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From Your Regional Leadership

Dear ISCT members,

I recently took over the vice presidency for the Europe region for ISCT. This is a tremendous honour and responsibility which I have high expectations for and which I will work hard to make a success. During my more than 40 years in cellular therapies, I have had the privilege to follow the birth and evolution of our field, witnessing the inception of ISCT as well as its progression to the major international cell and gene therapy organization it has become today.

Speaking of evolution, I recognise that we are currently experiencing one of the most exciting moments in the genetic and cellular therapy field, including the paradigmatic shift of industry focus on immunotherapy and regenerative medicine. Additionally, the acceleration in CGT knowledge creation and its dissemination is leading to new challenges for ISCT, such as a new, globalized world where we need to pursue the equity of patient access to new therapies. We must have a strong and ambitious ISCT to face these challenges, embracing our organization’s deep well of enthusiasm and talent.

Here, in Europe, I know my fellow committee members also share my vision and they will work side by side to ensure that the Society will achieve its objectives. While our commitment is solid, I know that in order to succeed, we will need the support of every European ISCT member as well as the alliances with our dedicated partners including industry members, sister societies, regulators and governments – among many others.

During the next two years, the committee will constantly keep the patients´ health in mind as the main objective, leveraging the expertise and passion of the Society’s members, promoting a stronger ISCT presence in every country by offering new, valuable opportunities to professionals, industry and institutions. We will establish a stronger communications network which will be the foundation from which to link existing as well as new programs with the priorities of promoting education, increasing expertise of our present and future members, and, finally, facilitating professional development.

I understand that this might all sound too ambitious, but I believe it is possible. This reminds of a sentence I heard in the late 60s: “Be realistic, demand the impossible!”

That’s what we’ll do.

Joan Garcia-Lopez, MD, PhD
ISCT Europe Vice-President 
Banc De Sang i Teixits


2020 - 2021 Regional Executive Committee Members

Joan Garcia-Lopez, MD, PhD
Regional Vice-President 

June 2019 - June 2021
Director of Research and Education Banc De Sang i Teixits Spain

Massimiliano Gnecchi, MD, PhD
Regional Vice-President Elect
June 2019 - June 2021
University of Pavia & IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo Hospital
Pavia, Italy

Jaap Jan Zwaginga, MD, PhD
Regional Secretary
June 2020 - June 2023
Leiden University Medical Center, Dept. Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion
Joaquim Vives, PhD
Regional Treasurer
June 2020 - June 2023
Banc de Sang I Teixits

Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee: Europe  Click here to view


Regional Breaking News

ISCT Scholarship Program for EU Members
ISCT is proud to offer full tuition scholarships for 3 ISCT EU Members to enroll in the 2021/2022 Master’s in Manufacturing of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products at the University of Granada. Read More

International Online Summer Course at Murcia University - Cell Therapy: From the Basic Science to the Clinic and Return
Course dates: 30 September - 2 October, 2020. Read More. 

Relevant information from the European Commission related to national regulatory requirements for EU countries, including Norway, for investigational medicinal products containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) - Click here

European Commission formally adopts Guidelines on GMP for ATMPs - Click here

Key milestone event celebrating 10 years of ATMP regulation in Europe.

The abstract book from the November 10, 2017 event in Rome is now available to ISCT members, please click here to access.

Italian and Spanish Translations of the ISCT Presidential Task Force Landmark Publication on the Use of Unproven Cellular Therapies Now Available Read More

UK Government Announces New Investment in Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult Manufacturing Centre Read More


Upcoming Regional Events


Past Events

Selection, Validation and Implementation of Rapid Microbiological Methods for ATMPs - National University of Galway, Ireland
June 12 - 13, 2019
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Workshop/Meeting on GMP Manufacturing, Scale-Up and Challenges of ATMP - National University of Galway, Ireland
November 14-15, 2018
ISCT Officer Presenting: Mark Lowdell

Read More

ISCT Europe 2018 Regional Meeting - Florence, Italy

September 12-14, 2018
Firenze Fiera Congress and Exhibition Center

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Celebrating 10 years of ATMP regulation in Europe: Past, Present and Future - Rome, Italy
November 10, 2017
ISCT Officer Co-Chair: Massimo Dominici
Read More 

Cell Therapy Manufacturing - Amsterdam, Netherlands
December 6, 2017
ISCT Officers Presented: Miguel Forte and Mark Lowdell
Read More

ISCT Webinar: Outsmart Commercialization Pain-Points Before They Happen
September 19, 2017
Organized by the ISCT Process and Product Development Subcommittee
Read More

2017 TERMIS - EU Conference Davos, Switzerland
June 26 - 30, 2017
ISCT Officers Presented: Mark Lowdell and Massimo Dominici
Read More

EBMT 2017 - Marseille, France
March 25 - 29, 2017
ISCT Officers Presented at Joint Session Catherine Bollard, Mark Lowdell, John Barrett and Adrian Gee
Read More



First Two CAR T-Cell Medicines Recommended for Approval in the EU - Click Here

June Update - Click Here

April Update - Click Here


European Commission formally adopts Guidelines on GMP for ATMPs - Click Here

November Update - Click Here

September Update - Click Here

April Update - Click Here

February Update Click Here


December Update - Click Here

October Update - Click Here


ISCT Europe 2018 Regional Meeting

Webinar Series

The ISCT Europe 2018 Regional Meeting Webinar Series includes:

Webinar 1 - Extracellular Vesicles

Webinar 2 - An Insight into the Development and Regulation of Innovative  Cell & Gene Based Products 

Webinar 3 - Clinical Trials: How to get the most out of your Clinical Trials

Webinar 4 - Hematopoietic Stem Cell Gene Therapy for Genetic Diseases: Clinical Trials Spotlight

Webinar 5 - Allogeneic CAR-T; the View from the Ward



Congratulations to Bechara Mfarrej, MS from Marseilles, France, Anton Terwisscha van Scheltinga, PhD from Leiden, Netherlands and Karin Wisskirchen, PhD from Munich, Germany, selected as International Scholars at the Cell Therapy Training Course held in Seattle from October 23-27, 2017! Click here to view


Past Meetings

   2018 Regional Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting 

Program - Click here

Presentations and Abstract Book - coming soon

Annual Meeting Website - Click here

2015 Regional Meeting 

Program Click here

Presentations  (members only) - Click here 

2014 Annual Meeting

ProgramClick here

Presentations and Abstract Book (members only)Click here

2011 Annual Meeting

ProgramClick here

Presentations and Abstract Book (members only) Click here

September 11 - 14, 2010

Belgirate, Italy

2010 Regional Meeting

September 14 - 16, 2008

Antwerp, Belgium

2008 Regional Meeting 


Past Webinars

November 25, 2014 Cell Therapy Clinical Trials in the EU
June 17, 2013
ATMP Regulations
May 25, 2012   Potency Assays for Mesenchymal Tissue Regeneration

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