Platinum Sponsor

Thermo_234_websiteThermo Fisher Scientific is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $17 billion and 50,000 employees in 50 countries. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Through our Thermo Scientific, Applied BioSystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services and Gibco brands, we offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support. www.thermofisher.com

Program Partner

FIRM_155x68The Forum for Innovative Regenerative Medicine (FIRM) is the Japanese industry organization whose mission is to promote regenerative medicine. FIRM’s goal is to establish a stable and welcoming business environment to benefit patients in Japan and the world. FIRM works closely with the government to establish legislative, regulatory and business environments most suitable for the practice of regenerative medicine. FIRM works with academia to accelerate the transfer of research into commercialization. FIRM is comprised of member companies with diverse expertise in various technologies such as biotechnology, manufacturing and ancillary equipment. The organization is confident these group will foster biotechnology in the medical industry, along with the new regulatory and business environment established in Japan. FIRM was formed in 2011 and has grown to include more than 170 Japanese member companies in four years. As the first and only industry organization in this field in Japan, FIRM organizes ISO/TC 276 (Biotechnology) in Japan. Its main office is located in Tokyo. www.firm.or.jp/en/

Gold Sponsors

BioLife_210_websiteBioLife Solutions develops, manufactures and markets biopreservation media and high performance thermal packaging products for cells, tissues and organs. The Company’s proprietary HypoThermosol® and CryoStor® platform of solutions are highly valued in the biobanking, drug discovery and regenerative medicine markets. BioLife’s products are serum-free and protein-free, fully defined and are formulated to reduce preservation-induced cell damage and death. BioLife’s enabling technology provides academic and clinical researchers significant improvement in shelf life and post-preservation viability and function of cells, tissues and organs. www.biolifesolutions.com

Catapult_160_websiteThe Cell Therapy Catapult was established in 2012 as an independent centre of excellence to advance the growth of the UK cell and gene therapy industry, by bridging the gap between scientific research and full-scale commercialisation. With more than 100 employees focusing on cell and gene therapy technologies, we work with our partners in academia and industry to ensure these life-changing therapies can be developed for use in health services throughout the world. We offer leading-edge capability, technology and innovation to enable companies to take products into clinical trials and provide clinical, process development, manufacturing, regulatory, health economics and market access expertise. We aim to make the UK the most compelling and logical choice for UK and international partners to develop and commercialise these advanced therapies. Regenerative medicine is one of the UK government’s eight great technologies that support UK science strengths and business capabilities. The Cell Therapy Catapult is part-funded by Innovate UK, formerly the Technology Strategy Board – the UK’s innovation agency. www.ct.catapult.org.uk | www.gov.uk/innovate-uk

Celyad_180_websiteCelyad is a leader in engineered cell therapy with clinical programs initially targeting indications in cardiology and oncology. Founded in 2007 and based in the Walloon region of Belgium, Celyad leverages research collaborations in the US with the Mayo Clinic and Dartmouth College. The Company’s lead product candidate in cardiology is C-Cure®, an autologous stem cell therapeutic using adult guided stem cells for the condition of ischemic heart failure. The Company’s lead product candidate in oncology is NKG2D CAR T Cell, an autologous CAR T cell product candidate using NKG2D, a natural killer cell receptor designed to target ligands present on numerous cancer cells, including ovarian, bladder, breast, lung and liver cancers, as well as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. www.celyad.com

Fluidigm_190_websiteAt Fluidigm, we strive to partner with our customers to pursue truth in the complex biological world. Our contribution is the application of microfluidics and mass cytometry technologies to provide simplified and elegant workflows for life scientists making research breakthroughs and businesses providing quality services. Partner with us, whether the quest is to understand the profile and function of individual cells or to meet the high-throughput and data quality demands of a production-scale laboratory. www.fluidigm.com

Mesoblast_210_websiteMesoblast Limited is developing novel biotherapeutics derived from its proprietary adult stem cell-based technologies. The Company’s technology platforms have the potential to deliver a diverse portfolio of clinical-stage products to treat a broad range of conditions with major unmet medical needs. Its strategic product development focus is in four major and distinct areas – systemic inflammatory conditions, cardiovascular diseases, orthopedic diseases of the spine and oncology conditions. Mesoblast’s corporate strategy is to leverage proprietary cell-based and complementary biologic technologies to develop products for unmet medical needs; bring multiple products to market within a parallel timeframe; underpin future financial growth through investing in manufacturing operations; and enhance the likelihood of commercial success through strategic partnerships. Mesoblast’s strong cash reserves ($315M) enable simultaneous product development with future revenues expected from milestone payments, distribution arrangements and direct sales. www.mesoblast.com

