Genentech this week will step up its efforts to keep the drug Avastin available as a treatment for breast cancer, urging the Food and Drug Administration to give it one more chance to prove the medicine works.

At a hearing on Tuesday and Wednesday in suburban Washington, Genentech will ask the F.D.A. to reconsider its proposal last December to revoke the approval of Avastin for breast cancer on the grounds that new studies did not confirm that the drug helped patients.

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Genentech’s approach seems intended to broaden the terms under which Avastin can remain available. The company is arguing that even if the F.D.A. reaffirms that data do not support Avastin’s effectiveness, the approval should be retained while Genentech does one more clinical trial. Avastin has remained available for breast cancer pending the appeal process.

Avastin was put on the market under an accelerated program begun in the early 1990s that allows drugs for serious diseases to be approved with less than the usual amount of evidence, subject to further studies. Dozens of drugs have been approved this way, and in at least a couple of cases approvals have been withdrawn. But this is the first time the F.D.A. will hold a hearing to consider a company’s appeal.

The debate over Avastin has evoked passions on both sides among those involved in women’s health issues. Some patient advocates argue that the F.D.A. needs to revoke the approval to maintain the integrity of the accelerated process and to ensure that cancer patients receive drugs that work.

But some breast cancer patients are expected to testify at the hearing that the drug should be kept available because it helps some women, even if not all.

“It’s so depressing to think that a federal agency can make a decision that can potentially cause me to die,” said Crystal Hanna, 35, a mother of two from Parkersburg, W.Va., who said Avastin has kept her cancer under control for almost a year.

The public comments sent to the F.D.A. before the hearing at its campus outside Washington, overwhelmingly support retaining the approval. Many of them, using virtually identical language, cite the case of Ms. Hanna, who drafted a comment for friends that circulated widely on the Internet.

Even if approval as a breast cancer treatment is ultimately rescinded, Avastin will retain approval to treat lung, colon, kidney and brain cancers. So doctors will be able to use it “off label” to treat breast cancer. But insurers might no longer pay for it for that use, putting the drug, which can cost $88,000 a year, out of reach for many women.

The Avastin issue has become caught up in the politics of overhauling health care, with some critics saying the decision not to pay for it represents rationing and others saying that Medicare should not pay for a drug that does not work. The F.D.A. maintains that it is not permitted to consider costs.

The ultimate decision will be made by the F.D.A. commissioner, Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, who appears to have some latitude. The rules say that the F.D.A. “may” revoke the approval of a drug, but does not have to.

“Even where F.D.A. determines that confirmatory trials do not establish clinical benefit, withdrawal is not required and instead should be based on the public health considerations that motivate the accelerated approval statute,” Genentech argues in a summary of its arguments filed before the hearing.

But the F.D.A.’s drug division views the company’s request as a stalling tactic. “How many bites of the apple do you get?” Dr. Richard Pazdur, the director of the agency’s oncology drug division, said in an interview at a cancer conference early this month.

The agency, in a summary of its arguments, says that because it has already determined that the benefits of Avastin do not outweigh the risks, retaining the approval while the new study is conducted “would not be in the interest of the public health and would jeopardize the integrity of the accelerated approval program.”

Genentech and its parent company, Roche, could lose as much as $1 billion in annual sales if the breast cancer approval were revoked. Already Avastin sales for treatment of breast cancer have started declining. The drug is the world’s best-selling cancer drug, with sales last year of roughly $7 billion.

The F.D.A. approved the drug for advanced breast cancer in February 2008, after one clinical trial showed that combining Avastin with another drug, paclitaxel, delayed the median time before tumors worsened by 5.5 months, compared with using paclitaxel alone. But the women who got Avastin did not live significantly longer than those who got only paclitaxel, which is also known by the brand name Taxol.

Subsequent trials, in which Avastin was combined with different chemotherapy drugs, showed a much smaller delay in tumor progression, ranging from less than 1 month to 2.9 months. And again there was no improvement in survival for those receiving Avastin.

Based on those results and on the fact that Avastin has some life-threatening side effects, including bowel perforation and hemorrhaging, the F.D.A.’s cancer drug advisory committee voted 12 to 1 last July that the approval for the treatment of breast cancer be revoked.

The hearing this week will be before the same committee, which will make recommendations to the F.D.A. commissioner. Of the six voting committee members expected to attend, five voted to revoke the approval last July. The sixth was not at that earlier meeting. Since the data have not changed, Genentech, in the summary of its arguments, concedes it is not likely to change the committee’s mind about the benefits of Avastin.

Instead it will argue that the drug with which Avastin is combined matters. Therefore, the company should be given a chance to do another trial in which Avastin is combined with paclitaxel, as in the original trial that led to the drug’s approval.

