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Asthma and COPD together create an enormous public health burden and an urgent need for progress in disease understanding, therapy and care. Join us at SMi's 11th annual Asthma & COPD conference to share in the experiences of leading lights in the field who are addressing the challenges of solving the riddle of pathogenesis, biomarkers and endpoints, personalising therapies vs. the unmet need, tackling the causes and consequences of exacerbations, development of new animal models and better tools for disease diagnosis and monitoring.

This conference will give delegates invaluable insights into the key thinking and advances in the respiratory drug market, focusing on the challenges and solutions to enhance patient outcomes, providing extensive knowledge from the key leading industry, academic and care providing experts.


• Explore the future of asthma and COPD treatment from a range of key perspectives
• Discover advances in inhaled therapies
• Discuss personalised therapy approaches, asthma patient stratification and unmet needs
• Share in the latest thinking from the clinic to improve the lives of patients
• Explore the latest thinking on biomarkers and clinical trial endpoints
• Update on mechanisms and treatment for viral induced COPD and asthma exacerbations


Chief Executives, Chief Scientific Officers, Chief Medical Officers, Vice Presidents, Heads, Directors, Senior Scientist, Principle Scientists, Clinicians, Physicians, Project Leaders, Specialists, and Managers in the following areas:

• Respiratory Physiology & Medicine
• Respiratory Pharmacology
• Regulatory and Medical Affairs
• Inflammatory Disease
• Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity
• Pulmonary Disease
• Respiratory Therapeutics
• Immunology
• Medical & Inhalation Devices
• In-Vitro Biology
• Biomarker • Inflammation Discovery
• Preclinical R&D
• Clinical Pharmacology
• Clinical Trials
• Research and Development
• Business Development
• Brand Manager
• Commercial
• Respiratory

3M Health Care; 3M Healthcare Limited; Abbott; Almirall; Argenta Discovery Ltd; Astra Zeneca; AstraZeneca; AstraZeneca R&D Mölndal; BioMed Central; Biomedical Systems; British Lung Foundation; Carclo Technical Plastics Ltd; Chiesi Farmaceutici S. P. A. ; Chiesi Farmaceutici SpA; Early Clinical Development; F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.; Fidelta; Glenmark Pharmaceutials; GSK; Hvidovre Hospital University of Copenhagen; Imperial College Of Science And Medicine; Lisa Tan Consulting; Medicines Assessment; MedImmune; MHRA; National Heart and Lung Institute Imperial College London; National Jewish Health South Denver; Newcastle University; Novartis Horsham Research Centre; Orion Pharma; Private Practice ; Sandoz International Gmbh; Sanofi; SkyePharma AG; Synairgen Ltd; Teva UK Ltd; Therachallenges; Theravance, Inc; University Of Southampton School Of Medicine; Vectura; Verona Pharma; Zentiva; Zentiva Group, a.s.; Zentiva Inhalationsprodukte GmbH;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Sebastian Johnston

Sebastian Johnston, Professor of Respiratory Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London

9:10 Children’s asthma treatments are like children’s clothes: make sure they fit

Andrew Bush

Andrew Bush, Professor of Paediatric Respirology, Imperial College London and Royal Brompton Hospital

• Severe asthma in children is pathophysiologically different to the adult disease
• Before reaching for the monoclonal, think: are the basics right?
• When assessing results: did they CONSORT with the right children
• Planning trials: does the cap fit?

9:40 Unravelling mechanisms of asthma exacerbations and implications for the future

Sebastian Johnston

Sebastian Johnston, Professor of Respiratory Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London

• Aetiology of asthma exacerbations
• Deficient antiviral immunity in asthma
• Epithelial immune interactions in asthma exacerbations
• Implications for new therapies

10:10 Morning Coffee

10:40 Is neutrophilic/non-eosinophilic inflammation an appropriate therapeutic target in asthma?

Neil C Thomson

Neil C Thomson, Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Glasgow

• Which inflammatory phenotype to target: non-eosinophilic, neutrophilic, Th2-low?
• Trials and tribulations with licensed drugs including macrolides for treating neutrophilic/non-eosinophilic asthma
• Novel small molecules for treating neutrophilic/non-eosinophilic asthma
• Potential role for biological agents for treating neutrophilic/non-eosinophilic asthma

11:10 Mechanisms mediating paediatric severe asthma: translational approaches

Sejal  Saglani

Sejal Saglani, Reader in Respiratory Paediatrics , Imperial College London

• Pathology of paediatric severe asthma: inflammation and remodelling
• Steroid responsiveness in severe disease
• Novel therapeutic targets

11:40 Cytokine regulation of pulmonary inflammation and remodelling in asthma

Clare Lloyd

Clare Lloyd, Professor of Respiratory Immunology, Imperial College London

• Can asthma phenotypes be modelled in vivo?
• Is airway remodelling dependent on inflammation?
• How do genes and environment affect development of pathology?
• Novel therapeutic avenues

12:10 Networking Lunch

13:10 Changing role of patient charities in research – what can we offer?