MiMedx_180MiMedx® is the premier processor of regenerative biomaterial products and implants from human amniotic membrane. MiMedx has distributed hundreds of thousands of amniotic tissue grafts worldwide. Profound clinical outcomes have been achieved in therapeutic areas including ophthalmology, spine, wounds, dental, orthopedic, surgery, sports medicine and urology. With this innovative allograft that promotes bioactive healing, MiMedx believes its intellectual property and proprietary processing technique strategically positions the Company as the leader in this area of regenerative medicine. www.mimedx.com

PCT_155_websitePCT, a Caladrius company, is a center of excellence for the optimization, development and manufacture of cell therapies. With proven expertise and more than 15 years of cell therapy-focused experience, PCT supports the advancement of its clients’ technologies and clinical development programs by mitigating the risks of product development and providing efficient, cost-effective, custom manufacturing solutions, effectively accelerating time to market. PCT’s diverse client base includes leading biotech, pharmaceutical and academic research institutions. It is the only cGMP-compliant cell therapy manufacturing provider with facilities on both the East and the West coasts of the U.S., as well as the only one to see a client’s cell therapy product receive approval from FDA for commercial sale. www.pctcaladrius.com

Sangamo_220_websiteSangamo BioSciences is a clinical-stage gene therapy company focused on Engineering Genetic CuresTM for monogenic and infectious diseases. The Company is developing novel ZFP Therapeutics® for therapeutic genome editing and gene regulation based on its proprietary ZFP DNA-binding protein technology platform. Sangamo has an ongoing Phase II clinical study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a novel T cell based ZFP Therapeutic for the treatment of HIV/AIDS (SB-728), and an ongoing Phase I clinical trial of this same approach in hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). Both strategies are designed to genetically engineer an HIV-resistant immune system that can achieve functional control of the virus. The Company is developing additional stem cell applications for monogenic diseases such as sickle cell disease and beta-thalassemia, and in vivo approaches for indications including hemophilia A and B, lysosomal storage disorders and Huntington’s disease. www.sangamo.com

SDI_210_websiteScottish Development International (SDI) is Scotland’s agency for economic development. Scotland’s stem cell and regenerative medicine cluster delivers a “one-stop” solution for companies developing applications at preclinical, clinical or commercial stages of development. This dynamic commercial and academic landscape provides unique solutions across the whole supply chain including cell line supplies, screening, characterization, GMP manufacturing, QA/QC and a range of enabling technologies and other supporting services. Scotland has a proven track record in implementing cell therapy clinical trials using the world-class MHRA-accredited GMP ATMP manufacturing facilities for Phase I and II embryonic and adult stem cells. All of this expertise is in close proximity across Scotland with excellent connections to the rest of Europe. This makes Scotland the ideal location for academic research collaborations, stem cell technology research and development, clinical/translational research and cell line manufacturing. www.sdi.co.uk

Silver Sponsors

1798_100_website1798 Consultants is a minority- and woman-owned consultancy to the life science industry that develops pricing and reimbursement programs for prescription drugs and medical devices, which ultimately result in improved patient access. The suite of services provided to manufacturers includes strategically developed copay and free drug programs, reimbursement hub assessments and deployment, and numerous other commercial initiatives. Other clients, such as private equity or venture capital firms, retain 1798 Consultants to obtain expert analysis related to the market access factors that drive commercialization success in order to inform their investment decisions. The 1798 Consultants’ cross-functional team of industry professionals assist a rapidly growing list of leading life science companies in navigating today’s dynamic and complex healthcare landscape to maximize market access for their products while simultaneously optimizing strategic decisions related to the financial exposure required to provide such access. www.1798consultants.com

CCRM_140The Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) is a Canadian not-for-profit, public-private consortium funded by the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence program, six Ontario-based institutional partners and more than 30 companies representing the key sectors of the regenerative medicine industry. CCRM supports the development of technologies that accelerate the commercialization of stem cell- and biomaterials-based technologies and therapies. The office, located at the Banting Institute at the University of Toronto, has a 6,000 square foot development facility that houses three platforms: cell reprogramming and engineering; cell manufacturing; and biomaterials and devices. A network of academics, industry and entrepreneurs, CCRM translates scientific discoveries into marketable products for patients. CCRM launched in Toronto’s Discovery District on June 14, 2011. www.ccrm.ca

