ESP Mentoring Program

Application for the 2023–2024 program is now closed.


Organized by the ISCT Early Stage Professional (ESP) Committee, the Mentoring Program is designed to help guide the career and professional development of early-stage CGT professionals by connecting them with ISCT’s global network of CGT experts.

The program hosts mentors from a variety of cell and gene therapy-related disciplines, including research, regulatory, clinical, laboratory & operations and, industry & commercialization for cross functional and global mentoring experience.


Created by ISCT members for ISCT members the Mentoring Program consists of a combination of structured and flexible meeting topics looking at the CGT sector as a whole, career planning and skill development.

Mentors and Mentees are matched based on subject matter expertise, matching the interests of the mentee with the appropriate mentor profile. Groups meet on a monthly basis and have additional opportunities to engage in their own time, alongside the wider mentorship group and at networking events.

Mentees build meaningful and lasting relationships with their mentors and fellow mentees that transcend the duration of the program allowing them to gain access to unparalleled connections and contacts in their areas of interest.


The theme for the 2023-2024 mentoring program is #collaboration&continuity.

What to expect:

  • Intimate mentoring sessions with a 2:1 mentee-to-mentor ratio
  • Connect with a global network of professionals across 5 expertise areas
  • 8-month online program capped off with an in-person meeting at ISCT 2024 Vancouver next May

Special emphasis will be placed on:

  • Fostering increased collaboration between the ESP committee and other ISCT committees
  • Continuance of the development of the next generation of CGT leaders

In addition to personalized mentoring sessions, participants in this year's program can also look forward to:

  • Mentor/Mentee Mixer 
  • Expert Drop-in event with ISCT CGT leaders
  • Interactive Panel discussion
  • Town Hall Meeting with the mentoring community

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