Press Release

ElevateBio Announces Chief Scientific Officer of Regenerative Medicine, Melissa Carpenter, PhD, Elected to the International Society for Stem Cell Research Board of Directors

Cambridge, Mass., March 18, 2021 – ElevateBio, a cell and gene therapy technology company focused on powering transformative cell and gene therapies, today announced that the company’s Chief Scientific Officer of Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Melissa Carpenter, has been appointed to the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Board of Directors. In this role, Dr.Carpenter will work with the ISSCR officers and board to advance the organization’s mission of bringing together researchers, clinicians, academics, and industry to promote excellence in stem cell science and applications to human health. 

“I am honored to have been elected to, and serve on the Board of, the ISSCR and foster the continued progress in advancing stem cell science alongside this impressive leadership and fellow board members,” said Melissa Carpenter, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer of Regenerative Medicine at ElevateBio. “Collaboration across the stem cell professional community is critical to our ability to translate promising stem cell research and regenerative medicine science into treatments that can have dramatic benefit for global human health globally.”  

Dr. Carpenter served on the ISSCR Task Force to revise the Guidelines for Stem Cell Research and Clinical Translation that will be released in May and advocated in support of the value of stem cell research as part of the Society’s 2019 Advocacy Day, meeting with members of the U.S. Congress. She has also served on the Clinical Translation Committee.

“We are delighted to welcome Melissa Carpenter to the ISSCR Board of Directors,” said Christine Mummery, ISSCR President. “Melissa’s dedication to supporting the translation of stem cell discoveries into therapeutics and her leadership has been crucial for advancing the clinical development of multiple therapies. Her experience will be an asset to the Board as the field of stem cell science continues to rapidly evolve.” 

The International Society for Stem CellResearch is the preeminent global, cross-disciplinary, science-based organization dedicated to stem cell research and its translation to the clinic. With nearly 4,000 members from more than 60 countries, the ISSCR mission is to promote excellence in stem cell science and applications to human health. 

About ElevateBio:
ElevateBio is a cell and gene therapy technology company built to power the development of transformative cell and gene therapies today and for many decades to come. The company has assembled industry-leading talent, built world-class facilities, and integrated diverse technology platforms necessary for rapid innovation and commercialization of cell, gene, and regenerative therapies. The company has built an initial technology stack, including gene editing, induced pluripotent stem cells, and protein, viral, and cellular engineering. At the center of the business model is ElevateBio BaseCamp, a centralized R&D and manufacturing company that offers research and development (R&D), process development (PD), and Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) manufacturing capabilities. The company is focused on increasing long-term collaborations with industry partners while also continuing to develop its own highly innovative cell and gene therapies.

ElevateBio's team of scientists, drug developers, and company builders are redefining what it means to be a technology company in the world of drug development, blurring the line between technology and healthcare. ElevateBio is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass, with ElevateBio BaseCamp located in Waltham, Mass. For more information, visit us at, or follow Elevate on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram

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