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Inpharmatica Ltd today announces that Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of Wyeth has licensed Admensa Interactive, Inpharmatica’s platform of predictive drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion models and compound prioritization tools.

Wyeth will use Admensa Interactive to support compound selection and optimization in its drug discovery projects.

This new license, agreed after an extensive evaluation, further demonstrates the value that Admensa Interactive brings to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Under the terms of the agreement, Wyeth will receive a multi-site license to Admensa Interactive.

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Admensa Interactive combines predictive models with a desktop interface combining model output with project data from other sources.

This integrated selection and visualization platform drives effective decisions on the best compounds on which to move forward against project criteria.

Admensa Interactive is a major component of Inpharmatica’s range of gene-to-candidate technologies which integrate biology and chemistry-based drug discovery activities.

Inpharmatica’s platform ranges from target selection based on druggability, through rapid identification of hits to selection of high quality leads and pre-clinical candidates, which are prioritized on the basis of good drug-like characteristics.

“We are delighted that Wyeth has opted for a broad deployment of Admensa Interactive in support of its drug discovery projects,” said Matt Segall, Head of the Admensa Business Unit of Inpharmatica.

“The strong uptake of this product by top pharma and biotech companies is a testimony to the unique capabilities it provides for compound optimization.”

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*** PRESENT A POSTER *** Deadline 2 September 2005. If you would like the opportunity to present your poster at this event, please email abstracts to: – LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

The inaugural conference on Advances in Microarray Technology provides an in-depth analysis of the current thinking and latest technologies within this field.

Technology is a big boon to the society. It has been beneficial to humans in various ways. In the medical field, technology is used to treat the sick patients more effectively. It also helps to save lives and combat harmful bacteria. Technology brought to us Artrovexwhich is an amazing product that helps to treat joint pain. Technology has increased productivity in almost every industry in the world.

This highly targeted event has captured the imagination of the industry and has proved to be very popular so far. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with the leading institutions from around the world.

Register from only €310

Organisations already confirmed:

Adhesives Research Ireland Ltd – Affymetrix, Inc. – Akonni Biosystems Inc. – Arrayjet – Asterand Inc – Auburn University – Avalon Pharmaceuticals – BioChannel Partners Ltd – BioDiscovery, Inc. – Bioeagles Ltd – Cambridge Life Sciences – Centre de recherché en Infectiologie de l’Universite Laval – Cytomyx – DKFZ Heidelberg – Dynal Biotech Ltd. – Epitome Biosystems, Inc. – European Institute of Oncology – Fluidigm Corp. – Free University of Brussels – Functional Genomics Center Zurich – GSF Research Centre, BIOP – Imperial College London – Innogenetics NV – InsightFaraday Partnership – Institut Curie – Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques & Interdisciplinary Research Institute – Invitrogen Ltd. – KREATECH Biotechnology – Lund University – Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology – Metis Biotechnology Ltd – Netherlands Vaccine Institute – NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tuebingen – Novartis Pharma AG – PamGene International – Pfizer Inc. – Protagen AG – Royal Insti tute of Technology (KTH) – Schott Janaer Glas GmbH – Serono International – Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox – University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf – University of Edinburgh – University of Manchester – University of Pretoria – University of Wageningen – University of Washington – Veterinary Laboratories Agency – ViaLogy Corp. – Whatman/Schleicher & Schuell – Yole Developpement

Exhibitors already confirmed

– Arrayjet – Corporate Sponsor
– Cytomyx – Corporate Sponsor
– Invitrogen Corporation – Corporate Sponsor
– Tecan – Corporate Sponsor
– Agilent Technologies
– Operon
– Davin Optronics Ltd
– Genomic Solutions
– KREATECH Technologies
– Miltenyi Biotec GmbH
– Parallabs Ltd
– Schott Nexterion
– Scienion AG
– Sigma-Aldrich
– Topspin APS

Further details available through the following links:

Full Agenda

Conference Brochure

Registration – Register by August 31st and SAVE UP TO €200


Agenda Sessions and Speakers:

Day One: 11th October

Chaired by Dr. Arndt Benecke, Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques & Interdisciplinary Research Institute

  • Dr. Geraldine Andrieux, Yole Developpement
  • Dr. Jorge Goldstein, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox


Chaired by Dr. Arndt Benecke, Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques & Interdisciplinary Research Institute

  • Dr. Arndt Benecke, Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques & Interdisciplinary Research Institute
  • Speaker to be confirmed, ViaLogy Corp.
  • Dr. Bruce Hoff, BioDiscovery, Inc.
  • Dr. Eugene Novikov, Institut Curie


Chaired by Prof. Guido Sauter, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

  • Prof. Guido Sauter, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
  • Dr. Xavier Gidrol, CEA
  • Dr. Roberta Carbone, European Institute of Oncology
  • Dr. Roderick Westrop, Cytomyx
  • Dr. Juan J. Miret, Pfizer Inc.

