The Autostem team convened outside Berlin on 4 and 5 January 2018 for our latest project meeting. The plenary was hosted by Zellwerk and provided an important opportunity for each partner to deliver updates on progress and for the consortium to plan for 2018. Recently submitted deliverables D3.2 (Orbsen), D6.3 (IPT), D8.2 (UNIGE) and D9.2 (Catapult) were discussed. There was also a significant focus on the most challenging aspects of the seeding and expansion process, which will be settled in the weeks ahead. The team enjoyed a tour of the Zellwerk facility on day 1. An exploitation workshop featured on day 2 when we examined innovations generated by the project, IP issues and scope for exploitation and comercialisation, laying a plan to intensify this work in the final 12 months of the project. Many thanks to Zellwerk for their kind hospitality which enabled such a productive meeting.