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From Your Regional Leadership

As the new Vice-President for this passionate committee, I would like to personally welcome you to the Asia region page of ISCT.

Within countries and regions across Asia, the cell and gene therapy field is developing at an unprecedented rate. Thanks to significant government and financial support for the area, Asia is becoming a center of bustling activity for cell and gene therapy development – there is a heightened sense of camaraderie amongst our researchers, technologists, clinicians and industry partners.

As the Vice-President, I am honored and eager to promote “connection, communication and translation”, which is not only ISCT’s mantra but are practices essential to the success of the cell and gene therapy industry, leveraging the camaraderie I previously mentioned. As the leading global steward for translation of cell and gene therapies, ISCT facilitates regulatory expertise, process development, clinical delivery and scientific thought leadership around the world. Additionally, when groups and individuals in Asia connect, we can learn from each other, achieving the ultimate goal of the harmonization of the different areas of cell and gene therapy.

My goals in this role are very much in line with ISCT’s vision and mission. I want to encourage all cell and gene therapy professionals in Asia to connect, communicate and translate, creating a larger, collaborative network in Asia where safe, innovative therapies can be tested and developed for the benefit of others.

There is huge potential for cell and gene therapy in Asia at the moment. Industries in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Malaysia and Singapore are growing rapidly, working together as a cohesive family. By partnering with other ISCT regions across the globe, I am confident that we can advance the field forward, connecting the many complementary areas of cell and gene therapy to develop new, life-changing medicines for the public and their families.

Oscar Lee, MD, PhD
ISCT Asia Regional Vice-President
National Yang- Ming University


 2020 - 2021 Regional Executive Committee Members

Oscar Lee, MD, PhD
Regional Vice-President
June 2019 - June 2021
National Yang- Ming University
Bryan Choi, PhD
Regional Vice-President Elect 
June 2019 - June 2021
Strategic Center for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) & Inha University
Incheon, South Korea

Shin Kawamata, MD, PhD
Regional Secretary
June 2020 - June 2023
Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation
Kunihiko Suzuki, MBA
Regional Treasurer
June 2020 - June 2023


Upcoming Regional Events


Past Events

SCSS-ISCT Joint Symposium 2019 'Frontiers of Cell Therapy' - Singapore
November 13-15, 2019

Catch up on the meeting highlights with the following meeting summaries:

Keynote lecture by Bruce Levine
ISCT President Elect
Panel discussion on the business of cell and gene therapy

Photography by Li Yen Chong


Advanced Cell Therapy Shanghai Summit 2018 - Shanghai, China
October 29-31, 2018
ISCT Officers Presenting: John Rasko and Bruce Levine

ISCT President John Rasko and ISCT President-Elect
Bruce Levine

Asian Cellular Therapy Organization Meeting (ACTO) 2018 - Chiang Mai, Thailand
October 26-29, 2018
ISCT Officer Presenting: John Rasko

ISCT President John Rasko   ACTO 2018

Japanese Society of Hematology 80th Annual Meeting - Osaka, Japan
October 12 - 14, 2018
ISCT Officers Presenting at
 Joint Session Catherine Bollard and David Gottlieb
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ISCT Asia Regional Vice-President
Satoshi Takahashi and 
ISCT Immediate
Past President Catherine Bollard
Satoshi Takahashi, David Gottlieb, Catherine BollardHiroaki Ikeda, and Yozo Nakazawa 

ISCT Webinar: Case Registration in Cell Therapy
August 20, 2018 19:00 PDT, 22:00 EDT, 11:00 JST (next day)
Organized by the ISCT Asia Regional Executive Committee
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ICBMT 2018 Annual Meeting - Busan, South Korea
August 30 - September 1, 2018
ISCT Speakers Presenting at Joint Session: Satoshi Takahashi and William Hwang Ying Khee
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Phacilitate Trade Mission: Navigating Asia - Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo, Japan
June 26 - 28, 2018
ISCT Officer Presented: William Milligan
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ISCT - BTI Cell Therapy Course, Singapore
November 29, 2017
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ACTO 2017 - Tokyo, Japan
October 27 - 29, 2017
ISCT Officers Presented: Oscar K Lee, Jacques Galipeau and Satoshi Takahashi
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International Conference of Developmental Biology, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan
September 15-16, 2017
ISCT Officer Presented: Oscar Lee
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Forum for Innovative Regenerative Medicine - Japan
September 1, 2017
ISCT Officer Presented: Satoshi Takahashi
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BioTaiwan 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan
June 28 - July 2, 2017
ISCT Officers Presented: Oscar Lee and William Milligan
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ACTO 2016 - Beijing, China
13 November, 2016
ISCT Officers Presented: Massimo Dominici and Steve Oh
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Regional Breaking News

Indian Council of Medical Research
Draft National Guidelines for Gene Therapy Product Development and Clinical Trials - Read More


Queenie Jang, ISCT CEO, presenting at the Global Forum on the Trends & Prospects of Regenerative Medicine in Taipei, Taiwan on July 18, 2019.

Oscar Lee, Bruce Levine, Shing Mou Lee

Bruce Levine, ISCT President-Elect sits down with Oscar Lee, ISCT VP Elect Asia, during a recent trip to Taipei where Bruce was speaking at the Taiwan Joint Cancer Conference (website).

ISCT announces MoU with The Forum for Innovative Regenerative Medicine (FIRM) - Read More

Simplified and Traditional Chinese Translations of the ISCT Presidential Task Force Landmark Publication on the Use of Unproven Cellular Therapies Now Available - Read More

ISCT Immediate Past Co Vice-President, Asia, Steve Oh, PhD featured in The Medicine Maker Advancing Medical Supplement - Read More

Indian Council of Medical Research
National Guidance of Stem Cell Research - Read More 


Congratulations to Charan Thej, MS from Bangalore, India, selected as an International Scholar at the Cell Therapy Training Course held in Seattle from October 23-17, 2017! Click here to view


Emerging Economies Membership

ISCT is committed to creating a truly global community of cell & gene therapy professionals and is pleased to offer reduced membership rates for members residing in countries with Emerging Economies. For a list of eligible countries (as defined by the World Bank) and more information please Click here.


Past Meetings

2016 Annual Meeting 

Program - Click here

Presentations and Abstract Book (members only) - Click here


Past Webinars

 October 26, 2016 Derivation, Expansion and Quality Control of Human MSCs for GMP-grade Cell Manufacturing in Monolayer & Suspension Cultures
February 26, 2016 The New Regulatory Framework for Regenerative Medicine in Japan

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