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Oligonucleotide therapeutics - the emerging medicine class - are harnessing the therapeutic benefit of targeting genetic material via antisense, mRNA, RNAi, saRNA and siRNA. Their market growth: CAGR of 13.7% projected to reach USD 8.2 billion by 2024 is driven by their potential to provide more efficacious and less toxic alternatives to small molecules. They bring about the ability to affect targets that have been considered “non-draggable”. Heavy investments in oligonucleotide therapeutic discovery have created an emerging market need for drug delivery technologies.
 

SMi’s inaugural Oligonucleotide Therapeutics and Delivery conference is here to keep you updated. By bringing together leading representatives of pharmaceutical, biotechnology and academic institutions, the 2-day conference will provide first-hand information on the latest clinical trial candidates and a platform for exchanging ideas for tackling the biggest challenge: DELIVERY. From optimizing particle size to choosing the right nanocarrier systems, the conference will address delivery to non-hepatocyte cells such as cancerous tissues and overview the most successful platforms. Discussions will be centered around improving targeted therapy uniting the field’s biggest players to share their opinions.
 

Established on the success of our RNA Therapeutics series, we look forward to welcoming you at Oligonucleotide Therapeutics and Delivery to join the conversation around maximizing the potential of oligo-based treatments.

  • Gain first-hand insight into oligonucleotide therapy clinical success of the latest developments for novel agents
  • Listen to case studies presenting the latest candidates undergoing pre-clinical and clinical research
  • Deepen your understanding of crucial delivery methods and available platforms for non-hepatocytic delivery
  • Explore the chemistry of oligonucleotide therapeutics and examine novel applications of antisense oligonucleotides in the AstraZeneca Deep Dive
  • Engage in the latest innovations of oligonucleotide therapeutics with inisights into immunochemotherapeutics, ocular indications and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

 

Executives, Directors, VPs, Heads, Principals, Managers of:

  • RNA Biology/Discovery
  • Novel Therapeutic Modalities
  • Innovation Technologies
  • C-level Scientific Executives
  • Formulation and Drug Delivery
  • Clinical Research and Development
  • Cell Biology

 

Accanis Therapeutics; Advanced Cell Diagnostics – A Bio-Techne Brand; Aescap 2.0; Alnylam Pharmaceuticals UK & Ireland; AmpTec GmbH; Aseptic Technologies SA; AstraZeneca; Bachem AG; BianoGMP; BioNTech IMFS GmbH; BioNTech RNA Pharmaceuticals; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG; Calithera Biosciences; CEPI - Coalition for Epimemic Prepardness Innovation; Chemgenes Corporation; Curevac Ag; Dicerna Therapeutics.; Duke University School of Medicine; Ethris GmbH; Exicure Inc.; F.Hoffmann-La Roche AG; GSK; Horizon Discovery; InteRNA Technologies BV; Intertek; Lipocalyx; MedImmune; MHRA; MiNA Therapeutics; N4 Pharma UK Limited; New England Biolabs; NHS Blood and Transplant Authority; Nitto Avecia; NOF Europe GmbH; Nouscom SRL; ProQR Therapeutics; RCSI; RCSI Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland,; RNA Medco; ROCHE; Roche Diagnostics Deutschland GmbH; Roche Innovation Center; Russell Publishing Ltd; Sanofi; Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH; Takeda Development Centre Europe Ltd.; TCR Solutions; The Italian Institute of Technology; The RNA Medicines Company; Thermo Fisher Scientific; University Medicine Mainz Hospital; University Of Portsmouth; University Of Surrey; Yuria Pharma;
 

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chair's Opening Remarks

Nagy Habib

Nagy Habib, Professor of Surgery, Imperial College, Co-founder MiNA therapeutics, Imperial College London
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9:10 Evolution, challenges and potential of RNA Therapeutics

Michelle Lynn Hall

Michelle Lynn Hall, Senior Director, Eli Lilly & Co - New Therapeutic Modalities
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• Background on RNA Therapeutics –what it encompasses, current
status and pipeline
• Challenges surrounding development of RNA Therapeutics
• Promising future of RNA therapeutics
 

9:45 Case study: Automating the discovery and development of RNA therapeutics

Maria Luisa Pineda

Maria Luisa Pineda, CEO and Co-founder, Envisagenics
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• Envisagenics’ SpliceCore platform integrates proprietary machine learning algorithms, high performance computing, and RNA-splicing analytics to identify disease-specific isoforms that will function as therapeutic targets
• Proof-of-concept program in Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) – discovery of TNBC specific splicing isoforms
• Machine learning driven methodologies to designing and developing RNA therapeutics targeting TNBC specific splicing isoforms
• Streamlined experimental validations of SpliceCore designed RNA therapeutics
 

10:20 Morning Coffee

10:50 Oligonucleotides as a therapeutic option for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

Andre  Muller-York

Andre Muller-York, Senior Medical Affairs Director, Sarepta Therapeutics Germany GmbH

• Background for the oligonucleotides PMOs / PPMOs and the MoA for RNA-exon skipping
• I.v. PMOs / PPMOs for RNA-exon skipping in DMD
• Clinical results for the PMOs / PPMOs from the Sarepta pipeline in DMD
 

