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ASGT Embraces Cell Therapy with Name Change

Posted on: 29 May 2009, source: ASGCT
The American Society of Gene Therapy (ASGT) will officially change its name Saturday to the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT), a change intended to better reflect the intimate relationship between the two fields. “This new name more accurately reflects who we are and what we do,” said David M. Bodine, PhD, ASGT president, who led the initiative to add cell therapy to the name. “Gene therapy and cell therapy cannot be separated; each is an integral part of the other.” Added Ken Cornetta, MD, incoming ASGCT president: “Gene therapists are cell therapists. We have the same goal, which is improved patient care.” The change goes into effect at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, May 30, during the business meeting at the ASGT 12th Annual Meeting.