Virtual FIRM 2020
Advances in Regenerative Medicine from the comfort of your own home
18th August -
3 pm BST, hosted on Zoom
Prof. Garry Duffy
NUI Galway, Centre for Research in Medical Devices
Garry Duffy is a Professor in Anatomy and Regenerative Therapies within the School of Medicine at the National University of Ireland Galway. He has a keen interest in developing minimally-invasive surgical devices to enable the future translation of biomaterial based cell and drug therapy products.
Prof. Michael Raghunath
ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Michael Raghunath is the Head of Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Wadenswil. He has developed macromolecular crowding, and, subsequently, a novel field in Tissue Engineering to build cell-specific and lineage-directing microenvironments.
Dr. James Kusena
James Kusena is the Head of Bioprocessing at MicrofluidX, a microfluidics-based cell and gene therapy bioprocessing platform. James has a background in human pluripotent stem cell culture and differentiation from Loughborough University. His work focuses on the research and development of automated and closed system bioprocessing devices.
Prof. Patricia Murray
University of Liverpool
Patricia Murray is a Professor of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine in the Institute of Translational Medicine at University of Liverpool. She is interested in monitoring and improving the safety and efficiency of regenerative medicine therapies. In particular, her research focuses on developing novel imaging probes and techniques for monitoring novel cell therapies.
Dr Stephen Patrick
University College London
Stephen is a Research Associate at the Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI) at University College London. He is interested in the development and application of novel in vivo imaging techniques for tracking cell-based therapies, biomaterials, and nanoparticles. Stephen’s non-invasive imaging work aims to better understand the behaviour of stem cells and other therapies in vivo, while working toward their clinical translation.
Dr. Blanka Sharma
University of Florida
Blanka Sharma is an Associate Professor and J. Crayton Pruitt Family Term Fellow at University of Florida. Her research aims to direct drug and cell delivery through manipulation of cell-material interactions for regenerative medicine and cancer applications . In particular, Blanka is focusing on understanding and modulating inflammatory mechanisms to achieve efficient site-specific delivery.
Dr. Thomas Heathman
Ori Biotech LTD
Thomas Heathman is the Vice President of Commercial Operations for North America for Ori Biotech Ltd and previously served as the Business Leader for North America for Hitachi Chemical Advanced Therapeutics Solutions. His work has been focused on the overall growth and competitive advantage of manufacturing and technology development.
Green Lab Associates
Martin Farley is the director of Green Lab Associates who help to improve the efficiency and sustainability of laboratories. Martin received the prestigious Green Gown award in 2015 in recognition of his work in implementing environmentally-friendly practices in UK universities.
The talks are held at 3pm BST (10am EST)
Prof Liesbet Geris
Dr Stephen Patrick
Manufacture and Sustainability
Dr James Kusena
Dr Thomas Heathman
Prof Michael Raghunath
Dr Blanka Sharma
Clinical Translation and Ethical Practices
Prof Patricia Murray
Prof Garry Duffy