Nektar Therapeutics is a research-based development stage biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops innovative medicines in areas of high unmet medical need. Our R&D pipeline of new investigational drugs includes treatments for cancer and auto-immune disease. We leverage Nektar’s proprietary and proven chemistry platform in the discovery and design of our new drug candidates.
Our success is rooted in four key elements:
Our track record reflected by a portfolio of successful approved medicines which emanated from our chemistry platform and are made available globally by our pharmaceutical partners
Our unique research and development pipeline of new investigational medicines in cancer and immunology
Our proprietary and proven science and technology approach that fuels our discovery efforts
Our team of dedicated scientists, clinicians and employees focused on bringing new medicines to patients with debilitating diseases
OncoSec Medical Incorporated is a late-stage biotechnology company focused on developing cytokine-based intratumoral immunotherapies to stimulate the body’s immune system to target and attack cancer. OncoSec’s lead product candidate, TAVO™, enables the intratumoral delivery of DNA-based interleukin-12 (IL-12), a naturally occurring protein with immune-stimulating functions. The technology, which employs electroporation, is designed to produce a controlled, localized expression of IL-12 in the tumor microenvironment, enabling the immune system to target and attack tumors throughout the body. TAVO has demonstrated promising anti-tumor activity in melanoma and four other cancer types both as a monotherapy and in combination with anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitors. TAVO is currently being evaluated in combination with KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in two ongoing KEYNOTE clinical trials – a pivotal study in anti-PD-1 checkpoint resistant metastatic melanoma and a phase 2 study in metastatic triple negative breast cancer. In addition to TAVO, OncoSec is identifying and developing new DNA-encoded therapeutic candidates and tumor indications for use with its new Visceral Lesion Applicator, to target deep internal tumors, such as liver, lung or pancreatic cancers.
The Next-Gen Cytokine Therapeutics Summit Goes Online for 2020
The interest in the next generation of Cytokine Therapeutics has never been greater. As an industry, we cannot afford to put things on hold.
The Next-Gen Cytokine Therapeutics Summit has been completely re-engineered to deliver the best networking experience together with exciting new learning opportunities.
The agenda is purposely built to provide an engaging and interactive learning experience. Through integrated polls, dynamic discussions, Q&A with speakers, and more, you will be able to accelerate your knowledge of Next-Gen Cytokine Therapeutics faster than ever before. The ability to actively or passively be involved in these learning opportunities is yours!
Replicate those all-important ‘water cooler’ moments through randomly assigned networking or join topic-associated discussions to find those with similar interests to you. Scroll through the entire attendee list to message your fellow attendees, schedule 1-2-1 video calls, or create your own private session rooms for group discussions. The Next-Gen Cytokine Therapeutics Summit will enable you to meet more leaders from across the industry than ever before!
The Digital Platform lets you create your own personal agenda. You can attend live sessions, take part in open networking sessions, or take a break whenever suits you. Seamlessly hop between learning and networking at any time. Look through the program and slot sessions directly into your calendar, to help fit the conference around the day job. All of this from the comfort of your own home.
With numerous immunotherapies exploiting cytokines coming down the pipeline, the timing of the Next-Gen Cytokine Therapeutics Summit is ideal and warranted. This event provides the opportunity for those who have pioneered the space and also the newcomers in the industry to get together and learn more about this dynamic and exciting field.
Modulating cytokine signaling is proving to be a powerful strategy for treating complex and serious diseases. The major breakthroughs of the future will require innovative new strategies like protein design to address long-standing challenges.
The Next-Gen Cytokine Therapeutics Summit is a perfect event to bring together innovators and thought leaders in this rapidly-evolving field.It will undoubtedly be full of rich, generative, and thought-provoking discussions that will lay the groundwork for the cytokine therapeutics of tomorrow.
With several new and exciting cytokine programs in early-stage development, but many challenges ahead, The Next-Gen Cytokine Therapeutics Summit is certain to be an invaluable event for both experts in the field and newcomers alike.
Willem Overwijk, PhD received his MS in Medical Biology from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, trained at the Surgery Branch, National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD and received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He completed his postgraduate training at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam before accepting a faculty position at MD Anderson Cancer Center where he focused on translational research in Immuno-Oncology. In 2018 he joined Nektar Therapeutics in San Francisco as vice president of oncology research to continue working on bringing novel agents in Immuno-Oncology to patients.
Dr. Diab is a clinical investigator whose research is focused on developing new Immunotherapeutic Strategies that will improve clinical outcomes in patients. Building on his extensive background in immunology in general and tumor immunology specifically, Dr. Diab is leading multiple clinical trials involving novel vaccines for patients with Melanoma, In addition he is leading a program for Interventional Immunotherapy that was established to develop Intratumoral Therapeutic strategies in combination with Systemic therapy; which not only designed to improve clinical outcome but also allow us to better understand the dynamics of each patient immune response to the tumor. These strategies include Tumor ablation such as Cryoablation, RFA or Radiation therapy as well as direct intratumoral injection of immune modulation agents such as TLR agonists and other immune-stimulating agents.
Dr. Kimberly Schluns is an Associate Professor in the Department Immunology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Through her research, she seeks to better understand the mechanisms that regulate antigen-specific CD8 T cell responses and their subsequentdifferentiation into long-lived, functional memory T cells. Her lab has published numerous findings on the role of cytokines, particularly Interleukin-15, in the generation and maintenance of memory CD8 T cells. IL-15 also enhances responses by cytotoxic cells and has potent anti-tumor properties. Currently, the lab is attempting to identify mechanisms that regulate IL-15 responses in the tumor microenvironment and by IL-15 agonists used in cancer immunotherapy. Ultimately, the insights Dr. Schluns gains by unraveling these mechanisms could be used to guide development of new cancer vaccines and tumor immunotherapies.
