Current Trends in Biotherapeutics Workshop
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Recent developments in biotherapeutic tools and techniques are driving better health outcomes and the commercialization of promising technologies and therapies. This workshop will cover innovative ways of using data to inform decision-making, and solutions for delivering complex cell and gene therapies. These tools and capabilities are being developed in the context of a rapidly changing industry, which may have an impact on the rate and direction of progress. Final products are subject to a commercialization and reimbursement framework that is being challenged by the pace, scale and novelty of this new era of biotechnology. The latter half of this workshop will cover the mechanisms for investment to support commercialization of promising products.

The agenda includes TedTalk speaker Dr. Andrew Pelling from the University of Ottawa delivering the keynote address. With additional presentations from

  • Alexandre Le Bouthier, Co-founder, Imagia
  • Shana Kelley, Professor, University of Toronto
  • Aaron Dulgar-Tulloch, Director of Global Process Sciences, GE Healthcare Cell and Gene Therapy
  • David O’Neill, President, FACIT

and more! For the full list of speakers and to register please see the event page.

Travel awards:

OIRM along with BioCanRx, Stem Cell Network and TheCell are offering a limited number of travel awards to enable eligible trainees to attend this workshop. The travel support application deadline is Friday, August 9, more details on travel awards and to apply please click here.

Presented in partnerships with the CTEG:

RNA-Seq Analysis Workshop
Oct 16 – Oct 18 all-day

OIRM and the Stem Cell Network are pleased to offer the RNA-Seq Analysis workshop once again. This workshop is designed for stem cell biologists (and other end users) who are looking to gain an appreciation of the bioinformatics concepts and processes used to acquire, analyze and interpret next generation sequencing data. Day 3 of this workshop is by invitation only, allowing a select number of trainees with their own RNA-Seq data to start analysis.

Through a mixture of interactive lectures and computer lab exercises, participants will be exposed to the RNA-seq data acquisition and analysis pipeline, and will gain hands-on training with available tools for network and pathway analysis of -OMICS data (focused on RNA-seq data, but applicable to data obtained from other platforms such as ChIP-seq, microarray or mass spectrometry). Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions and network with other stem cell biologists and bioinformaticists over the course of this workshop.

More information about this workshop can be found on the SCN events page. Space is limited, interested participants must submit an application by Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

OIRM and SCN are offering a limited number of awards to enable eligible trainees to attend. All those who submit an application to attend will automatically be considered for trainee sponsorship and travel bursaries through the appropriate network.

Download the application form here.


Global Speaker Series – Karen Christman
Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In partnership with Medicine by Design, we are pleased to welcome Karen Christman, PhD, a professor of bioengineering at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.

Please check back soon for more details.


Till & McCulloch Meetings
Nov 4 – Nov 6 all-day

The Till & McCulloch Meetings are Canada’s stem cell research conference. As the only conference of its kind in Canada, TMM provides an unparalleled opportunity to meet and network with Canada’s leading stem cell scientists, clinicians, bioengineers and ethicists, as well as representatives from industry, government, health and NGO sectors from around the world.

The 2019 Till & McCulloch Meetings will take place in Montréal, Québec, November 4-6, 2019.

Registration is open.  Submit your abstract by July 3, 2019 to be considered for an OIRM travel award.


Early Bird Registration closes on August 14, 2019

Online Registration closes on October 9, 2019

The 2019 Till & McCulloch Meetings are hosted by the Stem Cell Network and CCRM.


Global Speaker Series – James Wells
Nov 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In partnership with Medicine by Design, we are pleased to welcome James Wells, PhD, director for research, Division of Endocrinology, and chief scientific officer, Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM) at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre, and a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati

Please check back soon for more details.