Opening of the World Conference on Regenerative Medicine / Around 1000 leading scientists discuss latest research findings

The World Conference on Regenerative Medicine will get underway in Leipzig tomorrow. Researchers, medicalpractitioners and company representatives will take part in the event, which is being held at the Congress Center Leipzig until 25 October. Here they will be able to exchange views on the latest developments and findings in the fields of stem cell research, cell therapy, biomaterials and tissue engineering.

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"It is the sixth time that the World Conference on Regenerative Medicine is being held in Leipzig. This indicates how well the World Conference and the City of Leipzig have established themselves as an outstanding platform for international networking and collective scientific research in the field of regenerative medicine. We are particularly looking forward to working together with Canada - the first partner country we have collaborated with for this conference," emphasized Conference President Professor Frank Emmrich.

Through the involvement of Mick Bhatia, the Leipzig conference has been able to bring on board a highly reputable stem cell researcher from Canada. He will give a lecture on differentiation, plasticity and pluripotency in human cells as part of the opening programme in the morning. Renowned German stem cell researcher Jürgen Hescheler will also give a talk the same evening on "Human embryonic stem cells for toxicological screening models".

The three-day event will be opened by the Canadian ambassador, Marie Gervais-Vidricaire. Other guests include Roland Werner, State Secretary of the Saxon State Ministry for Economy, Labour and Transport, and Uwe Albrecht, Mayor for Economic Affairs of the City of Leipzig.

Under the title "Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products: from bench to bedside", an academic workshop held by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will also take place for the first time in Leipzig. This will bring together representatives from industry, science and the regulatory authorities to discuss future development paths and challenges concerning the European approval of innovative therapeutic products. The workshop has been organised by the EMA's Committee for Advanced Therapies (CAT) together with the Translational Centre for Regenerative Medicine of the University of Leipzig.

The World Conference on Regenerative Medicine is organised every two years by the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology and the Translational Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Leipzig. For further details and the final scientific programme, please visit the conference homepage: