Event Features:

  • 20 Conferences, 5 Training Seminars and 4 Short Courses covering protein and antibody engineering, cancer immunotherapy, formulation & stability, process technologies, biotherapeutic expression and much more

  • Over 300 Speakers representing top pharma, biotech, academic, and government institutions

  • Inspiring Keynote Presentations from world-renowned experts and visionaries

  • 1,300+ International Delegates focusing on biotherapeutic protein drug development opportunities

  •  1-on-1 Networking App to connect with attendees who have similar interests and goals

  • Short Courses providing additional training and education to brush up on your knowledge or expand your horizons

  • Lively Exhibit Hall featuring 100 companies showcasing novel technologies and solutions

  • Poster Sessions featuring cutting-edge, ongoing research

  • BuzZ Session Roundtables provide an opportunity to engage in in-depth discussions with industry experts and your peers about the progress, trends and challenges you face in your research

  • Valuable Networking through interactive breakout groups, dedicated poster viewing sessions, interactive panels and more

  • Student Fellowships offering discounted registration for young researchers looking to make a difference and share their research

  • Sponsored Talks by leading technology and service providers showcasing new offerings

  • Convenient Location Many of San Diego’s most exciting attractions are within walking distance of the hotel, including the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, home to fabulous shopping, dining and nightlife.


Conferences are designed for building connections. Sometimes though, you need a designated meeting space and common interest to make those connections. We are excited to offer the PepTalk Plaza as a gathering place to facilitate connections.

The PepTalk Plaza located in the Exhibit Hall provides a meeting spot for people with similar interests to convene and construct a plan to take advantage of all that PepTalk: The Protein Science Week has to offer.


PepTalk Plaza Networking & Social Events Schedule


7:00 An Evening in San Diego* 

Are you new to PepTalk or new to San Diego? Join your fellow attendees, shake hands, make friends and join the group to explore the beautiful city. 

*Participants are responsible for own transportation, food and drink expenses


10:15 People's Choice Poster Award Announcement

10:45 Young Scientist Meetup

This young scientist meetup is an opportunity to get to know and network with mentors of the PepTalk community. This session aims to inspire the next generation of young scientists by giving direct access to established leaders in the field.

Interactive Discussion Groups Moderated by:

Finding your First Job

Jainik Panchal, PhD, Associate Principal Scientist, Sterile Formulation Sciences, Merck & Co., Inc.

Collaboration between Academia and Industry: A Post-Doc's Experience

Matthew Schinn, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego

Strategies for Starting your Career and Succeeding in a Core Facility

Bjørn Voldborg, MSc, Director, CHO Cell Line Development, The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark

4:15 Stretch Break 

It's been a long day of learning and sitting. Take a few minutes to stretch in the Exhibit Hall at the PepTalk Plaza for a stretch break to refresh and reboot.


10:20 Speed Networking 

Bring yourself, your business cards, and be prepared to share and summarize the key elements of your research in a minute. PepTalk will provide a location, timer, and fellow attendees to facilitate the introductions. 

Networking Topic 1 - Expression & Purification

Networking Topic 2 - Formulation and Aggregation

3:15 Meet the Plenary Keynote Speakers 

Stop by the PepTalk Plaza in the Exhibit Hall to continue the discussion and ask questions with our expert PepTalk Plenary Keynote Panel.

3:30 People's Choice Poster Award Announcement 

6:45 Focus on Women in Science 

CHI celebrates the advancement of diversity in the life sciences. We recognize that barriers preventing women from fully participating in the sciences are not just barriers to equality, but also critically deter scientific advancement worldwide. We invite the entire scientific community to discuss these barriers, as we believe that all voices are necessary and welcome.

Join fellow scientists and discuss your personal and professional journey.

Interactive Discussion Groups Moderated by:

Increasing your Influence

Kelly Kemp, PhD, Director, Process Development, ViaCyte

Women in Science: Finding your Voice of Confidence

Edit Tarcsa, PhD, Director and Research Fellow, Drug Metabolism & Pharmacokinetics, Abbvie Bioresearch Center, AbbVie


10:45 Speed Networking 

Bring yourself, your business cards, and be prepared to share and summarize the key elements of your research in a minute. PepTalk will provide a location, timer, and fellow attendees to facilitate the introductions.

Networking Topic 1 - Engineering Biotherapeutics

Networking Topic 2 -  Analytics & Impurities

Networking Topic 3 - Cell & Gene Therapies

2:00 People's Choice Poster Award Announcement

2:00 CII CARES PepTalk Gives Back 

CII has partnered with Clean the Worldan organization that recycles discarded soap and hygiene products from the hospitality industry and other sectors that generate environmental waste. CII will provide all supplies for assembling hygiene kits made of recycled products diverted from landfills, which will then be donated to a local charity in San Diego. Please join us to assemble these kits and give back to the San Diego community.



2020 Conferences & Training Seminars