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Science for health: Advancing Gene Therapy

Science for health: Advancing Gene Therapy
21 November 2022
Start time
10:00 CET
Brussels, Belgium
Science for Health

Gene therapy could enable patients to live without the need for ongoing treatments or the burden of daily disease management. How are we turning this promise into reality? 

This year, Science for health will plot the course for the Belgian life sciences ecosystem towards a bright future in gene therapy, based on expert insights into the field’s unique challenges and inspiring stories of success.

At this yearly event, experts are connected around a central theme to promote out-of-the-box thinking and spark new research collaborations. This strengthens the local ecosystem and creates inspired solutions improving the life of patients.

Meet academics, industry leaders and policymakers — Get inspired and join forces!


  • 10:00 – 10:15   Welcome by MEDVIA
  • 10:15 – 10:45   Gene therapy: current and future treatment modalities, Katherine High, AskBio
  • 10:45 – 11:10   Clinical development and regulatory challenges, Willeke van Roon, DCRT
  • 11:10 – 12:10   Panel discussion on health economics, patient perspectives and pricing
  • 12:10 – 12:35   Challenges in manufacturing, Morgan O’Brien, Janssen Pharmaceutica
  • 12:35 – 13:45   Lunch and networking exhibition

Parallel session: Gene Restauration

  • 13:45 – 14:10 In-vivo dendritic cell transfection to treat cancer – eTheRNA, speaker TBC
  • 14:10 – 14:35 Gene therapies for neurological disorders – Monica Bennett, Novartis

Parallel session: Gene Controlling and Silencing

  • 13:45 – 14:10 ASO therapies in oncology – Rob MacLeodFlamingo Therapeutics
  • 14:10 – 14:35 Pharmacological control of therapeutic transgene expression – Sebastian Kügler, University of Göttingen

Plenary session: how to build a bright future for gene therapy in Belgium?

  • 15:05 – 15:30  How can governments help? An overview of selected European cases | Filip De Weerdt, Flanders Investment and Trade 
  • 15:30 – 16:15  Panel discussion: the future of Belgian gene therapy
  • 16:15 – 16:45  How to overcome the technical challences we all face? |  Federico Mingozzi, Spark Therapeutics
  • 16:45 – 17:55 Closing remarks
  • 17:55 – 19:00 Networking reception

Science for health is a joint organization from the following partners: