Wednesday opened with an engaging Keynote Presentation by Dr. Christine Mummery from Leiden University on Cardiomyocytes from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells: The New Patient in Safety Pharmacology, Drug Discovery and Disease.
Dr. Mummery discussed and presented data on derivation of heart cells from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC) as a way to model disease phenotypes, and as a platform for drug discovery and toxicity.
The SPS Business meeting, given by the SPS President Derek J. Leishman, followed. The future SPS Annual Meeting locations were revealed to be: Prague (2015), and Vancouver (2016). Dr.Leishman updated the membership on the current state of SPS, and informed the audience that the Board used a process called the Business Model Generation Canvas during their Face to Face meeting in Rotterdam to kick start the strategic planning process.
The membership will be updated and asked for input on the strategic plan in the near future, with the goal being to have a revised strategic plan by the New Year.
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