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SMi is proud to present their 6th annual Cancer Vaccines conference, due to be held in London in September 2017. Combination therapies remain the most effective cancer treatment available. Diversification of cancer vaccines has propelled growth and innovation within the industry over the past year; and developments in the enhancement of efficacy of treatments are becoming ever more prevalent.

With focal points of the conference including autologous tumour cell immunotherapy, combinatorial approaches (including immune checkpoint inhibitors and IDO inhibitors) and case studies of current clinical trials, this conference will provide the perfect platform to highlight emerging strategies in cancer vaccines. The conference will also aim to provide solutions to circumvent the challenges which face the development of successful targeted cancer treatments, within a competitive and important market.

This event will bring together integral personalities from within the field - from key academics at the forefront of research, to industry leaders, in order to collaborate and network. The 16+ industry led presentations and focus on the latest advances in personalised cancer treatments make this a leading event for the cancer vaccines industry.
 

 

 

• An industry led event featuring numerous high level and instructive case studies on the techniques for developing personalised cancer vaccines, characterizing and applying the outside-in approach in cancer vaccine development
• High number of innovative talks on novel approaches from biotech speakers
• Focus on associated therapies; CAR T cell therapies and combination therapies including immune checkpoint inhibitors and IDO inhibitors, maximising the therapeutic potential
• Emerging and novel therapies will be highlighted, including in depth case study examples showcasing peptide, neoantigen and MHC based vaccine development




 

Directors, senior scientists, project leaders, research directors of:

Immuno-oncology, vaccine development, oncology, molecular medicine, immunobiology

4-Antibody AG; Abzena; Agenus; Amal Therapeutics; Anticancer Fund; Antwerp University; BioNTech AG; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG; Cancer Research UK; ccit-denmark; Center into DiseasesFor Public Health Research; Exicure Inc.; Genentech, Inc.; Hadassah Medical School; Health Protection Scotland; ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Ltd; IO Biotech; IP & Science; Kings College London; Merck Research Laboratories; Midatech Pharma PLC; MilliporeSigma (Merck, KGaA); MSD; Northwest Biotherapeutics; Oxford BioMedica (U K) Limited; ProImmune Ltd.; Ross Univ Sch Of Med; Shionogi; SKAN AG; Talentmark Limited; The Life Sciences Division; Translational Oncology (TRON); UCL; Woodford Investment Management;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Jonathan  Zalevsky

Jonathan Zalevsky, Senior Vice President Biology & Preclinical Development, Nektar Therapeutics

9:10 Generation of fully personalised cancer vaccines with a potent, cost-effective and robust technology

Agnete Fredriksen

Agnete Fredriksen, Co-Founder & CSO, Vaccibody AS
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9:50 Combined adjuvants for synergistic activation of cellular immunity (CASAC)

Farzin Farzaneh

Farzin Farzaneh, Professor of Molecular Medicine, Kings College London
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10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Therapeutic potential of cancer vaccines and immune checkpoint inhibitors

Kandeepan Ganeshalingam

Kandeepan Ganeshalingam, Executive Director, Therapeutic Area Head Oncology, Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited
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11:40 Activation of the immune system in combination with checkpoint inhibitors

David Giljohann

David Giljohann, CEO, Exicure Inc.
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12:20 Networking Lunch

13:30 Combining RNAi and immune oncology

Amotz Shemi

Amotz Shemi, CEO, Silenseed

14:10 Vaccines with phosphopeptides

Zahra Jawad

Zahra Jawad, Group Leader in Discovery Technology, Agenus

• Phosphopeptides as an alternative to peptides for vaccinations
• New data showing the immunogenicity profile of phosphopeptides
• Pre-clinical models of anti-tumour efficacy

14:50 Afternoon Tea

15:20 Cell wars: the immune system fights back

Rose-Ann Padua

Rose-Ann Padua, Director of Research, INSERM

15:45 Biomarkers of Immune Response

Rose-Ann Padua

Rose-Ann Padua, Director of Research, INSERM

Zwi Berneman

Zwi Berneman, Professor of Haematology, University Of Antwerp

Eric Tartour

Eric Tartour, Head, Laboratory of Clinical Immunology, Hopital Europeen Georges Pompidou