Day Two: 12th October


Chaired by Prof. Mathias Uhlen, Department of Biotechnology, Albanova University Center, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm

  • Dr. John L. Tonkinson, Epitome Biosystems, Inc.
  • Dr. Ulrike Korf, DKFZ Heidelberg
  • Keynote Speaker – Prof. Mathias Uhlén, Department of Biotechnology, Albanova University Center, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Dr. Jens Beator, Whatman/Schleicher & Schuell
  • Dr. Christer Wingren, Lund University
  • Dr. Jeremy Gillespie, Invitrogen Ltd.



Chaired by Dr. Colin Campbell, The University of Edinburgh

  • Keynote Speaker – Dr. Thomas Joos, NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tuebingen
  • Dr. Mike Bunce, Dynal Biotech Ltd.
  • Dr. Charles Daitch, Akonni Biosystems Inc.
  • Dr. Mohammed Zourob, University of Manchester
  • Dr. Colin Campbell, The University of Edinburgh
  • Mr. Duncan J Hall, Arrayjet

Day Three: 13th October

Chaired by Dr. Wolfgang Budach, Novartis Pharma AG

  • Dr. Wolfgang Budach, Novartis Pharma AG
  • Dr. Tarif Awad, Affymetrix, Inc.
  • Dr. Kris Pappaert, Free University of Brussels
  • Dr. Ted van der Lende, KREATECH Biotechnology
  • Dr. Katrin Steinmetzer, Schott Janaer Glas GmbH
  • Dr. Arnold Vainrub, Auburn University


Chaired by Prof. Martin Dufva, Dept. of Micro & Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark

  • Dr. Michael Lucero, Fluidigm Corp.
  • Dr. Rinie van Beuningen, PamGene International
  • Dr. Koen de Smet, Innogenetics NV
  • Dr. Regis Peytavi, Centre de recherché en Infectiologie de l’Universite Laval, Quebec


Full Agenda available online at:

Preconference Training Course – Applications of Microarrays

10 October 2005

Who should attend?
The course will be suitable for scientists, technicians and engineers. It will be helpful to be familiar with DNA, RNA and proteins to follow the material presented. The course has been designed for people considering working with microarrays and for those who are currently working with some applications of microarrays but want a broader view of additional opportunities.

Course tutor:
Prof. Martin Dufva, University of Denmark.

Full course details:


PRESENT A POSTER – Deadline 2 September 2005. To apply for the opportunity to present at this event, please email abstracts to:

In order to ensure the widest possible audience for our speakers, registration fees start at just €310, making this conference an absolute must if you want to see the latest research and equipment in microarray technology whilst networking with your peers.

Best regards
Virginie Colcombet
Conference Manager

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17 (HealthDay News) — Researchers have found an antibody that might someday be useful in identifying women who have a higher risk of ovarian cancer, or possibly diagnosing early ovarian cancer.

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This particular antibody, which was detected in blood, develops as an immune system response to a protein called mesothelin. This protein is present in advanced ovarian cancer. Although mesothelin is found in normal tissue, it’s found in abundance in ovarian cancer cells.

The current study found that infertile women, who are known to have an increased risk of ovarian cancer, were more likely to have the mesothelin antibody. The researchers also found that women with ovarian cancer were more likely to have this antibody.

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“We’re taking a novel approach to try to identify earlier biomarkers of ovarian cancer by looking at high-risk women,” said study author Judith Luborsky, a professor of pharmacology, obstetrics and gynecology, and preventive medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

“This study found that there are antibodies to mesothelin circulating in women that have infertility,” noted Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. Exactly what these findings mean isn’t yet clear, however. “Are these women who will develop ovarian cancer? Are these antibodies related to infertility? This research gives us some clues, and leads to many more questions,” he said.

As for an individual woman who’s currently concerned about ovarian cancer, Lichtenfeld said, “I would be very cautious about drawing any conclusion about the meaning of an elevated antibody level in an individual woman.”

Results of the study will be published Aug. 17 in the online version of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Almost 22,000 American women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and more than 15,000 women die each year as a result of this disease, reports the American Cancer Society.

Most women who develop ovarian cancer aren’t diagnosed until the disease is advanced. If it’s found early, ovarian cancer has a five-year survival rate of 94 percent, according to the cancer society. Two tests that experts hoped would help change that — a combination of transvaginal ultrasound and a blood test for CA-125, a marker associated with ovarian cancer — haven’t reduced a woman’s risk of dying from ovarian cancer, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Luborsky and her colleagues wanted to try to find a way to detect early cancer or a screening test for who’s at high risk for ovarian cancer before the cancer develops. Testing for mesothelin wouldn’t work, because it isn’t found at high levels until the cancer is advanced.

