Lisa Ward

 • Emily Whitehead Foundation

Lisa M. Ward, JD is the mother of Jace Ward who battled Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma for two years before succumbing to the brain tumor at age 22 last summer.   Jace Ward participated as patient #2 in the Stanford University GD2 Car T Cell Trial which opened last year.  He spoke frequently at the NIH, Congress, and to advocacy groups on the importance of patient ownership of genomic data, real time information concerning trials, and funding for DIPG the deadliest pediatric tumor.  Lisa continues their work as Tough2gether Against DIPG.  Ward, in collaboration, leads several national initiatives including the first DIPG Congressional Briefing in 2020, a pediatric brain cancer research funding network, development of the DIPG Patient Navigation System and (soon) National DIPG Tumor Board.  Ward hosts the Tough2gether Against DIPG research breakfast in DC and engages monthly with patient families, doctors, and researchers to better inform patient families considering trials and to share patient data and experiences with researchers

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Robert Speziale

Kent Christopherson

Senior Director, Medical Affairs • Orchard Therapeutics

Michael Leek

Executive Chairman • TC BioPharm
Michael has 30 years’ experience in regenerative medicine, during which he progressed 10 different cell-based products from the laboratory into clinic. As co-founder, he was jointly responsible for moving Intercytex from a pre-clinical research company, to an AIM-listed biotech with several cell therapy products in the clinic. He has extensive GMP manufacture expertise which includes management of several FDA/EMEA/MHRA licensed GMP facilities. Additionally, Michael has clinical, regulatory and logistic expertise and he has directly raised over $60m in equity and grant funding. In 2017, Michael received the ‘Scottish Life-Sciences Entrepreneurial Business Leadership’ award for 2016-2017. Michael is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, School of Medical Sciences.

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