Antoine Toubert

Antoine Toubert, Head, Alloimmunity, Autoimmunity, Transplantation, INSERM

Sharam Kordasti

Sharam Kordasti, Senior Lecturer, Kings College London

17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Jonathan  Zalevsky

Jonathan Zalevsky, Senior Vice President Biology & Preclinical Development, Nektar Therapeutics

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alfredo Nicosia

Alfredo Nicosia, CEO, Nouscom AG
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9:10 Enhanced cancer vaccine effectiveness with NKTR-214, a CD122-biased cytokine

Jonathan  Zalevsky

Jonathan Zalevsky, Senior Vice President Biology & Preclinical Development, Nektar Therapeutics

• NKTR-214 biases signalling through the IL-2 receptor pathway to generate profound effector T-cell responses while reducing regulatory T-cell activity in tumours
• Combination dosing of NKTR-214 dramatically enhances activity of several tumour vaccine modalities in mouse models
• The unique profile of T-cell activity generated by NKTR-214 may enable the next generation of tumour vaccines

9:50 Nouscom neo-antigen based viral vectored vaccine and a novel potent immunomodulator show synergistic activity in mouse cancer model

Alfredo Nicosia

Alfredo Nicosia, CEO, Nouscom AG
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10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 In vitro validation of potential neo-epitopes by MHC based reagents

Sune Justesen

Sune Justesen, CSO, Immunitrack Aps
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• Affinity vs. Stability based peptide MHC assays, implications on current in silico tools 
• What does a neo-epitope look like from the MHC perspective?
• High throughput MHC tetramer production to support personalized cancer vaccination trials

11:40 Targeting the tumor microenvironment with vaccine-activated anti-regulatory T cells

Mads Hald Andersen

Mads Hald Andersen, Vice-Director, Professor, Co-Founder, ccit-denmark
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12:20 Networking Lunch

13:30 Individualised mRNA cancer immunotherapy

Ludwig Heesen

Ludwig Heesen, Project Manager, BioNTech AG
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14:10 Immune modulation as an essential tool for cancer vaccines

• Cancer vaccines require an optimal adjuvant
• The ‘work’ better with correct immune modulation
• Immune modulation can be achieved with IMiDs (Thalidomide analogues) or low dose chemotherapy
• Some agents, such as IMM-101 were developed as cancer vaccines but are actually very powerful immune modulators

Angus Dalgleish

Angus Dalgleish, Professor of Oncology, St George's, University of London

14:50 Afternoon Tea

15:20 In vitro assays to accelerate cancer therapy development

Sofie Pattijn

Sofie Pattijn, Chief Technology Officer, ImmunXperts

• In vitro assays using primary human cells are a useful tool to screen the functional properties of lead molecules/therapies and to document the mechanism of action
• Development of potency assays
• Functional screening of immune checkpoint inhibitors

16:00 Effect of adjuvant/delivery system(s) on vaccine efficacy, two examples PAP/HAGE vaccines

Stephanie McArdle

Stephanie McArdle, Senior Research Scientist, Nottingham Trent University
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16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Alfredo Nicosia

Alfredo Nicosia, CEO, Nouscom AG
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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Agnete Fredriksen

Agnete Fredriksen

Co-Founder & CSO, Vaccibody AS
David Giljohann

David Giljohann

CEO, Exicure Inc.
Kandeepan Ganeshalingam

Kandeepan Ganeshalingam

Executive Director, Therapeutic Area Head Oncology, Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited
Ludwig Heesen

Ludwig Heesen

Project Manager, BioNTech AG
Mads Hald Andersen

Mads Hald Andersen

Vice-Director, Professor, Co-Founder, ccit-denmark
Sofie Pattijn

Sofie Pattijn

Chief Technology Officer, ImmunXperts

Agnete Fredriksen

Co-Founder & CSO, Vaccibody AS
Agnete Fredriksen

Agnete B. Fredriksen is Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Vaccibody AS. She holds a M.Sc., Ph.D. from Institute of Immunology, University of Oslo, Rikshospitalet in Norway where she designed and developed the first Vaccibody vaccines. Agnete is one of the inventors of the Vaccibody technology and received the King’s Gold Medal for her PhD thesis on Vaccibodies. She has co-authored a range of scientific papers and is inventor on several patents with a focus on vaccine development and immunotherapy. She is in charge of preclinical and clinical development of Vaccibody’s cancer vaccine programs.

