UC System-Wide Technology Transfer Forum on Stem Cell     Research and Regenerative Medicine

Hyatt Regency, Burlingame, CA
April 15, 2009

On April 15th, the University of California Office of Technology Transfer, in partnership with the British Consulate-General, San Francisco, and the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco | Silicon Valley, hosted a forum on emerging research and business opportunities related to stem cells and regenerative medicine. This event brought the venture capital community and company representatives together with leading UC administrators and faculty and their British and Canadian counterparts to better understand how to work together to license inventions and form companies arising from university stem cell research. It featured speakers from UC campuses and British and Canadian institutions working in this area. Below you will find the presentations of the speakers and related information.

We hope you enjoyed this event and will participate in future forums.

Speeches & Panel Discussions

Steven V.W. Beckwith
Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies
University of California Office of the President

Marc LePage
Consul General of Canada

Stephan Winkler
Life Science Industry Lead Specialist for North America
UK Trade & Investment, British Consulate-General Boston

"Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine: Successes and Challenges (pdf)"

  • Gregory Bonfiglio (Moderator): Founder and Managing General Partner,  Proteus Venture Partners
  • Jane Lebkowski: Senior Vice President of Regenerative Medicine, Geron
  • Patricia Olson: Director, Scientific Activities, California Institute for  Regenerative Medicine
  • Paul Kemp: Founder, Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Director, Intercytex, UK
  • Frank Gleeson: CEO, Verio Therapeutics, Canada

"Bridging the Financing Gap in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Commercialization"

  • Matthew Gardner (Moderator): President, BayBio
  • Jim McLoughlin: Executive Director, Pfizer Worldwide Business Development, Pfizer Biotherapeutics and Bioinnovations Center
  • Alan Trounson: President, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • Martin Godbout: President and CEO, Genome Canada
  • Gregory Bonfiglio: Founder & Managing General Partner, Proteus Venture Partners
  • Fergus McKenzie: Programme Manager, ITI Life Sciences, UK

The Promise of Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine (pdf)

  • Marc LePage (Moderator): Consul General of Canada
  • Michael Rudnicki: Scientific Director, Stem Cell Network, Canada
  • George De Sanctis: Director, Partnership & Innovation, Sanofi-Aventis
  • Stefan Przyborski: Director & CSO, ReInnervate Limited, UK
  • Darin J. Weber: Senior Consultant, Biologics Consulting Group, Inc.

Presentations at Breakout Sessions
Session 1

  • Maria Pallavicini
    Dean of Natural Sciences
    University of California, Merced
    "Understanding Stem Cell Fate Decisions: Novel New Technologies and Approaches"
  • William Stanford
    Associate Professor, Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering
    University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    "The Molecular Networks That Control Stem Cell Function or Lead to Disease"
  • Joanne Mountford
    Senior Lecturer in Stem Cell Technology
    ITI LifeSciences Stem Cell Lab
    Faculty of Biomedical & Life Sciences
    University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
    "High Content Screening for Small Molecules that Modulate Behaviour of hESCs" (pdf)

Session 2

  • Alice F. Tarantal
    Vice-Chair for Research, Dept. of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
    Associate Director, Stem Cell Program, California National Primate Center
    University of California, Davis
    "Translational Studies for Stem/Progenitor Cell Research"
  • Duncan Stewart
    CEO & Scientific Director; Sr. Scientist, Regenerative Medicine Program
    Evelyne and Rowell Laishley Chair, Ottawa Health Research Institute
    Vice-President, Research, The Ottawa Hospital
    Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada
    "Enhanced Cell Therapy for Cardiovascular Diseases" (pdf)
  • Harry Moore
    Chair in Reproductive Biology
    Center for Stem Cell Biology
    University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
    "Developing Stem Cell Technologies for Regenerative Stents and Other Therapeutic Applications"

Session 3

  • Brian J. Cummings
    Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Center, Reeve-Irvine Research Center
    University of California, Irvine
    "Immunosuppressant Directed Differentiation of Human Neural Stem Cells and Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury"
  • Freda Miller
    Professor, Department of Physiology
    Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neurobiology
    University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    "SKPs: From Dermis to Nerve and Back Again"
  • Jeffrey C. Lotz
    Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery; Director, Orthopaedic Bioengineering Lab
    Vice-Chair, UCSF Program in Bioengineering
    University of California, San Francisco
    "Guiding Stem Cells to Treat Back Pain" (pdf)

Session 4


Session 1

  • Nicole I. Zur Nieden
    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Cell Biology & Neuroscience
    University of California, Riverside
    "Bioreactor Cultures for the Large-Scale Expansion and Computer-Controlled Growth of ESCs-Applications in Cell Therapy and Pharmacological Screening"
  • Fabio Rossi
    Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair in Regenerative Medicine
    Biomedical Research Centre
    University of British Columbia, BC, Canada
    "Isolation, Characterization and Therapeutic Potential of Fibro/Adipogenic Progenitors"
  • Julian Chaudhuri
    Professor, Biochemical & Biomedical Engineering
    Head, Department of Chemical Engineering
    Deputy Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine
    University of Bath, United Kingdom
    "Bioreactors for Stem Cell Culture and Regenerative Medicine"

Session 2

  • Jan A. Nolta
    Professor, Hematology and Oncology, Department of Medicine
    Director, Stem Cell Program
    University of California, Davis
    "Novel Stem Cell Therapeutics for Neurodegenerative Diseases"
  • Michael Rudnicki
    Professor, Department of Medicine
    Senior Scientist and Director of Regenerative Medicine Program
    Director, Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research
    Ottawa Health Research Institute, Canada
    "Muscle Stem Cells"
  • Richard Oreffo
    Chair in Musculoskeletal Science & Associate Dean (Innovation & Enterprise)
    Faculty of Medicine, Bone & Joint Research Group
    Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration
    University of Southampton, United Kingdom
    "Bone Regeneration"

Session 3

  • Ken Cho
    Professor and Department Chair, Developmental & Cell Biology
    University of California, Irvine
    "A Perfusion Bioreactor for Large Scale Production of Uniformly Differentiated Cells From ES Cells"
  • Tim Kieffer
    Professor, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, and Surgery
    University of British Columbia, BC, Canada
    "Targeting Gut Stem cells to Treat Diabetes"
  • Paul De Sousa
    Senior Research Fellow
    Director, The Roslin Cells Center
    MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine
    University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    "Evolving the Biosafety of Pluripotent Cell Therapies" (pdf)

Session 4

  • Bin Chen
    Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology
    University of California, Santa Cruz
    "Wiring up the Brain: How Transcription Factors Regulate Neural Stem Cell Differentiation"
  • David Kaplan
    Sr. Scientist and Head, Cancer Research; The Hospital for Sick Children
    Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics
    University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    "Signalling Protein and Drug Discovery Using Cancer Stem Cells"
  • Noboru Sato
    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry
    University of California, Riverside
    "New Methods to Culture hESC and iPS in a Fully Defined Environment"

Additional Information

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