CellGenix_170_websiteCellGenix is a premium supplier of high-quality reagents and tools for cell therapy and regenerative medicine. Our cytokines and serum-free media are manufactured in accordance with the relevant GMP guidelines. The products are suitable, safe and reliable to be used as ancillary materials in clinical ex vivo cell culture. CellGenix offers a comprehensive product portfolio for the seamless transition from research to commercialization: Serum-free media for the cultivation of dendritic cells, hematopoietic stem cells, T cells, NK cells and mesenchymal stem cells; Preclinical grade and GMP grade cytokines for optimal growth support and/or differentiation of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells, as well as dendritic cells, T cells, NK cells, MSC, ESC and iPS cells; and FEP Bioprocessing containers with unique properties for cell culture and cryopreservation. www.cellgenix.com

CDI_135_updatedCellular Dynamics International (CDI), a FUJIFILM company, is a leading developer and manufacturer of human cells used in drug discovery, toxicity testing, stem cell banking and cell therapy development. The Company partners with innovators worldwide to combine biologically relevant human cells with the newest technologies to drive advancements in medicine. CDI’s technology offers the potential to create induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from anyone, starting with a standard blood draw, and followed by the powerful capability to develop into any cell type in the human body. The Company’s proprietary manufacturing system produces billions of cells daily, resulting in inventoried iCell® products and donor-specific MyCell® Products in the quantity, quality, purity and reproducibility required for drug and cell therapy development. Founded in 2004 by Dr. James Thomson, a pioneer in human pluripotent stem cell research, Cellular Dynamics is based in Madison, Wisconsin, with a second facility in Novato, California. www.cellulardynamics.com

Cryoport_165_websiteCryoport is the premier provider of cryogenic logistics solutions to the life sciences industry through its purpose-built proprietary packaging, information technology and specialized cold chain logistics expertise. We provide leading edge logistics solutions for biologic materials such as immunotherapies, stem cells, CAR T cells and reproductive cells for clients worldwide including points-of-care, CROs, central laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, contract manufacturers and university researchers. Our packaging is built around our proprietary Cryoport Express® liquid nitrogen dry vapor shippers, which are validated to maintain a constant -150°C temperature for a 10 day dynamic shipment duration. Our information technology centers around our Cryoportal™ Logistics Management Platform, which facilitates management of the entire shipment process. Cryoport is the preferred cryogenic logistics solutions partner to the world’s largest shipping companies controlling more than 85% of the world’s air shipments. www.cryoport.com

EMD_71_websiteEMD Millipore, a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, offers solutions that enable scientists to conduct life science research easily, efficiently and economically. With a range of stem cell products, services and dedicated experts, EMD Millipore serves as a strategic partner to customers and helps advance stem cell science. We are deeply committed to providing novel cell culture systems and characterization tools to meet your needs from stem cell research to cGMP manufacturing. Our highly validated, optimized products provide convenient solutions to many cell culture challenges, so you have the time to focus on your research and clinical goals. www.emdmillipore.com

Fresenius-Kabi_140Fresenius Kabi is a leading global healthcare company that focuses on pharmaceuticals and medical devices used to care for critically and chronically ill patients. Through our recent acquisition of Fenwal, we bring over 60 years of experience advancing the fields of cell collection and separation with a deep expertise in closed-system processing. We recently launched Lovo, the only cell processing system that washes and concentrates white blood cells using filtration technology, specifically to serve the needs of the cellular therapies community. Fresenius Kabi’s U.S. headquarters are located in Lake Zurich, Illinois. www.fresenius-kabi.us/lovo

GE_165_websiteGE Healthcare Life Sciences provides tools for drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing and cellular technologies, so research scientists and specialists around the world can be more productive, effective and creative. Our vision is to be the start-to-finish bioprocessing solution provider, the partner of choice in cell and protein research, and the leader in life sciences services. Building on our broad expertise across life sciences, we are firmly committed to help researchers understand life at a molecular level and develop solutions that can prevent, diagnose, treat and cure disease. With our “healthymagination” initiative, we invite the world to join us on our journey as we continue to drive innovation focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality and efficiency in healthcare around the world. GE Healthcare Life Sciences employs more than 5,000 people in more than 100 countries. www.gelifesciences.com

