SMi proudly presents their inaugural 2012 ADC Summit...

About the Conference


SMi's inaugural ADC Summit will provide attendees with a complete view of the antibody drug conjugate field. Focusing on the current ADC pipeline, ADC design, novel ADC utilities and manufacturing considerations. This informative and exciting event will provide attendees with an indepth look into developing ADCs, taking into account target selection and payload delivery techniques.

The event will present itself as a perfect forum for learning about new advances in the field, presenting attendees with the latest information on technogical and regulatory updates in the field. The ADC Summit 2012 will shed light on a new perpspective of the ADC sector, looking at uses of Antibody-Drug Conjugates in alternative therapies.

With senior industry representatives presenting on their own exepriences and referring to case studies, success stories and failures, this event promises to be a unique forum for problem-solving debate and idea-sharing discussion.


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• Learn about and consider the issues within the current ADC Pipeline
• Discuss methods and strategies for efficient target selection
• Consider the importance of improving payload delivery
• Understand current developments in linker design
• Debate on the possibility of alternative utilities of ADCs
 Evaluate manufacturing, regulatory and commercial challenges

Chief Executives, Chief Scientific Officers, Vice Presidents, Heads, Directors, Principal Scientists and Managers in the following areas:
  • Antibody Development
  • Antibody Discovery
  • Antibody Engineering
  • Formulation Development
  • Biologics
  • Monoclonal antibody operations
  • Immunoassay developmetn
  • Protein Engineering
  • Translational Research
  • Discovery Chemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Discovery Research
  • Molecular Biology and Chemistry
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Business Development
  • Genomics 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lutz Jermutus

Lutz Jermutus, Senior Director, Technology, MedImmune

9:10 ADC Design: Incorporating the lessons learned from clinical experience

John Lambert

John Lambert, Vice President, ImmunoGen Inc.

  • Since 1999, a number of antibody-maytansinoid conjugates (AMCs) have entered clinical testing.
  • The most advanced AMCs, T-DM1 and SAR3419, are attracting attention for their efficacy and tolerability profile
  • Lessons learned from earlier AMCs helped inform the design of these compounds
  • Examples drawn from the newest AMCs in early development will illustrate the application of the growing body of knowledge in AMC design
  • 9:50 The Development of Antibody-Drug Conjugates at Seattle Genetics

    Jonathan Drachman

    Jonathan Drachman, Senior VP, Research and Translational Medicine, Seattle Genetics Ltd

  • Antibody-drug conjugates represent an important class of new cancer therapies using antibodies to deliver cytotoxic agents to antigen-expressing cancer cells
  • Criteria for designing and developing these therapeutic molecules will be discussed.
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Traceless vascular targeting ADCs for cancer therapy

    Goncalo Bernardes

    Goncalo Bernardes, EMBO & Novartis Fellow in Cancer Research, Swiss Federal Institute Of Technology E T H

    • Targeted delivery of potent drugs to the tumor neovasculature as a novel cancer therapy
    • Development of chemically defined vascular targeting ADCs that offer pan tumoral coverage.
    • These ADCs can potently inhibit tumor growth in syngeneic immunocompetent models of murine cancer

    11:40 Antibody mediated nanoparticle drug delivery

    Christopher Scott

    Christopher Scott, Director of Research, Queens University Belfast

    • Application of antibodies as targeting agents
    • Use of antibodies to elicit synergistic therapeutic effects
    • Challenges to development of such modalities

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Supercharging: A precision medicine approach to improving efficacy by combining ADC with other targeted cell killing strategies

    James Smothers

    James Smothers, Director, Oncology, Cancer Epitope DPU, GSK

  • Scientific rationale for combining Fc effector enhancement with ADC MOA
  • Impacts of multiple MOAs on target selection
  • Translational medicine considerations during preclinical development
  • 14:30 Design of antibody-based fusion proteins that target Death Receptors in cancer

    Edwin Bremer

    Edwin Bremer, Medical Biologist, Groningen University Institute for Drug Exploration (GUIDE)

    • The use of Death Receptor  signalling for cancer therapy
    • Why Death Receptors and their cognate Death Ligands are suitable effectors for ADC
    • Dual functional ADCs that combine DR targeting with modulation of target antigen signalling

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Novel Linker design and development

    Giulio Casi

    Giulio Casi, Research Scientist, Philochem A G

    • What makes an ideal linker?
    • Preventing early cleavage and increasing linker stability
    • How do linkers effect safety and pharmacokinetics

    16:20 Panel Discussion: Developing Antibody Drug Conjugates

    Kerry Chester

    Kerry Chester, Professor, University College London

    • Which is the most important factor?
    • How can we best develop what we know?
    • How can we learn from past mistakes?

