Let’s celebrate a fantastic 2023! This newsletter highlights just a few of our accomplishments this year, all made possible by the tireless efforts of our inspectors, accredited organizations, and staff. We continue to build upon our accomplishments for the benefit of patients in need of transplantation and cellular therapy around the world. In accordance with our strategic plan, this year was dedicated to ramping up our infrastructure and staffing, and initiating new programs. I am therefore extremely happy to report that we are on schedule and looking forward to offering new services to expand patient access around the world.
Celebration is also in order for FACT’s Past President, Dr. Helen Heslop, who was awarded the 2023 ASH Mentor Award. I was truly honored to recommend her for this award with two of Dr Heslop’s other past mentees Drs Gottschalk (St Jude’s) and Savoldo (UNC). Helen was my mentor at the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine for 13 years and continues to inspire me as an innovator in cellular immunotherapy, colleague and friend. Helen absolutely epitomizes the spirit of the ASH Mentor Award and is therefore my great privilege to send her, on behalf of the FACT community, these heartfelt words of congratulations!
Wishing you all the very best over the holiday season.