World Immunotherapy Congress - Agenda Day 3


World Immunotherapy Congress 2018, Day 3

08:00 Registration Opens

08:50 Conference doors open

Keynote plenary - World leading research

Dr M. Anthony Moody

Hiding in plain sight: Fc-receptor variation and comparison of human and animal models

  • Human Fc-receptor variation can affect response to vaccines and passive immunotherapy
  • Animal model testing of therapeutics that require Fc-receptor dependent interactions could give different results than human studies
  • Fc-receptor diversity in humans appears to be low but significant, while in non-human primates, diversity appears to be high and of unclear significance
Heinz Läubli

Targeting of the sialoglycan-SAMP/Siglec pathway in vitro and in vivo resulted in increased anti-cancer immunity

  • Changes of glycans in the tumor microenvironment
  • Upregulation of sialoglycans increase density of ligands for Siglec receptor
  • Siglec receptors are new immune checkpoints upregulated on tumor-infiltrating T cells
  • Siglec-sialoglycan interactions can be targeted to improve anti-cancer immunity
William Jia

Strong anti-tumor immunity synergistically activated by an oncolytic virus VG161 armed with multiple immune stimulating genes

  • VG161: An Investigational New Drug (IND) enabled oncolytic virus (OV) armed with multiple anti-tumor regulatory factors
  • Strong anti-tumor effect demonstrated in multiple animal tumor models
  • Lasting anti-tumor immunity by VG161 in comparison with non-armed OV

10:20 Networking Break

Cancer vaccines

Safety and efficacy

Chaired by Eric Halioua, President and Chief Executive Officer, PDC*line Pharma

Chaired by Saad J. Kenderian, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Oncology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Immunotherapy - Cancer vaccines

PDC*line Pharma semi-allogeneic cancer vaccine: how abortive allogeneic immune response can prime and boost the induction of specific anti-tumor T cells

  • PDC*line is a new potent and scalable therapeutic cancer vaccines based on a proprietary allogeneic cell line of Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells
  • PDC*line is much more potent to prime and boost antitumor antigen, including neoantigens, specific cytotoxic T-cells than conventional vaccines and improves the response to checkpoint inhibitors
  • The technology can be applied for any type of cancer
Immunotherapy - Safety and efficacy

Tolerogenic nanoparticles to mitigate immunogenicity and improve the efficacy of immunotoxins for cancer therapy

  • The development of anti-drug antibodies (ADAs) can compromise the efficacy and safety of biologic therapies
  • Recombinant immunotoxins are potent but highly immunogenic anti-cancer agents
  • We have partnered with the National Cancer Institute to demonstrate that synthetic vaccine particles nanoparticles containing rapamycin (SVP-Rapamycin) effectively mitigate ADAs against LMB-100, a mesothelin-targeted immunotoxin, and enables robust anti-tumor responses in preclinical models
  • The combination of LMB-100 and SVP-Rapamycin is currently in clinical trials for the treatment of patients with mesothelioma
Immunotherapy - Cancer vaccines

Cell penetrating peptides and TLR peptide agonist: the swiss army knife of cancer vaccines

  • Therapeutics cancer vaccines
  • Chimeric proteins
  • Multi-antigenic T cells immunity responsive
Immunotherapy - Safety and efficacy

Toxicities after CART cell therapy: New insights in pathophysiology and management

  • Recognize toxicities after CART cell therapy
  • New insights in the pathophysiology of neurotoxicity after CART cell therapy
  • Discuss novel strategies to prevent and treat cytokine release syndrome and neurotoxicity after CART cell therapy
Immunotherapy - Cancer vaccines

Accelerate your immunotherapy target discovery using immune repertoire sequencing

  • Key challenges in characterizing the immune repertoire
  • Using the ImmunoGenomiX (IGX) platform to accurately analyze the immune repertoire
  • Sequencing the immune repertoire to develop new biomarkers
  • Use cases in oncology and beyond
Immunotherapy - Safety and efficacy

Risk profiling of peptide targets for immunotherapeutic discovery

  • Integrating multi-omics data and predictive algorithms.
  • Assessing off-target effects for immunotherapies provides clearer picture of risk landscape.
  • Direct and optimise screening to ensure risks are covered.
  • Systematic Identification of high priority targets using advanced predictive modelling.

12:55 Networking Lunch

Closing plenary – biomarkers and precision medicine for immunotherapy

Chaired by Thomas Hach, Director, Healthcare Systems, Novartis

Thomas Hach

The future of precision medicine

  • Oncology and genomics: halfway there
  • Immunology and more Omics: we’re just starting
  • The future: complexity simplified, research put into practice, digital put into action
Tim Fugmann

The HLA peptidome as a novel biomarker to predict response to immunotherapy

  • Antigen-specific T cells can mediate significant tumour cell killing
  • Immunotherapy can increase the number and activity of TILs
  • Increasing our knowledge of tumour-specific (neo-) antigens may facilitate therapeutic strategies
  • Peptides presented on HLA complexes predict response to therapy
Enkelejda Miho

The promise of artificial intelligence: a case for precision immunology

  • Personal immune repertoires
  • Network analysis deconvolutes immune repertoires
  • The potential of artificial intelligence for biomarker and innovative antibody discovery
Damian Page

The changing face of clinical cancer research in an era of personalized cancer care

  • Outline how advanced diagnostics has sharpened our understanding of cancer cancer complexity and heterogeneity
  • Outline how cancer complexity and heterogeneity drives the evolution of clinical study designs, in particular to address the high unmet need in an ever-growing number of rare or molecularly-defined cancers
  • Discuss concepts how to move from "one biomarker - one therapy" to a "many biomarkers - optimal therapeutic approach" mindset
Damian Page, Medical Leader, Personalised Health, Roche

Chairman's closing remarks


Closing remarks from Terrapinn

15:30 End of Congress

last published: 23/Oct/18 13:25 GMT


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