Forum on the Hill

The Forum on the Hill provides opportunities for the community to engage with speakers once a month, who present on current topics. Join the Conversations! Presented both online here and to a limited in person audience (30 people max) in Widener Hall. *Due to Covid Protocols we are not serving refreshments at this time. Bottled water and grab and go snacks will be provided. 

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 Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 12:30pm

Jeff Marazzo, CEO Spark Therapeutics

Creating The Path For Gene Therapies

Learn about the growth of Spark Therapeutics from a research center within the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to a fully integrated, commercial gene therapy company that is challenging the inevitability of genetic disease by discovering, developing and delivering potential treatments in ways unimaginable – until now.

Jeff will speak about how under his leadership Spark received regulatory approval for the first gene therapy for a genetic disease in both the U.S. and EU, launched the first gene therapy for a genetic disease in the U.S., and established human proof‐of‐concept of Spark’s gene therapy platform in both the retina and liver. In more than eight years, he built an organization of more than 600 employees, was named a top‐ten Science Magazine Top Employer in 2019 and 2020, was listed on the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best Places to Work, and was awarded the Prix Galien for Best Biotechnology Product in 2019.

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