Alfredo Nicosia

CEO, Nouscom AG
Alfredo Nicosia

Alfredo is CEO of Nouscom AG, a biotech company dedicated to the development of next generation immunotherapies to beat cancer (www.nouscom.com).
Alfredo is also CEO of Reithera srl, a Biotech involved in the development of vector-based anti-infectious vaccines.
Alfredo is full Professor of Molecular Biology at the University Federico II, Naples (Italy).
Alfredo was a co-founder of Okairos (recently acquired by GSK) and served as the company’s Chief Scientific Officer, contributing to the preclinical and clinical development of a number of vaccines and monoclonal antibodies against infectious diseases and cancer.
Alfredo’s experience includes the positions of senior director of the Viral Diseases Vaccine program at Istituto di Ricerche di Biologia Molecolare (IRBM), staff scientist at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany and project leader at the Sclavo Research Centre in Siena, Italy.
He has also published over 150 articles in leading journals on a range of subjects, including viral and bacterial infection and vaccines and holds a number of patents and patent applications.
Alfredo holds a degree in chemistry from the University of Rome, Italy.

Amotz Shemi

CEO, Silenseed
Amotz Shemi

Angus Dalgleish

Professor of Oncology, St George's, University of London
Angus Dalgleish

Antoine Toubert

Head, Alloimmunity, Autoimmunity, Transplantation, INSERM
Antoine Toubert

David Giljohann

CEO, Exicure Inc.
David Giljohann

Dr. Giljohann has served as Exicure’s Chief Executive Officer since November 2013 and been on its board of directors since March 2014. From July 2012 to October 2013, Dr. Giljohann was Exicure’s Chief Operating Officer and its founding scientist in 2011. From 2011 to June 2012, Dr. Giljohann served as the company’s principal scientist. Prior to that, Dr. Giljohann was the founding scientist of AuraSense, LLC in 2009. Dr. Giljohann completed his Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dr. Chad A. Mirkin where he developed oligonucleotide-modified nanoparticles, including NanoFlare™, and spherical nucleic acid constructs. Dr. Giljohann has been recognized for his work with a Materials Research Society Gold Award, Baxter Innovation Award, Rappaport Award for Research Excellence, NSEC Outstanding Research Award, and as a finalist in the National Inventors Hall of Fame Collegiate Inventors Competition. He was also named to the Analytical Scientist's "Top 40 Under 40 Power List" in 2014. Dr. Giljohann has contributed to over 25 manuscripts and over 100 patents and applications. Dr. Giljohann obtained his Ph.D. in 2009 from Northwestern University.

Eric Tartour

Head, Laboratory of Clinical Immunology, Hopital Europeen Georges Pompidou
Eric Tartour

Farzin Farzaneh

Professor of Molecular Medicine, Kings College London
Farzin Farzaneh

Farzin joined King’s College London as a lecturer in Molecular Genetics in 1985, founded the Molecular Genetics Unit in 1986 and was appointed the founding Head of the Department of Molecular Genetics in 1993. Farzin has published over 200 scientific papers and two edited books on the Functional Analysis of the Genome and Cancer Gene Therapy. He leads an active research group with a current funding of over £2M per annum from Leukaemia Lymphoma Research (now Bloodwise), CRUK, National Institute for Health Research, UK Research Councils, as well as the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.
 

