WHENFebruary 04, 2017 @ 8:20am-5:00pm
WHEREHilton Del Mar, 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
INFO$40 for general participants and $30 for students/post-doc before 2/3/2017. On-site fee on 2/4/2017 will be $80 and $60 respectively (The fees include program brochure, continental breakfast, coffee break, and lunch).
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Organizer:       Sino-American Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Professional Association (SABPA)

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SABPA is excited to bring you the first Frontiers in Therapeutics and Diagnostics (FTD) Forum. In this inaugural FTD annual forum, we will cover three hot research areas including Immuno-Oncology (IO), NGS companion diagnostics test, and big data genomics. Our IO session will provide a focused look at how researchers are applying new science and technology in the development of the next generation of effective and safe immunotherapies. Our technology expert speakers will offer an update on the development of the game-changing Oncomine NGS companion diagnostics test that leads to a paradigm shift of future Precision Medicine.  We will also learn how big data genomics can help us gain greater understanding of the human genome and how to use big data for the advancement of genetic research. Leaders from industry and academia will share recent progresses in science and technology for diagnostic and drug development. Our audience will also have the great opportunity to share ideas, to network with their peers and to learn from the experts.


Morning session: Immuno-Oncology (IO) 

Chair: Hua Gong, MD, PhD. Chair, FTD Committee

8:20am   Breakfast and Registration

8:45am   Welcome by Stephanie Shi, PhD. President SABPA

8:50am   Opening Remarks by Hua Gong, MD, PhD. Chair, FTD Committee, Sr. Director, Genoptix/Novartis

9:00am   Keynote Presentation, Carl Barrett, PhD. VP, Translational Science in Oncology AstraZeneca.  

                 Osimertinib (AZD9291, Tagrisso)- A Science DrivenTranslational Approach to Rapid Drug Design and Development

9:30am  Presentation, Michael Karin,  PhD. Professor, UCSD.

                Immune Control of Liver Tumorigenesis

9:55am   Presentation, Michael Wong, MD. Professor, Cancer Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center.

                Novel Seismic Shifts in Clinical Practice and Expectations in the  New Era of Cancer Immunotherapy

10:20am Coffee Break


Chair: Hui Wang, PhD, Co-Chair,  FTD Committee

10:40am  Presentation, Hua Yu, PhD. Professor City of Hope.

                 Novel Antibody-based Drugs for Most Challenging and Critical Intracellular Targets

11:00am  Presentation, Alessandra Cesano, MD. Chief Medical Officer, NanoString Technologies.

                 Bring the Next Generation of Immuno-Oncology Biomarkers into the Clinic

11:20am  Panel Discussion (IO): What Have We Achieved with Cancer Immunotherapy and Where Are We Going?

                 Alessandra Cesano (Moderator)

                 Sandip Patel, MD.  Assistant Professor,  Cancer Immunotherapy Program,  UCSD

                 Jianda Yuan, MD, PhD. Director, Translational Immuno-Oncology Research, Early Clinical Oncology Development. Merck

                 Peter(Peizhi) Luo, Founder, CEO of Adagene

12:30pm  Lunch Break


Afternoon session: Oncomine NGS and Genomics Big Data

Chairs: Guang Chen, MD, PhD, Co-Chair,  FTD Committee

1:45pm   Keynote Presentation, Jim Godsey, PhD. VP, R&D, Clinical Sequencing Division, Thermo Fisher Scientific.

                Development of a Universal Test NGS-Based Companion Diagnostic to Support Multiple Drug Development Programs

2:15pm   Presentation, John Millholland, PhD. Director, Novartis Oncology Precision Medicine .

                A Novel Game-Changing Paradigm to Accelerate Oncology Drug Development: Oncomine Universal Dx Assay

2:40pm  Coffee Break


Chair: Howard Pan, PhD, Co-Chair,  FTD Committee

3:00pm Presentation, Fengzhu Sun, PhD. Professor USC.

               New Development in Alignment-free Genome and Metagenome Analysis

3:25pm  Panel Discussion (Big Data): Harnessing Genomic Big Data for Patient Care:

               A Panel of Experts Elucidate Data Challenges and Propose Key Strategic Solutions.

               Adrian Benjamin (Moderator), PhD. Market Development Manager Oncology, Illumina

               Stuart  Heilsberg, MBA. VP of Product Experience, WuXi NextCODE

               Joyce Peng, PhD. Global Marketing Director and General Manager, Novogene

               Yuan (Gary) Gao, PhD. Co-founder, Med data Quest

4:30pm Closing Remarks by Peter Huang, PhD

4:45pm Cocktail Hour & Poster Contest Award Presentation

SABPA eCorner: The SABPA entrepreneur corner is a place during the FTD Forum to present your business ideas, inventions and technology platforms in a poster format to attract collaborators and investors. Please visit SABPA website eCorner for detailed information and submission guidelines.

SABPA-WuXi AppTec Poster Contest: The contest is for scientific exchange and to reward those in their early career development in life sciences at the FTD forum. For the eligibility, preparation guidelines, and submission, please visit SABPA website (archive.sabpa.org) under poster contest.