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‘The best antibacterial conference’
Ines Holzbaur, Genechem Therapeutics Venture Fund

A unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts including:

  • Dr Beat Weidmann, Head, Infectious Diseases, Preclinical Research, Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  • Dr Julie Strizki, Associate Principal Scientist, Schering-Plough
  • Dr William Weiss, Principle Research Scientist, Wyeth-Ayerst Research
  • Dr Mick Black, Director Molecular Biology, Infectious Diseases, Aventis
  • Dr Richard Bax, Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer, Biosyn
  • Dr Mark Nelson, Senior Director, Chemistry, Paratek Pharmaceuticals
  • Dr Gordon Foulkes, Executive Vice President, Research & Development, Elitra Pharmaceuticals
  • Dr Malcolm Page, Head, Discovery Biology, Basilea Pharmaceutica

A two day intensive conference which will help you:

  • KEEP up with the latest developments in the Anti Infective market
  • LEARN from the leading experts in the field
  • IMPROVE your knowledge of the industry
  • MEET key industry decision makers
  • TAKE advantage of the networking opportunities

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Richard Bax

Dr Richard Bax, Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer, Biosyn

9:10 Superbugs: The Scope Of The Problem

Dr Jeffrey Stein

Dr Jeffrey Stein, Chief Scientific Officer, Quorex Pharmaceuticals

  • Re-emerging infectious diseases
  • Emerging therapies to address the issue of resistance
  • New approaches to overcome virulence & resistance
  • 9:40 Better Medicines

    Dr Richard Bax

    Dr Richard Bax, Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer, Biosyn

  • Novel targeted delivery for prevention and treatment of infectious diseases
  • Broad acting non-antibiotic microbicide (C31G), active against bacteria, fungi and viruses
  • Specific anti-HIV products, cyanovirin-N (protein) and UC781 (NNRTI)
  • Topical use to prevent sexually transmitted disease (HIV, Chlamydia, HSV)
  • Dermatological, oral and ophthalmic use for both Rx and prevention
  • Strategic focus on both developing HIV and developed world needs (Chlamydia, Candida, HSV, Staph. & Strep.)
  • 10:20 Novel Approaches To Treating & Preventing Infection

    Dr Malcolm Page

    Dr Malcolm Page, Head, Discovery Biology, Basilea Pharmaceutica

  • Current technology strategies
  • Combating and exploiting resistance
  • High throughput screening
  • Integrated technology platforms for discovery of novel anti-infectives
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Future technological developments
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 Developing Antimicrobial Peptides

    Dr Hans-Henrik Kristensen Hogenhaug

    Dr Hans-Henrik Kristensen Hogenhaug, Manager, Novozymes

  • Novozymes technology platform in the anti- infective area
  • Identification of novel antimicrobial peptides
  • Optimisation of lead antimicrobial peptides using HTP screening & selection systems
  • Economically viable recombinant production strategies
  • Pre-clinical data on selected lead molecules
  • 12:00 Postgenomic Approaches To Antiinfective Drug Discovery

    Dr Ken Powell

    Dr Ken Powell, Chief Executive Officer, Arrow Therapeutics

  • Essential gene identification - what does essential mean?
  • Target validation-the rigorous approach
  • Finding the starting point for medicinal chemistry
  • Applying protein structure and function to drug design
  • Moving from the lead to the preclinical candidate
  • Antiinfective drug development
    Partnerships in clinical development
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 From Genes To Drugs

    Dr Beat Weidmann

    Dr Beat Weidmann, Head, Infectious Diseases, Preclinical Research, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

  • Identifying essential gene drug targets
  • The use of genomics in antibacterial drug discovery
  • Target validation through functional genomics/genetics
  • Impact of technology
  • Speeding up drug development
  • New anti infectives in early stages
  • 14:40 Antimicrobial Drug Discovery - Genes To Leads & Leads To Genes’

    Dr Gordon Foulkes

    Dr Gordon Foulkes, Executive Vice President, Research and Development, Elitra Pharmaceuticals

  • There is an urgent need to develop novel antimicrobial drugs against novel drug targets to combat the growing problem of drug resistance.
  • Elitra is employing proprietary ultra-rapid methods for essential gene identification in major pathogenic bacterial and fungal pathogens.
  • We have filed patents on over 4000 essential gene targets
  • Drug screens can be developed for any validated target in the database within 2-3 weeks
  • Identification of ‘all’ essential genes allows the development of genome wide target ‘BioArrays’ and the rapid identification of the targets of antimicrobial compounds of unknown mechanism.
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Novel Genomic Targets For Novel Antimicrobials

