1st Bioprocessing and Manufacturing of Gene and Cell Therapy Products Course

October 4th – 8th, 2020
Llafranc, Spain

Gene and cell products are paving the way towards more effective therapeutics for unmet medical needs. Currently, one of the main translational challenges is a consistent and cost-effective supply of these complex medicinal products.

Taking into account the interest raised by ESACT members and other learned societies, we are organizing the 1st Bioprocessing and Manufacturing of Gene and Cell Therapy Products Course in Llafranc, Costa Brava/Spain, in October 2020. ESACT is introducing this activity as one more contribution to the community targeting the use of viral vectors, stem cells and immune cells for therapy.

This inaugural course is intended for Ph.D. students, post-docs, junior scientists, engineers and clinicians searching to improve their understanding of the development and manufacturing of gene and cell therapy products. The speakers will address key bioprocessing aspects, analytical toolsets to assess the quantity and quality attributes, and regulatory challenges for the manufacturing of ATMPs, providing also a solid fundamental basis on vectorology and stem cell biology.

The course is designed as an interactive 4-day program with the number of participants restricted to 30 to foster interaction among speakers and attendees.

A limited number of grants, covering the course fee (not travel costs), will be provided by ESACT. Applicants should state it in the course application, and provide a motivation statement. Priority for grants will be given to Ph.D. students and Post-Docs from academia.

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Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee

Eric J Kremer
Institut de Génétique Moléculaire de Montpellier, France
E-Mail: eric.kremer@igmm.cnrs.fr

Joaquim Vives
Servei Terapia Cellular at Banc de Sang I Teixits
Edifici Dr. Frederic Duran i Jordà Passeig Taulat
116 08005 Barcelona, Spain

Paula Alves, iBET, Portugal
Animal Cell Technology Unit
Apartado 12, 2780-901 Oeiras, Portugal
E-mail: marques@ibet.pt

Contact for registration

Birgit Marckhgott
Email: office@esact.org



The course will be held in Hotel Terramar, a three-star hotel (http://www.hterramar.com) in a small town named Llafranc in the heart of Costa Brava, Girona, Spain. The hotel is right on a very nice sandy beach, providing a cozy and relaxing atmosphere for the participants. Weather in Llafranc at this time of the year is generally pleasant.


In general, participants will be accommodated in double rooms. But participants have the possibility to be hosted in a single room (limited to availability) at an extra cost of 125 Euros to be paid directly in the hotel.

Travel information

Travel organization to the meeting site is of participants’ responsibility, ensuring their participation in the full course. Access by road from Girona airport (30 min) or Barcelona airport (90 min) is suggested.

IMPORTANT NOTE: ONE BUS will be leaving from Barcelona Airport on Sunday 4th October to drive participants to Hotel Terramar at Llafranc. On Thursday 8th October, ONE BUS will be leaving from Hotel Terramar to drive participants to Barcelona airport. Participants should arrange their traveling accordingly or alternatively arrange for their transportation of their own. (The exact times of the departures will be announced to the participants right in time and after confirmation has been given.)

Llafranc (Costa Brava)



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Registration Fee

Registration Fee

1000 Euros for academic participants and 1600 Euros for industry participants.

The fee covers course registration and materials (ebook), accommodation in two-bed rooms (shared with another participant), meals, transportation from/to Barcelona airport with one organized bus transport service at a fixed time. Participants will be informed right in time to arrange their travelling accordingly or alternatively arrange for their transportation on their own.

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