Bench to Bedside for Biotherapeutics Workshop

The Clinical Translation Education Group (CTEG) is organizing a one-day workshop with the aim of providing an overview of the entire clinical translation pathway. Modules will introduce concepts related to the sequential stages characterizing the development of a cell therapy or other biotherapy to treat diseases. The participants will learn about the critical steps to consider at each stage of the process through lectures by experts in the field, sharing their experience, and a discussion session.

Topics that will be addressed

  • How do you predict if your discovery is translatable?
  • Bench to bedside: Designing pre-clinical studies to support in-human trials
  • Making the goods: Cleanliness, orderliness, scaling & other considerations
  • What’s the process of designing and applying for a clinical trial?
  • How do I take my research and develop it in a marketable product?
  • Understanding clinical adoption: How is a therapy reimbursed?

Confirmed Speakers

  • Harold Atkins, The Ottawa Hospital
  • David Kaplan, University of Toronto
  • Manoj Lalu, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Julia Pomoransky, Turnstone Biologics, Inc.
  • Gayle Piat, Alberta Cell Therapy Manufacturing
  • Friederike Pfau, ThéCell
  • Lauralyn McIntyre, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Paul Santerre, University of Toronto
  • Nancy Sikich, Health Quality Ontario

Who Should Attend?
This workshop is designed to provide an introductory overview on translating a therapeutic discovery to benefit patients. The workshop is suited for research biologists in regenerative medicine or cancer research (trainees, investigators and other highly qualified personnel) who want to advance their knowledge on moving biotherapeutic therapies towards the clinic.

Workshop Learning Objectives

  • Improving your ability to communicate stages or processes involved in the clinical translation of biotherapeutics
  • Identifying where your discovery fits into the translational landscape
  • Gain knowledge on pre-clinical models and data requirements
  • Gain insight on how to transfer your protocol to a cell manufacturing protocol
  • Understanding what is needed to design a clinical trial
  • Increase your awareness of available resources to learn more

Workshop Date: October 5, 2017
Workshop Location: MaRS Discovery District, Toronto
Registration fee: $35 (early bird, before August 31, 2017)
Registration website
Travel Award Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (deadline extended from August 2, 2017) 

Download the Workshop and Bursary Application Form here 


Application procedure and registration fees:

There are many travel awards being made available to attend this workshop by the participating organizations. All those interested in participating, and who are eligible for a travel award, must submit an application by Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

Selected applicants will be notified by Friday, August 18, 2017, and will be instructed on how to proceed with registration for the workshop.

Eligibility and Financial Support Available
The Stem Cell Network and other member organizations of the CTEG are offering a limited number of awards to enable eligible candidates to attend this workshop. All those who submit an application to attend will automatically be considered for sponsorship and travel bursaries through the appropriate network.

Download the Workshop and Bursary Application Form here 


Details of the SCN bursary:


  • Application deadline is 11:59pm (sender’s time) Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
  • The SCN bursary will cover travel expenses associated with attending the workshop, for trainees as follows:
    • Travel to/from the workshop location for participants travelling from outside of Toronto
    • Up to one night shared accommodation at our designated hotel for participants travelling from locations other than Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal* (October 4 and 5)
    • Meals not provided during the workshop
  • Reimbursement will be processed following the workshop and in accordance with the SCN Travel Booking & Reimbursement Policy (policy will be provided to the selected applicants).
  • Accommodation during the course will be provided for trainees not based in Toronto.  Two participants of the same gender may be required to share a room.
  • The SCN bursary will also cover the workshop registration fee of $35.

* Participants based in Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal are expected to travel to and from the workshop on October 5 so that hotel accommodations are not required

Eligibility for the SCN Bursary: 

  • Applicants must be highly-qualified personnel (HQP – i.e. a graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, research assistant or research associate) working in a Canadian lab.
  • Applicants must be working on a research project related to stem cells or cell therapy.
  • Applicants must clearly indicate how the knowledge learned at the course apply to their own research project.

 Application Procedure:

  1. Complete the application form and return it, along with any additional documents required, by email to by 11:59pm (sender’s time) Wednesday, August 16, 2017.
  2. The SCN Training & Education Committee will review all complete applications, and applicants will be informed of the competition outcome by Friday, August 18, 2017.


Reporting and communications requirements:

By accepting a SCN award, the recipient agrees to provide a report describing the value of the training and networking opportunities made available through the award. This information will be used at SCN discretion on its website, newsletters and for the purpose of reporting to their funding agencies. By registering for this workshop attendees also consent to have their pictures taken during workshop and used in reporting tools as mentioned above. Please note that expense reimbursement will be processed only once the completed report is received.



For further information regarding the content of this workshop please contact Janetta Bijl at