11:25 Targeted cytoplasmic delivery of oligonucleotides

Guy Hermans

Guy Hermans, Chief Executive Officer, Sapreme Technologies B.V.
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• Sapreme’s SPT001 compound improves cellular delivery of non-permeable biomolecules such as nucleic acids by up to 1000 fold by enhancing their escape from the endosome
• SPT001 conjugation to a targeting ligand can drive payload internalization and cytoplasmic delivery in a cell- or tissue specific manner – further improving the therapeutic window of any given antisense oligo or siRNA
• We will highlight recent proof-of-principle studies on nucleic acid delivery in vitro and in vivo
 

12:00 Immunochemotherapeutic oligonucleotides for cancer treatment

Steve Pascolo

Steve Pascolo, Founder and CEO, Miescher Pharma GmbH
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• Introducing the immunochemotherapeutic oligonucleotide approach
• Highlighting success in oncology mouse models to date
• Addressing challenges of delivery and maximising the EPR effect
• Vaccination with RNA
• Discussing next steps of the programs and evaluating potential delivery solutions
 

12:35 Networking Lunch

13:35 Introduction of non-chiral phosphorodithioates into Locked Nucleic Acids

Meiling LI

Meiling LI, Senior Scientist , F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.
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• RNA therapeutics have clearly demonstrated their medical benefit.
• Phosphorothioates have been extensively profiled and cover most of the clinically investigated entities.The complexity of diastereoisomers have resulted in the great challenges in understanding PK/PD of stereomixed oligonucleotides.
• Introduction of non-chiral phosphorodithioates dramatically reduces the diastereomeric complexity and can potentially improve PK/PD of oligonucleotides.
• Combinations of phosphorodithioates and stereodefined motives will allow to rapidly identify highly potent one single phosphorothioate LNA isomer, which is supported by recent in vitro and in vivo data.
 

14:10 How to purify and analyse Oligonucleotide APIs

Patrick Endres

Patrick Endres, Junior Management Application Development, Tosoh Bioscience GmbH
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  • Introducing chromatographic approaches for purification and analysis
  • Choosing appropriate strategies for different impurity classes
  • Selected examples for the purification and analysis of therapeutic oligonucleotides
  • 14:50 The UK Nucleic Acid Therapy Accelerator (NATA)

    Loic Roux

    Loic Roux, Head of Chemistry, NATA
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    • A background and introduction to the aims of the NATA in supporting the development of synthetic RNA therapeutics
    • The NATA Hub: a world leading research institute to support the RNA therapeutics community, providing dedicated capability in oligo synthesis and biological screening
    • The NATA’s upcoming funding calls to address barriers in the manufacture and the delivery of RNA therapeutics
    • Opportunities to partner with the NATA Hub; Q&A session
     

    15:25 Afternoon Tea

    15:55 Formulation strategies for the development of injectable Spiegelmer drug product solutions

    Stefan Vonhoff

    Stefan Vonhoff, VP Chemistry&Manufacturing, NOXXON Pharma AG
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    • Introducing the Spiegelmer technology approach and NOXXON’s clinical development program
    • Defining a target product profile for injectable Spiegelmer drug product solutions
    • Overcoming development challenges for Spiegelmers drug product solutions
    • Establishing quality control methods for Spiegelmer drug product manufacturing and release in accordance with guidelines
     

    16:30 Fluorescent Base Analogs (FBAs) in Gapmer Technology: Stealth Labeling of Antisense

    Tom Baladi

    Tom Baladi, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, AstraZeneca
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    • Outline of the design and assets of FBAs: modifying nucleobases to gain fluorescence properties without using external dyes
    • Synthesis of FBA phosphoramidites and incorporation into ASOs
    • Synthesis of FBA triphosphates and enzymatic incorporation into mRNA
    • Assessment of structural, biological and photophysical properties of labelled constructs.
     

    17:05 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Nagy Habib

    Nagy Habib, Professor of Surgery, Imperial College, Co-founder MiNA therapeutics, Imperial College London
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    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chair's Opening Remarks

    Nagy Habib

    Nagy Habib, Professor of Surgery, Imperial College, Co-founder MiNA therapeutics, Imperial College London
    View Bio

    9:10 Delivery of Novel siRNA constructs for treating cancer

    David Evans

    David Evans, Chief Scientific Officer, Sirnaomics, Inc
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    • Creating siRNA payloads for cancer treatment
    • Understanding the challenges of cell-specific delivery: how to get size and efficacy right?
    • Choosing the appropriate delivery system
    • Presenting success and future steps

    9:45 Recent clinical progress with RNAi loaded KRAS-LODER for pancreatic tumour

    Amotz Shemi

    Amotz Shemi, CEO, Silenseed

    • Introducing the RNAi loaded KRAS-LODER for targeting KRAS mutations
    • Overviewing recent clinical success in phase II trials
    • Presenting phase II clinical trials results including primary and secondary endpoints
    • Outlining next steps of programme

    10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 INT-1B3 (miR-193a-3p mimic): from bench-to-bedside

    Michel Janicot

    Michel Janicot, CDO, InteRNA Technologies BV
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    • Focus on microRNA R&D
    • Success (bench-to-bedside) story for Oncology therapeutic intervention
    • Preclinical to first in human study transition
     

