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Immuno-Oncology; Oncomine NGS test; Big Data Genomics; Entrepreneur Corner and Wuxi Apptec – SABPAposter contests. These are just a few reasons you may want to attend the 1st SABPA Frontiers in Therapeutics and Diagnostics (FTD) Forum. The FTD forum is the brand new annual SABPA event that combines the strength of SABPA‘s Science & Technology forum and the Medical Devices and Diagnostics forum. This year we also added the Entrepreneur Corner and WuXi Apptec – SABPA Poster Contest for burgeoning entrepreneurs and young scientists. It has truly become a forum for EVERYONE! Just register with Whova will get you connected with hundreds of industry professionals. Don’t miss it.  

SABPA Events

The 1st SABPA Frontiers in Therapeutics and Diagnostics (FTD) Forum
When: Saturday, February 4, 2017, 8:20am to 5:00pm
Where: Hilton Del Mar, 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Registration: $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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Introduction: 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), the Oncomine NGS 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)- 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. Associate Director, Novartis.

                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 (www.sabpa.org) under poster contest.

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Sino-American Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SABPA) is an 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in early 2002 by professionals and scholars from the Chinese community in San Diego. In 2005, we expanded to Orange County and Los Angeles. We invite all scholars, professionals and entrepreneurs of any origin who are working in, engaged in, or interested in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry in Southern California to join us as a member of SABPA.
Our Mission
  • Provide a forum to facilitate professional contact and communication among local Chinese American professionals in academia, biotech and pharmaceutical industries;
  • Foster professional growth, career improvement and personal development of our members;
  • Provide opportunities to educate local communities about the values of biomedical research and the benefits of biotech and pharmaceutical innovations;
  • Stimulate and facilitate the development of relationships between the U.S. and China in biotech and pharmaceutical communities.
  • To fulfill our mission, we will sponsor professional seminars, meetings, and symposia; share employment opportunity information in local biotech and pharmaceutical industry; sponsor social events; and disseminate information about local biotech and pharmaceutical companies.
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