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Trk 04: Preclin Transl-Early Clin Dev [clear filter]
Monday, June 27

8:30am EDT

#113: Clinical Developments in Immuno-Oncology, Part 1 of 2: Science, Current Methodologies, and Achievements
Limited Capacity seats available

Component Type: Session
Level: Advanced
CE: ACPE 1.25 Knowledge UAN: 0286-0000-16-554-L01-P; CME 1.25; IACET 1.25; RN 1.25

In this session, representatives from large pharmaceutical companies will present and discuss the science, current methodologies and achievements in their advanced clinical programs in the area of immuno-oncology. They will address what makes the difference to standard and targeted therapies, what has been learned by studying the interaction of the tumor and the immune system, and the predictors for patient response.

Part 2 is scheduled for Monday, June 27, 10:45AM-12:00PM.

Learning Objectives

Describe the most recent advances in cancer immunotherapy; Discuss the interaction of the tumor and the immune system; Identify predictors for patient response.


Holger G. Adelmann


Overview of Immuno-Oncology
Ashok K. Gupta

Molecular Predictors of Response to Immuno-Oncology Therapeutics
Brandon Higgs, PhD

Opportunities and Challenges for the Use of Biomarkers in Anti-PD1/PD-L1 Immunotherapy
Ti Cai, PhD

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Holger Adelmann

Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DIA EMEA
Dr. Holger G. Adelmann, MD PhD. Board certified Clinical Pharmacologist. Clinical training in internal medicine. Several leading positions in pharma since 1989 with Bayer & Tropon (Germany), AstraZeneca (UK and Sweden), and Merck Serono (Germany). He is member of the American Association... Read More →


Ti Cai

Director, Global Clinical Biomarkers and Companion Diagnostics, EMD Serono
Ti Cai joined EMD Serono in March 2015 as Director, Clinical Biomarkers and Companion Diagnostics. He is currently leading clinical biomarker development for avelumab (anti-PD-L1 antibody) program. Prior to EMD Serno, Ti worked at Celgene, Sanofi and Amgen where he led biomarker research... Read More →

Ashok Gupta

Vice President, Head of Clinical Immuno-Oncology, Medimmune
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Brandon Higgs

Director, MedImmune
Dr. Higgs leads the Bioinformatics function within Translational Medicine at MedImmune. He has 15+ years of industry experience in biomarker development within indications of oncology, autoimmunity, inflammation, CNS, and transplantation. He has a PhD in Computational Biology and... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2016 8:30am - 9:45am EDT
108B Pennsylvania Convention Center 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA
  Trk 04: Preclin Transl-Early Clin Dev, Session |   Trk 09: Med Devices-InVitro-CombProd, Session
Wednesday, June 29

10:30am EDT

#312: Human Tissue Models: A Look into the Future of Safety Pharmacology Studies
Limited Capacity seats available

Component Type: Session
Level: Intermediate
CE: CME 1.00; IACET 1.00; RN 1.00

The session will address the nonclinical regulatory development of robust human tissue (HT) technologies/models, validation, applications and the possible future switch from in vivo animal models to HT technologies.

Learning Objectives

Discuss the acceptability of human tissue (HT) technologies data in support of clinical trials and MAA submissions; Identify nonclinical requirements for the use of data generated with HT technologies; Describe validation of models; Identify GLP requirements.


Michelle Cathian Beharry, MS


Overcoming Barriers to Human Tissue Use for Safety Assessment
Anthony Holmes, PhD

The Use of Human Tissue Technologies in Support of Clinical Trials and Marketing Authorization Regulatory Submissions
Michelle Cathian Beharry, MS

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Michelle Beharry

Senior Non-Clinical Assessor, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
Michelle spent 4 years in the pharmaceutical Industry as a regulatory/investigative toxicologist, then joined the MHRA and is now a Senior Pharmaco-Toxicologist. Principally, this involves the assessment of nonclinical data for Clinical Trials and Marketing Authorisation applications... Read More →


Anthony Holmes

Head, Technology Development, NC3Rs
Anthony Holmes is Head of Technology Development at the NC3Rs. He oversees a programme of work focusing on the interface between academia and industry and the acceleration of technologies out of the science base and in to application to reduce animal use and address scientific and... Read More →

Wednesday June 29, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
113C Pennsylvania Convention Center 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA

4:00pm EDT

#360: Biomarkers and Sample Stability: Bottlenecks in Study Planning, Ensuring Sample Stability as the Key for Reliable Lab Results
Limited Capacity seats available

Component Type: Session
Level: Intermediate
CE: CME 1.00; IACET 1.00; RN 1.00

The need for biomarkers means that expertise in handling frozen samples is required. This session will present strategies and solutions to ensure both that frozen specimens are correctly collected and shipped and that they arrive in stable conditions at the lab where biomarkers can be reliably tested.

Learning Objectives

Discuss how handling of critical biological samples is essential to be able to rely on the lab results obtained after testing; Describe how to collect, handle, store and ship samples appropriately.


Hermann Schulz, DrMed


Piecing Together a Successful Biomarker Strategy: A Catalyst for Precision Medicine
Paul Travis, MSc

Ensuring Sample Stability When Handling Biomarkers
Hermann Schulz, DrMed


Hermann Schulz

Executive Vice President, Synlab Pharma Institute
Before founding INTERLAB in 1994, Hermann Schulz held senior R&D positions in Pharma for 12 years. He was a Board member of the German Society of Pharmaceutical Medicine for 6 years, is visiting professor for applied clinical pharmacology and has written more than 35 scientific publications... Read More →

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Paul Travis

Exec. Director, Medpace Global Labs, Medpace
Paul Travis MSc, Executive Director of Global Business Strategy at Medpace Laboratories. +25 years of Experience in R&D within the pharma and contract research industries. Attained MSc in Biomedical Science & began career with Ciba Geigy UK, working in early research and development... Read More →

Wednesday June 29, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
105AB Pennsylvania Convention Center 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA
  Trk 04: Preclin Transl-Early Clin Dev, Session