    11:25 Targeted Delivery of C/EBPa-saRNA by RNA Aptamers

    Nagy Habib

    Nagy Habib, Professor of Surgery, Imperial College, Co-founder MiNA therapeutics, Imperial College London
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    • Understanding the principles of RNA activation and possibilities of therapeutic benefit
    • Harnessing small activating RNAs for the treatment of Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
    • Evaluating aptamers and appropriate means of targeted delivery
    • Looking at lessons learnt from using saRNA for oncological purposes
     

    12:00 Small activating RNAs – a novel therapeutic class of oligonucleotides

    Matthew Catley

    Matthew Catley, Research Director, MiNa Therapeutics Ltd
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    • Description of saRNA technology to upregulate transcription and broad applicability to a range of therapeutic targets
    • Generation of a lead candidate saRNA to HNF4a for liver disease
    • Update on MiNA’s lead saRNA clinical agent MTL-CEBPA – Clinical PD and efficacy
     

    12:35 Networking Lunch

    13:35 MicroRNA Therapeutics: Targeting the Pathways of Human Disease

    • MicroRNAs are short non-coding RNAs that regulate biochemical pathways by RNA interference (RNAi). Dysregulation of microRNAs is associated with many diseases.
    • MicroRNA-21 has been implicated with fibrotic diseases and cancer.
    • The presentation shows the development of an anti-fibrotic antisense oligonucleotide (anti-miR-21) for the treatment of a genetic fibrotic kidney disease called Alport Syndrome, and summarizes the potential of anti-miR-21 as a drug to treat hepatocellular carcinoma.
     

    Ekkehard Leberer

    Ekkehard Leberer, Senior Director R&D Alliance Management, Sanofi
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    14:10 The tool-box approach to improve the performance of siRNA-platform technology

    Adrien Weingartner

    Adrien Weingartner, Principal Scientist, Group Leader Drug Delivery, Silence Therapeutics AG

    • Interplay of design and function
    • Stability and duration of action
    • Linker design and valency of ligands
    • Is there room for additional improvements?
     

    14:45 Afternoon Tea

    15:15 Clinical development of AsiDNA, a first in class decoy agonist oligonucleotide targeting DNA damage response in tumor cells

    Wael Jdey

    Wael Jdey, Head of Biology, Onxeo S.A.
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    • Introduction to platON™: proprietary chemistry platform based on a library of decoy agonist oligonucleotides which generates disruptive compounds acting on intracellular DNA-binding targets
    • Introduction to AsiDNA the leading decoy agonist generated from platON and targeting DNA damage response function
    • Recent preclinical highlights: AsiDNA abrogates resistance to multiple anti-cancer targeted therapies
    • Recent clinical development of AsiDNA
    • Outlining next steps of clinical development
     

    15:50 Treating diseases with antibody oligonucleotide conjugates: Combining the selectivity of antibodies with the specificity of oligonucleotide drugs

    • Antibody oligonucleotide conjugates utilize the selectivity of antibody delivery and the specificity of oligonucleotide therapeutics to treat diseases
    • AOC1001 is designed to treat myotonic dystrophy type 1
    • Other AOCs are in development to address muscle disease and other disorders
     

    Arthur A Levin

    Arthur A Levin, Chief Scientific Officer, Avidity Biosciences Inc
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    16:25 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Nagy Habib

    Nagy Habib, Professor of Surgery, Imperial College, Co-founder MiNA therapeutics, Imperial College London
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Adrien Weingartner

    Adrien Weingartner

    Principal Scientist, Group Leader Drug Delivery, Silence Therapeutics AG
    Amotz Shemi

    Amotz Shemi

    CEO, Silenseed
    Andre  Muller-York

    Andre Muller-York

    Senior Medical Affairs Director, Sarepta Therapeutics Germany GmbH
    Maria Luisa Pineda

    Maria Luisa Pineda

    CEO and Co-founder, Envisagenics
    Meiling LI

    Meiling LI

    Senior Scientist , F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.
    Nagy Habib

    Nagy Habib

    Professor of Surgery, Imperial College, Co-founder MiNA therapeutics, Imperial College London
    Patrick Endres

    Patrick Endres

    Junior Management Application Development, Tosoh Bioscience GmbH
    Stefan Vonhoff

    Stefan Vonhoff

    VP Chemistry&Manufacturing, NOXXON Pharma AG
    Suzan Hammond

    Suzan Hammond

    Research Assistant, University Of Oxford
    Tom Baladi

    Tom Baladi

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, AstraZeneca
    Wael Jdey

    Wael Jdey

    Head of Biology, Onxeo S.A.

    Adrien Weingartner

    Principal Scientist, Group Leader Drug Delivery, Silence Therapeutics AG
    Adrien Weingartner

    Alexey Wolfson

    CEO, Advirna
    Alexey Wolfson

    Amotz Shemi

    CEO, Silenseed
    Amotz Shemi

    Andre Muller-York

    Senior Medical Affairs Director, Sarepta Therapeutics Germany GmbH
    Andre  Muller-York

    Arthur A Levin

    Chief Scientific Officer, Avidity Biosciences Inc
    Arthur A Levin

    Arthur Levin is a leader in RNA therapeutics field. He serves as CSO at Avidity Biosciences. Previously, he held Senior level positions at mRiragen, Santaris Pharma, and Ionis Pharmaceuticals. He played key roles in developing numerous oligonucleotides including the first approved antisense drugs and the first microRNA-targeted therapeutic in clinical trials. He has three decades of experience in drug development from discovery through drug registration. Dr. Levin has published over 60 scientific articles, including highly cited reviews. He is on the scientific advisory boards of multiple institutions. Art received a doctorate in toxicology from the University of Rochester.

