Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s Inaugural

Optimizing Biotherapeutic Discovery

January 19-20, 2021


PepTalk’s Inaugural Optimizing Biotherapeutic Discovery conference offers delegates a unique opportunity to explore the contributions of new science and technologies to accelerated R&D for new drug products and modalities. The program examines the evolution of display technologies and advanced library designs in combination with novel sequencing and screening tools and how these are applied in modern discovery workflows. The meeting also considers lessons learned from the research community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how these can be applied to pharmaceutical discovery.


Coverage will include, but is not limited to:

  • Developing or accessing reagents representative of specific targets
  • Discovery applications for Cryo-EM studies of protein structures
  • Emerging applications for phage and yeast display
  • Engineering protein-protein interactions
  • Focusing phage output on specific target epitopes
  • Lessons learned from COVID-19 antibody and vaccine research
  • Novel immunization and panning strategies
  • Novel library design strategies
  • Phenotypic antibody discovery; function first screening 
  • Predicting binding sites from sequence
  • Structural or mechanistic designed antibodies
  • Target discovery from immune and display systems     


If you would like to submit a proposal to give a presentation at this meeting, please click here.


The deadline for priority consideration is July 24, 2020.


All proposals are subject to review by session chairpersons and/or the Scientific Advisory Committee to ensure the overall quality of the conference program. Additionally, as per Cambridge Healthtech Institute policy, a select number of vendors and consultants who provide products and services will be offered opportunities for podium presentation slots based on a variety of Corporate Sponsorships.


If you are selected as a speaker for this virtual event, we request that you pre-record your presentation and be available during the “live” portion January 19-20 for interactive Q&A and panel discussions.  


For more details on the conference, please contact:

Kent Simmons

Senior Conference Director

Cambridge Healthtech Institute

Phone: (+1) 207-329-2964 Email:


For partnering and sponsorship information, please contact:

Companies A-K

Jason Gerardi

Senior Manager, Business Development

Cambridge Healthtech Institute

Phone: (+1) 781-972-5452 Email:


Companies L-Z

Ashley Parsons

Business Development Manager

Cambridge Healthtech Institute

Phone: (+1) 781-972-1340 Email: