Industry Consortium Workshop
The Hormel Institute



Thursday, September 21, 2023

5:00pm Reception at SPAM® Museum

Friday, September 22, 2023

8:00am Coffee/Continental Breakfast
8:45am Opening Remarks
Robert Clarke, PhD, DSc, FRS Biol, FRS Chem, FRS Med(UK)
Executive Director, The Hormel Institute, Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics, CBS, University of Minnesota
8:55am Initiatives and Rationale for Workshop
Shashank Priya, PhD, Vice President for Research, OVPR, University of Minnesota 
9:05am Vector Core Development and Function & Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Georgiy Aslanidi, PhD, Professor, The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota
9:25am Keynote Talk #1: H. Trent Spencer, PhD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University, School of Medicine, Director, Cell and Gene Therapy, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
10:25am Gene Therapy for Ultra-Rare Diseases & Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Christina Pacak, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurology, Medical School, University of Minnesota
10:45am Keynote Talk #2: Junhae Suh, PhD, Vice President, Gene Therapy Accelerator Unit, Biogen, Cambridge, Massachusetts
11:45am Bringing Business to Austin
Tom Yezzi, MSc, Chief Executive Officer, Nu-Tek BioSciences, Austin, Minnesota
12:15pm Lunch, Expo & Social Hour (tours)
1:30pm Roundtables/Small Group Discussions
Each table will have a topic to attract specific attendees. Several tables can have similar topics. Questions/suggestions can then be transferred to panel discussions scheduled immediately after.
2:30pm Panel Discussion: Challenges for Virus Production and Downstream Purification & Pre-Clinical and Clinical Trials Using Viral Vectors

R. Scott McIvor, PhD, Professor of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, Department of Genetics, College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota

Masato Yamamoto, MD, PhD, Professor, Surgery, Eugene C. and Gail V. Sit Chair in Pancreatic and Gastrointestinal Cancer Research, Vice-Chair of Surgical Science, Medical School, University of Minnesota

Sandra Wells, PhD, Director, Office of Discovery and Translation, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Minnesota

Christina Pacak, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurology, Medical School, University of Minnesota

3:30pm Closing Remarks/End of Workshop
3:45pm-5:00pm Reception