    17:00 Antibody directed cytotoxics

    John Flygare

    John Flygare, Sr Scientist, Genentech Inc

    • Design criteria for successful  antibody-drug conjugates
    • Novel toxins amenable for antibody conjugation
    • Linker strategies for connecting the toxin to the antibody

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

    Jonathan Drachman

    Jonathan Drachman, Senior VP, Research and Translational Medicine, Seattle Genetics Ltd

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    James Smothers

    James Smothers, Director, Oncology, Cancer Epitope DPU, GSK

    9:10 Photodynamic Antibody Drug Conjugates

    Mahendra Deonarain

    Mahendra Deonarain, Lecturer& consultant, Imperial College

    • Targeted photodynamic therapy (PDT)
    • Photo-activatable drugs
    • Optimized single-chain Fv frameworks
    • ‘OptiLink’ platform technology
    • Improved pharmacokinetics and potency

    9:50 ADC bioanalytical assay development challenges

    Kathy Kozak

    Kathy Kozak, Technological Scientist, Genentech Inc

    • Characterization of ADCs is a critical step for both research and development off efficacious and safe therapeutics
    • Monitoring multi-component ADCs is essential for successful optimization
    • Protein-directed conjugation can result in the ADC molecule in a heterogenous mixture with respect to both the loading and distribution of cytotoxic drug species on the monoclonal antibody
    • Characteristics of ADCs can represent challenges for the development of reliable and accurate bioanalytical analysis
    • Some bioanalytical assay development challenges and solutions will be addressed

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Novel enzymes for antibody fragmentation and characterization

    Malin Mejare

    Malin Mejare, Chief Scientific Officer, Genovis AB

    • A site specific cleavage site yields a homogenous pool of fragments that allows for use in antibody characterization.
    • Rapid enzymatic reaction with minimal sample preparation and optimization.
    • Allows for top down approaches in characterization of antibody drug conjugates

    11:40 Progress towards intranuclear target selection and payload delivery for cancer imaging and therapy

    Katherine Vallis

    Katherine Vallis, Professor of Experimental Radiotherapeutics, University of Oxford

    • Rationale for nuclear targeting
    • Design of carrier molecules for intranuclear targeting
    • Choice of payload for intranucleur targeting

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Using ADCs to overcome therapeutic resistance

    Wen Jin Wu

    Wen Jin Wu, Principal Investigator, Division of Monoclonal Antibodies, FDA

    • Evaluating mechanisms of antibody resistance
    • Design of the next generation of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies
    • Developing the new generation, such as ADCs to overcome resistance

    14:20 Phase I clinical program for the novel ADC AGS-16M8F

    Leonard Reyno

    Leonard Reyno, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Agensys

    • Target selection: AGS-16 hits a single transmembrane antigen (ENPP3/CD203c (ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase)) that is up-regulated in the majority of renal cancers
    • AGS-16M8F: IgG2-Drug Conjugate:
    o Fully human from XenoMouse® technology
    o Conjugated to auristatin F with non-cleavable linker (mc-MMAF)
    o Iin vitro affinity of 0.15nM: Cellular IC50= 0.3 nM (KU812 cells)
    • Developing AGS-16M8F – a unique ADC with significant preclinical activity in metastatic renal cell carcinoma.
    • Discussing Phase I trail experience
    • Ensuring payload release in the appropriate environment

    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 ADC facility design - health and safety

    Justin  Mason

    Justin Mason, Managing Director, SafeBridge Europe, Limited

  • Biopharmaceutical Compound Hazard Assessment
  • ADC facility design elements
  • Control or contain?
  • Workplace testing
  • 16:10 Approaches to regulatory safety testing for ADC products

    Pamela Hamill

    Pamela Hamill, Senior Scientist. Immunology Development Services, BioReliance Ltd

  • Regulatory landscape
  • Guidance and advice to ADC manufacturers
  • Testing strategies in support of novel therapies
  • 16:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



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    22nd May 2012
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    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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