Part of the PACT mission is to promote interest in cellular therapy/engineering among physicians and scientists-in-training and to prepare interested individuals for academic careers in cellular therapy/engineering. 

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PACT Workshops

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Developing Cellular Therapies

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Waisman Biomanufacturing (WB)
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
Madison, WI

April 9, 2013

Manufacturing Cell Therapy Products

Baylor College of Medicine, Center for Cell and Gene Therapy (CAGT)
Pavilion for Women
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, Texas

Day 1 - October 22, 2012

Day 2 - October 23, 2012

Getting to IND

City of Hope, Center for Applied Technology Development
Argyros Auditorium Duarte, CA

Day 1 - November 10, 2011

  • Larry Couture, PhD- Welcome and introductions
  • Robert Lindblad, MD - PACT, Overview Mission
  • Tina Etcheverry PhD - Critical Considerations for Bioprocessing of Stem Cells for Clinical Use (Presentation not available)
  • Chang-Yi Chen, PhD - Scalable expansion of hES cells in suspension culture (Presentation not available)
  • Timothy Cote, MD, MPH - Regulatory considerations: Early decisions and best practices
  • Martha Reitman, MD - Getting to IND, an Academic Industrial Perspective (Presentation not available)
Translational Development & Scale Up

University of Minnesota, Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics
Continuing Education & Conference Center
St. Paul, Minnesota

Day 1 - October 26, 2010

Day 2 - October 27, 2010

NHLBI PACT Workshop - Cell Therapy for Pediatric Diseases

National Library of Medicine
Lister Hill Center Auditorium
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

Workshop Booklet Day 1 - September 14, 2011

Session 1: Congenital Blood Disorders - Part 1

Session 1: Congenital Blood Disorders - Part 2

Session 2: Neurodegenerative Diseases and Brain Injury

Day 2 - September 15, 2011 Session 3: Regenerative Medicine

NHLBI PACT Workshop - Converging Concepts in Cell Therapy

Natcher Conference Center
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

Day 1 - April 23, 2009

Session 1: T-Regulatory Cells

Session 2: Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Session 3: Antigen-Specific T Cells

Session 4: Engineered T Cells

Session 5: Natural Killer Cells

Day 2 - April 24, 2009

Session 6: Dendritic Cells

Session 7: Cell Trafficking and Imaging Techniques

  • Marianna Sabatino, MD - Imaging and Cell Therapy
  • Erin F. Simonds, PhD Candidate - (Presentation not available)
  • Zhenghong Lee, PhD - (Presentation not available)
  • Eric T. Ahrens, PhD - (Presentation not available
Innovative Cellular Therapies and Methods at GMP Cell Therapy Facilities

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Immunological Monitoring and Cellular Products Laboratory
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Laboratory 
Herberman Conference Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Day 1 - May 5, 2008

Day 2 - May 6, 2008

Design and Operation of GMP Cell Therapy Facilities

University of Minnesota
Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics
Earle Browne Continuing Education and Conference Center 
St. Paul, Minnesota

Day 1 - April 10, 2007

Day 2 - April 11, 2007

Design and Operation of GMP Cell Therapy Facilities

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Day 1 - April 4, 2006

Day 2 - April 5, 2006

PACT Webseminars

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March 14, 2017 - Accelerating Your Cell Therapy
Web Seminar Flyer

Registration for the web seminar

A free, interactive web seminar to discuss the revised PACT Program and to answer participants’ questions about the program’s goals, the application process and criteria, and the details surrounding PACT manufacturing assistance.

Representatives from the 5 PACT Cell Processing Facilities will present on their diverse product manufacturing capabilities. NHLBI and Emmes will discuss the program’s scope and application process.

