John Baldoni | Head of Science

John Baldoni, Head of Science, SaponiQx

Dr. John Baldoni has developed an expansive portfolio over 40+ years in the pharmaceutical industry. His previous positions include Senior Vice President of Drug Discovery, and Senior Vice President of Platform Technology and Science (PTS) at GSK Pharma R&D. His experience spans chemical entity design, preclinical activity, biopharmaceutical development, commercialization, and discovery modernization. John has led several high-profile cross-functional problem-solving and strategic initiatives and is Co-Founder and Chair of the Accelerating Therapeutics for Opportunities in Medicine (ATOM) consortium’s Governing Board.


WVIC/WAC Pre-Congress Workshops - Nov 28 @ 14:00

Workshop A [Room: Constellation A]

2pm: Chair opening remarks: Rebecca Kurnat M.S., Head of Product, SaponiQx

Presentations: 2.10pm – 4.00pm:

Using synthetic biology in adjuvant technology & creating a pipeline of vaccine adjuvants

Dr John Baldoni, Head of Science, SaponiQx

Next generation TLR agonists & RIG-I as adjuvants

Dr Steve Reed, CEO, HDT Bio

An oral adjuvant to augment vaccine effectiveness

Dr Upendra Marathi, President & CEO, 7Hills Pharma

Long-lasting germinal center responses to a priming immunization with continuous proliferation and somatic mutation

Dr Harry Sutton, Post-doctoral Fellow, Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research, LaJolla Institute for Immunology

4.00-5:00pm Q&A and Panel Discussion with all speakers

  • What are the limitations of current adjuvants?
  • Importance of unique formulations & combination adjuvants
    • Kinetics, localization, dose sparing
  • Ensuring a secure supply of known adjuvants
    • Rapid response and stockpiling
  • Emerging concepts in adjuvant science
  • What mechanisms are required to advance vaccines?
  • Novel adjuvant technology – synthetic adjuvants
  • Development of an adjuvant pipeline – can new adjuvants rescue previously failed vaccines?
  • What factors drive clinical failure?
last published: 01/Dec/22 17:25 GMT

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