Jonathan Zalevsky

Senior Vice President Biology & Preclinical Development, Nektar Therapeutics
Jonathan  Zalevsky

Kandeepan Ganeshalingam

Executive Director, Therapeutic Area Head Oncology, Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited
Kandeepan Ganeshalingam

Dr. Kandeepan Ganeshalingam received his Medical Degree from the University of Aberdeen and a Master of Science Degree from the Imperial College School of Medicine, University of London. He was also the Faraday Research fellow at the National Heart and Lung Institute, UK.
Following a 10 year career as a physician in the National Health Service Hospitals, UK, he joined the Oncology product development team at Roche in 2007. In this role he played a significant role in product development with several successful submissions to EMA and FDA. In 2010, he moved to Vifor Pharma, Switzerland to become the Global Head of Medical and Clinical Drug Safety, where he played a leadership role in clinical development, regulatory submissions and safety risk management. In 2012, he returned to Roche Product Development Medical Affairs as Senior Medical Director, in immunology and was subsequently promoted to Group Medical Director in Oncology, where he led the Global Medical team responsible for multiple Haematology/Oncology products. In this role he was instrumental in building clinical trial collaborations with academic groups and external pharmaceutical companies.
In 2016, he joined Merck Sharp Dohme as the Executive Director, Oncology Therapeutic Area Head, European Clinical Development.

Ludwig Heesen

Project Manager, BioNTech AG
Ludwig Heesen

Ludwig Heesen studied Biology at the University of Würzburg, Germany from September 2002 to March 2008, after which he obtained his PhD in Genetics, and Post-Doc at the University Hospital Cologne and Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology, University of Bonn, ending in 2015. Since April 2016 Dr. Heesen has been at BioNTech, where he now works as a Clinical Project Manager.

Mads Hald Andersen

Vice-Director, Professor, Co-Founder, ccit-denmark
Mads Hald Andersen

Mads Hald Andersen is vice-director at Center for Cancer Immune Therapy at Copenhagen University Hospital at Herlev as well as professor at Department of Immunology and Microbiology at Copenhagen University. In 2001 he gained his PhD from the Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Department of Dermatology, Würzburg University, Germany. The same year he co-founded the Tumor Immunology Group at the Danish Cancer Society. He obtained his DScTech in 2006, the same year as he co-founded the Center for Cancer Immune Therapy at Copenhagan University Hospital at Herlev. In 2015 he additionally achieved the DMSc degree from Copenhagen University. Professor Andersen has considerable pharmaceutical experience, and has founded several biotech companies including Survac, Rhovac and most recently IO Biotech Aps. He has been honored with several awards during his career including The Lundbeck Foundation research prize (2012), the Danish Cancer Society Research Award (2006) and the Hallas-Møller Stipend from the Novo Nordisk foundation (2007). He has an extensive publication record, authoring over 150 publications in peer reviewed journals, more than 15 patents as well as several book chapters. His research has been focusing on the characterization of the natural immune responses towards malignant cells. He has identified a number of different T-cell antigens including survivin, the Bcl-2 family and RhoC. Recently, he described circulating T cells that specifically target normal, self-proteins, e.g., IDO, TDO, PD-L1 and Foxp3, expressed by regulatory immune cells and defined these as anti-Tregs.

Rose-Ann Padua

Director of Research, INSERM
Rose-Ann Padua

Sharam Kordasti

Senior Lecturer, Kings College London
Sharam Kordasti

Sofie Pattijn

Chief Technology Officer, ImmunXperts
Sofie Pattijn

Stephanie McArdle

Senior Research Scientist, Nottingham Trent University
Stephanie McArdle

Stephanie McArdle is at the head of T-cell vaccine immunotherapy, which is mainly focused on the validation of novel immunotherapeutic targets as well as immune-phenotyping patient’s blood. She is particularly interested in HAGE and PAP antigens as targets and/or biomarkers for cancers. She is also very interested in understanding the role of stress and diet supplement on vaccine outcome. Stephanie supervises many PhD students as director of studies as well as second supervisor and MSc/MRes students. She has recently successfully completed projects contracted by two companies. Academically she has attended the supervisor course as well as the Post-Graduate Certificate for Higher Education (PGCHE) course. Stephanie helps in the teaching of Immunology and Cancer subject areas and regularly reviews original and review type of papers for journals such as Cancer Immunotherapy, Vaccine, Immunology, European Journal of Cancer, Cancer Therapy, Amino-Acids, vaccine supplement and Medicinal Chemistry and Cancer Immunity. Stephanie reviews and writes grants and has been part of many European Grants with Prof. Rees. She has established strong collaborations with national and international laboratories and has organised two ELISPOT workshops in collaboration with C.T. Ltd and overseen an International project involving nine laboratories and presented the results of this study at the European Society of cancer and immunotherapy (ESCII) conference held in Athens, Oct. 2008 and has recently organised a Health and Well-Being conference to bring awareness to cancer sufferers as well as healthy people of ways to improve their immune system. This is an area that Stephanie has started to develop over the last few months in collaboration with Prof. Glenn Gibson, Reading University, expert in Prebiotics. Indeed, she is currently assessing the effect of diet supplementation on vaccine-induced immune responses.

