PARIS, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellectis (Alternext: ALCLS), the French genome engineering specialist, announces today that Julianne Smith, PhD, head of the Meganuclease Recombination System group at Cellectis genome surgery, will present Cellectis' results at the 18th Annual Congress of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT) to be held in Milano, Italy, on October 22-25, 2010.
Targeted approaches have emerged today as an alternative to current random insertion strategies for gene therapy. Meganucleases, the most specific endonucleases, represent ideal tools for targeted genome editing, or genome surgery. They can induce up to 20% of gene insertion into chosen human genes.
Dr Smith will present "Meganucleases for Gene Therapy" on October 23, 2010, at 3:00 PM, during an oral session on Homologous Recombination and Targeted Integration (session 8b).
Cellectis is a pioneer in the field of genome engineering. The company designs and markets innovative tools -meganucleases. These molecular scissors enable targeted modifications to DNA, with applications in the research, biomanufacturing, agrobiotechnology and therapeutic sectors.
To date, Cellectis has formed over 20 academic research partnerships and has established more than 50 agreements with pharmaceutical laboratories, seed producers and biotech companies across the world. The company holds exclusive rights to a portfolio of over 260 patents granted or pending.
Since 2007, Cellectis has been listed on the NYSE-Euronext Alternext market (code: ALCLS) in Paris and has secured over Euro 70 million in funding since inception.
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