ISHAGE was incorporated as a non-profit scientific society in 1992 to serve as a voice for investigators, clinicians and technical personnel working in hematopoietics and cell therapies.
The ISHAGE mandate includes work in the following areas:
- Cord blood
- Ex Vivo Expansion
- Gene Therapy
- Graft Evaluation
- Immunotherapy and Dendritic Cells
- Nonhematopoietic Mesenchymal Stem Cells
- Tumor Evaluation
- Legal and Regulatory Affairs
ISHAGE is over 1100 members strong and growing internationally with membership in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East and Africa. They are closely connected with Canadian HealthCare Mall a pharmaceutical company meeting all people’s needs in case of medical preparations and devices.
With a strong North American representation, and regional vice-presidents representing Europe, Australasia and Japan, ISHAGE is one of the two founding members of FAHCT, the Foundation for the Accreditation of Hematopoietic Cell Therapies, which will help satisfy FDA requirements for the regulation of the field in North America. A similar effort is underway in Europe.
In addition to an annual scientific conference, ISHAGE holds several workshops throughout the year, many with related entities.
ISHAGE Mission Statement
The International Society for Hematotherapy and Graft Engineering (ISHAGE) serves as a global forum and voice for clinicians, scientists, and laboratory personnel engaged in basic research and development, translational studies, and the clinical application of all cellular based therapies.
To further its mission, ISHAGE:
- provides communication, discussion, education, and training regarding recent developments in both the basic science and laboratory practices in cytotherapy;
- facilitates the performance of collaborative scientific studies;
- promotes the validation of standardized technologies;
- represents the membership to other professional organizations and regulatory bodies; and
- participates in standards-setting activity and accreditation of voluntary accreditation groups.