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Breakthrough Symposium

Fargo, USA

November 6–7, 2018

The inaugural Breakthrough Symposium will bring the best minds in biotech together in the unlikely biotech hot spot of Fargo, N.D., to share knowledge, collaborate and discuss advances in gene and cell therapy and gene editing. The two-day event features a full agenda of scientific presentations, poster sessions and networking opportunities with thought leaders and innovators in the fast-growing areas of gene and cell therapy and gene editing. For more information and to register, visit

Confirmed Speakers

Andrew Moreo, Operations Manager, GMP and Viral Vector Core Facilities, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Anne Kantardjieff, Ph.D., Director of Plasmids and Small Molecules Manufacturing, bluebird bio

Krishanu Saha, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Maritza C. McIntyre, Ph.D., President, Advanced Therapies Partners, LLC

Laurence J.N. Cooper, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, ZIOPHARM

Mark Osborn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

Luk H. Vandenerghe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School; Associate Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

Theresa M Reineke, Ph.D., Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota

David Courtman, Ph.D., Scientist and Director of Biotherapeutics, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute; Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa; Chief Scientific Officer, Northern Therapeutics

Matthew Porteus, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Child Health Research Institute at Stanford

Michelle Berg, Vice President, Patient Affairs & Community Engagement, Abeona Therapeutics

Tom Whitehead, Co-Founder, Emily Whitehead Foundation

Preliminary Schedule
Tuesday, November 6
07:30 – 08:30 Registration and breakfast
08:30 – 09:00 Opening remarks and overview
09:00 – 12:00 Scientific presentations
12:00 – 01:00 Lunch
01:00 – 04:00 Scientific presentations
04:00 – 06:00 Poster session with refreshments
04:00 – 08:00 Guided tours of Aldevron manufacturing facility
Wednesday, November 7
07:30 – 08:30 Networking and breakfast
08:30 – 12:15 Scientific presentations
12:15 – 01:15 Lunch
01:30 – 02:15 Michelle Berg, Abeona Therapeutics
02:15 – 03:00 Tom Whitehead and Family, Emily Whitehead Foundation
03:00 – 04:30 Reception and close of meeting