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Published: 2019-11-20 13:04 | Updated: 2019-11-28 15:39

Learning session with Mr Bill Gates and his team at Gates Ventures

KI scientists, Prof. Susanne Gabrielsson, Department of Medicine Solna and Assoc. Prof. Samir EL Andaloussi, Department of Laboratory Medicine together with 4 other international scientists were hosted by Mr Bill Gates in Kirkland, US at his private office at Gates Ventures.

Prof. Susanne Gabrielsson and Assoc. Prof Samir EL Andaloussi were invited to give a learning session about the emerging field of extracellular vesicles (EVs). EVs are small nano-sized vesicles that play an important role in cell-cell communication and that regulate various physiological and pathophysiological processes. Due to their unique ability to send biological messages at distance, and their role in disease spread, they have gained enormous interest both as therapeutic agents to deliver drugs and as diagnostic tools for disease.

The educational session lasted for three hours where the KI scientists presented their recent work on EVs in regulating inflammation and their utility as therapeutic agents in different disease settings, and future therapeutic opportunities were discussed. The meeting was of interactive nature, apart from Mr Gates and the 6 scientists, also directors from the Gates Foundation and Gates Ventures attended.

Photo of International scientists hosted by Mr Bill Gates in Kirkland, US
From left: Dr. Johan Skog, Prof. Stephen Gould, Prof. Susanne Gabrielsson, Assoc. Prof. Samir EL Andaloussi, Mr Bill Gates, Dr. Michiel Pegtel and Dr. Nihal Altan-Bonnet.

We were very excited to present our research to Mr Bill Gates and happy that they show interest in the rapidly growing field of exosomes.

Samir El Andaloussi