Session Chair Profile

Ph.D., CEO and President, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy

Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD is CEO and President, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and the A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor at UCSF. A leading researcher in immune tolerance and T-cell activation, he has developed multiple immunotherapies including the first FDA-approved drug targeting T-cell co-stimulation in autoimmune disease and organ transplantation, and CTLA-4 antagonist drugs approved to treat metastatic melanoma. As an academic leader on a national and international scale he was founding director of the Immune Tolerance Network, the largest NIH-funded multicenter clinical immunology research program testing novel immunotherapies in transplantation, autoimmunity, and asthma/allergy. As former UCSF Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and former Director of the UCSF Diabetes Center, he has authored over 400 peer-reviewed publications and received numerous awards including election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and as member of Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel.

Session Abstract – PMWC 2018 Silicon Valley

Session Synopsis: Cell-based immunotherapy is an emerging application with demonstrable efficacy in patients with cancer. In this session will review different cell-based immunotherapy strategies currently in development and their potential to combat the disease.

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