Samantha Walker

Samantha Walker, Executive Director, Research & Policy, Asthma UK

• Benefits of working with charities to patients and wider society
• What value can patient charities bring to multi-partner collaborations?
• The Asthma UK approach to establishing research partnerships with industry
• Examples of large collaborative research programmes that Asthma UK is involved in and future ways of working


13:40 Enabling targeted therapy for severe asthma through molecular phenotyping and biomarker development

Joseph Arron

Joseph Arron, Associate Director, Biomarker Discovery, Genentech, Inc.

• Asthma heterogeneity impacts target, patient, and outcome selection
• A clinically valid biomarker comprises both the thing being measured and the assay used to measure it
• How to prove biomarker selection hypotheses in clinical studies
• Beyond type 2 inflammation: new insights into asthma phenotypes

14:10 New therapeutic approaches for asthma: It’s all about the airways

Dirk Smith

Dirk Smith, Scientific Director , Amgen

• New biology is emphasizing the importance of the epithelium and innate immune pathways as key orchestrators of asthma-associated pathology
• What clues have genetics provided regarding key pathways and risk factors?
• Asthma is not a single disease- the importance of stratification and biomarkers
• Emerging targets and biomarker approaches from the new science

14:40 Eosinophilic inflammation and exacerbations of asthma and COPD: A fatal liaison

Roland  Kolbeck

Roland Kolbeck, Respiratory, Inflammation & Autoimmunity, MedImmune

• Management of acute exacerbations in Asthma and COPD
• The role of eosinophilic inflammation in Asthma and COPD
• Development of monoclonal antibodies for the management of severe Asthma and COPD
• The need for personalized health care

15:10 Afternoon Tea

15:40 Asthma and COPD phenotypes – how reliable are they?

Mona Bafadhel

Mona Bafadhel, Senior Lecturer Respiratory Medicine & NIHR Post-Doctoral Fellow, University Of Oxford

• Learning from cluster analyses
• Evidence for stable phenotypes
• Impact on therapy

16:10 The ADEPT study: airways disease endotyping for personalised therapeutics in asthma and COPD

Philip E Silkoff

Philip E Silkoff, Senior Director, Immunology, Pulmonary Disease Area, Janssen Inc

• It’s clear not all drugs work in all people; are you surprised?
• Janssen wished to build up an internal database for asthma and COPD to interrogate current and future therapeutic targets
• We recruited 150 asthmatics and 30 healthy controls in PART 1 and 60 COPD and 60 healthy controls in Part 2. Most subjects had bronchoscopies
• We have already gained great insights and the analysis has only just begun!

16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Sebastian Johnston

Sebastian Johnston, Professor of Respiratory Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Robert Niven

Robert Niven, Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine, University of Manchester

9:10 Ceramide 1-phosphate (C1P), a potential new therapeutic target for COPD

Antonio Gomez-Munoz

Antonio Gomez-Munoz, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of the Basque Country

• C1P reduces lung inflammation
• C1P promotes cell growth, survival and migration
• The mechanism whereby C1P exerts its anti-inflammatory actions involve inhibition of sphingomyelinase and serine palmitoyl transferase activities, reduction of pro-inflammatory cytokines, and inhibition of NF-kB
• C1P analogs are promising tools for developing new strategies to treat COPD

9:50 Viruses in asthma and COPD

Patrick Mallia

Patrick Mallia, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College London

• Contribution of viruses to exacerbations in asthma and COPD
• Mechanisms of virus-induced exacerbations
• Viral/bacterial co-infection
• Future developments

10:20 Drug development challenges associated with inhaled and intranasal antivirals

Staffan Edsbacker

Staffan Edsbacker, Global Project Director and Associate Professor , AstraZeneca R&D Mölndal and University of Lund

• Device and dosing considerations
• Indication and patient segmentation
• Trial setting and endpoints

10:50 Morning Coffee

11:20 Round Table Discussion: Challenges and choices in stratified asthma therapeutics

Robert Niven

Robert Niven, Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine, University of Manchester