Sune Justesen

CSO, Immunitrack Aps
Sune Justesen

Sune Justesen has a Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen. For more than a decade he was responsible for maintaining and developing the probably largest recombinant MHC platform in the laboratory of Dr. Søren Buus. The molecules where used in sensitive peptide binding assays to generate data, that where subsequently used to develop best in class prediction tools for assessing peptide binding to MHC molecules (NetMHC and others). These predictors have proven as invaluable tools in the field of immunology.

 
The know-how and technology was recently spun out into the company Immunitrack, where Dr. Justesen serves as CSO.

Zahra Jawad

Group Leader in Discovery Technology, Agenus
Zahra Jawad

Zwi Berneman

Professor of Haematology, University Of Antwerp
Zwi Berneman

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http://www.copybook.com/pharmaceutical

Copybook is a global business network with many pharmaceutical events, exhibitions and seminars. We encourage business-to-business transactions and work tirelessly to gain our customers new business contracts worldwide. You can add events, companies and associations for free. When you are a member, you can add your company to the events listed in order to encourage other visitors to arrange meetings and appointments at those events to facilitate new business contracts. Want to see how we can increase your business network and transactions? SIGN UP FOR FREE today! Copybook – Your Global Business Network


PMR

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http://www.pmrcorporate.com

PMR (www.pmrcorporate.com) is a British-American company providing market information, advice and services to international businesses interested in Central and Eastern European countries as well as other emerging markets. PMR's key areas of operation include business publications (through PMR Publications), consultancy (through PMR Consulting) and market research (through PMR Research ). Being present on the market since 1995, offering high international standards in projects and publications, as well as providing one of the most frequently visited and top-ranked websites, PMR is one of the largest companies of its type in the region.


Pharmalicensing

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http://www.pharmalicensing.com

Pharmalicensing (www.pharmalicensing.com) is the premier biopharmaceutical Open Innovation resource designed for professionals involved with partnering, licensing and business development worldwide. Actively supporting all forms of partnering and in- and out-licensing activities, Pharmalicensing utilizes the unique Partnering Search service and its global network of industry experts to enable companies to identify and engage with appropriate partners around the world. Pharmalicensing, and its sister service Medical Device Licensing (www.medicaldevicelicensingcom) are actively utilized by over 200,000 industry professionals each month. Pharmalicensing is a division of IP Technology Exchange, Inc.


Bentham Science

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http://www.benthamscience.com/

Bentham Science Publishers is a major STM journal publisher of 116 titles and 200 plus open access journals and print/online book series (Bentham eBooks). Bentham Science answers the information needs of the pharmaceutical and biomedical research community. Leading journals include Current Drug Metabolism (Impact Factor 5.113) and Current Medicinal Chemistry (Impact Factor 4.859): FREE online journals and information: www.benthamscience.com


Pharmacircle

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http://www.pharmacircle.com

PharmaCircle is an innovative knowledge management company serving the current and future global leaders in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology related industries. PharmaCircle is a one stop information and analysis source for pipeline, products, clinical trials, drug delivery technologies, deals and acquisitions, company financials, venture capital investments, product sales, pharmaceutical services, news, patents and more….


