Dr Aaron T. T. Chuang
Dr Aaron T. T. Chuang is the former Chief Scientific Officer of Plasticell. He was previously the Research Director of the Regenerative Medicine Unit at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where he worked for over 18 years. Dr Chuang was the main driver behind GSK’s stem cell R&D since initiating the first stem cell programme in 2004. He was instrumental in establishing GSK’s alliance with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute in 2008, and subsequently coordinated all collaborative projects. He was also the lead biologist initiating GSK’s cell and gene therapy projects, and the lead scientist in the neuro-regeneration programme. He has served as industrial advisor on high profile stem cell initiatives globally, including the UK Stem Cell Initiative, UK Cell Therapy Catapult and the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Dr Chuang holds BSc and PhD degrees in Physiology from the University of London.
Prof Nick Allen
Prof Allen is a Reader at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University. His research focus is the development and plasticity of neural stem cells, principally using the differentiation of embryonic stem cells as a model system. Prof Allen was previously a Principal Investigator at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge, and holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Cambridge.
Prof Tony Cass
Professor Cass is Professor of Chemical Biology, in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London. His research interests are in the field of protein engineering and analytical biotechnology: his work was responsible for the development of the first electronic blood glucose measuring system, for which he received the Royal Society’s Mullard Medal. Professor Cass is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.
Prof Sir Martin Evans FRS
Sir Martin is President of Cardiff University and previously Director of the School of Biosciences and Professor of Mammalian Genetics at Cardiff University. He is widely recognized as the father of stem cell research, having been the first to isolate embryonic stem cells from the mouse. Sir Martin has published over 125 research papers, is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and is the recipient of numerous honours and prizes, including the 2007 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in recognition of his pioneering work on stem cells.
Prof Andrew Griffiths
Professor Griffiths is Director of the Laboratory of Biological Chemistry at the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France. He is a leading expert in combinatorial biology methods, being an inventor on over 19 MRC patents on antibody phage display, and the co-inventor of the in vitro compartmentalization (IVC) method of directed protein evolution on which he currently works. Professor Griffiths was previously a group leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, and holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Leicester.