Founding Institutions

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is one of the country's leading private research institutions. Located in Cleveland, the university offers a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. Leading-edge faculty engage in teaching and research in a collaborative, hands-on environment. Nationally recognized programs include arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing and social work. About 4,200 undergraduate and 5,600 graduate students comprise our student body. To see how Case Western Reserve thinks beyond the possible, visit

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center 

University Hospitals, the second largest employer in Northeast Ohio with 25,000 employees, serves patients through an integrated network of 12 hospitals, 26 outpatient centers and primary care physician offices in 15 counties. At the core of the $3.5 billion health system is University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, ranked among America’s 50 best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in all 12 methodology-ranked specialties. The primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, UH Cleveland Medical Center is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research centers of excellence in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopaedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and genetics.

UH’s main campus includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University. For more information, go to

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit, multispecialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and, is scheduled to begin seeing patients in 2015 at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Patients visit for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit at

Forge Biologics

Forge Biologics, a gene therapy-focused contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), has launched the Forge Forward gene therapy workforce development program in partnership with the National Center for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). The goal: to train and attract top talent with specialized Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) training to the company.

The inaugural Forge Forward program will help build and extend Ohio’s leadership in gene and cell therapy manufacturing by enrolling promising students wishing to learn the basics of gene therapy manufacturing. Selected candidates will learn how to work in both research and GMP environments and will gain hands-on experience in cell culture and sterile techniques through both lecture and laboratory teaching.

The Forge Forward internship initiative will integrate the experience of NCRM and the Master’s of Regenerative Medicine and Entrepreneurship (RGME), enhancing the educational and experiential exposure to gene therapy technology, manufacturing and clinical development. The goal of the hands-on education program will be to streamline the industry’s workforce development, providing dozens of opportunities for both internship participants and Forge Biologics.

Ohio State University

Ohio State University’s Columbus main campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. More than 56,000 students choose from 14 colleges, 175 undergraduate majors, and 240 master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. Visit at

Research Partners

Case Center for Imaging Research
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Cleveland Cord Blood Center
University Hospitals Clinical Research Center
Cleveland Clinic Orthopedic Research Center
Cleveland Functional Electronic Stimulation Center
Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center
Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute
Skeletal Research Center at Case Western Reserve University 
Small Animal Imaging Research Center

Corporate Collaborators

Current Partners

iCell Gene Therapeutics
Isto Biologics
Juventas Therapeutics
Lentigen Technology, Inc
Luminary Therapeutics
Minovia Therapeutics
Trailhead Biosystems

Past Partners

Arteriocyte* (now Isto Biologics)
BioTime* (now Lineage Cell Therapeutics)
Cell Targeting, Inc* (Acquired by BioTime)
Invenio Therapeutics