SMi proudly presents the return of the 19th annual Superbugs & Superdrugs conference to London in 2017!

Each year, around 2 million people are taken ill in the US from antibiotic-resistant bacteria and kills at least 23,000, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The threat is so high that in September 2014 President Barack Obama issued an executive order Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. *

The threat is the same in Europe, big pharmaceutical companies are re-entering the space into development of new antibiotics after decades. In January 2016, more than 80 pharmaceutical, biotechnology and diagnostics companies including Roche, Pfizer, Novartis AG and GlaxoSmithKline pledged at the World Economic Forum to fight the threat of antimicrobial resistance.*

SMi’s 19th annual Superbugs & Superdrugs conference will explore the magnitude of this threat and the solutions to the problem. The 2 day conference will present exclusive case studies from a mix of big pharma and biotech on their current strategies to combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. The conference will provide the platform to exchange novel solutions and consolidate current strategies with the leaders of the superbug & superdrug community.


7i Med Ltd; ACT Surfaces ; Alacrita LLP; Anti-infectives ; Antikor Biopharma; Arsanis Biosciences GmbH; Auspherix Ltd; BARDA; BIOASTER; Blueberry Therapeutics Ltd. ; Cantab Anti-infectives; Cempra Pharmaceuticals; Centauri Therapeutics; Chemical Biology Ventures; Da Volterra; Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi); dstl (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory); Elsevier; Emergent BioSolutions; Emergent BioSolutions Inc.; European Commision; Evotec; F. Hoffmann-La Roche; F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.; Fidelta Ltd; GOETZPARTNERS CORPORATE FINANCE LIMITED; Karolinska Institute; KWS BioTest; Laboratoire Biodim; Medecins Sans Frontieres; MGB Biopharma; MHRA; Mutabilis S A; Neem Biotech; Nemesis bioscience ; NeoSome Life Sciences, LLC; Northern Antibiotics Ltd.; Nosopharm; Office of Health Economics (OHE); Phico Therapeutics; Phico Therapeutics Ltd; Polyphor Ltd; QuantumDX; Sankio Pharma Gmbh; Spero Therapeutics; St George's, University of London; The Wellcome Trust; Thomson Reuters; Tiber Creek Partners; TNO Pharma; TranScrip Partners; TranScrip Partners LLP; University Hospital of Copenhagen ; University Of Liverpool; University of North Texas Health Science Center; Venaticus Symcel ; VIB; Wellcome Trust;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Richard Bax

Richard Bax, Senior Partner, TranScrip Partners

9:10 Keynote session: FDA

Sumathi Nambiar

Sumathi Nambiar, Director, Division of Anti-Infective, FDA

9:50 Repopulating the Antibacterial Pipeline

Christopher Houchens

Christopher Houchens, Branch Chief, Antibacterials Program, BARDA

• What is BARDA?
• Why BARDA is interested in antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
• How BARDA is addressing the issue of AMR
• Forming innovative public-private partnerships to
accelerate clinical product development
• Stimulating innovation in early stage antimicrobial
research and development

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Statistical and design approaches to allow more feasible antibiotic drug development

Aaron Dane

Aaron Dane, Director, Danestat consulting

• A n outline of alternative statistical approaches and study
designs are being considered and actively discussed
with global regulatory agencies
• H ow likely they are to be possible going forward
• D iscussion of which approaches can already be applied
and which require further work before being considered
part of routine practice

11:40 The development of antimicrobial peptides (AMP) as new antibacterial drugs

Deborah O'Neil

Deborah O'Neil, Chief Executive Officer, Novabiotics Ltd

• Exploring AMP as a viable alternative to antibiotics
• Utilising an AMP different mode of action
• Latest developments in antimicrobial peptides

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:50 Short antimicrobial peptides - their potential to treat bacterial MDR infections

Kai Hilpert

Kai Hilpert, Prof Associate Reader in Infection and Immunology , St George's, University of London

• Screening approach and separation of antimicrobial
activity and haemolytic activity
• Their action against MDR strains
• Preventing biofi lms and destroying existing biofi lms
• Immunomodulatory activities

14:30 Novel approaches to enabling antibacterial activity against Gram-negative pathogens

Aileen  Rubio

Aileen Rubio, Head of Biology, Spero Therapeutics

• Combating Gram negative pathogens require
innovative approaches in addition to the standard small
• We have identifi ed an outer membrane permeabilizer,
SPR741, that helps otherwise impermeant antibiotics
entry into the Enterobacteriaecaea.
• Improvements in activity can be observed both in vitro
and in vivo when SPR741 is combined with rifampin or
other antibiotics

15:10 Afternoon Tea

15:40 Microbome-targeted products: Spare vs repair

Jean de Gunzburg

Jean de Gunzburg, CSO, Da Volterra

• Antibiotic-induced dysbiosis and its consequences
• FMT and microbiota-derived products aimed at
C. diffi cile infections
• Pharmacological interventions targeting the gut
• Protecting the intestinal microbiome during antibiotic

16:20 The use of in vivo models for infectious disease research

William Weiss

William Weiss, Director of Pre-Clinical Services, University of North Texas Health Science Center

• Experimental Design of Animal Models
• Bridging the gap – in vitro activity to in vivo effi cacy
• Where to start / What model to use
• What does the data tell us

17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Richard Bax

Richard Bax, Senior Partner, TranScrip Partners

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lloyd Czaplewski

Lloyd Czaplewski, Director, Chemical Biology Ventures

9:10 Spotlight session from GlaxoSmithKline

James Anderson

James Anderson, European Partnerships Director, GSK

9:50 Antibiotics: current situation and the way forward.

Richard Bax

Richard Bax, Senior Partner, TranScrip Partners

Future challenges in antibiotic R&D and regulation?
Do national research strategies make sense.
What is missing?
What is next?

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Exploiting DNA topoisomerases as targets for antibacterial chemotherapy

Anthony Maxwell

Anthony Maxwell, Professor, John Innes Centre

• AMR is a serious and growing problem
• DNA topoisomerases (e.g. DNA gyrases) are successful
and well-validated targets for antibiotics
• Fluoroquinolones are highly-successful antibacterial
agents, but resistance is a serious problem
• Approaches to discover new gyrase inhibitors
• Topoisomerases present new opportunities for antibiotic

11:40 Finding new small molecule antibiotics

David Williams

David Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Discuva

• Fast and effi cient ways to fi nd new antibiotic
• Ways to focus rational chemical optimisation
• Selection of the best clinical candidates
• Management of clinical resistance

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:50 TBC

Daniel Ritz

Daniel Ritz, Head Anti-Infectives Biology , Actelion Ltd.

14:30 Novel oligonucleotide antimicrobials against Gram-negative infections

Michael McArthur

Michael McArthur, Chief Scientific Officer, Procarta Biosystems Ltd.

· Rational design of oligonucleotide antimicrobials to target transcription factors
· Identification of a new Gram-negative therapeutic target
· Validation in microbiome and animal models

15:10 Afternoon Tea

15:40 Anti-infective monoclonal antibodies against multi-drug resistant pathogens

Eszter Nagy

Eszter Nagy, President and CSO, Arsanis Biosciences GmbH

16:20 TBC

Martin Everett

Martin Everett, Head of Biology, Antabio

17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Lloyd Czaplewski

Lloyd Czaplewski, Director, Chemical Biology Ventures


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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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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.


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.


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.


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.

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