Session Chair Profile

Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Strategic Research & Scientific Co-Founder, immunai

Biography
Danny Wells is a scientific co-founder at Immunai and currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Research. Danny joined the founding team of Immunai during his time as an investigator at the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, where he was the founding principal data scientist and led research efforts in genomics and reverse translational medicine. Danny has co-authored dozens of research articles around the intersection of (single-cell) genomics and cancer immunotherapy that have collectively been cited thousands of times, including papers published in Nature, Cell, and Nature Medicine. Before joining the Parker Institute, Danny completed a postdoctoral fellowship in evolutionary biology at the University of California, Berkeley, his PhD in Computational Biology and Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University, where he was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and a BA in Mathematics from Carleton College where received the Galovich Prize for accomplishment in undergraduate mathematics research.


 Session Abstract – PMWC 2022 Silicon Valley


Track Chair:
Ira Mellman, Genentech

Human cells have been successfully used as treatment for blood cancers for decades but translating the promise to cell-based treatment for solid tumors has been slow. The advent of gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR, coupled with advances in our understanding of immunology and optimization of growing, manufacturing, transporting, storing, and handling specialized biological samples and materials is transforming the cell therapy field. We will hear in this session about some of the most promising work in the field, as well as the challenges in overcoming resistance

    Sessions:
  • Recent Advances in Cell-based Therapy
    Session Chair: Ira Mellman, Genentech
    - Nicholas Haining, ArsenalBio
    - Elliot Norry, Adaptimmune
    - Sarah Cooley, Fate Therapeutics
    - Tina Alberton, Lyell
  • Patentability of Immunotherapies - Latest Developments
    - Janet Xiao, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Cell-based Therapy Challenges
    Session Chair: Lawrence Corey, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    - Sharon Benzeno, Adaptive Biotechnologies
    - Arati Rao, PACT Pharma
    - Mark Kotter, bit.bio
  • Next Generation siRNA RX
    - Joe Gray, OHSU
  • Next-generation Supply Chain For Cell & Gene Therapies
    Session Chair: Sharon Benzeno, Adaptive Biotechnologies
    - Amy DuRoss, Vineti
    - Tim Moore, Pact Pharma
    - Teresa Foy, BMS
  • Biomarkers to Guide Immunotherapy
    Session Chair: Danny Wells, ImmunAI
    - Sanjeev Mariathasan, Genentech
    - Christine Spencer, PICI
    - Klaus Lindpaintner, InterVenn Bioscience
  • Advances in Multi-Omic Spatial Profiling
    Session Chair: Sarah Warren, NanoString Technologies
    - Chris Corless, OHSU
  • Engineered Therapeutics
    Session Chair: Daniel Chen, SITC
    - Kole Roybal, UCSF
    - Paul Parren, Lava Therapeutics
    - Sonja Schrepfer, UCSF