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Leadership Seminar – Immunotherapies: Hype, Hope and Reality

10:00 - 18:30

The Cambridge Building, Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge CB22 3AT
10 October 2017
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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 immuno-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

10.15 - Welcome

Scene Setting

10.25 - Overview of Industry Activity and Deals
Adrian Dawkes, PharmaVentures 
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10.45 – Immuno-Oncology: Current and Future Advances  
Robert Wilkinson, MedImmune

11.15 – The Role of Antibody Isotype and Fc Receptor Interactions in Immunostimulatory Anti-Cancer Immunotherapy
Stephen Beers, University of Southampton
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11.45 - The Immunobiology of Immunotherapy
Camilo Colaço, immBio
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12.15 – Lunch

13.35 - Innovative Approach to New Therapeutics in Immune-Oncology

13.35 - Effective Treatment of Metastatic Melanoma Using a GMP - Manufactured T Cell Therapy
Neill Moray Mackenzie, Immetacyte
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14.00 - The Use of Bispecific Antibodies to Modulate Anti-Tumour Immune Responses
Neil Brewis, F-star
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14.25 - Elevated Tryptophan Catabolism in the Tumour Microenvironment
Andrew Mellor, Newcastle University 
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14.50 - Using Oncolytic Viruses to Drive Tumour Immune Responses
Richard Brown, Psioxus 

15.15 – Break

15.45 – Tackling Challenges on the Development Pathway 

15.45 - Biomarker Validation
Alex Phipps, Roche

16.10 - Optimisation of Model Selection
Winfried Elis, Charles River
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16.35 - Early Stage Developability Assessment for Biotherapeutics’.
Noel Smith, Lonza Biologics
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17.00 - Closing Remarks and Drinks Reception

18.30 - Close 

Gold Members: £75 +VAT 
Silver Members: £175 +VAT 
Non-Members: £275 +VAT
Academics: £75 + VAT – please contact for your discount code.

Title: Leadership Seminar – Immunotherapies: Hype, Hope and Reality
Start: 2017-10-10 10:00:00Z
End: 2017-10-10 18:30:00Z