    David Evans

    Chief Scientific Officer, Sirnaomics, Inc
    David Evans

    Dr. Evans obtained his BSc and PhD from Imperial College, London. Over the last 3 decades he has built scientific research teams focused on target validation, drug discovery and high throughput screening of small molecule and siRNA libraries to identify lead candidates for development in Oncology and other indications. David has more than 15 years’ experience in the RNAi field – building genome scale screening capabilities for target identification in Oncology and other indications at TGEN and Dharmacon prior to cofounding Sirnaomics to focus on developing siRNA as a therapeutic. David previously worked at the Frederick National Lab for Cancer Research and in the Boston area with Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Serono Pharmaceuticals.

    Ekkehard Leberer

    Senior Director R&D Alliance Management, Sanofi
    Ekkehard Leberer

    Industry Park Hoechst, D-65926 Frankfurt, Germany

    Dr. Leberer received his Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Konstanz, Germany (1986), and conducted post-doctoral training in molecular biology at the Banting and Best Institute of the University of Toronto, Canada. He then obtained the Habilitation for Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Konstanz, Germany (1992). From 1989-1998, he served as Senior Research Officer in genetics and genomics at the Biotechnology Research Institute, National Research Council of Canada, Montreal. He was also Adjunct Professor at McGill University, Montreal.
    Since joining Hoechst Marion Roussel in 1998, Dr. Leberer carried out various managing roles in this company, Sanofi’s predecessor companies and Sanofi itself, including responsibilities in functional genomics, biological sciences and external innovation for oligonucleotide-based therapeutics. Since 2012, he is Global Alliance Manager for R&D at Sanofi, Frankfurt. In addition, from 2012-2018, he has been the Scientific Managing Director of the Innovative Medicines Initiative COMPACT Consortium on the delivery of biopharmaceuticals across biological barriers and cellular membranes (www.compact-research.org), Brussels. He serves as a member in Scientific Advisory Boards of several biotechnology companies, and he is the Head of the Supervisory Board of BioM, Munich.
    His research has focused on the molecular mechanisms of signal transduction and the role of signalling molecules in human diseases. He is the co-discoverer of the p21 activated protein kinase (PAK) family of cell signalling proteins and of novel virulence-inducing genes in pathogenic fungi. He is co-author of more than 60 publications in prestigious peer-reviewed journals including Nature and Science.
     

    Guy Hermans

    Chief Executive Officer, Sapreme Technologies B.V.
    Guy Hermans

    Guy joined Sapreme as CEO in 2020. He brings in over 15 years of experience in antibody fragment discovery and early development, as well as antibody discovery technology development.
    In his previous position as CSO at Isogenica Ltd., he led internal technology and product development, as well as drive the scientific interactions with licensees and other partners. The re-engineering of the company and its product portfolio allowed it to become consistently profitable, and multiple leads discovered there have now entered the clinic.
    Prior to this, Guy was Research Fellow at Ablynx where he conceived of many of its internal drug development programs and led a number of them through preclinical development. He was also responsible for several technology development programs, addressing challenging target classes or enabling novel applications for domain antibodies.
    During his academic training, Guy did research in the pathogenesis and immunotherapy of autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, ranging from cell-based immunotherapy clinical trials in Multiple Sclerosis patients to target discovery and validation work at Stanford University Medical School.
     

    Loic Roux

    Head of Chemistry, NATA
    Loic Roux

    Dr. Loïc Roux received his Ph.D in Medicinal Chemistry from Aix-Marseille University in France. His work focused on the development of new nucleotides pro-drugs against HIV focusing on the phosphorus chemistry. He joined Prof. Khvorova's lab (UMass Med School, MA, USA) in 2018 working on the stabilization and delivery of fully chemically modified oligonucleotides for neurodegenerative diseases and then Prof. Wood's lab (University of Oxford, UK) working on peptide-oligonucleotides conjugates for muscular degenerative diseases. After a position as principal scientist at PepGen Limited promoting a peptide delivery platform for nucleic acid delivery, he is currently the Head of Chemistry of NATA, a new UKRI initiative aiming to promote the development of nucleic acid therapeutics.

    Maria Luisa Pineda

    CEO and Co-founder, Envisagenics
    Maria Luisa Pineda

    Dr. Maria Luisa Pineda is the co-founder and CEO of Envisagenics, Inc. a biotech spinout of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory that integrates proprietary machine learning algorithms, high performance computing, and RNA-splicing analytics to identify disease-specific splicing variants as therapeutic targets. Envisagenics has leveraged its SpliceCore® software platform for therapeutic development with its first pipeline of assets in triple negative breast cancer. Dr. Pineda received her PhD from the prestigious Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, then she acquired investment experience in technology and life-science startup companies at Canrock Ventures and Golden Seeds, LLC. Under Dr. Pineda’s leadership, Envisagenics has acquired nearly $2.5M in funding from the National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and pre-seed investments from Topspin Partners and the Long Island Emerging Technology Fund, and from Breakout Labs, a Peter Thiel foundation. Envisagenics has raised over $5M from investors including Third Kind Venture Capital (3KVC), Cosine, LLC (NYC biotech investors), Dolby Family Ventures, Dynamk Capital, Madrona Venture Group, M12, NY Empire State Development (ESD), and SV Angel. Envisagenics has won several prestigious competitions such as the JLABS Artificial Intelligence for Drug Discovery QuickFire Challenge and was named the North American Winner of the Innovate.AI competition. More recently, Dr. Pineda secured Envisagenics’ first oncology partnership with a large pharmaceutical company. Dr. Pineda was named one of the top 20 Latinas in NYC by El Diario, NYC’s oldest Spanish Language newspaper and is an alumna of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program developed by the Latino Business Action Network and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