Matthew Bernett, Ph.D. is currently a Director in the Protein Engineering group at Xencor, Inc. He has been involved in all aspects of the company’s research efforts, leading to over ten programs currently in clinical development. Presently his work focuses on the design of novel and more druggable cytokine-based therapeutics, a class of drugs which has proven challenging.
Laurence joined Ziopharm Oncology as chief executive officer in 2015 after the Company licensed technology for a non-viral approach for genetically modifying T cells from MD Anderson Cancer and the University of Minnesota. This technology is designed to reduce the cost and complexity of genetically modified T cells. Prior to joining Ziopharm, Laurence was a tenured Professor at MD Anderson with joint appointments in the Division of Pediatrics and Department of Immunology. There, he served as Section Chief of Cell Therapy at the Children’s Cancer Hospital and helped lead scientific efforts to develop new treatment approaches which pair genetic engineering with immunotherapies. He remains a visiting scientist at MD Anderson. Laurence has coauthored dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He has initiated multiple trials under INDs infusing T cells and NK cells. He obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and he completed his training in Pediatric Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
Dr. Twitty brings over 20 years of experience in tumor immunology and cancer immunotherapy, including the discovery and development of OncoSec’s leading clinical immune monitoring and biomarker program.
Dr. Twitty earned his PhD from Oregon Health & Science University where his work was focused on novel tumor vaccine strategies and was awarded an American Cancer Society fellowship training grant for his post-doctoral studies in Dr. Bernard Fox’s Molecular Tumor Immunology Laboratory. After developing a pre-clinical and clinical immunological program focused on glioblastoma at Tocagen, Dr. Twitty joined Oncosec. Previously, Dr. Twitty held scientific positions of increasing responsibility at Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Cell Genesys, Inc.
Heather Losey was trained in protein biochemistry, structure and function, with a Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School and a postdoc in the Harvard Chemistry Department. Heather joined Wyeth in 2006 in metabolic diseases and hemophilia research before moving to Alkermes to support the expansion of biologics and oncology research. There, Heather led the protein engineering efforts, including ALKS 4230, for which she has been program lead from inception into ongoing clinical studies.
Doug Jones, Ph.D., is a Director in Immuno-oncology Discovery and Early Development at Repertoire Immune Medicines where he leads multidisciplinary teams to discover and develop immune stimulating therapies for cancer. He has made critical contributions to discovery and development of Repertoire’s clinical-stage cell-associated IL-15 cell therapy program and leads discovery and early development of their cell-associated IL-12 cell therapy program. Prior to joining Repertoire he conducted research in the Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. He earned a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from Stanford University with a focus on therapeutic protein engineering for oncology indications and completed a joint postdoctoral fellowship at MIT and Harvard University where he studied multivariate drug effects in inflammation-related disorders.
Carl brings scientific, product, and business development experience spanning multiple industries. Prior to joining Neoleukin Therapeutics, he served as a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Protein Design, where he led projects focused on the application of computational protein design to address unmet needs in oncology and autoimmunity. In 2014, he co-founded Ansible Marketing, which develops machine learning tools to automate omni-channel communications for small and medium businesses. Over the past decade, Dr. Walkey has co-authored over a dozen research works and received numerous prestigious scholarships and awards, including the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship and NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Walkey received his PhD from the University of Toronto, where he applied machine learning to develop enhanced nanomedicines for drug delivery and vaccine development.
Dr Fahar Merchant, is a 30 year biotech veteran, with a track record of building successful private and publicly listed biopharmaceutical companies. He is a co-founder, President and CEO of Medicenna Therapeutics, a clinical stage immunotherapy company developing novel, IL-2, IL-4 and IL-13 Superkines and Empowered Cytokines. Fahar studied at Aston and Birmingham Universities before completing a PhD in Biochemical Engineering at Western University.
Daniel is a leader in the fields of protein folding, structure, dynamics, and function and is the primary architect of the Neoleukin Platform. Prior to joining Neoleukin, he served as a Translational Investigator in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington. In 2013, Dr. Silva received a Pew Latin American postdoctoral fellowship to train with David Baker at the University of Washington, where he developed state-of-the-art de novo protein design algorithms. Dr. Silva has co-authored over 20 published research articles, including three in Science, and two in Nature. He graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and completed his initial postdoctoral training at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he developed tools to study protein-ligand binding dynamics.
Khaled Ali, Ph.D. has 10 years + experience in the field of cancer immunology, he obtained his PhD from University College London and completed post-doctoral studies at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. Before joining Amgen, he was a senior fellow at the Barts Cancer Institute in London where his interests focused on understanding the role of Regulatory T cells in cancer. He is currently a Senior Scientist at Amgen, leading a group interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that drive T cell dysfunction in cancer.
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For starters, no more wondering who is in the room! View and message the entire attendee list. If that’s not enough, there are a multitude of structured and unstructured networking opportunities to give you the chance to reconnect with old friends and meet your future collaborators.
Then there’s the learning. Through an engaging and interactive agenda, you will be able to actively or passively participate as much as you’d like. From polls and Q&A through to case studies and dedicated discussions, it has never been easier to accelerate your knowledge of Cytokine Therapeutics.
Imagine the possibilities of this digital event! Networking with your peers, learning from the experts, collaborating, and shaping the future of Cytokine Therapeutics – all on a world-class, purpose-built platform.
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