Leadership Seminar – Immunotherapies: Hype, Hope and Reality – 10th October
Recent years have seen major advances in our understanding of complex disease mechanisms and the molecular engineering tools that allowed the concept of immunotherapy to become a reality.
A range of biotechs emerged with a variety of therapeutic approaches raising interest in the investor and pharma communities as potential providers of breakthrough therapies tacking the 21st Century healthcare challenges.
It is now starting to deliver for patients with a recent example of the approval of Keytruda, but success must be balanced with the many challenges left whether regarding understanding of toxicity effects, drug delivery, patient segmentation, manufacturing and market access.
This Leadership Seminar will provide an overview of where the Immunotherapy field is currently with presentations from a variety of companies on their approaches in immune- oncology as still the dominant application but also other therapeutic areas. It will also discuss some of the challenges faced on the development pathway.
It should appeal to any academic or therapeutic company in the field of immunotherapies as well as anyone fascinated by this fast moving sector.
09.30 – Registration over Tea and Coffee
10.00 – Welcome
10.10 – Overview of Industry Activity and Deals
Adrian Dawkes, PharmaVentures
10.30 – Keynote Introduction 1
Robert Wilkinson, MedImmune
11.00 – Keynote Introduction 2
11.30 – It’s Not Just About Cancer
This session will provide an overview of the potential of immunotherapies applications in therapeutic areas that are not oncology related. It will include:
Camilo Colaço, CSO, immBio
12.30 – Lunch
13.50 – Innovative Approach to New Therapeutics in Immune-Oncology
This session will provide an overview of the different therapeutic approaches in immune-oncology, what differentiate them and where they can complement. It should include:
Neil Brewis, F-star
Andrew Mellor, Newcastle University
Alice Brown, Psioxus
15.10 – Break
15.40 – Engaging External Expertise on the Development Pathway
This session will highlight the specific expertise needed in immunotherapies to allow an efficient translation of science, including:
- Biomarker Validation
Alex Phipps, Roche
- Optimisation of Model Selection
- Selecting a Development Partner
17.00 – Closing Remarks and Drinks Reception
18.30 – Close
Location: The Cambridge Building, Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge CB22 3AT
Time & Date: 10am – 6.30pm, Tuesday 10th October
Admission: Please register online here.