    Mark Edbrooke

    Industrial Advisor , Nucleic Acid Therapy Accelerator
    Mark Edbrooke

    Mark Edbrooke is an Independent Scientific Consultant specialising in oligonucleotide therapeutics and macromolecule delivery. He worked for 20 years in GSK where he ran a transnational functional genomics department, and latterly a Discovery Performance Unit (DPU) focused on the development of therapeutic siRNAs and antisense oligonucleotides. He then joined AstraZeneca (AZ) to work on therapeutic antisense, microRNA, and modified RNA. He now consults for numerous UK-based universities, as well as for the NATA, a government-funded accelerator for nucleic acid therapeutics.

    Matthew Catley

    Research Director, MiNa Therapeutics Ltd
    Matthew Catley

    Dr Matthew Catley completed his PhD studies of airway signalling pathways involved in lung disease with Peter Barnes at Imperial college. He completed further post-doctoral studies on the pharmacology of inhaled therapeutics with Maria Belvisi at Imperial College. Moving to UCB/Celltech he worked on monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. In 2012 he moved to AstraZeneca in Gothenburg to help establish and run the preclinical bioscience department. After a year at Covance, Matthew Joined MiNA therapeutics in 2019 as Research Director. Matthew has developed a range of therapeutic modalities including small molecules, antibodies, peptides and oligonucleotides.

    Meiling LI

    Senior Scientist , F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.
    Meiling LI

    Dr. Meiling Li is currently working as a senior scientist in RNA therapeutics in Hoffmann La Roche, Basel, Switzerland. Her research focuses on the modifications of the backbones in terms of stereodefined phosphorothioates, phosphorodithioates and other highly interested modifications. Dr. Li received her PhD from University of Oxford (UK) in organic synthetic chemistry. She then worked at ETH Zurich as a postdoc on nucleoside chemistry. In 2017 she moved to Hoffmann La Roche as a scientist in RNA therapeutics research department. Dr. Li has been involved in different projects of drug development and contributed greatly to the understanding of structure activity relationship (SAR) of oligonucleotide drugs.

    Michel Janicot

    CDO, InteRNA Technologies BV
    Michel Janicot

    Michel holds a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry (Paris VII. France) and was Postdoctoral Fellow in the Dept. of Biological Chemistry (M. Daniel Lane) at The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD. USA). He has over 25-years hands-on experience in Oncology preclinical and early clinical pharmaceutical drug development in increasing leadership and managerial roles at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer (Sanofi) and subsequently, at Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Since 2012, Michel is the founder and Managing Director of JMi ONConsulting, a Brussels-based consulting firm specialized in providing services and guidances for research and development programs in Oncology, Inflammation, Immunology, Vaccines, COPD, MS, Diabetes, Fibrosis and Ophthalmology

    Michelle Lynn Hall

    Senior Director, Eli Lilly & Co - New Therapeutic Modalities
    Michelle Lynn Hall

    Michelle Lynn Hall is currently the Senior Director of New Therapeutic Modalities at Eli Lilly, where she leads a team of engineers and scientists in the discovery of nucleic-acid-based therapies. Immediately prior to joining Lilly, Michelle worked at Moderna, where she led a team of modelers studying mRNA therapeutics design and lipid nanoparticle delivery. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University where she developed a novel method to predict chemical reactivity and applied these to skills to a diverse set of problems ranging from materials science to biocatalysis. She then completed a joint postdoc at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research and Yale University, where she studied computer-aided drug design. She subsequently worked at Schrödinger where she focused on molecular simulations, machine learning, and chemical biology. She is passionate about equity, diversity, inclusion, and awareness in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and has served as a mentor, champion and advocate for women and minorities throughout her career. As a native Texan, she has intolerably strong opinions about BBQ.

    Nagy Habib

    Professor of Surgery, Imperial College, Co-founder MiNA therapeutics, Imperial College London
    Nagy Habib

    Nagy Habib is a leading translational researcher on liver cancer and its treatment. He pioneered the first clinical trial in the use of adenovirus and plasmid for the treatment of liver cancer, as well as the use of plasmid gene therapy in hydrodynamic gene delivery. He is the first person in the West to publish a clinical trial on the use of adult bone marrow derived stem cells for the treatment of patients with liver insufficiency.

    He has published on the evolution of molecular biology of tumours from oncogene, tumour suppressor gene, epigenetic modification, gene therapy, stem cell therapy, RNA (Ribonucleic acid) and saRNA (small activating RNA) and RNA aptamers.

