyn Stacey (SSCBio Ltd./University of Norfolk/ISCBI)


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