  • How many interleukin targeting MABS will be enough?
  • What are the unmet needs in asthma and what is the future for these groups?
  • 11:50 Always on, always with you. The role of personal technology and the digital economy in respiratory health

    • Why will we see increasingly widespread adoption of new personal health technologies?
    • There’s an app for that: medical “apps” are likely to have a significant role in respiratory health in the future
    • Google knows, do you? The trail left by your daily interactions contains valuable health related data
    • Discuss examples of smart devices (including smart inhalers) providing information that isn’t apparent to healthcare professionals

    John Blakey

    John Blakey, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

    James Pinchin

    James Pinchin, Research Fellow, Horizon DERC, The University of Nottingham

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 RPL554 as a novel treatment for severe COPD

    Jan-Anders Karlsson

    Jan-Anders Karlsson, CEO , Verona Pharma

    • Unmet medical need in COPD
    • RPL554 as a treatment of COPD exacerbations
    • Additional potential indications for RPL554

    14:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Pulmonary rehabilitation in the real world

    Maria Buxton

    Maria Buxton, Consultant Respiratory Physiotherapist , London North West Healthcare NHS Trust

    • Research vs Real Life
    • Drop out – is there an answer?
    • Mapping PR in London
    • Commissioning PR

    15:30 COPD: Unmet need and challenges in NHS Care

    John Hurst

    John Hurst, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, University College London

    • What are the key areas of unmet clinical need for COPD clinical care?
    • What are the barriers to access for new drugs in current NHS practice?
    • Who is prescribing new drugs in the NHS?
    • Which aspects of COPD urgently require new pharmaceutical approaches?

    16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



    Andrew Bush

    Andrew Bush

    Professor of Paediatric Respirology, Imperial College London and Royal Brompton Hospital
    Joseph Arron

    Joseph Arron

    Associate Director, Biomarker Discovery, Genentech, Inc.
    Neil C Thomson

    Neil C Thomson

    Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Glasgow
    Robert Niven

    Robert Niven

    Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine, University of Manchester

    Andrew Bush

    Professor of Paediatric Respirology, Imperial College London and Royal Brompton Hospital
    Andrew Bush

    Antonio Gomez-Munoz

    Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of the Basque Country
    Antonio Gomez-Munoz

    Clare Lloyd

    Professor of Respiratory Immunology, Imperial College London
    Clare Lloyd

    Dirk Smith

    Scientific Director , Amgen
    Dirk Smith

    James Pinchin

    Research Fellow, Horizon DERC, The University of Nottingham
    James Pinchin

    Jan-Anders Karlsson

    CEO , Verona Pharma
    Jan-Anders Karlsson

    John Blakey

    Senior Clinical Lecturer, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
    John Blakey

    John Hurst

    Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, University College London
    John Hurst

    Joseph Arron

    Associate Director, Biomarker Discovery, Genentech, Inc.
    Joseph Arron

    Kirsten Kaiser

    Executive Vice President Medical & Regulatory Development, SkyePharma AG
    Kirsten Kaiser

    Maria Buxton

    Consultant Respiratory Physiotherapist , London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
    Maria Buxton

    Mona Bafadhel

    Senior Lecturer Respiratory Medicine & NIHR Post-Doctoral Fellow, University Of Oxford
    Mona Bafadhel

    Neil C Thomson

    Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Glasgow
    Neil C Thomson

    Patrick Mallia

    Senior Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College London
    Patrick Mallia

    Philip E Silkoff

    Senior Director, Immunology, Pulmonary Disease Area, Janssen Inc
    Philip E Silkoff

    Robert Niven

    Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine, University of Manchester
    Robert Niven

    Roland Kolbeck

    Respiratory, Inflammation & Autoimmunity, MedImmune
    Roland  Kolbeck

    Samantha Walker

    Executive Director, Research & Policy, Asthma UK
    Samantha Walker

    Sebastian Johnston

    Professor of Respiratory Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London
    Sebastian Johnston

    Sejal Saglani

    Reader in Respiratory Paediatrics , Imperial College London
    Sejal  Saglani

    Staffan Edsbacker

    Global Project Director and Associate Professor , AstraZeneca R&D Mölndal and University of Lund
    Staffan Edsbacker

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Official Media Partner


    Attendee List for Asthma & COPD


    Quick Fire Q&A with Janssen pulmonary disease specialist


    A spotlight on Asthma & COPD with Joseph Arron, Genentech


    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

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    Official Media Partner

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    Official Media Partner

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    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.

    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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