So, instead of looking for mesothelin, the researchers looked at a group of 109 infertile women, 28 women with ovarian cancer, and 24 women with benign ovarian cysts or tumors to see if these groups had antibodies to mesothelin. They also compared the three groups of women to healthy women to see if mesothelin antibodies were present.

Significant levels of mesothelin antibodies were found in women with ovarian cancer and in women with unexplained infertility or women who were infertile due to premature ovarian failure or ovulation problems. Women who were infertile due to endometriosis didn’t have significant levels of mesothelin antibodies, according to the study. Healthy women, and women with benign ovarian growths also didn’t have significant levels of mesothelin antibodies, the investigators found.

“There’s a lot more we have to learn, but our aim would be for a screening test that could improve detection,” said Luborsky.

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Scientists have worked out how caffeine might protect against certain skin cancers – a finding that could lead to better sunscreens.

The research, conducted in mice, suggests that caffeine changes the activity of a gene involved in the destruction of cells that have DNA damage and are therefore more likely to become cancerous. The scientists said this may lead to new ways of preventing skin cancer, though other experts cautioned that it did not mean coffee lovers were better protected against the disease.

Skin cancer is a common disease. According to Cancer Research UK, around 100,000 cases of non-melanoma were registered in the UK in 2008, and just under 12,000 cases of the more dangerous malignant melanoma.

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These cancers can be caused by over-exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun, which can damage the DNA of skin cells, leading to errors when the cells divide.

The overall protective role of caffeine against cancers has been noted in previous studies, but Allan Conney of the department of chemical biology at Rutgers University in New Jersey wanted to find the specific molecular mechanisms behind it. He suspected that the response might involve a gene called ATR, which is suppressed when caffeine molecules are around. This suppression encourages the death of DNA-damaged cells.

Conney tested the idea by creating genetically modified mice whose ATR genes were deficient and exposing them to ultraviolet light until they developed skin cancer. After 19 weeks of UV exposure, he found that these mice developed 69% fewer tumours than those that had fully functioning ATR genes. In addition, tumours in the GM mice developed three weeks later than in standard mice.

After 34 weeks of UV exposure, all the mice had developed tumours, mainly a type of non-melanoma cancer called squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). The results were published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“All of this suggests the possibility that caffeine, possibly

, would have an inhibitory effect on sunlight-induced skin cancer,” said Conney. “In addition to the effects on the ATR pathway, caffeine also has sunscreening properties.”

SCCs are less common than the other type of non-melanoma cancer, called basal cell carcinomas, but it’s the former that are more dangerous. “People rarely die from basal cell carcinomas, but you need more invasive cutting to get it out,” said Conney. “There’s more disfiguration with basal cell than squamous cell. It’s the squamous cell cancers that can metastasise and are more dangerous.”

Jessica Harris, a health information manager at Cancer Research UK, pointed out that Conney’s study examined how caffeine affected genes when it was directly applied to the skin, rather than ingested. “It didn’t look at the effects of drinking coffee, so doesn’t tell us whether or not this could reduce the risk of skin cancer,” she said.

Studies looking at coffee consumption and cancer in large groups of people have provided mixed results, she added. “Some have found that coffee drinking may slightly reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, but the evidence is not yet strong enough to be certain, and these effects tend to be seen among people who drink very large amounts.”

The best way to reduce the risk of skin cancer, said Harris, “is to enjoy the sun safely, taking care not to burn by using a combination of shade, clothing and sunscreen.”

Dot Bennett, a professor of cell biology at St George’s, University of London, said that any move to add caffeine or related molecules to sunscreens should be undertaken with care. “First one might want to check there is no adverse effect of caffeine on the incidence of other cancers, especially melanoma (pigmented skin cancer), which kills over four times as many people as [squamous cell carcinoma]. But caffeine lotion might promote tanning a little, since this family of molecules stimulates pigment cells to make more pigment.”

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In men with elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA), an investigational urine test can detect and stratify prostate cancer, researchers reported.

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The test is based on the detection of a gene fusion that is specific to prostate cancer, combined with another marker, according to Arul Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD, of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, and colleagues.

Stratifying patients by the combined marker identified groups with markedly different risks of cancer, high-grade cancer, and clinically significant cancer on biopsy, Chinnaiyan and colleagues reported online in Science Translational Medicine.

The noninvasive test could allow some men with elevated PSA to avoid a needle biopsy, the researchers noted.

