BUZZ Sessions

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24
8:00 - 9:00 AM

FACILITATED, SMALL-GROUP DISCUSSIONS. INTERACTIVE PARTICIPATION LEADS TO PROBLEM-SOLVING SOLUTIONS AND FUTURE COLLABORATIONS AROUND FOCUSED TOPICS.

Protein therapeutics is a fast-growing global market. As the science improves, so does the complexity of the R&D organization. Ensuring product quality plus speed to market requires insights from stakeholders working across the stages of protein science R&D. Join experts representing this PepTalk pipeline, peers, and colleagues for an interactive roundtable discussion. Topics include highlights from the week’s presentations, new technologies and strategies, challenges, and future trends.

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Discussion Table Topics
Room: Sapphire & Aqua Foyers

Table 12: Protein Engineering & Development – Week in Review

Samantha Phan, Consultant Biologist, Protein BioSciences, Eli Lilly and Company

  • What were your favorite presentations this week?
  • How will the new constructs and technologies presented at PepTalk impact your work?
  • What are the challenges to be overcome in implementing these new approaches?
  • Emerging trends that will impact protein engineering and development

Table 13: Antibody Therapeutics – Week in Review

Steffen Goletz, PhD, Professor and Deputy Head, Biotechnology and Biomedicine, and Vice Director, Institute of Bioengineering, Technical University of Denmark

  • Tumor targeting
  • New modalities
  • Combination and CAR T cell therapy
  • Predictive modeling
  • Novel antibody formats

Table 14: Cell & Gene Therapies – Week in Review

Jim Richardson, PhD, Senior Science and Standards Liaison, Global Biologics, United States Pharmacopeia

  • Challenges and opportunities – which talks and speakers motivated you?
  • New technologies and learnings during the week that you can apply in your work
  • Manufacturing and scale-up insights
  • Supply chain challenges

Table 15: Formulation & Stability – Week in Review

Tanvir Tabish, MSc, Head of Formulation Development, Formulation, Fill and Finish, Takeda

  • Which talks and speakers inspired you?
  • Review of practical strategies in lyophilization of novel formulation
  • Insights on formulation development of novel molecules and cell and gene therapies

Table 16: Analytics & Impurities – Week in Review

Thomas Laue, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Director, Biomolecular Interaction Technologies Center (BITC), University of New Hampshire

  • Which talks and speakers inspired you?
  • Review of practical strategies in mitigating aggregation in biologics
  • Insights on management of impurities
  • Formulation development of novel molecules and cell and gene therapies

Table 17: Process Technologies & Purification – Week in Review

Renaud Vincentelli, PhD, Head, High-Throughput Protein Production, Structural Biology Core, Architecture et Fonction des Macromolécules Biologiques (AFMB), UMR, CNRS – Aix-Marseille University

  • Managing and analyzing data
  • High-throughput screening and assays
  • Continuous processing
  • Affinity tags
  • High-throughput analytics

Table 18: Biotherapeutic Expression & Production – Week in Review

Richard Altman, MS, Field Application Scientist, Protein Expression, Biosciences Division, Life Sciences Solutions Group, Thermo Fisher Scientific

  • Protein therapeutics is a fast-growing global market. Ensuring product quality plus speed to market requires collaboration from stakeholders working across the stages of protein science R&D
  • Join us in an interactive roundtable discussion as we review and wrap up the Biotherapeutic Expression & Production Pipeline
  • Topics will include highlights from the week’s presentations, new technologies and strategies, challenges, and future trends

Table 19: Systems to Screen B and T Cell Repertoires

Vu Truong, PhD, CSO & CEO, R&D, Aridis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

  • Cell sorting systems
  • Nanodroplet systems
  • Microfluidic systems
  • Culture microarrays

Table 20: Application of Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning in Biopharmaceutical Development

Reza Esfandiary, Associate Director, Early Stage Formulation Sciences, BioPharmaceutical Development, AstraZeneca

  • Accelerating drug discovery through the power of AI
  • How to use it and challenges
  • What are successful pharma companies doing today to prepare for a data-fueled, machine learning future?

Table 21: Challenges in Development of Cell Therapies for Solid Tumors

Sandro Matosevic, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, Purdue University

  • Sourcing
  • Manufacturing
  • Genetic engineering

Table 22: Product Differentiation through Creative Formulation and Smart Delivery Devices

Jan Jezek, PhD, CSO, Arecor Ltd.

  • Product strategy throughout the development process (defining TPP, developability assessment, etc.)
  • Role of formulation in achieving the TPP
  • Life cycle management – approaches to protecting existing products (timing, defining improved TPP, intellectual property, etc.)

Table 23: Data Science Tools for Process Characterization

NEW: Spin Wang, MS, Co-Founder and CEO, TetraScience

  • Can we rely on high-throughout techniques as representative scale-down models? Can we prove ideal scale-down models at all?
  • Data and knowledge recycle strategies: how is suitable data and process understanding transferred from one project/product to another?
  • Best strategies and tools for managing data

Table 24: Expression Hosts for Integral Membrane Receptors

Alexei Yeliseev, PhD, Staff Scientist, Group Leader, LMBB, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Health

  • Different expression hosts: advantages and disadvantages
  • Significance of post-translational modifications
  • Effect of host on stability of target protein
  • Expression hosts and fusion partners

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