Regenerative Engineering and Medicine Annual Retreat

Regenerative Engineering & Medicine Center (REM)


Due to high predicted heat on Wednesday, May 18, and an issue with Silverbell Pavilion central air conditioning, the Emory Conference Center has moved the retreat to the Lullwater Ballroom (same address). Please use the North Parking deck for complimentary parking. 

Join us for the Regenerative Engineering and Medicine Center's annual retreat, hosted by Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of Georgia. 

"Bringing New Medicine and Medical Technology to Georgians" 

REGISTRATION is now closed.

The agenda will focus on entrepreneurial activities that bring promising technologies for drug development and drug delivery into clinical studies, along with opportunities to meet and collaborate with PIs who will apply to the 2022 grant RFA on this topic. RFA details (July 1, 2022 submission deadline)


9:45 a.m.      Continental breakfast

10:15 a.m.    Welcome and Introduction by Edmund K. Waller, M.D., Ph.D., Emory University

10:30 a.m.    Keynote Presentation - "MERTK Drug Development: Target Discovery to Clinical Trials
Douglas K. Graham, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, William G. Woods, M.D. Chair, Chief, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Division Chief, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Emory University School of Medicine

11:00 a.m.    Seed grant awardee presentations - Hosted by Susan Thomas, Ph.D., Georgia Tech:

  • 11:05 a.m.     Houjian Cai, Ph.D. - University of Georgia
    Seed Grant: Extracellular Vesicles Encapsulating Cas9/sgRNA for Treatment of Lung

    Principal Investigators: Houjian Cai (UGA), Shi-Yong Sun (Emory) 
  • 11:20 a..m.    Zachary Buchwald, M.D., Ph.D. - Emory University
    Seed Grant: Lymphatic Function as a Therapeutic Target for Enhancing the Abscopal Effect in Melanoma
    Principal Investigators: Zachary Buchwald (Emory), Brandon Dixon (GT) 
  • 11:35 a.m.     Peter Kottke, Ph.D. - Georgia Tech
    Seed Grant: Precise Area Introduction and Targeted Delivery (PAINT Delivery): A Novel Tool to Facilitate Targeted Intracellular Delivery of Therapeutic Agents
    Principal Investigators: Andrei Fedorov (GT), Ravi Kane (GT), Lohitash Karumbaiah (UGA) 

11:50 a.m.    Poster session (Silverbell Pavilion) and lunch buffet (Main Dining Room)

1:15 p.m.      Presentations - hosted by Steven Stice, Ph.D., University of Georgia:

  • 1:20 p.m.     “Emory's Emerging Ecosystem for Entrepreneurship and Venture Development” - Mike Cassidy, M.S. - Emory University
  • 1:40 p.m.     "The Ecology of Early-Stage Biotech" - Steven Lehmann, MBA - Portal Innovations
  • 2:05 p.m.     “Advancing Georgia's Life Sciences Ecosystem Through Collaboration” - Maria Thacker-Goethe, MPH - Georgia Bio
  • 2:30 p.m.     “Translational Research or Lost in Translation - Navigating the Path to a Successful Startup” - H. Lee Herron, DMV - Georgia Research Alliance
  • 2:55 p.m.     "Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory (DRIVE) as a Not-for-profit Model for Advancing Therapeutics and the Successful Accelerated Development of Molnupiravir"  - David G. Perryman, JD - Emory DRIVE
  • 3:20 p.m.     Poster Winner Announcement and Closing Remarks
  • 3:30 p.m.     Adjourn

Arriving by ride-sharing service (Uber/Lyft)?:
GPS address: 1615 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329
Exit car at Conference Center Hotel entrance and follow walking path sign to Lullwater Ballroom. 

Parking Guests: Follow signs to North Parking Deck. After parking, walk to deck entrance and follow sign to Lullwater Ballroom. When departing at end of retreat, deck gate will be open for free exit. 

REM Center Website

REM Vision
The integration of engineering technologies, biological discoveries, and clinical expertise and infrastructure will establish Georgia as leader in developing and delivering clinical therapies
REM Mission
To fundamentally transform the treatment of human diseases and injuries through the development and delivery of molecular and biological therapeutics that will that enhance the body’s ability to heal itself.