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Newsletter March 2015

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News: Will gene therapy make humans masters of own evolution?
Human genetic engineering is not new; it has been going on for a long, long time — naturally. Ancient viruses are really good at inserting themselves and modifying human gene code. Over millennia, constant infections would come to mean that 8 percent of the entire human genome is made up of inserted virus code. All this gene recoding of our bodies occurred under Darwin’s rules, natural selection and random mutation. But nonrandom, deliberate human genetic engineering is new, and it is a big deal.

News: Paying for gene therapy: Are annuities the next big thing?
As U.S. drugmakers face growing resistance to the high price of cutting-edge treatments, a handful of companies is working on a new payment model that rewards them for the long-term performance of their medicines. The effort, industry executives say, is being led by firms developing so-called gene therapies, which aim to cure inherited diseases like hemophilia by “fixing” the single faulty gene responsible for the disorder. They include BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc in San Rafael, Calif., and Sangamo BioSciences Inc in Richmond, Calif.
If these new hemophilia drugs and others like them succeed, a one-time infusion could replace the need for frequent, life-long injections of blood clotting proteins that can cost up to $300,000 a year for a single patient. These existing treatments, including Pfizer Inc.’s Xyntha and Baxter International’s Advate, are expected to command annual sales of more than $11 billion by 2016.


Conference: 9th Australasian Gene Therapy Society Meeting

The 9th Australasian Gene Therapy Society (AGCTS) meeting is scheduled for April 29 to May 1, 2015 in Melbourne. This is a must-do event for medical researchers and clinicians fascinated by the recent progress in gene therapy and stem cell biology. We are expecting over 200+ professionals in gene therapy, cell-based therapies, RNA therapeutics, biomarkers and related fields to attend.

The agenda will include internationally renowned speakers who will present cutting edge gene therapy trials on inherited and acquired genetic disorders, recent developments in viral and non-viral gene therapy vectors, novel oligonucleotide therapeutics and the latest in biomarker development.


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- 26 -28 February 2015, 211th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Gene Therapy (DG-GT e.V.), Vienna, Austria
- 12 - 13 March 2015, Spring Symposium of the Netherlands Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (NVGCT), Lunteren, The Netherlands
- 19 - 20 March 2015, French Society of Cell and Gene Therapy (SFTCG) Annual Congress, Paris, France
- 30 March - 3 April 2015, EMBO workshop: Modern DNA concepts and tools for safe gene transfer and modification, Evry, France
- 29 April – 1 May 2015, 9th Australasian Gene Therapy Society Meeting (AGTS), Melbourne, Australia
- 13 - 16 May 2015, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 18th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
- 27 - 30 May 2015, International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) 21th Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV
- 9 - 11 June 2015, Annual conference of the British Society for Gene Therapy (BSGT), Glasgow, UK
- 13 - 16 June 2015, 9th International Conference on Oncolytic Virus Therapeutics, Boston, MA
- 21 - 26 June 2015, Gordon Research Conference: Virusses & Cells, Girona, Spain
- 24 – 26 July 2015, The 21th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Gene Therapy (JSGT), Osaka, Japan
- 10 – 12 August 2015, 4th International Conference and Exhibition on Cell & Gene Therapy, London, UK
- 17 – 20 September 2015, XXIII Congress of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT) and the Finnish Society of Gene Therapy, Helsinki, Finland
- 29 – 30 September 2015, Cell & Gene Therapy Europe, Barcelona, Spain
- 4 – 6 November 2015, 8th Congress of the Spanish Society of Gene (SETGyC) and Cell Therapy, San Sebastian, Spain
- 4 – 6 November 2015, ATMP 2015 - Issues and Challenges from Bench to Bedsite, Tutzing, Germany
- 18 – 20 November 2015, 14th Annual Gene Therapy Symposium for Heart, Lung, and Blood Diseases, Sonoma, CA
- March 2016, French Society of Cell and Gene Therapy (SFTCG) Annual Congress, Marseille, France
- 4 - 7 May 2016, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 19th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
- 28 – 30 July 2016, The 22th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Gene Therapy (JSGT), Venue to be determined, Japan
- 18 – 21 October 2016, XXIV Congress of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT) and the International Society for Stem Cell Research, Florence, Italy


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