Cell Therapy Liaision Meeting
November 23, 2020

Click this link for a summary of the 2020 CTLM meeting with the FDA. Links are embedded in the document to each presentation.


BioCoR, University of Minnesota Biopreservation Core Research presents:

Preservation of Cellular Therapies 2021
(BioCoR's annual short course on preservation of cell therapies)

Dates: May 18 - 19, 2021
Location:  The course will be offered online and potentially in person based on the COVID-19 situation in May 2021.
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Lecture topics:

  • Fundamentals of cryopreservation
  • Protocol development
  • Regulatory issues in cryopreservation
  • Designing a storage facility
  • Containers, reagents and equipment 
  • Emerging issues in preservation of cell therapies
  • Clinical cell cryopreservation
  • Quality control


The course is designed for a wide range of participants.  The course is appropriate for manufacturing engineers, managers as well as technicians who work with cell-based products: cell banks, biobanks, companies that use cell-based assays, cell therapy companies, regenerative medicine companies, hospitals or cell therapy laboratories.  The course material is designed for those who have little experience with preservation as well as those proficient in preservation who are interested in improving their practices.


Allison Hubel, PhD is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Biopreservation Core Resource (BioCoR,, a national resource in biopreservation. 

Diane Kadidlo received her B.S. from Iowa State University.  She has served as the Supervisor for the University of Minnesota Medical Center Clinical Cell Therapy Laboratory since 1996 overseeing the production of cell and tissue products.  

David McKenna, MD is a Professor of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology at the University of Minnesota where he holds the American Red Cross Chair in Transfusion Medicine.  He is the Scientific and Medical Director of Molecular & Cellular Therapeutics.

Ian M Pope, PhD, MBA, BSc is the Global Director of Cryo Solutions at Brooks Life Sciences. Ian has worked in the area of cryogenic systems for over 25 years, His expertise lies in the area of the practical application of cryogenics to the storage and preservation of biological materials. 

Fran Rabe has over 20 years of experience working in the areas of tissue and cell quality assurance and regulatory compliance.  She currently oversees the quality assurance aspect of operations at the University of Minnesota Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics (MCT) Facility.

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