    He is the inventor of, and was co-author of the first publication about the use for radiofrequency in devices used in liver surgery (Habib™ 4X), as well as interventional endoscopy (Habib™ EndoHPB – HPB: Hepatopancreatobiliary) and interventional radiology (Habib™ Percutaneous HPB, Habib™ VesCoag, Habib™ VesOpen).

    Nagy is currently Lead Clinician and Head of the Department of HPB Surgery at Imperial College London. In June 2007 he was also appointed Pro Rector for Commercial Affairs at the university. He holds a gold award from the Advisory Committee for Clinical Excellence, which is given in recognition of exceptional contributions from NHS consultants, and he was named as one of Britain’s top surgeons in December 2011 by the Saturday Times Magazine. In December 2012, he was awarded the TAKREEM AWARD for Science and Technology for scientific work in liver cancer and the technological development of the Habib 4X surgical device. In 2015, Nagy was awarded a Foreign Membership of the prestigious French Académie Nationale de Chirurgie.
     

    Patrick Endres

    Junior Management Application Development, Tosoh Bioscience GmbH
    Patrick Endres

    Patrick holds a M.Sc. degree in Bio-Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He first joined Tosoh Bioscience in 2014 and is currently heading the european application development group, responsible for chromatographic application development and benchmarking of Tosoh Bioscience’s process resins, HPLC and UHPLC columns, as well as detectors. He authored multiple application notes and scientific papers and regularly presents his work to scientist and customers, aswell as at international conferences.

    Stefan Vonhoff

    VP Chemistry&Manufacturing, NOXXON Pharma AG
    Stefan Vonhoff

    Stefan Vonhoff, Ph.D. is VP Chemistry&Manufacturing at NOXXON Pharma AG, Berlin, Germany, a biotech company developing Spiegelmers – enantiomeric aptamers – for various therapeutic indications in the oncology area.
    Stefan holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from University College London and received post-doctoral training in the Department of Chemistry at the ETH Zurich. He joined NOXXON in 1999 to establish the manufacturing process for L-nucleoside phosphoramidites and pegylated L-RNA aptamers. Today, his main responsibility is to coordinate external manufacturing and QC/QP-release activities for starting materials, drug substance, parenteral drug product and clinical trial supply.
     

    Steve Pascolo

    Founder and CEO, Miescher Pharma GmbH
    Steve Pascolo

    Trained as an immunologist at the Pasteur Institute (Paris, France), I used mouse models to test and develop mRNA-based vaccines (direct injection of mRNA) during my post-doc in Tuebingen, Germany. In 1999, I co-founded CureVac with Dr. Hoerr and Dr. von der Mulbe. I was CSO of the company from 2000 till 2006, developing the technology, implementing the worldwide first GMP production of mRNA and performing the worldwide first clinical studies where humans got injections of in vitro transcribed mRNA. In 2006 I joined the oncology department of the University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland and continued the development of immunotherapies based on RNA. In 2008 I founded Miescher Pharma to support this work. In 2017, we implemented in Zurich an mRNA platform https://www.cancer.uzh.ch/en/Research/mRNA-Platform.html. In collaboration with several research and clinical departments in Zurich we test different mRNAs capable to enhance immunity against cancer. In addition, we developed modified RNA oligonucleotides to perform immunochemotherapies.

    Suzan Hammond

    Research Assistant, University Of Oxford
    Suzan Hammond

    Suzan Hammond, PhD, is a career research scientist with experience focused on neuromuscular genetic disorders. Dr Hammond received her degree from Northwestern University studying in vivo modelling for the neurodegenerative disease spinal muscular atrophy. As a research scientist at the University of Oxford, Suzan focuses on patient unmet needs by developing delivery vehicles for antisense oligonucleotides towards the brain, spinal cord and skeletal muscle. She works with academic and industrial collaborators to advance her work to early clinical development. Dr Hammond’s work has been featured on the Naked Scientist Podcast and Zone in with Zon for trending nucleic acid research.

    Tom Baladi

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, AstraZeneca
    Tom Baladi

    Tom Baladi was awarded his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry in 2016 following his work on the design and development of selective small molecule kinase inhibitors at the Paris-Saclay University. For his second post-doctoral fellowship, he joined in 2018 the Wilhelmsson research group at Chalmers University (Gothenburg, Sweden) as part of the FoRmulaEx platform, a Swedish industry/academia consortium. He now focuses on the synthesis of fluorescent nucleobase analogs and their incorporation into various nucleotide-based modalities for in vitro imaging, to enable studies of drug-delivery systems. His work is performed at AstraZeneca Gothenburg, another active member of FoRmulaEx.

    Vera Brinks

    Director Pharmaceutics, ProQR Therapeutics
    Vera Brinks

    Vera Brinks is director pharmaceutics at ProQR Therapeutics, Leiden, the Netherlands. With her team she is responsible for early and late phase oligonucleotide DP development. Vera received her PhD in 2009 in the field of biopharmaceutics at the Leiden University (The Netherlands). Before joining ProQR 6 years ago, Vera has worked as postdoctoral fellow at the FDA (CDER, DTP), and as postdoctoral researcher at the Utrecht University (the Netherlands) for 6 years. She has over 25 publications in the field of therapeutic proteins, biosimilars and formulation-related quality attributes.