“Many more men have elevated PSA than actually have cancer but it can be difficult to determine this without biopsy,” Chinnaiyan said in a statement. “The hope is that this test could be an intermediate step before getting a biopsy.”

The fusion at the heart of the test involves the genes transmembrane protease, serine 2 (TMPRSS2), and v-ets erythroblastosis virus E26 oncogene homolog (avian) (ERG).

The fusion appears in about half of all prostate cancers, Chinnaiyan and colleagues noted, but when it appears it is almost 100% specific for malignancy.

In a series of experiments, the researchers showed that the fusion gene was associated with indicators of clinically significant cancer at biopsy and prostatectomy.

The indicators included tumor size, high Gleason score at prostatectomy, and upgrading of Gleason grade at prostatectomy, they reported.

But because the fusion gene is not universally present, the researchers created a model that combined it and the prostate cancer antigen 3 (PCA3) gene.

In 1,065 men who underwent biopsy, the researchers used the model to stratify men into three groups – lowest, intermediate, and highest levels of the combined genes.

They found that the groups had distinctly different patterns of risk. Specifically:

  • 363, 346, and 356 men were in the lowest, intermediate, and highest score groups, respectively – or 34%, 32% and 33%.
  • Biopsy resulted in a cancer diagnosis in 21%, 43%, and 69% of men in the lowest, intermediate, and highest groups, respectively. The difference between the low and high groups was significant at P<0.001.
  • 7%, 20%, and 40% of men in the lowest, intermediate, and highest groups were diagnosed with cancer that had a Gleason score of greater than 6. The difference between the low and high groups was again significant at P<0.001.
  • Of the 966 men with enough information to determine the Epstein criteria for significance of cancer on biopsy, 15%, 33%, and 61% of men in the three groups, respectively, had Epstein-criteria-defined significant cancer.

The researchers cautioned that the test remains investigational. As well, they noted, most of the men studied so far have been Caucasian, so that additional study is needed to see if the results apply more broadly.

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On behalf of GTCbio and the 2016 Advisory Board, you are invited to the CRISPR & Genome Engineering Conference which takes place May 26-27, 2016 in Boston, MA. This meeting is part of The Genomics & Big Data Summit and will bring together an exciting balance of industry and academia, so that delegates have the unique opportunity to network with colleagues from different sectors and discuss the most recent advances in CRISPR & Genome Engineering.

Organizations invest into big data heavily. It helps them to make quick decision that is also agile. This way they stay competitive in the industry. Big data helps in acquiring and retaining customers. Every business depends on its customers and no business can be successful without a solid customer base. Even with an existing customer base a business needs to make sure that it is part of the competition. If the business is slow to learn and is not able to offer what the customer wants then it will end up offering services and products of a poor quality. This is in turn will lead to a loss of clients and will cause an effect on the business. Thepagetalks about some new and innovative products that helps one to get in shape.

Leading researchers will present on hot topics such as: therapeutic applications of CRISPR and genome engineering, discovery and mechanisms of CRISPR systems, and will discuss updates on current CRISPR technologies and techniques. In addition to scientific talks, dedicated networking sessions will allow attendees to better dialogue on how CRISPR & Genome

Engineering will continue to impact biomedical research.

Sessions include:
I. Therapeutic Applications of CRISPR & Genome Engineering
II. Advances in CRISPR-Cas9 Specificity
III. Discovery and Mechanisms of CRISPR Systems
IV. Update: Current CRISPR Technologies & Techniques
V. CRISPR Regulation of Gene Expression
We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Conference Dates: May 26-27, 2016

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Vienna, Austria, August 31 – September 4, 2008
The EFMC-ISMC 2008 Symposium is organized by the Austrian Chemical Society on behalf of the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC).

This symposium is recognized worldwide as one of the leading Medicinal Chemistry meetings, as proven by its large international attendance, which varies between 1200 and 1500 participants from all over Europe, but also from the United States and Asia.

The Symposium will focus on important new scientific and technological developments in the drug discovery process; particularly those relevant to medicinal chemistry.

To discover a drug first the candidate has to be identified. It also involves characterization, synthesis, assays and screening for the therapeutic efficacy. Once the compound shows its own value when the test are performed, the process of drug development starts. This is done before any clinical trials. There have been some drugs that have been discovered accidently in the past. A very amazing supplement that has been discovered is LumiSkinwhich is an anti-ageing supplement.

The meeting will create an environment for in-depth, informed discussions highlighting the importance of medicinal chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry, academia and drug research. It will also provide opportunities to re-emphasise the crucial position of medicinal chemistry in the drug discovery process and its pivotal role in linking and exploiting the associated biological sciences. Therefore, ISMC-2008 intends to create a forum for all scientists interested in medicinal chemistry and related fields.