Histogenics_170_websiteHistogenics was incorporated in 2000 with an initial focus of developing products that meaningfully improve the lives of patients with defects in cartilage and joints. In May 2011, the Company acquired ProChon Biotech, a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Israel, which enabled a synthesis of products, technology and materials science by establishing a robust scientific and technology platform targeting tissue repair solutions. Histogenics’ goal is to become a leading regenerative medicine company developing, marketing and commercializing products in the musculoskeletal segment of the marketplace. The Company is building its core technology platform and plans to expand its clinical products’ therapeutic applications to develop new and innovative solutions for musculoskeletal conditions. Histogenics leverages a combination of the latest advances in molecular biology and proprietary materials sciences to create products designed to help improve patient outcomes. www.histogenics.com

Janssen_140At Janssen Research & Development we are united and energized by one mission—to discover and develop innovative medicines that ease patients’ suffering, and solve the most important unmet medical needs of our time. As one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, our strategy is to identify the biggest unmet medical needs and match them with the best science, internal or external, to find solutions for patients worldwide. We leverage our world-class discovery and development expertise and operational excellence, to bring innovative, effective treatments in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. www.janssenrnd.com

Lonza_135_websiteLonza is one of the world’s leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and life science industries. Its products and services span its customers’ needs from research to final product manufacture. Lonza is the global leader in the production and support of active pharmaceutical ingredients both chemically as well as biotechnologically. Biopharmaceuticals are one of the key growth drivers of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Lonza has strong capabilities in large and small molecules, peptides, amino acids and niche bioproducts, which play an important role in the development of novel medicines and healthcare products. Lonza is a leader in cell-based research, endotoxin detection and cell therapy manufacturing. www.lonza.com

Medpace_170_websiteMedpace is a global full-service Clinical Research Organization (CRO) providing comprehensive development services for drug, biologic and device programs. Medpace has strong experience supporting development programs for regenerative medicine products across a number of therapeutic areas including cardiovascular, neuroscience, musculoskeletal and diabetes. With extensive medical expertise, a renowned regulatory affairs department and direct global operations in over 40 countries, Medpace conducts studies and navigates regulatory requirements worldwide. From feasibility, research site compatibility, safety and logistics, Medpace brings efficiencies and operational excellence to regenerative medicine development programs. In addition, Medpace offers integrated imaging and lab capabilities through its family of companies to provide cohesive, streamlined and standardized trial management. www.medpace.com

Organovo_170_websiteOrganovo designs and creates functional, three-dimensional (3D) human tissues for use in medical research, cosmetic and therapeutic applications. The Company develops 3D human tissue models through internal development and in collaboration with pharmaceutical, cosmetic and academic partners. Organovo’s 3D human tissues have the potential to accelerate the discovery process, enabling drug treatments and active agents to be developed faster and at lower cost. The Company recently launched its exVive3D™ Liver for use in toxicology and other preclinical drug testing. We work across a number of disease areas in multiple tissue types with market leaders in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. www.organovo.com

Roth_190_websiteROTH Capital Partners is a relationship-driven investment bank focused on serving emerging growth companies and their investors. As a full-service investment bank, ROTH provides capital raising, M&A advisory, analytical research, trading, market-making services and corporate access. Headquartered in Newport Beach, California, ROTH is privately-held and employee owned, and maintains offices throughout the U.S. and Hong Kong. www.roth.com

StemBioSys_190_websiteStemBioSys, based in San Antonio, Texas, is a privately-held biomedical company focused on the isolation, growth and delivery of adult stem cells for clinical use. Its patented and proprietary technology platforms – licensed from the University of Texas Board of Regents – overcome key obstacles to creating clinically useful stem cell therapies. The centerpiece of these enabling technologies is the HPMETM (High Performance Micro Environment™) platform. This cell derived three-dimensional microenvironment allows a variety of stem cells to replicate more rapidly and with greater preservation of stem cell properties compared to more traditional tissue culture substrates. This disruptive technology is positioned to transform and improve the methods and cost of isolating, growing and delivering various stem cell populations for applications in research, therapeutic applications and drug discovery. We are currently ramping up GMP production of the core HPME product in preparation for proof of concept testing in various applications. www.stembiosys.com

