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Mark Zimmerman

Mark Zimmerman

, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Interim Vice President of Operations, Viacyte

Mark C. Zimmerman, Ph.D., a leader in diabetes and regenerative medicine for over two decades, is responsible for strategy and business development and is the interim Vice President of Operations.  He is seconded to ViaCyte, after Johnson and Johnson completed a business transaction with ViaCyte and merged the assets of BetaLogics, a business unit of Janssen R&D LLC, into ViaCyte.  The mission of BetaLogics was to discover and develop a cellular product to treat diabetes.  Dr. Zimmerman was appointed Executive Director of BetaLogics in 2002, and Venture Leader/Vice President of BetaLogics in 2009.  Before the establishment of BetaLogics, Dr. Zimmerman was a Principal Scientist and Group Leader at Johnson and Johnson heading up regenerative medicine projects related to orthopedic surgery, wound healing, vascular biology, and diabetes.  Prior to Johnson and Johnson, Dr. Zimmerman was an Associate Professor of Surgery at UMD-New Jersey Medical School.  Dr. Zimmerman received his B.S. in Biology from Syracuse University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University. 


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    Anne-Virginie Eggimann
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    Klaus Kühlcke
  • Dynamic, interesting and highly interactive event that promotes exchange and networking in highly specialized field of gene therapy.
    Nathalie Clement
    Powell Gene Therapy Center, University of Florida
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    Dr James Trager
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    Kurt Gielen
    Chemelot Campus B.V.
  • Great way to expand network with global experts in cell and gene therapy who are facing similar challenges.
    Steven Goodman