Using synthetic biology to develop smarter cell therapies for cancer patients

We are embarking on an unprecedented era of therapeutic development enabled by live cell engineering. Genetic engineering of cells goes beyond a simplistic ́ ́hit-and-kill ́ ́ approach using synthetic biology to enable smart decisions that allows transgenic cells to react in response to systemic cues and to the tumor-microenvironment with the aim to amplify anti-tumor directed immune responses.

GMP-production, safety, target-specificity, and longevity of an autologous immune-cell graft targeting transformed cells are key unmet needs in designing cell therapies for patients with solid cancer. Innovative solutions include the possibility to rewire decision making of transgenic cells in regard to quality and strength of contextual immune effectorfunctions as well as epigenetic programming.

Preclinical and clinical implementation surpasses the individual public, non-profit or industrial entities and calls for cross-fertilizing cooperation. The opportunity to develop a pre-competitive consortium of stakeholders can provide a nurturing environment to discuss challenges, outline solutions, and foster collaborations in order to achieve the ultimate goal of significantly improving the survival of patients with cancer.

Location: San Diego
Address San Diego Convention Center, meeting room 11AB

Program:

Introduction
Dr. Markus Maeurer, Head Immunotherapy Champalimaud Foundation,
Lisbon, Portugal and I Medical Clinic University of Mainz, Germany,
and Dr. Franco Marincola, CSO, Sonata, Boston, USA

Key note
Expedite the Application of Synthetic Biology Tools to Create Smart Cell Therapies
Dr. Qi Cai | Director of Cell Biology, Kite Pharma, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Pathways to Accelerate Cell Therapies for Patients with Cancer
Dr. Jason Bock | CEO, CTMC, Houston, Texas, USA

Perspectives
Managing Exhaustion in the Context of TIL Therapy
Dr. George Coukos | Dir. Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and Dept of Oncology, UNIL-CH Lausanne, CH

T Cell Therapies Targeting Clonal Neoantigens in Solid Tumours
Dr. Sergio Quezada | Pof Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy, UCL, London, UK and Achilles

 

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