Takera-Clontech_190x63Clontech Laboratories is a wholly owned subsidiary of Takara Bio that manufactures and distributes life science research reagents including SMARTer® cDNA synthesis kits for next-generation sequencing; qPCR and PCR reagents; Tet-based inducible gene expression systems; and a range of Macherey-Nagel nucleic acid purification tools. Cellartis, a subsidiary of Takara Bio, is a leader in stem cell products and services for drug discovery, toxicity testing and applications within regenerative medicine. Takara Bio is a world leader in biotechnology research and development, with particular strengths in PCR, enzyme systems and protein expression. In addition to providing research reagents and equipment to the life science research market, Takara Bio has active research and product development activities in the fields of gene- and cell-based therapy and agricultural biotechnology. Together with its subsidiaries, Takara Bio is committed to preventing disease and improving the quality of life for all people through the use of biotechnology. www.clontech.com

Terumo_190_websiteTerumo BCT, a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technologies, is the only company with the unique combination of apheresis collections, manual and automated whole blood processing and pathogen reduction. We believe in the potential of blood to do even more for patients than it does today. This belief inspires our innovation and strengthens our collaboration with customers. www.terumobct.com

Voyager_150Voyager Therapeutics is a gene therapy company developing life-changing treatments for fatal and debilitating diseases of the central nervous system (CNS). Voyager is committed to advancing the field of AAV (adeno-associated virus) gene therapy through innovation and investment in vector engineering and optimization, dosing and delivery techniques, as well as process development and production. The Company’s pipeline is focused on CNS diseases in dire need of effective new therapies, including Parkinson’s disease, a monogenic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Friedreich’s ataxia and Huntington’s disease. Voyager has broad strategic collaborations with Genzyme, a Sanofi company, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Voyager was founded by scientific and clinical leaders in the fields of AAV gene therapy, expressed RNA interference and neuroscience. The Company is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. www.voyagertherapeutics.com

WuXi_150_websiteWuXi AppTec supports the contract development and cGMP manufacture of allogeneic and autologous cell-based therapeutics from concept to commercialization. Our fully-integrated service platforms span from process development to biological safety testing and release. A combination of state-of-the-art facilities, expertise and service options provide clients a unique, single-source solution. Services include: GMP/GTP manufacturing/aseptic processing, process development, GMP cell banking and cell line characterization, analytical (flow cytometry) and adventitious agent testing (sterility, bioburden, mycoplasma and virus detection) for lot release and stability, biodistribution, toxicology, biocompatibility, package integrity testing, shipping/cleaning validations and environmental monitoring. www.wuxiapptec.com

Bronze Sponsors

Akron_100_websiteAkron Biotech is an innovative biotechnology company with a strategic focus on supplying GMP-qualified raw materials and services to the regenerative medicine industry. Akron manufactures a range of products for cell therapy discovery, development and commercialization. These products include growth factors, sera and purified proteins, custom-made cell culture media, tailored scaffolds with biomaterials and proprietary cryopreservation formulations. In addition, our services and capabilities such as raw materials qualification, logistics and packaging optimization, bioassay design, validation and regulatory services are one of the many opportunities for Akron to provide our customers with unique knowledge and expertise. As an ISO-compliant company, Akron supports clients with rigorous documentation and quality standards to fulfill their regulatory demands. Our unique capabilities allow us to seamlessly transition from R&D to preclinical and clinical development with minimal change control, and thus drive the emerging regenerative medicine sector to unmet clinical needs through affordable and seamless manufacturing options. www.akronbiotech.com

Athersys_55Athersys is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing novel and proprietary best-in-class therapies designed to extend and enhance the quality of human life. The Company’s focus is on the treatment of medical conditions where there is significant unmet clinical need. Athersys is developing MultiStem®, a patented, adult-derived “off-the-shelf” stem cell product platform, for multiple disease indications in the areas of neurological, cardiovascular and inflammatory and immune disease. The Company currently has six clinical stage programs including for the treatment of stroke, acute myocardial infarction (AMI), Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and other areas. Athersys has forged a network of strategic alliances and collaborations with leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as world-renowned research and clinical institutions in the U.S. and Europe to further develop its platform and products. www.athersys.com

Biocision_100BioCision is a life science research and development company that develops products for standardizing cell cryopreservation and thawing through the application of advanced thermal regulation principles and technologies. The intuitive design and translational functionality of BioCision products enables researchers, clinicians and manufacturers to protect the integrity of temperature-sensitive therapeutics such as cell therapies, biological samples and biomaterials. www.biocision.com

