Even Better, if That’s Possible

“This year’s meeting is shaping up to be even better, if that’s possible,” says CBA President Joanne Kurtzberg, comparing this year’s Cord Blood Connect international congress with last year’s inaugural event.

“The meeting will focus on the future of cord blood and birthing tissues and their potential and novel applications for transplantation and regenerative medicine,” she said. “We have a first-rate roster of speakers who will address both scientific and technical aspects of cellular manufacturing, MSC manufacturing and characterization, quality assurance, optimal cord blood donor selection, novel clinical trial design, regulatory challenges, clinical applications, and much, much more.”

Dr. Kurtzberg said that those attending last year’s congress will remember the important and practical sessions, the great oceanside accommodations, wonderful food, access to the beach, and other attractions in Miami Beach. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive from the representatives of 33 countries attending the congress.

This year the congress opens on Friday, Sept. 13. However, “first there will be two exciting pre-conference sessions on Thursday, the pre-conference day. The Perinatal Stem Cell Society will host a full day of scientific sessions. In addition, the WMDA-NetCord and FACT are sponsoring a Cord Blood Day which will include scientific sessions. FACT also will hold a Cord Blood Quality Boot Camp and FACT Inspector Training workshop,” Dr. Kurtzberg said.

Separate registrations are required for the pre-conference Perinatal Stem Cell Society Meeting and the WMDA-NetCord Cord Blood Day.

“I am especially proud to tell you that the CBA will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Hal Broxmeyer on Friday morning. Hal also will give the keynote address on the first morning of the conference,” she said.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing all of you at the second Cord Blood Connect meeting this year.“