The City is hosting the 10th annual World Stem Cell Summit (WSC) this week – it started Tuesday, December 2nd and ends tomorrow Friday December 4th. 1,400 attendees from 40 countries are expected to attend. The Summit is the world’s largest meeting of researchers, scientists, clinicians, regulators, patient advocates and investors engaged in the field of stem cell research and therapies.
The field of regenerative medicine is key to growth in the City’s bioscience industry and the City is poised to capitalize on this opportunity by partnering with local companies like StemBioSys, Inc. (an San Antonio Economic Development Council (SAEDC) investment) and BioBridge Global, as well as research being conducted at Fort Sam Houston in the critical care arena.
The City and the SAEDC played a vital role in persuading the Stem Cell Summit to choose San Antonio for its annual conference. However, this was a community-wide effort that included support from partners like BioMed SA, UTSA and Texas Research & Technology Foundation.
In addition, there was substantial private sector support from local entities like StemBioSys, Incell and Targeted Technology. Major sponsors of the WSC Summit include the UT Health Science Center, BioBridge Global, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and Southwest Research Institute.
For this year’s conference, the SAEDC worked with Summit organizers to hold its first Capital Markets Conference bringing stem cell companies and investors together for presentations and funding discussions. Three local companies will be presenting.
The City, SAEDF and Texans for Stem Cell Research hosted a welcome event on Tuesday evening at the Convention Center and last night at the Gala Dinner, Mayor Taylor presented a Proclamation to Bernard Siegel, Executive Director of the Genetics Policy Institute.
I believe the community’s impressive support led by a Host Committee chaired by Dr. Steve Davis and Linda Myers of BioBridge Global will convince the WSC Summit to return time and again to San Antonio.