Advancing Manufacture of Cell and Gene Therapies VI

An ECI Conference Series

January 27-31, 2019
Loews Coronado Bay Hotel
Coronado, California, USA


Professor Christopher Julian Hewitt FREng

1969 – 2019

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Professor Chris Hewitt FREng, who died in the early hours of 25th July 2019, at the age of 50. Chris was Professor of Biological Engineering and Executive Dean of the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. He had suffered a short illness but his passing was unexpected.

Chris was a leading biological engineer, distinguished for his research using flow cytometry and cell sorting to understand the interaction of the cell with the bioreactor environment within such diverse areas as microbial fermentation, bio-remediation, bio-transformation, brewing and cell culture. He was also the co-founder of the Centre for Biological Engineering at Loughborough University, where he developed a world-leading team in regenerative medicine bioprocessing. In particular, his team made a significant contribution to the literature on the culture and recovery of fully functional human mesenchymal stem cells in stirred bioreactors based on sound biochemical engineering and fluid dynamic considerations essential to scale-up for commercialisation. He and many of his team have been regular attendees at all the ECI San Diego meetings on regenerative medicine since their inception in 2012.

In recognition of his achievements, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2018. He will be sorely missed by colleagues and friends. Our thoughts are with his wife and two teenage sons.

Dr Ivan Wall, Professor of Cell and Gene Therapy Bioprocessing, Aston University

Conference Organization

Conference Chairs:

Dolores Baksh, GE Healthcare
Rod Rietze, Novartis
Ivan Wall, Aston University

Poster Chairs:

Prof. Corinne Hoesli, McGill University
Prof. Joaquim Cabral, IST Lisbon, Portugal

Graduate Student Liaison: Elizabeth Cheeseman

Conference Program with Posters

Cell and Gene Therapies Award

PURPOSE:  The Advancing Manufacture of Cell and Gene Therapies Award recognizes outstanding contributors to the development and commercialization of Cell-Based Therapies. Past recipients include Bob Nerem, Kim Warren, and Peter Zandstra.

Greg Russotti

The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) and Engineering Conferences International are pleased to announce that Greg Russotti of Celgene is the recipient of the 2019 Award for Advancing Manufacture of Cell and Gene Therapy.  The award will be presented at the Advancing Manufacture of Cell and Gene Therapy VI conference, January 27-31, 2019 in Coronado, California.  Full Bio

Award Presentation to Greg Risotti by Barry Buckland

Poster Awards

 Runner-Up Best Snapshot

Sébastien de Bournonville – KU Leuven – Belgium

“Streamlining cell therapy manufacturing: Automated production and integrated data management”

Best Snapshot

Elizabeth Cheeseman – Loughborough University – UK

“Application of quality by design tools to upstream processing of platelet precursor cells to enable in vitro manufacture of blood platelets”

Runner-Up Best Graduate Student Poster

Christopher Perry – University College London – UK

“Automated filtration screening of lentiviral vectors with multiple envelope proteins”

Best Graduate Student Poster

Ruxandra-Maria Comisel – University College London – UK

“Economics of lentiviral vector processes”

Runner-Up Best Poster Presentation

Rachel Legmann – Pall Life Sciences – USA

“Scaling up and industrial the production and purification of viral vectors for therapeutic use: Challenges and progress”

Best Poster Presentation

Breanna Borys – University of Calgary – Canada

“Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling of single-use, vertical-wheel bioreactors as a predictive scale-up tool for large scale stem cell culture”

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