Session Chair Profile

Ph.D., VP, Research and Early Development, Graphite Bio

Dr. Vanessa Soros is VP of Research and Early Development of Graphite Bio, a gene editing and cell therapy company, leading discovery research and development efforts. Prior to Graphite Bio, Dr. Soros was Sr. Director of Antibody Development and Engineering at Tizona Therapeutics, where her work led to several first-in-class antibody therapeutics to novel immune-oncology targets. Prior to Tizona, Vanessa was a lead scientist in the development of discovery platforms and screening systems for novel biologics at both Catalyst Biosciences and Sea Lane Biotechnologies. Vanessa obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics and pursued her postdoctoral studies at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, at the University of California, San Francisco.

 Session Abstract – PMWC 2022 Silicon Valley

Track Chair:
Vanessa Soros, Graphite Bio


  • Gene & Cell Therapies Overview
    - Janice Chen, Mammoth
  • Advances in Gene & Cell Therapies
    Session Chair: Vanessa Soros, Graphite Bio
    - Mark McKee, Intellia Tx
    - Amy Simon, Beam Therapeutics
    - Eric Ostertag, Poseida Therapuetics
  • Translating CGT to the Clinic (PANEL)
    Session Chair: Nicole K. Paulk, UCSF
    - Matthew Porteus, Stanford
    - Eric Crombez, Ultragenyx Gene Therapy
    - Peter Francis, 4D Molecular Therapeutics
    - Erandi De Silva, Forge Biologics
    - Patrice Hugo, Q2 Solutions
  • PMWC Showcase
    - Yuri Fesko, Labcorp
    - Yan Zhang, Mission Bio
    - Anil Narasimha, Mekonos Inc.
    - Emily Anderson, Horizon, a PerkinElmer Company
    - Peter Marinkovich, Stanford
    - Jesse Salk, Twinstrand
    - William Shrader, AcureX Therapeutics
  • Past, Present and Future of CRISPR Where will CRISPR Take Us and How is the Technology Evolving to Realize its Full Potential (PANEL)
    Session Chair: Janice Chen, Mammoth
    - Kiana Aran, Cardea Bio
    - Mark McKee, Intellia Tx
    - Josh Lehrer, Graphite Bio