29 - 31 October, 2019 | London, UK

Pre Conference Workshop Day

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Welcome Registration and Coffee

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Building your Manufacturing Process with Commercialization in Mind from Day One

Katy Spink - COO and Managing Partner, Dark Horse Consulting
With Cell and Gene Therapies transforming treatment options for patients with a variety of rare and chronic conditions, there is no doubt that it is an exciting time for developers, physicians and patients alike.  Unfortunately, issues of manufacturability still plague our industry, manifesting in challenges ranging from process robustness, scalability and high cost of goods.  If issues of manufacturability are not addressed early in development, the end result of product commercial failure is predictable. Unfortunately, our industry has seen many failures that can be traced to manufacturability, despite apparent proximate causes ranging from failed clinical trials, long development timelines, poor margins, or lack of compelling value for money. 
Whatever your current stage of development for your Cell or Gene Therapy product, now is the time to ensure that your development and commercialization strategy will pave the way for the transition to commercialization and market demand. Unfortunately, most development organizations have neither the time nor the money to build a commercial manufacturing process for use in Phase 1 clinical trials.
This workshop is designed to provide you with concrete and pragmatic steps you can take early in development to optimize your limited development resources towards development of a manufacturing process with commercialization in mind.
Attend this workshop to:
  • Understand common pitfalls and challenges in development of cell and gene therapy manufacturing processes
  • Discuss key steps you can take, regardless of stage of development or resource availability, to optimize future manufacturability of your product
  • Learn about key tools that can assist you in developing your ‘manufacture to market’ roadmap
Workshop Leader: Katy Spink, Ph.D., COO & Managing Partner, Dark Horse Consulting
Katy has spent the past 15 years in leadership roles in cell and gene therapy product development, including roles as a corporate officer of two publicly traded, clinical stage cell therapy companies.
Prior to joining Dark Horse in March of 2018, Katy served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Asterias Biotherapeutics. She was a founding member of the company’s executive team and led the company’s manufacturing, quality, facilities, process development, research, program management, business development, strategy, intellectual property and investor relations functions during her 5 year tenure at Asterias.  Katy started her career at strategic management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where she consulted for an array of biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical companies on topics ranging from R&D strategy to marketing and business development. She then moved on to Geron Corporation, initially in a business development role, and quickly rising to Senior Vice President of Cell Therapy Program Operations and Alliance Management. While at Geron, Katy led the team to FDA clearance to initiate the first-ever clinical trial of a pluripotent stem cell-derived therapy, among many other accomplishments. 
Katy has a B.A. in Biochemistry from Rice University, and a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Stanford University, where she was a Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellow.

Katy Spink

COO and Managing Partner
Dark Horse Consulting

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Close of Pre-Conference Workshop Day