    Dr Mick Black

    Dr Mick Black, Director Molecular Biology, Infectious Diseases, Aventis

  • The promise of genomics
  • Status of microbial genomes
  • Missing genes and FUN genes
  • What is ‘functional analysis’?
  • 16:20 Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

    Dr William Weiss

    Dr William Weiss, Principal Research Scientist, Wyeth Ayerst

  • Target selection and validation
  • Substructure searches and compound selection
  • Activity/efficacy evaluation
  • Biological feedback to synthetic chemistry synthesis
  • Lead selection process
  • The go/no go decision
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:10 Emerging Therapies For HIV Infection

    Dr Julie Strizki

    Dr Julie Strizki, Associate Principal Scientist, Schering-Plough

  • The need for more potent and less toxic therapies
  • Targeting the viral glycoproteins
  • Novel peptide inhibitors of viral fusion
  • Development of coreceptor antagonists with antiviral activity
  • Potential consequences of viral resistance
  • Prophylactic use of entry inhibitors to prevent infection
  • 9:40 Novel Antisense Therapies For Emerging Infectious Disease

    Prof Patrick Iversen

    Prof Patrick Iversen, Senior Vice President, Research & Development, AVI BioPharma

  • Human disease from caliciviridae vesivirus
  • Non A-E hepatitis
  • Zoonotic virus
  • Viral induced abortion
  • Hemorrhagic viral infection
  • 10:20 A New Approach To Fungal Therapeutics

    Dr Eric Summers

    Dr Eric Summers, Founder & Senior Principal Clinical Investigator, Microbia

  • The need for novel nontoxic antifungal approaches
  • A new concept in antifungals
  • Predicting efficacy In vivo
  • Identifying and evaluating activities In vitro
  • Improving antifungal therapeutics
  • Expanding the application of antifungal prophylaxis
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 Genomics Based Mode Of Action (MOA) Analysis Of Antibacterial Compounds

    Hannes Loferer

    Hannes Loferer, Senior Director, Microbiology, GPC Biotech

  • GPC Biotech’s ExpressCode™ technology
  • Analysing the effect of antibacterial compound treatment on bacterial gene expression profiles
  • Establishing a reference data set with antibiotics of known MOA
  • MOA categorisation of compounds by means of clustering analysis

    Dr Hans Peter Fischer

    Dr Hans Peter Fischer, Chief Scientific Officer, GeneData

  • Antibiotics target finding and prioritisation: combining large scale genome and transcriptome analyses
  • Functional characterisation of target candidates: from sequences to assays
  • Integration of chemical data, e.g. inhibitor databases into analysis process
  • Automated mode-of-action classification of novel structural classes of small molecule inhibitors
  • Effect of antimicrobials on a pathogen’s genetic regulatory networks and mRNA profile correlations
  • Automated identification of stress inducible promoters for MOA specific cellular assays
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 Resurgent Microbial Pathogens and Novel Approaches to Chemotherapy

    Dr Mark Nelson

    Dr Mark Nelson, Senior Director, Chemistry, Paratek Pharmaceuticals

  • Bacteria and pathogenic mechanisms of resistance
  • Current novel approaches to antibacterial chemotherapy
  • Paratek Pharmaceuticals and the development of novel tetracyclines against resurgent pathogens
  • Other microbial targets and technologies progressing at Paratek
  • 14:40 Lamectacins & Formylectacins: Enzyme-Activated Therapeutics

    Dr Michael Shepard

    Dr Michael Shepard, President & Chief Scientific Officer, NewBiotics

  • Introduction to ECTA technology
  • Lamectacins: proof of principle
  • In vitro antibacterial activity
  • Efficacy in animal models of infection
  • Formylectacins: proof of principle
  • In vitro antibacterial activity
    Efficacy in animal models of infection
    Conclusions and future directions
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Novel Methods To Screen Antibacterial Targets Of Unknown Function And Difficult To Assay Targets

    Dr Dale Christensen

    Dr Dale Christensen, Senior Scientist, Karo Bio

  • Identification of surrogate ligand probes using phage display
  • Validation of peptide probes
  • Screening formats for HTS
  • Results from HTS for difficult to assay targets
  • Correlation of biochemical assays and surrogate ligand-based assays
  • 16:20 Novel Approach For Prophlaxis Of Infections

    Per Fischer

    Per Fischer, President & Chief Executive Officer, NatImmune

  • Role of MBL in normal host defence
  • MBL deficiencies - diagnosis and prevalence
  • Correlation of MBL deficiency with susceptibility to infections and disease
  • Development of recombinant MBL for replacement therapy
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference


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