    Wael Jdey

    Head of Biology, Onxeo S.A.
    Wael Jdey

    As a scientist with an interest in health and disease, in particularly cancer, I aim to contribute to the understanding and targeting of this complex disease. My background in oncology, cell biology, signaling pathways and DNA repair showed me that interdisciplinary knowledge is the key in tackling complex diseases such cancer; Inter-group collaboration and team work are definitely key components to success. I am always looking to evolve in a stimulating environment where my skills and interdisciplinary knowledge can participate in the development of solutions for a medical unmet need to improve patient life quality.

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    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum
    21st September 2021
    London, United Kingdom

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    97 Cromwell Road , London, United Kingdom

    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum is perfectly situated in one of London’s most luxurious and beautiful areas within South Kensington. 

    The hotel is just 2 minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube station for convenient travel to Hyde Park, London Eye, Tower Bridge plus more of London’s top attractions. There are also easy and direct links to some major transport hubs including Victoria, Kings Cross St Pancras, Paddington and Heathrow. 

    This distinctive hotel in south London has so much to offer to make all guests really feel at home. The latest Holiday Inn relaunch is not just about the new look and feel for the hotel but to offer guests more benefits during their stay including a pillow menu for extra comfort during their sleep and a curved shower rail for more spacious feel. 

    In addition to our 906 rooms, all business guests can take advantage of our meeting and conference facilities including High Speed Internet Access and unlimited Starbucks coffee at The Academy. Our hotel’s professional event planners are on board to help take the hard work and stress away from planning your next event. 

    So whether you in London on business or pleasure, make the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum your first choice of hotel and book your accommodation for our lowest internet rate guarantee. 

    A number of our clients have been approached by third party organisations offering to book hotel rooms. We would advise that you do not book through them as they are not representing the SMi Group. SMi Group books all hotel rooms directly. If you are approached by a third party organisation then please contact us before making any bookings. If you have already booked a hotel room using a third party organisation, we would highly recommend contacting the hotel you were booked into to ensure a booking has been made for you. We would also advise you to please check the terms and conditions of the booking carefully.
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    Short Programme 2021

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    Speaker bio's 2021

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    Full programme 2021

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    Brochure 2021

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    Speaker Interview - Maria Luisa Pineda, Envisagenics

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    RNA infographic

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    David Blakey - MiNA therapeutics, Past presentation

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    Christopher Bunker- Bio-techne, Past presentation

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    Heinrich Haas - BioNTech, Past presentation

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    Surender Vashist - AstraZeneca, Past presentation

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    Ethris, Past presentation

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    Dr Simon Newman - NanoGenics, Past presentation

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    Davis C. Henchall - Future neuro, Past presentation

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    Dr Kirsty Wydenbach - MHRA, Past presentation

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    David Deutsch - MHRA, Past presentation

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    Bo Rode Hansen - GENEVANT, Past presenation

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    Dr. Michel Janicot - InteRNA Technologies, Past presentation

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    Exhibitors


    ChemGenes

    Exhibitors
    http://www.chemgenes.com

    ChemGenes, an ISO 9001 certified company established in 1981, is the industry leader in manufacturing oligonucleotide synthesis reagents and has consistently provided the highest quality phosphoramidites and solid supports in the market. Our facility, just outside of Boston/Cambridge Massachusetts USA, is setup for bulk manufacturing of therapeutic grade phosphoramidite and solid support DNA/RNA synthesis products for GMP grade oligonucleotide manufacturing. Additionally, ChemGenes carries the widest variety of modified phosphoramidites and supports currently used in oligonucleotide synthesis including Microarray Technology, Oligonucleotide Therapeutics, Oligonucleotide Based Probes and other areas of Nucleic Acid research. ChemGenes remains devoted to providing you with invaluable customer service and comprehensive technical support.


    GenScript

    Exhibitors
    https://www.genscript.com/

    GenScript is a world leader in biotechnology reagent services, providing life sciences services and products to over 200,000 scientists in over 100 countries worldwide. Established in 2002 in New Jersey, United States, the company was one of the first to commercialize gene synthesis as well as establish fully integrated capabilities for custom peptide synthesis, complex protein expression and engineering, custom antibody development and engineering, in vitro/in vivo pharmacology, as well as a variety of other research-focused catalogue products.

    After almost two decades of rapid growth, the company has expanded its business in recent years into the fields of immunotherapy, CDMO and microbiology to further its core mission of making people and nature healthier through biotechnological innovation.

    With global support from its loyal customers and over 2600 employees located across the globe, GenScript continues to strive towards their vision of being the most reliable biotech company in the world, in service of a better and healthier future.



    Tosoh Bioscience

    Exhibitors
    https://www.tosohbioscience.com/

    Tosoh Bioscience is an acknowledged global leader in liquid chromatography with a focus on bioseparations. Our team of chromatography experts enables our biopharma partners to provide safe and efficient therapies against life threatening diseases. Our portfolio encompasses SEC instruments and a comprehensive line of media and process development, HPLC, and UHPLC columns. The products are used in R & D, process development, downstream processing, and quality control of biologics, biosimilars or biobetters. Typical applications comprise the purification of therapeutic proteins and oligonucleotides at lab, pilot, and commercial scale, as well as their characterization and QC analysis by (U)HPLC. Tosoh Bioscience is part of the Tosoh Group, a Japanese chemical and specialty products group with over 100 companies worldwide and a workforce of about 13000 people.