BioLamina_120_second-tryBioLamina develops, manufactures and distributes cell culture reagents intended for culturing of primary cells such as stem cells. The Company is built on a scientific foundation with a legacy in matrix biology and solid experience in cell culture. Our vision is to make BioLamina a leading brand within the field of primary cell culture and to help make cell therapy a reality. The BioLamina laminins are the only original full length, recombinant laminins on the market. By offering cell matrices replicating nature’s own, we make cell culture easy, reliable and repeatable. We offer premium high technology products combined with outstanding scientific support and position ourselves as being in the forefront of cell culturing. Our products enable scientists to start a new era in medical research, ultimately enabling cell therapy. We are known and recognized for our products, competence, dedication and service, which contributes to our customers’ efficiency and scientific breakthroughs. www.biolamina.com

Capricor_120_websiteLos Angeles-based Capricor Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of regenerative medicine and large molecule products for the treatment of diseases. Capricor’s lead product candidate, an allogeneic cardiosphere-derived cell (CDC) product, CAP-1002, aims to attenuate and potentially improve damage to the heart caused by a heart attack, and is currently under evaluation in the Phase I/II ALLSTAR clinical trial of patients 30-days to 1-year after a heart attack. Additionally, Capricor plans to explore development of exosome technology as a next generation regenerative medicine platform in a variety of cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular areas. Groundbreaking preclinical research has demonstrated that exosomes extracted from Capricor’s CDCs reduced scar tissue caused by a heart attack and prompted myocardial regeneration in preclinical models of ischemic heart disease. www.capricor.com

CBR_110_websiteA pioneer in newborn stem cell collection and cryopreservation, Cord Blood Registry® (CBR) believes in the power of stem cells to improve lives today and their potential to revolutionize treatment for many conditions in the future. Founded in 1994, CBR is entrusted by parents with storing more than 500,000 hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cell units. CBR is dedicated to advancing the clinical application of newborn stem cells by partnering with leading research institutions to establish FDA-regulated clinical trials for conditions that include: Autism: Sutter Neuroscience Institute; Cerebral palsy: Georgia Regents University and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Hearing loss: Florida Hospital for Children; Pediatric stroke: Florida Hospital for Children. With the growing number of investigational regenerative therapies, there are now even more potential uses for newborn stem cells. CBR has released more stem cell units for treatments over the last four years than it did during the Company’s first 16 years. In 2014, CBR released on average one cord blood sample per week, with 90% being used for regenerative applications. CBR is AABB accredited, FDA-registered, and CLIA certified. www.cordblood.com

Celgene_65Since its beginnings, Celgene has experienced tremendous growth and geographic expansion. The Celgene of today is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives, reducing the burden on healthcare systems and helping economies grow. Today, Celgene employs world-class biopharmaceutical talent across the globe, and for all of its growth and expansion, Celgene remains true to its DNA – a genetic heritage based on a promise that runs from generation to generation. A promise to support, nurture and create medical innovation, to think differently, to disrupt, to be bold, to be agile and to persevere. It is a promise to change the course of human health while always putting patients first. www.celgene.com

Cognate-updated_100_websiteCognate Bioservices is a fully-integrated contract bioservices organization providing the highest level of scientific and management expertise. Cognate provides full development and cGMP manufacturing services to companies and institutions engaged in the development of cell-based products. The combination of highly experienced staff, cGMP facilities and an international track record makes Cognate one of the most experienced contract manufacturers of cell-based products in the world today. www.cognatebioservices.com

CTI_130_websiteCTI Clinical Trial & Consulting Services is an innovative, international drug and device development organization that delivers a full spectrum of clinical trial and consulting services from bench to commercialization, with a focus on immunology and a passion for helping life-changing therapies succeed in chronically and critically ill patient populations. CTI’s focused therapeutic approach provides pharmaceutical, biotechnology and startup firms with clinical and disease area expertise from a unique mix of academic, medical and industry specialists; rich intellectual capital in solid organ and stem cell transplantation, immunology, infectious disease, hematology, regenerative medicine and rare diseases; flexible study designs that accelerate development programs and deliver high approval ratings that are among the best in the industry; and exceptional global project management and gold standard safety and data management systems that strengthen their program’s success potential. Established in 1999 and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, CTI has offices in North America, Europe and South America. www.ctifacts.com

