The Merlin partners met in Padua on 22 and 23 January for our most recent plenary. The team heard updates from workstreams across the project and discussed the reports to be submitted to the EU by the end of January. MSC manufacture and plans for the clinical trial were also a key focus. An exploitation workshop was held where future exploitation plans were considered. Many thanks to UNIPD for hosting such a successful meeting in such a wonderful location!