    Media Partners


    Pharma Journalist

    Official Media Partner
    http://www.pharmajournalist.com

    Pharma Journalist is a product of Kellen Media. Pharma Journalist is one of the leading website covering the need of global Pharmaceutical Industry. Articles like latest news, trends, analysis, market report, press releases, whitepapers, case studies, etc. published on pharmajournalist.com helps Industry professionals and decision makers to stay on the top of this fast-paced industry. Pharma Journalist aims of providing fast and informative articles to its readers and subscribers.

    Media Partners


    Gene Therapy Net

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.genetherapynet.com

    Gene Therapy Net is the information resource for basic and clinical research in gene therapy, and the site serves as a network in the exchange of gene therapy information and breaking news items. Visitors can keep track of the latest scientific papers, conference announcements, gene therapy jobs, regulations and guidelines


    Pharmalicensing

    Supporting Media Partners
    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 online Showcase Profiling & Discover services, as well as its renowned Partnering Search service leveraging its global network of industry experts, to enable companies to identify and engage with appropriate partners around the world. Pharmalicensing is actively utilized by many tens of thousands of industry professionals each month. Pharmalicensing is a division of Cognis Group, Inc.


    SciDoc Publishers

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.scidoc.org

    SciDoc Publishers is a major source provider of e-journals in the field of Science, Technology and Medicine (STM). The nature of journals - Open Access and Peer-reviewed. We are aimed with a sole motive in making a mark in the field of Open Access, by propagating the knowledge to the scientific community. Our prime concern involves, the knowledge to reach millions of readers and give them access to scientific publications - online.


    Farmavita

    Supporting Media Partners
    https://farmavitar.com

    FarmavitaR+ is the professional network of experts and service providers. Network is gathering local consultants from 90 countries in Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, Australia and Africa. Management of international, multi-centre projects is our core competence. FarmavitaR+ is providing solutions related to pharmaceutical, medical device, food supplement and cosmetic products. Scope of services is related to solutions for product development, quality assurance, clinical trials, product registration, portfolio analysis, lifecycle management, vigilance/risk management, pricing/reimbursing, market access and promotional compliance. FarmavitaR+ is brand name of Farmavita Regulanet Ltd. Visit https://farmavitar.com for more information. Outsource anything you can think of!


    Technology Networks

    Supporting Media Partners
    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


    Pharmacircle

    Supporting Media Partners
    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….


    Pharmaceutical Technology

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com

    Pharmaceutical-technology.com is the only website focusing specifically on issues relevant to pharmaceutical professionals working with technology, be it development, engineering, IT or production. Pharmaceutical-technology.com brings you the latest in industry projects and updates, along with the news, views and trends that leading professionals – from senior executives to manufacturing managers and heads of procurement – require to stay on top of their field.


    ASD MEDIA

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.asd-network.com

    Professionals in the Aerospace & Defence market use the ASD Media internet platforms to:
    • Be informed on the latest market developments; www.asd-network.com
    • Find the latest business news; www.asd-network.com
    • Find the upcoming events; www.asd-network.com
    • Find companies and organizations; www.asdsource.com
    • Distribute news globally. www.asdwire.com
    The ASD Media platforms are well known and used intensively, your company is able to benefit from these large numbers of users. Be informed with ASD-Network; Create exposure for your company with ASDSource, distribute your news with ASDWire or advertise with us, build your brand and increase traffic to your company’s website.

    For more detailed information please contact with: ASD MEDIA
    Stefan.koopman@asdmedia.nl


    pharmaphorum

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.pharmaphorum.com

    pharmaphorum drives innovation within the pharmaceutical industry, by bringing healthcare together through a suite of media services that help produce and disseminate thought leadership, combined with an online platform for communicating messages to a global audience.Visit www.pharmaphorum.com


    Drug Discovery Today

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.drugdiscoverytoday.com/

    Drug Discovery Today covers the whole of the preclinical drug discovery process. The reviews are cutting edge, written by experts in their respective fields and cover all aspects of drug discovery from genomic and proteomic approaches, computational drug design, medicinal chemistry and the translation of these sciences to therapies.


    World Pharma News

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    http://www.worldpharmanews.com/


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    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum

    97 Cromwell Road
    London SW7 4DN
    United Kingdom

    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum

    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum is perfectly situated in one of London’s most luxurious and beautiful areas within South Kensington. 

    The hotel is just 2 minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube station for convenient travel to Hyde Park, London Eye, Tower Bridge plus more of London’s top attractions. There are also easy and direct links to some major transport hubs including Victoria, Kings Cross St Pancras, Paddington and Heathrow. 

    This distinctive hotel in south London has so much to offer to make all guests really feel at home. The latest Holiday Inn relaunch is not just about the new look and feel for the hotel but to offer guests more benefits during their stay including a pillow menu for extra comfort during their sleep and a curved shower rail for more spacious feel. 

    In addition to our 906 rooms, all business guests can take advantage of our meeting and conference facilities including High Speed Internet Access and unlimited Starbucks coffee at The Academy. Our hotel’s professional event planners are on board to help take the hard work and stress away from planning your next event. 

    So whether you in London on business or pleasure, make the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum your first choice of hotel and book your accommodation for our lowest internet rate guarantee. 

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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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