ASGCT Annual Meeting: Celebrating 25 Years in 2022

The American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy’s (ASGCT) Annual Meeting, celebrating its 25th year in 2022, is the premier event for professionals in gene and cell therapy. The four-day meeting—and one preceding day of Pre-Meeting Workshops—is the best place for people in the field to learn from the latest scientific research, stay up to date on new technologies, and make career-advancing connections with peers.

Originally designed as a venue for academic researchers to share their work, the Annual Meeting has grown to serve a wide community encompassing clinicians, bio-industry development, regulatory agencies, equipment manufacturers, patient advocates, and more.

Register for virtual or in-person program here: https://annualmeeting.asgct.org/register.

ASGCT Annual Meeting 2022 NEWS
Mustang Bio focuses on CD20 antigen for CAR T-cell therapy
May 27, 2022 -- Biopharmaceutical company Mustang Bio is focused on a CD20-targeted autologous chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia. Dr. Bruce Dezube, senior vice president at Mustang Bio, spoke to ScienceBoard.net at the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy 2022 annual meeting about the targeting of the CD20 antigen.
Graphite Bio sees its gene editing tech as step above CRISPR
May 26, 2022 -- While the use of CRISPR is an effective gene editing tool on its own, Dr. Josh Lehrer, CEO of Graphite Bio, contends that the technology doesn’t correct the underlying genetic defect. CRISPR is the “cut” function and Graphite Bio’s technology is the “cut and paste” capability, Lehrer told ScienceBoard.net at the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy 2022 annual meeting in Washington, DC.
Lexeo to start phase I/II clinical trial for patients with FA cardiomyopathy
May 26, 2022 -- Gene therapy company Lexeo Therapeutics in 2022 plans to launch a phase I/II clinical trial of its adeno-associated virus-based therapy designed to intravenously deliver a functional frataxin gene for the treatment of Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) cardiomyopathy. At the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy 2022 annual meeting, Lexeo presented new preclinical data supporting its FA cardiomyopathy program.
COVID-19 mRNA-based vaccines benefit from decades of research
May 25, 2022 -- 25 years ago Dr. Drew Weissman, PhD, an infectious disease expert at Penn Medicine, and RNA biologist Kati Kariko, PhD, began their collaboration in what would become a critical technology used in some of today’s COVID-19 mRNA-based vaccines. Weissman spoke with ScienceBoard.net at the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy 2022 annual meeting in Washington, DC about their research journey.
Next-generation AAV capsids hold key to developing life-changing therapies
May 24, 2022 -- Voyager Therapeutics’ discovery platform is identifying novel capsids targeting desired cells and tissues with greater specificity, at lower doses, and with fewer off-target risks than conventional adeno-associated virus (AAV) serotypes in non-human primates, according to Todd Carter, PhD, senior vice president for research. The company presented data on the platform at the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy 2022 annual meeting.
Genenta Science reports preliminary results of Temferon-glioblastoma study
May 24, 2022 -- Biotech company Genenta Science is developing a proprietary hematopoietic stem cell gene therapy, Temferon, for the treatment of a variety of solid tumor cancers, according to co-founder Dr. Bernhard Gentner, PhD. ScienceBoard.net spoke to Gentner at the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy 2022 annual meeting in Washington, DC, about Temferon.
Atsena Therapeutics’ gene therapy takes aim at childhood blindness
May 23, 2022 -- In an interview with ScienceBoard.net, Patrick Ritschel, CEO of Ophthalmology-based gene therapy company Atsena Therapeutics, shared an overview of the company's development of novel treatments for inherited forms of blindness at the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy 2022 annual meeting in Washington, DC.
How to address challenges in producing AAV vectors
May 23, 2022 -- There are challenges in producing sufficient quantities of gene therapy products, particularly when it comes to adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors, contends Ines do Carmo Gil-Goncalves, PhD, head of vector production for Cevec Pharmaceuticals GmbH. Gil-Goncalves discussed how Cevec’s Elevecta platform can help overcome these challenges at the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy 2022 annual meeting.
ASGCT 2022 shows how far cell and gene therapy has come, needs to go
May 20, 2022 -- The American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 25th Annual Meeting was held this week in Washington, DC, demonstrating how far the field has come in the last quarter of a century. ASGCT 2022's scientific, educational, and plenary sessions all drove home the potential of new cell and gene therapy treatments for a wide array of diseases.
Omega Therapeutics looks to tap 'nature's operating system' to control gene expression
May 20, 2022 -- Precision genomic medicine company Omega Therapeutics is looking to harness “nature’s operating system” for controlling gene expression and cell differentiation, according to Thomas McCauley, PhD, chief scientific officer. McCauley spoke with ScienceBoard.net at the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy annual meeting in Washington, DC.