Prof Etienne Sokal, Belgium

Etienne SOKAL is full professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain, and head of the pediatric GI and Liver unit at Cliniques Saint Luc, in Brussels. The unit is a tertiary referral center for pediatric liver diseases and liver based inborn errors of metabolism. More than 800 pediatric liver transplantations have been performed at St Luc since 1984.

Prof Sokal has published more than 220 peer review articles in the field of pediatric hepatology, metabolic diseases and transplantation. His current research in the field of liver regenerative medicine has allowed to launch a clinical program of liver cell transplantation, with 17 patients treated so far at Saint Luc. He owns a patent on a hepatocyte liver derived progenitor cells, that led to the creation of Promethera Biosciences, a spin off company from Univerisité of Louvain whose aim is to bring to the market a cell based advanced therapy medicinal product to treat infants and children with life threatening liver diseases. Clinical trials are ongoing. Prof Sokal is founder and CSO of Promethera Biosciences.