MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Applied StemCell (ASC), a leading stem cell and genome-editing company with a goal to advance genome editing and stem cell technologies for biomedical research and clinical applications, welcomes Dr. Michele Calos as a member of the company’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).
Dr. Michele Calos is a Professor of Genetics at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Vice President of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, and has served as an Advisory Committee member for the US FDA, grant review panels for the NIH and NSF, and on numerous editorial review committees of scientific journals. She is a leader in the field of molecular genetics and has developed several novel vector systems for genetic manipulation of mammalian cells. In particular, she developed novel methods for sequence-specific integration in mammalian cells using the φC31 phage integrase system. A similar integrase system was also successfully used in site-specific integration in human ES and iPS cells. For this work, Dr. Calos holds a joint patent application with Applied StemCell’s Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Ruby Yanru Chen-Tsai and several other Stanford researchers. Dr. Calos’ pioneering work with φC31 integrase also set the scientific stage for ASC’s TARGATT™ integrase technology, which was co-developed by Dr. Chen-Tsai and Dr. Liqun Luo of Stanford University for gene modification in mouse models.
“We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Calos join as a member of our scientific advisory board. With her impressive background in integrase gene modification technology and gene therapy, Dr. Calos will be an invaluable guide in furthering expansion of our genome editing platforms and our gene/cell therapy pipeline,” said Ruby Yanru Chen-Tsai, Ph.D., Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Applied StemCell.
Dr. Calos and her research team are currently focused on gene therapy and genome engineering for the treatment of Duchenne and Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophies and developing further novel strategies for gene and cell therapy.
About Applied StemCell, Inc.
Applied StemCell, Inc. is a leading stem cell and gene-editing company focused on the development of products and therapeutics that are enabled by its proprietary gene editing platform technologies TARGATT™ and CRISPR/Cas9. For more information, please visit www.appliedstemcell.com.