Viral Vector Core Planning Workshop


September 21, 2023 
5:00  Reception at the SPAM Museum
September 22, 2023 
8:00 Continental Breakfast


Opening Remarks 

Robert Clarke, PhD, DSc,FRS Biol, FRS Chem, FRS Med(UK)
Executive Director, The Hormel Institute, Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics, UMN

9:05 Initiatives and Rationale for Workshop
Shashank Priya, PhD, Vice President for Research, Office of the Vice President for Research, UMN 
Vector Core Development and Function
George Aslanidi, PhD, Professor, The Hormel Institute, UMN


Keynote: AAV Gene Therapy Challenges and Opportunities

 Junghae Suh, PhD, Vice President, Gene Therapy Accelerator Unit, Biogen, Cambridge, Massachusetts 


10:45 Break
Gene Therapy for Ultra-Rare Diseases
Christina Pacak, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurology, UMN
11:30 A Place to Grow: Austin, Minnesota
Thomas Yezzi, MSc, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Nu-Tek BioSciences, Austin, MN
12-12:15 Optional Sponsor Booth Presentations
12:15-1:30 Lunch Brainstorming Session
1:30 Break
1:40 Keynote: Advancing gene therapies for childhood cancer and inherited diseases: clinical experiences in the US and economically developing countries

H. Trent Spencer, PhD, President & Co-founder of Expression Therapeutics, Professor, Pediatrics, Emory University, Director, Cell and Gene Therapy, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta


2:40 Building Synergy for Genetic Therapy Advancement 


R. Scott McIvor, PhD, Chief Development Officer, Immusoft, Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, UMN
Masato Yamamoto, MD, PhD, Professor, Eugene C. and Gail V. Sit Chair in Pancreatic and Gastrointestinal Cancer Research, Vice-Chair of Surgical Science, Surgery, UMN
Sandra Wells, PhD, Director, Office of Discovery and Translation, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, UMN

Christina Pacak, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurology, UMN

George Aslanidi, PhD, Professor, The Hormel Institute, UMN (Moderator)

3:45 Closing Remarks
4-5  Reception 
4-4:15 Optional Hormel Institute Tour
4:15-4:30 Optional Hormel Institute Tour