Plenary Lectures

(WYETH RESEARCH, Princeton, United States)

Prof. Chris DOBSON
(UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, Cambridge, United Kingdom)


Prof. Barbara IMPERIALI

Prof. Steven V. LEY
(UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, Cambridge, United Kingdom)

GlaxoSmithKline Award forOutstanding Achievement in the Field of Chemical Biology
EFFMC Award Lectures

The Nauta Award for Pharmacochemistry

The UCB-Ehrlich Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry

The Prous Institute-Overton and Meyer Award for Technologies in Drug Discovery
1. Novel Lead Finding Approaches 2. Chemistry Strategies to Reduce Attrition in Drug Discovery 3. Emerging Drugs

Session Chair
Dr. Hans-Ulrich STILZ
(SANOFI-AVENTIS, Frankfurt/Main, Germany)
Title to be determined
(STRUCTURAL GENOMIX, San Diego, United States)
Title to be determined
Prof. Roderick E. HUBBARD
(UNIVERSITY OF YORK, York, United Kingdom)
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts

Session Chair
Dr. Geoffrey STEMP
(GLAXOSMITHKLINE, Harlow, United Kingdom)
From Fragment to Clinic
Dr. David REES
(ASTEX THERAPEUTICS, Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Chemical Strategies for Successful Clinical Development
Dr. Christopher N. JOHNSON
(GLAXOSMITHKLINE, Harlow, United Kingdom)
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts

Session Chair
Dr. Bernd RIEDL
(BAYER HEALTHCARE, Wuppertal, Germany)
The Discovery and Development of Rivaroxaban
Dr. Susanne ROEHRIG
(BAYER HEALTHCARE, Wuppertal, Germany)
The Discovery and Development of a Selective PI3K-Alpha Inhibitor
(NOVARTIS PHARMA, Basel, Switzerland)
Discovery of TMC278: a Next Generation NNRTI Drug, Highly Active against Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type-1
(JOHNSON & JOHNSON PRD, Val de Reuil, France)

4. Kinase Selectivity-Is it Necessary? (ACS) 5. Predictive ADME/Tox Methods: What to Apply When? 6. Macromolecular and Polymeric Drugs

Session Chair
Prof. David ROTELLA
(WYETH RESEARCH, Princeton, United States)
Title to be determined
Dr. Dennis POWELL
(WYETH RESEARCH, Pearl River, United States)
Title to be determined
Title to be determined
Dr. Andrew THOMAS
(ASTRAZENECA R&D, Macclesfield, United Kingdom)

Session Chair
Dr. Scott BOYER
(ASTRAZENECA, Mölndal, Sweden)
Predictive ADME: Examples from the Real World
Dr. Andrew Mark DAVIS
(ASTRAZENECA R&D, Loughborough, United Kingdom)
Virtual Methods for Predicting Off-Target Pharmacology
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts

Session Chair
Prof. Abraham J. DOMB
to be selected
Title to be determined
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts

7. Fragment-Based Drug Discovery (ACS)  8. Imaging Ligands and Biomarkers (EUFEPS) 9. Natural Products as Starting Points in Drug Discovery

Session Chair
Dr. Jeffrey ALBERT
(ASTRAZENECA, Wilmington, United States)
Building the Perfect Beast: Designing a Fragment-Based Drug Discovery Paradigm
Dr. Edward ZARTLER
Fragment-Based Discovery: What Has it Achieved so far?
Dr. Alexander ALEX
(PFIZER, Sandwich, United Kingdom)
Fragment-Based Methods and the Discovery of BACE-1 Inhibitors for Alzheimer’s
Dr. Jeffrey ALBERT
(ASTRAZENECA, Wilmington, United States)

Session Chair
Fluorometry and FRET in Measuring Biomarkers and Monitoring Cell Signaling Cascade
Mass Sensitive Ligands Useful for Biomarker Discovery and Validation
(PROTEOME SCIENCES, Cobham, United Kingdom)
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts

Session Chair
(GAZI UNIVERSITY, Ankara, Turkey)
Natural Products as Tools to Identify Novel Drug Targets and Novel Therapeutic Interventions
Dr. Gunda I. GEORG
(UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, Minneapolis, United States)
How to Use The Structural Diversity of Natural Products for Drug Discovery
Dr. Philipp KRASTEL
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts

10. Novel Approaches for Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases 11. Type 2 Diabetes: The Incretin System 12. Progress in COPD and Asthma Therapy

Session Chair
(WYETH RESEARCH, Princeton, United States)
Title to be determined
Prof. Hilal A. LASHUEL
(EPFL – ECUBLENS, Lausanne, Switzerland)
Title to be determined
(WYETH RESEARCH, Princeton, United States)
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts

