The legal framework for mitochondrial therapy will be presented during Targeting Mitochondria Congress

Timo faltus Mitochondria 2018

Dr. Timo Faltus from the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany will give a presentation entitled “The legal framework for mitochondrial therapy : Identifying and preventing legal pitfalls within the translation from bench to bedside during the 9th World Congress on Targeting Mitochondria, which will be held at Steigenberger Hotel, Berlin on October 23-25, 2018.

According to Dr. Timo Faltus: "The therapeutic implementation of the various approaches of mitochondrial therapy is, irrespective of the therapeutic options, in the European Union and especially in Germany legally problematic. Certain versions of mitochondrial therapy may even be legally prohibited. These legal uncertainties and hurdles put successful translation of mitochondrial therapy at risk overall. Therefore, scientists should consider the issues of lawful development of mitochondrial therapy timely. The presentation will give an overview on the various legal questions of mitochondrial therapy from bench to bedside and will make scientists aware of legal pitfalls, to promote a successful translation of mitochondrial therapy".

Dr. Timo Faltus holds an Diploma of Biology (equivalent to a Master's degree) and a Diploma of Law, both from Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. He also holds a doctorate of laws from Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

Currently, Timo leads the interdisciplinary research project GenomELECTION, which i.a. is concerned with the legal issues of genome editing. In addition, he collaborates with several research projects that develop cell-based therapies for various indications. In particular, Timo has specialized in regulatory issues of cell therapy, gene therapy, point-of-care therapy, and the use of medical devices to manufacture cell-derived pharmaceuticals within medical practices and hospitals.

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