  • Joseph Gold, PhD - Center for Biomedicine and Genetics, City of Hope
    • Dr. Joseph Gold spent 16 years at Geron Corporation, leading research into therapeutic applications of embryonic stem cells.  He served for 4 years as associate director of translational research at Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, and is now Director of Manufacturing at the Center for Biomedicine and Genetics in the Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope.
  • Linda Kelley, PhD - Moffitt Cancer Center
    • Dr. Linda Kelley is a Professor of Oncological Sciences at the University of South Florida and Senior Member at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. She serves as the Director of the Moffitt cGMP Cell Therapy Facility.
  • Adrian Gee MI Biol, PhD - Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine
    • Adrian Gee is the Director of GMP facilities at the Center for Cell & Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He has more than 30 years experience in cellular therapies, with particular interest in regulatory aspects, facility design and manufacturing technologies. He was instrumental in the founding of the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cell Therapy (FACT).
  • Aisha Khan, PhD (candidate) - ISCI Cellular Manufacturing Program, University of Miami
    • Aisha Khan has twenty-one years of leading-edge research experience in developing cellular therapy products, mesenchymal stem cells, cardiac progenitor stem cells, and manufacturing of various other types of cells and vaccines. She manages all aspects of medical research labs that are focused on developing various types of stem cells and manufacturing a wide variety of cellular products. Ms. Khan regularly serves as the subject matter expert and consultant for many U.S. and international organizations on cell processing, development, and manufacturing. She is involved in streamlining laboratory operations and developing SOPs in order to maintain quality assurance and compliance with all requirements of FDA, FACT, AABB, CLIA, and other organizations.
  • David McKenna, MD - University of Minnesota, Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics Facility
    • David McKenna is a Professor of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology and holds the American Red Cross Chair in Transfusion Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  He serves as the Director of the Division of Transfusion Medicine and the Scientific and Medical Director of Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics (MCT), the University’s cGMP facility.

NHLBI (PACT funding institution) and Emmes (Coordinating Center for PACT) will discuss the program’s scope and application process.


September 25, 2014 - Challenges and Problem-Solving in Cell Therapy Product Development


May 8, 2014 - Scaling Up Cell Culture: Application of Closed Cell Culture Systems in Clinical Research


November 14, 2013 - Ask the Experts


February 20, 2013 - Cell Therapy for Lung Indications


September 27, 2012 - Protecting Patients from Harm: Ethical, Legal & Policy Responses to Domestic and International Marketing of Clinically Unproven Stem Cell Interventions


February 23, 2012 - Adverse Events and Reactions In Cellular Therapy


August 11, 2011 - Preparing for a FDA Inspection


May 4, 2010 - PACT Web Seminar

The NHLBI and EMMES (PACT Coordinating Center) presentations are available for viewing and printing using the link below. The 5 PACT facility speaker presentations are not available on our website. Please contact the speakers regarding their presentations. Speaker contact information can be found in the Webcast Overview Document embedded in the link below:

May 4, 2010 PACT Webcast Presentation Overview 


October 15, 2009 - Interpretation of the Final Rule: cGMP and Investigational New Drugs Intended for Use in Phase 1 Clinical Trials

July 16, 2009 - Deviation Management of Type 351 and 361 Cell Products


January 29, 2009 - Qualification: Vendor, Equipment and Supplies



November 6, 2008 - Delivering Effective and Result-based Training


July 31, 2008 - Validation Processes


June 25, 2008 - NHLBI Training and Funding Opportunities & Overview of Cell Therapy in Lung Biology and Disease


Februray 21, 2008 - Cryopreservation of Cell Therapy Products


October 11, 2007 - Preparing for an FDA Inspection


July 19, 2007 - Interpreting AABB & FACT Cell Therapy Standards


February 22, 2007 - Adverse Event Reporting (Reporting Issues & Requirements)


October 26, 2006 - Cell Therapy Data Management


July 20, 2006 - Facility Master Files, SOP Development, Deviation Management System


January 19, 2006 - Rapid Release Testing, Product Transportation, Workflow Analysis: Handling Multiple Specimens


July 14, 2005 - CMC Writing, Biological Product Deviation Reporting and Staff Training & Competency Testing


March 31, 2005 - Validation, equipment management and facility cleaning and disinfection


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