EBD_60_websiteEBD Group is the leading partnering firm for the global life science industry. Since 1993, biotech, pharma and medical device companies have leveraged EBD Group’s partnering conferences, technology and services to identify business opportunities and develop strategic relationships essential to their success. Our conferences, run with the support of leading corporations and international trade associations, include BIO-Europe®, BIO-Europe Spring®, BioPharm America™, BioEquity Europe, ChinaBio® Partnering Forum, Medtech Partnering Forum, Biolatam® and Biotech Showcase™. EBD Group’s sophisticated web-based partnering service, partneringONE®, is used as the partnering engine at numerous third-party events around the world, and partnering360® is the open online community of life science dealmakers that enhances partnering experiences throughout the year. EBD Group is an Informa company. Informa is the largest publicly-owned organizer of exhibitions, conferences and training in the world. www.ebdgroup.com

GenVec_140_websiteGenVec is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with an entrepreneurial focus on leveraging its proprietary adenovector gene delivery platform to develop a pipeline of cutting-edge therapeutics and vaccines. The Company is a pioneer in the design, testing and manufacture of adenoviral-based product candidates that can deliver on the promise of gene-based medicine. GenVec’s lead product candidate, CGF166, is licensed to Novartis and is currently in a Phase I/II clinical study for the treatment of hearing loss and balance disorders. In addition to our internal and partnered pipeline, we also focus on opportunities to license our proprietary technology platform, including vectors and production cell lines, for the development and manufacture of therapeutics and vaccines to the biopharmaceutical industry. www.genvec.com

IIAM_100_websiteThe International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM) is the world-leading provider of healthy and diseased human organs and tissues for medical research, education and development. These tissues are recovered with minimal ischemia from organ transplant donors who have authorized use of the non-transplantable organs for research. Stored in preservation solution, the organs are shipped directly from the recovery suite and delivered to the researcher’s lab in 12-24 hours. Human tissues in research enable the faster development of more efficacious drugs with improved safety profiles and enhanced understanding of basic disease processes that directly affect humans. With access to over 14,000 organs for research each year, IIAM enables qualified researchers, scientists, healthcare and biotech professionals to obtain fresh, human tissues to explore cures for disease, and to develop new drugs, therapies and medical devices to advance medicine. www.iiam.org

Informa_110_websiteInforma is one of the world’s leading knowledge providers. We create and deliver highly specialized information through publishing, events, training, market intelligence and expertise, providing valuable knowledge to individuals, businesses and organizations around the world. Informa provides authoritative research and analysis and up-to-the-minute business news, comment and events for all sectors of the healthcare, medical and life sciences communities. Informa Business Information (IBI) is one of the world’s leading providers of industry and drug news, analysis and data to the global pharmaceutical industry.

Kawasaki_120_websiteKawasaki is committed to providing customers unique business solutions with our innovative technologies to meet diverse societal needs worldwide. Kawasaki – working as one for the good of the planet. Our newly developed Automated Cell Processing System: AUTO CULTURE™ is intended for use in clinical research and practice to support advances in regenerative medicine and cell therapy featuring the following capabilities: Safe, stable and scalable automated production of cells; Contamination control; High versatility and expandability; Reliable traceability; Alternative to Cell Processing Facility (CPF). www.khi.co.jp

LMRI_150_websiteThe Lowy Medical Research Institute (LMRI) was established in 2004, with the goal of carrying out innovative research into human diseases. LMRI is currently focused on the study of a neuro-/vasculodegenerative disease of the retina, idiopathic juxtafoveal macular telangiectasia type 2, or MacTel. In addition to the Institute with a full time staff in La Jolla, California, LMRI supports multinational natural history and interventional clinical trials as well as international laboratory collaborations in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. www.lmri.net

MEDIPOST_100_websiteMEDIPOST’s research and development is focused on providing novel therapeutics for patients using umbilical cord blood-derived stem cells for osteoarthritis (OA), Broncho-pulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). MEDIPOST’s flagship product, CARTISTEM® for OA has been approved by the regulatory agency in Korea as an allogeneic cell therapy product in 2012 and over 2,300 patients have been treated on the market. CARTISTEM® has also successfully completed a Phase I/IIa trial in the U.S. PNEUMOSTEM® for the prevention of BPD (with Orphan Drug Designation in both Korea and the U.S.) is in Phase II and Phase I/II clinical trials in Korea and the U.S., respectively. NEUROSTEM® for AD is in a Phase IIa clinical trial in Korea after successfully completing a first-in-human Phase I trial in Korea with patients suffering from AD.

