Medical Biotechnology

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24-25 May 2018, Ghent, Belgium
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Medical Biotechnology
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"Medical Biotechnology is in an era of rapid transformation because of new disruptive technologies for early diagnosis and more effective therapeutic intervention, even in established chronic diseases,"  said Nico Callewaert of the VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology and organizing committee member of this conference. "VIB organizes this focus meeting to provide cutting edge insight delivered by top scientists from academia and industry."

During four plenary sessions the following topics will be covered:

  • biopharmaceutical technology
  • targeted delivery
  • diagnostics & biomarkers
  • vaccines

In addition to the scientific sessions there will be ample opportunities to network during the breaks, posters sessions, reception and conference dinner.

Especially for junior researchers a ‘Meet the Expert' session with Dr. Annemieke Geluk will be organized on the 24th of May. During an informal round table discussion PhD students and postdocs will have the exclusive opportunity to ask any question/advise related to their research and careers. If you are interested in joining the session, then send an e-mail to conferences@vib.be. Seating is limited.

Poster information:
Format: A0 (841 x 1189 mm / 33.1 x 46.8 in), portrait orientation

Confirmed speakers: 

Carl June

Perelman School of Medicine, UPenn, US

Michael Snyder

Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine, Stanford University, US

Gary J. Nabel

Sanofi Global R&D, US

Danica Stanimirovic

National Research Council, CA

G. Mike Makrigiorgos

Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, US

Annemieke Geluk

LUMC Leiden, NL

Mustafa Diken

Translational Oncology at the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, DE

Ashley Birkett

Director of PATH’s Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI), US

Ryan Watts

Denali Therapeutics, US

Nathalie Heuzé Vourc’h

INSERM U1100, Research Centre of Respiratory Diseases, Tours, FR

Rogier Sanders

Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, NL

David Gilham

Celyad, UK

John Bell

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, CA

An Hendrix

Ghent University, BE

Jan Tavernier

VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology, BE

Florian Krammer

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, US
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Medical Biotechnology
Abstract submission closing date: 
Monday, 26 March, 2018
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Day 1 - 24 May 2018

Thursday, 24 May, 2018
08:45 - 09:15
Registration & Coffee
09:15 - 09:20
Welcome
09:20 - 12:40
AM Plenary session: Diagnostics & biomarkers
09:20 - 10:10
Michael Snyder
Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine, Stanford University, US
Keynote speaker
10:10 - 10:45
G. Mike Makrigiorgos
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, US
Academic speaker
10:45 - 11:15
Coffee
11:15 - 11:50
Immunodiagnostic tools for mycobacterial diseases
Annemieke Geluk
LUMC Leiden, NL
Academic speaker
11:50 - 12:25
An Hendrix
Ghent University, BE
Academic speaker
12:25 - 12:40
Selected talk
12:40 - 13:35
Lunch
13:35 - 14:35
Poster session
14:35 - 18:15
PM Plenary session: Targeted delivery
14:35 - 15:10
Jan Tavernier
VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology, BE
Academic speaker
15:10 - 15:45
Inhalation of antibodies to treat respiratoy diseases: opportunities and challenges
Nathalie Heuzé Vourc’h
INSERM U1100, Research Centre of Respiratory Diseases, Tours, FR
Academic speaker
15:45 - 16:00
Selected talk
16:00 - 16:30
Coffee
16:30 - 17:05
Addressing central nervous system target space using single-domain antibody technologies
Danica Stanimirovic
National Research Council, CA
Academic speaker
17:05 - 17:40
Charting new territory in neurodegeneration
Ryan Watts
Denali Therapeutics, US
Company speaker
17:40 - 18:15
John Bell
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, CA
Academic speaker
18:15 - 19:00
Reception

Organizing Committee:

Nico Callewaert, VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology
Xavier Saelens, VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology
Erik Depla, VIB Discovery Science - MED
Kris Gevaert, VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology
Evy Vierstraete, PhD, VIB Science Events Manager

Day 2 - 25 May 2018

Friday, 25 May, 2018
08:45 - 09:15
Coffee
AM Plenary session: Biopharmaceutical technology
09:15 - 10:05
Carl June
Perelman School of Medicine, UPenn, US
Keynote speaker
10:05 - 10:40
David Gilham
Celyad, UK
Company speaker
10:40 - 11:10
Coffee
11:10 - 11:45
Company speaker
11:45 - 12:20
The evolution of RNA-based cancer vaccines
Mustafa Diken
Translational Oncology at the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, DE
Academic speaker
12:20 - 12:35
Selected talk
12:35 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 14:30
Poster session
14:30 - 17:35
PM Plenary session: Vaccines
14:30 - 15:05
Rogier Sanders
Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, NL
Academic speaker
15:05 - 15:40
Florian Krammer
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, US
Academic speaker
15:40 - 15:55
Selected talk
15:55 - 16:25
Coffee
16:25 - 17:00
Vaccines to accelerate malaria elimination
Ashley Birkett
Director of PATH’s Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI), US
Academic speaker
17:00 - 17:50
Gary J. Nabel
Sanofi Global R&D, US
Keynote speaker

Organizing Committee:

Nico Callewaert, VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology
Xavier Saelens, VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology
Erik Depla, VIB Discovery Science - MED
Kris Gevaert, VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology
Evy Vierstraete, PhD, VIB Science Events Manager

Hashtag: 
#Medbiotech18
Venue: 

UGent - Aula Universiteit Gent
Voldersstraat 9
9000 Gent

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