Session Chair
Discovery of Sitagliptin and Rational Design of Other Novel DPP-4 Inhibitors
Dr. Tesfaye BIFTU
(MERCK & CO., Rahway, United States)
Peptidic and Nonpeptidic Glucagon-Like Peptide 1 Receptor Agonists
Dr. Jesper LAU
(NOVO NORDISK, Maaloev, Denmark)
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts

Session Chair
Dr. Matthias GRAUERT
Recent Developments in CCR3 Antagonists
Dr. George V. DE LUCCA
(BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB, Princeton, United States)
Discovery of Potent and Highly Isoform Selective PI3Kg Inhibitors
Dr. Thomas RÜCKLE
(MERCK SERONO, Geneva, Switzerland)
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts

13. Allosteric Modulation and GPCR Drug Discovery 14. Oncology 15. Immunology & Immunomodulation

Session Chair
Prof. Rob LEURS
(VU UNIVERSITY AMSTERDAM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
The Potential of Allosteric Modulation for GPCR Drug Discovery
(MONASH UNIVERSITY, Clayton, Australia)
Therapeutic Opportunities for Small Molecule Modulators of Chemokine Receptors
Dr. Thomas J. SCHALL
(CHEMOCENTRYX, Mountain View, United States)
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts

Session Chair
(UCB SA, Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Eg5 Inhibitors
Dr. Christopher COX
Allosteric Akt Inhibitors
PLK1 Inhibitor (BI-2536)
Dr. Matthias HOFFMANN

Session Chair
Dr. Katerina LEFTHERIS
(BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB, Princeton, NJ, United States)
Current Aspects and Future Trends in Immunomodulation
(BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB, Princeton, United States)
Advances in Targeting Glucocorticoids
(SCHERING, Berlin, Germany)
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts

16. Antispsychotic Targets 17. Antivirals 18. Pain

Session Chair
Prof. Klaus P. BOGESO
(H. LUNDBECK, Valby, Denmark)
NK3 Receptors
Prof. Klaus SIMONSEN
(H. LUNDBECK, Valby, Denmark)
PDE10 Inhibitors
Dr. Patrick Robert VERHOEST
(PFIZER GLOBAL RESEARCH, Groton, United States)
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts

Session Chair
Dr. Maria Jose CAMARASA
(SEQT, Madrid, Spain)
Title to be determined
Lethal Mutagenesis as a New Antiviral Strategy
Prof. Esteban DOMINGO
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts

Session Chair
(AMGEN, Cambridge, United States)
Title to be determined
(AMGEN, Cambridge, United States)
Nav1.7 Inhibitors – Discovery and Development
Dr. Joseph L. DUFFY
Oral communication
Dr. Graham N. MAW
(PFIZER, Sandwich, United Kingdom)

19. Exploring the Chemical Space 20. Chemokines 21. Systems Level Research Informs Drug Target Identification and Therapy Design

Session Chair
Title to be determined
Prof. Gisbert SCHNEIDER
Title to be determined
Title to be determined
Prof. Jean-Louis REYMOND
(UNIVERSITÄT BERN, Bern, Switzerland)
Title to be determined
Dr. Stefan WETZEL

Session Chair
Prof. Gerhard ECKER
Title to be determined
Prof. Nobutaka FUJII
Selective Dual CCR2/5 Antagonists
Dr. Wolfgang MILTZ
(NOVARTIS PHARMA, Basel, Switzerland)
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts

Session Chair
(CORNELL UNIVERSITY, New York, United States)
Drug Discovery, Drug Delivery and Therapeutic Monitoring by Molecular, Cellular and Functional Imaging of Atherothrombosis
Dr. Zahi A. FAYAD
Understanding Drug Mechanisms and Designing Therapy at the Systems Level of the Functional Human Interactome
Prof. Gianni CESARENI
Special Structural, Dynamic and Functional Characteristics of Membrane Proteins and their Signaling Partners that Determine the Mode and Putative Success of Therapy Design Targeting Cellular Signaling Systems.
(CORNELL UNIVERSITY, New York, United States)

22. New Computational Approaches Supporting Drug Design 23. Druggability of Protein-Protein Interactions 24. Systems Biology and Medicinal Chemistry

Session Chair
Overview on New Computational Tools Supporting Drug Design
Prof. Tudor I. OPREA
(UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO, Albuquerque, United States)
Novel Tools for Data Gathering
Dr. Muthukumarasamy KARTHIKEYAN
Novel Tools for Data Classification
Novel Tools for Data Exploitation
(CHEMOTARGETS, Barcelona, Spain)

Session Chair
(NOVARTIS, Vienna, Austria)
Title to be determined
Dr. Leonard J. PAGLIARO
(BIOIMAGE, Soeborg, Denmark)
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts

Session Chair
Prof. Christian NOE
Network Based Drug Discovery
(VU UNIVERSITY AMSTERDAM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Title to be determined
Prof. Christian NOE
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts

25. Structure Based Drug Design (AFMC) 26. Modulators of Adenosine and P2Y Receptors 27. Addressing Therapeutic Complexity in Oncology with Med. Chem.

