ISSCR Public Forum | Innovation, Incubation, Investment: The Landscape of Stem Cell Research in Boston


Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 6:30pm to 8:30pm


District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Seaport District, Boston, MA

Public Forum, organized by HSCI, as part of the ISSCR Annual Meeting at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

ISSCR AM 2017 logo

When the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) was inaugurated thirteen years ago, stem cell research was an audacious concept – it is now poised to deliver dramatic advances in human health. The goal of this forum is to highlight some of the transformative work HSCI funded in new and bold ideas over that period, incubating innovative science, and drawing investment to start ups and the local ecosystem. This program is designed for a lay audience.

6:30 PM                                Welcome
                                             The Honorable MARTIN J. WALSH, Mayor, City of Boston    [pending]
6:45 PM                                Moderator:  JIM BRAUDE, WGBH 

Guest speakers:

6:45 – 7:00 PM                   DERRICK ROSSI, PhD
HSCI, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School
From stem cell science to Moderna Therapeutics, or how discovery of a new way to reprogram cells led to a powerful therapeutic platform and a biotech industry.

7:00 – 7:15 PM                   DAVID SCADDEN, MD
HSCI, Harvard University, and Massachusetts General Hospital
A new approach to understanding and treating AML using stem cell science, leading to a first-in-decades therapeutic approach.

7:15 – 7:30 PM                   CHAD COWAN, PhD
HSCI, Harvard University
Combining stem cell biology and gene editing to create a universal donor cell and a new therapeutic modality.

7:30 – 7:45 PM                   HARALD OTT, MD
HSCI, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Iviva Medical
Autologous organ regeneration to solve the transplant shortage issue while sparing patients the need for immune suppression.

7:45 – 8:30 PM                   Questions and answers/discussion