NuTech_90_websiteNuTech is a leading biologics and medical device company that provides an integrated portfolio of innovative products. NuTech offers a wide range of allograft tissue products, a full line of spinal implants and a complete line of innovative products taking advantage of the unique properties of the amniotic tissues and fluids. NuTech is dedicated to providing new technologies that will benefit surgeons, hospitals and most importantly, patients. www.nutechmedical.com

Osiris_100_websiteThrough over 20 years of research, experience and understanding, Osiris Therapeutics has led the way in mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) science and the clinical application of cellular therapies. From commercializing its first generation implantable product, Osteocel, to achieving the Company’s initial goal, when founded in 1992, of developing the world’s first approved stem cell drug, remestemcel-L for graft-versus-host disease, Osiris has written the book on regenerative medicine. Today, as the leading stem cell company, Osiris continues to address unmet medical needs with innovative approaches in developing and marketing products in wound care, orthopedics and sports medicine. Never forgetting that our products are differentiated by scientific excellence, Osiris’ current product line includes Grafix® for acute and chronic wounds, Cartiform®, a viable cartilage mesh for cartilage repair, and OvationOS®, a viable bone matrix used for bone repair and regeneration. www.osiris.com

Pall_142_websitePall Life Sciences provides process, pilot and laboratory filtration, separation, purification and fluid handling devices, systems and services, with single-use systems available for all unit operations from cell culture – including cell therapy applications – through final formulation and filling. Based on Pall’s long history of providing quality equipment for the biopharmaceutical, vaccine and cell therapy industries, all products – whether standard or customized to match users’ exact process needs – are backed up with extensive documentation and experience in extractables, leachables and particulate validation. Fully automated single-use systems allow process control and data acquisition to meet or exceed the standards expected from traditional fixed equipment. New product highlights include microcarriers, pyrogen-free vials and a range of pharmaceutical packaging. www.pall.com/biopharm

S&N_150Smith & Nephew Biotherapeutics, a bioactive specialized area within Smith & Nephew, is focused on the development and commercialization of novel, cost-effective solutions for dermal repair and regeneration. Its research and development strategy is centered on next-generation bioactive therapies for the treatment of chronic wounds and burns. Currently marketed products include Collagenase SANTYL® Ointment, OASIS® Wound Matrix, OASIS® Ultra Tri-Layer Matrix and REGRANEX® (becaplermin) Gel 0.01%. Smith & Nephew Biotherapeutics is also committed to advancing the care and treatment of wounds through support of industry leading continuing education from The Wound Institute®. Smith & Nephew Biotherapeutics is based in Fort Worth, Texas. www.smith-nephew.com

TiGenix_110_websiteTiGenix is an advanced biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercialising novel therapeutics from its proprietary platforms of allogeneic, or donor-derived, expanded stem cells. Two products from the adipose-derived technology platform are currently in clinical development. Cx601 is in Phase III for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in Crohn’s disease patients. Cx611 has completed a Phase I/II trial in rheumatoid arthritis, as well as a Phase I sepsis challenge trial. Effective as of July 31, 2015, TiGenix acquired Coretherapix, whose lead cellular product (AlloCSC-01) is currently in a Phase II clinical trial in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Finally, TiGenix also developed ChondroCelect, an autologous cell therapy product for cartilage repair of the knee, which was the first Advanced Therapy Medicinal Product (ATMP) to be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). From June 2014, the marketing and distribution rights of ChondroCelect were exclusively licensed to Sobi. www.tigenix.com

TrakCel_110_websiteThe cell therapy community is charged with the exciting and complex task of delivering novel therapeutics to patients that are safe, efficacious and affordable. Founded in 2012, TrakCel was established with the primary aim of integrating the cell therapy supply chain for autologous and allogeneic therapies to deliver safe, scalable and affordable products. Developed in partnership with major industry players, we have delivered a world-leading cell therapy supply chain solution that gives you the visibility and control required to safely scale-up and scale-out cell-based therapies. Our expertise ensures we provide our customers with solutions that meet their needs today and a technology and delivery framework that ensures we can adapt to their future needs. www.trakcel.com

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