Session Chair
Prof. Esin AKI-SENER
Quantum Chemical Calculation of Protein-Ligand Interaction
Title to be determined
(CSIRO, Parkville, Australia)
Oral communication
to be selected from submitted abstracts

Session Chair
Prof. Kenneth A. JACOBSON
(NIDDK, Bethesda, United States)
Engineering of Purine Receptors and Their Ligands
Prof. Kenneth A. JACOBSON
(NIDDK, Bethesda, United States)
Title to be determined
Prof. Pier Giovanni BARALDI
Allosteric Modulation of Purine Receptors

Session Chair
(SIENA BIOTECH, Siena, Italy)
Alternatives to Kinase Inhibitors for Cancer Therapies
Prof. Giovanni GAVIRAGHI
(SIENA BIOTECH, Siena, Italy)
Endothelin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors as Anticancer Agents for Human Glioblastoma. A Comparison with Endothelin Receptor Antagonists
Dr. Lucienne JUILLERAT
Novel Kinase Inhibitors
(GLAXOSMITHKLINE, Collegeville, United States)

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The agenda is now available for Select Conferences inaugural Ion Channel Targets conference and exhibition being held in Waltham, Boston, 20-21 September 2005. With easy worldwide access and inexpensive registration fees a high degree of interest is anticipated. Early registration is therefore recommended as delegate numbers will be limited.

Attending such events is highly recommended. It lets you increase your knowledge about the agenda of discussion. These platforms are also a great way to build on your network. One such conference got me aware about Recardiowhich helped in curing my cardiovascular health. I also got to encounter new suppliers and vendors here which gave my business a big boost.

We are delighted to announce a top quality agenda featuring 4 sessions and 20 speakers assembled from academia and industry. Chairing the first session, Ion Channels in Drug Discovery, is Dr. Michael Xie who is currently Associated Director of Biology at Synta Pharmaceuticals. On the afternoon of the first day Dr. Chris Mathes, Vice-President and General Manager of Sophion, will chair Advances in Ion Channel Technology and Screening. The second day will open with Ion Channels in Disease Biology chaired by our key note speaker Prof. David Clapham. He is currently Professor of Cardiovascular Research Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School. The meeting will close with Target Identification and Validation chaired by Dr. Maria Garcia, who is a Distinguished Senior Investigator in the Department of Ion Channels at Merck Research Laboratories.

In order to ensure the widest possible audience for our speakers registration fees start at just $399. So, if you want to see the latest research and equipment in ion channels whilst networking with your peers then this event is both affordable and unmissable.


Day One 20th September

09:00 Ion Channels in Drug Discovery
Chaired by Dr. Michael Xie – Synta Pharmaceuticals

09:05 Combination Screening of Ion Channel Targets to Reduce False Positive Rate
Dr. Christopher Fanger, Hydra Biosciences

09:40 Ion Channel Targets in Drug Design for Cancer Therapeutics
Dr. Amit Banerjee, Wayne State University

10:15 Coffee and Networking in Exhibition

10:45 Novel Antagonists of Human Kv4.3: HT Ion Channel Screening in Transgenic C. elegans.
Dr. Andreas Kopke, Devgen nv

11:20 HERG, Repolarization and Sudden Cardiac Death
Dr. Arthur M. Brown, ChanTest, Inc.

11:55 Ion Channel Drug Discovery in Non-excitable Cells
Dr. Michael Xie, Synta Pharmaceuticals

12:30 Lunch and Networking in Exhibition

13:45 Advances in Ion Channel Technology and Screening
Chaired by Dr. Chris Mathes – Sophion Biosciences

13:50 Automated Patch Clamp Technology: Evaluation of QPatch® for Voltage Gated Na-channel Characterization
Dr. Mads Peder Gersdorff Korsgaard – Neurosearch

14:25 Utilising Ion Channel Cell Lines and High Throughput Electrophysiology in the Context of Drug Discovery and Development
Dr. Ray Helliwell, Cytomyx

15:00 Application of the Aequorin Assay Technology for Ion Channel Drug Discovery
Dr. Sandra Arpino, GlaxoSmithKline

15:35 Coffee and Networking in Exhibition

16:05 Cell Volume Cytometry

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