At NanoString Dr. Rhodes worked on all aspects of NanoString technologies as developed from a mid plex gene expression company, into a spatial biology company, culminating in the release of GeoMx DSP and CosMx SMI. A a post doc in Chicago working on genetics of metal transport in P. aeruginosa was followed returned to UK to work at United Kingdom Human Genome Mapping Project Resource Centre in charge of four teams: - Mouse resequencing, linkage Hotel, Academic Services and Custom services. Joined Applied Biosystems in 1999, worked on Genotyping, qPCR and Next Generation Sequencing. Joined NanoString in 2012 after seeing the potential of the nCounter technology to take the discoveries from NGS and apply them to translational research.
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