One of the world’s largest scientific conferences in cell, gene and regenerative medicine is on its way to Melbourne, Australia, to exchange knowledge and share best practice at the International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy (ISCT) 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting.
Taking place 29 May 29-1 June, 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), the ISCT 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting will gather cell and gene therapy and regenerative medicine professionals from 27 countries.
The effort to bring the event to Melbourne was led by the Melbourne Convention Bureau supported by the Victorian government and the City of Melbourne.
MCB Chief Executive Officer Karen Bolinger underlined the collaboration and unified approach between the Bureau, government, associations and industry partners in winning the bid.
“As a result of this collaboration we were able to deliver a bid proposition which aligned to the International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy’s global objectives.
“This conference is a platform for leading experts to advance the field and provides the opportunity for Victoria to strengthen ties with international networks, showcase our local talent in the sector and build new research links.
“Those attending will experience first-hand why Melbourne is one of the world’s most successful destinations for association health and medical conferences,” Bolinger said.
The global cell and gene therapy industry is currently experiencing tremendous growth, in particular the Asia Pacific region, so it is fitting that ISCT, a leader in the field, is holding its annual meeting in Australia’s knowledge capital Melbourne.
“It’s no coincidence that one of the most influential cell and gene therapy conferences is being held in one of the world’s most productive areas for cell and gene therapy research and innovation,”said John Rasko, ISCT President, Head of the Gene and Stem Cell Therapy Program at the University of Sydney, Australia.”
Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula added: “Melbourne is Australia’s medtech and biotech hub, and this conference offers a fantastic opportunity for local industry to collaborate with world-leaders in cell and gene therapy.”