MSC 2015 is quickly approaching next month and we at RoosterBio are getting ready. This conference is arguably the single most important conference related to MSCs, and Cleveland is the considered by many to be the birthplace of the current paradigm of MSCs used in therapeutic contexts. We will be sending most of our company, and we do look forward to seeing everyone there. Not only is this conference full of great sessions and talks, but the networking at this bi-yearly MSC conference is always top notch and yet another reason to attend.
The faculty and sessions at MSC 2015 are hyper-relevant to today’s more important topics, and the sessions are organized by several key themes. Day 1 of the conference will be kicked off with a Keynote from Arnold Caplan , the godfather of MSCs (and yes, if you Google “MSC Godfather” you get Arnold Caplan), who is always entertaining and insightful to where MSC technology is going. The sessions look to be focused on Clinical Trial updates by the likes of Athersys, Katerina LeBlanc, Dan Weiss and Jacques Galipeau, among others.
Day 2 of the conference gets kicked off with a keynote from Frank Barry from The National University of Ireland at Galway, and he will be speaking on MSC Translation. My favorite topic, MSC BioManufacturing, will be covered that morning, and we all know that MSC technology cannot be translated into humans without consistent, robust and cost effective manufacturing processes that are capable of maintaining the quality parameters and functions of these critical cells. Sessions on MSCs in applications like cardiology and organ transplantation will follow, and the day will end with the session I am most excited about – Next Generation MSCs. Jan Nolta and Mike West will highlight this “not to miss” session.
The final day of the conference will have a keynote from Stanton Gerson, followed by many new and impactful applications including MSCs in Cancer and Sepsis. The last two sessions are on potentially the most impactful translational areas of MSCs (as it pertains with shear numbers of patients treated), which are the use in Sports Medicine and Veterinary Sciences. I will bet that Bob Harman at Vet Stem has treated more patients with MSCs than any other clinic or company in the World – and I plan on asking him what that number is at the conference, so look for it in our Twitter feed.
It does look like the dedicated organizing team at Case has done a great job at organizing yet another stellar event, and we look forward to seeing you there. Be sure to stop by our Booth and posters and say hello!