Houston Stem Cell Summit Announces Extraordinary Lineup of Keynote Speakers
HOUSTON, Oct. 1, 2012
HOUSTON, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Houston Stem Cell Summit will host
an extraordinary lineup of keynote speakers who represent the most
accomplished stem cell scientists, clinicians and entrepreneurs in the United
States. Joining these distinguished speakers will be Governor of Texas, Rick
Perry, consistent champion of adult stem cell therapies.
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The Houston Stem Cell Summit will be held October 26 – 27 in its namesake city
and will highlight the latest therapeutic research regarding the use of adult
stem and progenitor cell therapies. The Summit will also provide a forum for
entrepreneurs to discuss their latest efforts to commercialize stem cell
therapies, and to debate and discuss FDA and other legal and regulatory issues
impacting stem cell research and commercialization.
Opening Keynote Address October 26, 2012 – Arnold I. Caplan, PhD, Professor of
Biology and Professor of General Medical Sciences (Oncology) Case Western
Dr. Caplan has helped shape the direction and focus of adult stem cell
research and commercialization. Virtually every adult stem cell company and
literally tens of thousands of research papers are based on Dr. Caplan's
original and ground breaking research. Professor Caplan is considered to be
the "father" of the mesenchymal stem cell and first described this progenitor
cell in his landmark paper; "Mesenchymal stem cells", Journal of Orthopaedic
Research 1991;9(5):641-650. Since that foundational study, Dr. Caplan has
published over 360 manuscripts and articles in peer reviewed journals. Dr.
Caplan has been Chief Scientific Officer at OrthoCyte Corporation since 2010.
In addition, Dr. Caplan co-founded Cell Targeting Inc. and has served as
President of Skeletech, Inc. as its founder. He is the recipient of several
honors and awards from the orthopedic research community. Dr. Caplan holds a
Ph. D. from Johns Hopkins University Medical School and a B.S. in chemistry
from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Summit Keynote Address October 26, 2012 – Texas Governor Rick Perry
Governor Perry is the 47th and current Governor of Texas. Governor Perry has
long championed the role of medical technologies in building the future of not
only Texas, but also the United States. In many ways, his strong advocacy on
behalf of research and advanced medical technologies is one of his strongest
and as yet underappreciated legacies. In addition to his service to the state
of Texas, Governor Perry has also served as Chairman of the Republican
Governors Association in 2008 and again in 2011. Despite a rigorous schedule,
particularly in the teeth of this election season, Governor Perry has
graciously made time to speak and encourage the researchers, patients,
companies and physicians who form the fabric and future of the stem cell
Texas Medical Center Keynote Address, October 27, 2012 – James T. Willerson,
Over the course of his career, Dr. James T. Willerson has served as a medical,
scientific and administrative leader for each of the major institutions that
are the foundation of the Texas Medical Center. Dr. Willerson is currently
President and Medical Director, Director of Cardiology Research, and
Co-Director of the Cullen Cardiovascular Research Laboratories at Texas Heart
Institute (THI). Dr. Willerson was appointed President-Elect of THI in 2004
and became President and Medical Director in 2008. He is also an adjunct
professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and at The University of
Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is the former chief of Cardiology at St.
Luke's Episcopal Hospital and the former chief of Medical Services at Memorial
Dr. Willerson has served as a visiting professor and invited lecturer at more
than 170 institutions.
Honorary Summit Keynote Speaker – Doris Taylor, PhD
Dr. Doris Taylor is one of the world's leading cell therapy and cardiac
regeneration scientists. Prior to joining the Texas Heart Institute, she was
the Medtronic-Bakken Chair in Cardiac Repair and the Director of the Center
for Cardiovascular Repair at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Taylor's
research blends the use of stem cells, genes, and devices to develop novel
cardiac and vascular technologies—ones to prevent, treat, and hopefully one
day, cure heart ailments.
Most recently, Dr. Taylor and her team garnered international recognition for
"whole organ decellularization," which is a technique for removing existing
cells from hearts of laboratory animals and even humans leaving a framework to
build new organs. They repopulated the framework with other adult stem cells
then provided a blood supply, and the heart regenerated with the
characteristics and functions of a revitalized beating heart.
Friday Industry Keynote Speaker – Silvio Itescu. MD, MBBS (Hons), FRACP, FACP,
FACR. Mesoblast Limited.
Professor Itescu is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mesoblast, the
highest market value stem cell company. In addition to his entrepreneurial
successes, Professor Itescu has established an outstanding international
reputation as a physician scientist in the fields of stem cell biology,
autoimmune diseases, organ transplantation, and heart failure. He is currently
an active faculty member of the University of Melbourne and Monash University
and was previously a faculty member of Columbia University in New York. He has
consulted for various international pharmaceutical companies, has been an
adviser to biotechnology and health care investor groups, and has served on
the Board of Directors of a number of publicly listed life sciences companies.
Saturday Industry Keynote Speaker – C. Randal Mills. PhD, CEO, Osiris
Dr. Mills is one of the most experienced stem cell executives in the industry
and has created a new approach to the traditional bio-pharma business model at
Osiris Therapeutics, which not only created significant value for his
shareholders, but helped to create today's active stem cell market. Dr. Mills
is President and Chief Executive Officer of Osiris, having joined the firm in
July 2004. Among his many accomplishments at Osiris, Dr. Mills directed his
company to receive the first FDA approval for an on-label, off the shelf stem
cell based therapy. Prior to joining Osiris, Dr. Mills was an executive
officer of Regeneration Technologies, Inc. Dr. Mills served in several
leadership positions at RTI from its formation in 1998 until 2004, including
Vice President of Business Development and Vice President of Operations and
R&D, and is credited with several key initiatives, including the development
and commercialization of RTI's core technology, BioCleanse. Prior to RTI, Dr.
Mills was a member of the founding management team of the University of
Florida Tissue Bank, Inc., the predecessor company to RTI. Dr. Mills received
a Bachelor's degree in microbiology and cell science, and a PhD in drug
development, both from the University of Florida.
Additional details about the Houston Stem Cell Summit and our celebrated
lineup of keynote speakers are available online at www.stemcellsummit.com.
Registration is now open.
Robin R. Young
Houston Stem Cell Summit Organizer
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