Pharmiweb

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http://www.pharmiweb.com

Established in October 2003, PharmiWeb Solutions is an energetic, innovative provider of web-based solutions for the pharmaceutical sector, with customers such as AstraZeneca, Roche, Servier Laboratories, and Merck With solutions in three key areas: Online Publishing, e-Business and Mobile Computing, we deliver connectivity – between people and applications – unlocking islands of data and knowledge. We own some of the sector’s most innovative Online Publications: PharmiWeb.com, HospitalPharma.com and Detail-Direct.com. We are actively developing solutions for Mobile Computing platforms. For example, our PharmiTabTM e-pharmacy solution runs real-time patient data and prescribing transactions in a busy hospital environment, on a TabletPC, wireless client/server platform. e-Business solutions range from e-Detailing, to Online Market Research, all designed to increase reach, increase sales, and to reduce administration and costs.


Pharmavision

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http://www.pharmavision.co.uk

PharmaVision offers a consultancy service providing independent pharmaceutical thematic research to the healthcare industry, the investment community and competitive intelligence specialists. We perform due diligence research and provide expert commentary in healthcare. Our reports combine scientific analysis in drug delivery, R&D technologies and pharmaceutical products including patient modelling, product/technology forecasts and market trends evaluation.


International Pharmaceutical Industry

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http://www.ipimediaworld.com

IPI gives you an insight into all areas of Biopharm, Medical, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare. IPI provides a proven supportive means of communication to the Pharmaceutical, Bio Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical and Medical Devices industry, incorporating the latest in research and technology innovations, regulatory guidelines, marketing and communication strategies.


Inderscience Publishers

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http://www.inderscience.com

Inderscience is a dynamic, leading, independent journal publisher. The company disseminates the latest research across the broad fields of science, engineering and technology; management, public and business administration; environment, ecological economics and sustainable development; computing, ICT and internet/web services, and related areas. Inderscience offers over 35 years' experience in publishing and has succeeded in building a substantial collection approaching 400 high-quality peer-reviewed international research journals in both online and print formats. We offer a variety of ways to keep up-to-date with the latest published leading-edge research while our online collection represents a fully-searchable digital archive of around 60,000 articles.


Select Science

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http://www.selectscience.net/

SelectScience is an independent, online information resource for the worldwide scientific community, and the home of trusted information for laboratory scientists. Discover impartial, expert opinion and trusted reviews about latest laboratory equipment and techniques; plus videos, application notes and science news from around the world. Become a member for free today.


CanBiotech

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http://www.canbiotech.com

CanBiotech - A Portal and B2B Outsourcing Marketplace for the Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industry. The Marketplace features the Outsourcing Services Showcase; the Portal features our biopharmaceutical and venture capital directories and databases. Publications include the BioMedical Outsourcing Report and the Bio Outsourcing Asia© Publication.


Technology Networks

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http://go.technologynetworks.com/subscribe-to-newsletters

Founded in 2000, Technology Networks is established as the leading news provider for life science and drug discovery professionals. In addition, we provide unique content including webcasts, videos, application notes and posters from recent conferences. Our portfolio now includes around 30 focussed scientific communities, all of which are accessible free of charge within TechnologyNetworks.com


BioPharm Insight

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http://www.biopharminsight.com

BioPharm Insight is your definitive guide to the global life sciences community. Subscribers take action on forward-looking intelligence uncovered by an independent team of investigative journalists, and make strategic business decisions using the most comprehensive and powerful real-time database of market analytics and key contacts. Featuring an intuitive online interface and exclusive Active IntelT relational content technology, BioPharm Insight provides an unrivaled capability to segment and analyze the industry with detailed and searchable profiles.


Gate2Biotech

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http://www.gate2biotech.com

Gate2Biotech is a portal that unites biotechnological community in Central Europe. It covers all the news in the field of biotechnology. Thanks to the the portal the companies engaged in the field can easily search for research institutions and other partners to solve technical problems they are facing and here they can also present their services offer to potential partners from the Czech Republic and abroad. Gate2Biotech portal serves as a bridge connecting scientific and commercial sector. It incorporates offices and support organizations dedicated to promoting transfer of innovative technologies into a unified communication platform of Czech and international biotechnologies. As a mediator of information it draws attention to biotechnologies and support of their application and transfer into practice. It also functions as a tool for encouraging non-professionals (especially scientists and students) towards innovative business or applied research.

Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
Kensington
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

 

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WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

GLOBAL CPD

Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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