An ECI Conference Series

Feb 7-11, 2021
Loews Coronado Bay Hotel
Coronado, CA

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About This Conference

Conference Chairs

Sean Palecek, University of Wisconsin
Damian Marshall, Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult
Fernanda Masri, Sartorius Stedim Biotech

Steering Committee 

Dolores Baksh (GE Healthcare, USA)
Mike Betenbaugh (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Tom Brieva (Celgene, USA)
Barry Buckland, Chair (BiologicB,LLC, USA)
Manuel Carrondo (IBET – Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica, Portugal)
Peter Gray (AIBN – University of Queensland, Australia)
Chris Mason (University College London, United Kingdom)
Bill Miller (Northwestern University, USA)
Lars Nielsen (The University of Queensland, Australia)
Rod Rietze (Novartis Pharmaceuticals, USA)
Greg Russotti (Century Therapeutics, USA)
Ivan Wall (Aston University, United Kingdom)
Peter Zandstra (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Organizing Committee

Paula Alves (IBET & ITQB), Portugal
Sven Ansorge (ExcellThera), Canada
Stefano Baila (Anemocyte), Belgium
Ricardo Baptista (Procella Therapeutics), UK
Nina Bauer (Millipore Sigma), USA
Lorraine Borland (Sartorius Stedim Biotech)
Amit Chandra (YPOSKESI), France
Elizabeth Cheeseman (Loughborough University), UK
Gisele Deblandre (Masthercell), Belgium
Jo Mountford (SNBTS Advanced Therapeutics), Scotland
Clive Glover (GE Healthcare Life Sciences), Canada
Azadeh Golipour (Avro Bio)
Mike Kallos (University of Calgary), Canada
Masahiro Kino-Oka (Osaka University), Japan
Todd McDevitt (Gladstone Industries), USA
Jen Moody (Morphocell)
Qasim Rafiq (University College London-UK)
David Schaffer (University of California Berkeley), USA

Christopher Hewitt Outstanding Young Investigator Award

Call for Nominations

Engineering Conferences International is pleased to announce that nominations for the Christopher Hewitt Outstanding Young Investigator Award are now open.  The award recipient will be a promising young scientist whose work shows exceptional promise in the field of process development of cell based and gene based therapies.  The award includes the opportunity to present their research at the conference. 

Chris was a leading biological engineer, distinguished for his research using flow cytometry and cell sorting to understand the interaction of the cell with the bioreactor environment within such diverse areas as microbial fermentation, bio-remediation, bio-transformation, brewing and cell culture. He was also the co-founder of the Centre for Biological Engineering at Loughborough University, where he developed a world-leading team in regenerative medicine bioprocessing. In particular, his team made a significant contribution to the literature on the culture and recovery of fully functional human mesenchymal stem cells in stirred bioreactors based on sound biochemical engineering and fluid dynamic considerations essential to scale-up for commercialization.  In recognition of his achievements, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2018. 

Chris Hewett was an active contributor to the ECI conference series “Advancing Manufacturing for Cell based and Gene Based Therapies” .  We will miss him. This is the first time this award will be presented. 

Eligibility:  Any graduate student or post-doc is eligible as is any researcher with fewer than 5 years of industrial or academic experience.  Individuals who meet these criteria are invited to submit an abstract to be considered for presentation at the 2021 Advancing Manufacture of Cell and Gene Therapies Conference, curriculum vitae; and two supporting letters of recommendation.

Submission of Nominations: Nominations will be accepted from January 1, 2020 through September 15, 2020..  The abstract should be submitted through the normal ECI procedure but a copy of it should accompany the curriculum vita and letters of recommendation.  Please email to – subject line should read: Christopher Hewitt Award Nomination for (name of nominee)

Venue Information

The conference will take place at Loews Coronado Bay Hotel (4000 Coronado Bay Road, Coronado, California).  Set on Coronado Bay directly across the street from Silver Strand State Beach, the hotel is just over two miles to San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The hotel is set on a 15-acre peninsula with beach access via a pedestrian underpass.  The multi-building, three-floor resort offers 439 rooms and suite that are light and airy. Room views include bay, marina, pool or gardens. There is free Wi-Fi and the rooms have Keurig coffeemakers and ample outlets. The hotel has tennis courts, bicycle rentals, a fitness center, spa and three swimming pools.  Both self and valet parking are available for an additional fee.

San Diego attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and the Gaslamp Quarter are each approximately a 25 minute trip from the hotel.

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General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a not-for-profit, global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962 that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Poster sessions will be scheduled for evening discussion as well. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.