As the official conference of The Microbiome Coalition (TMBC), the Translational Microbiome Conference was the first microbiome conference in the field to focus exclusively on the hurdles and challenges to commercial success in the space.
Once again, the conference will bring together the leading microbiome companies working to successfully commercialize microbiome-based diagnostics, therapeutics, adjunct therapies and direct-to-consumer services and products across a range of therapeutic areas, from gut to skin and beyond. Expanding on this core focus year on year, we continue to offer informative, hands-on workshops, panels sponsored and directed by industry to focus on your concerns and tightly curated content that goes beyond the usual infomercials to provide tangible and useful insights to how your peers are addressing their commercial approach to the space.
Entering its 5th year in 2019, the meeting will continue to focus and build on the challenges and hurdles that companies working in the microbiome space will have to recognize and navigate in order to successfully commercialize their products.However, we are responding to requests by attendees to include more basic research, ensure more work beyond the gut is incorporated into the agenda and expanding our prior parallel tracks on nutrition and consumer products.
With a broad focus spanning multiple disease states (oncology, dermatology, inflammatory disorders, among others) attendees will have the opportunity to hear the leading companies discuss the work they have underway and how they are meeting these challenges head-on to apply recent discoveries to a variety of disease processes, restoration of health and improved outcomes.
Subject matter will include:
Intellectual Property Management
Investment Deals and Approaches
Pharma Deals in the Microbiome Space
The Need for Standards
Partnering Software & Meetings Easily schedule meetings with our partnering system in order to maximize your time at the event. Schedule one-to-one meetings in advance and stay connected after the event.
Industry-Leading Speaking Faculty Our tightly curated content provides tangible and useful insights to how your peers are addressing their scientific, clinical and commercial approach to the space.
Network With Industry Colleagues One-to-One meeting space, breakfasts, extended breaks, luncheons and receptions provide attendees with multiple opportunities to connect with colleagues in the space.
20+ Exhibitors/Service Providers Meet with and/or re-connect with exhibitors and service providers and learn about the latest tools and resources driving the field of microbiome science.
VPs, Directors, Heads, Scientists, Professors in following areas:
Microbiome/Microbiota basic research
NGS (Next Generation Sequencing)
Autoimmune Disease Therapeutics
Metabolic disease, Obesity, Diabetes
Immunology Innate or Adaptive Immunity
Diagnostic & Clinical Applications
Gut-Brain Axis Researchers
Academic Licensing or Tech Transfer Officers
APRIL 16, 2019
2:30 pm Workshop I Microbiome NGS and Hands-on Bioinformatic Data Analysis with Strain Level Resolution
Workshop Leaders: Nur Hasan, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Cosmos ID; Arne Materna, Ph.D., VP Product, Cosmos ID
3:15 pm Workshop II
Patenting in the Microbiome Arena
Workshop Leader: Mark Fitzgerald, Ph.D., Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
5:30 pm Workshop III What Investors Want, What Investors Notice and Value in a Pitch - The Secrets to Successful Venture Pitching
Workshop Leader: Lakshmi Balanchandra, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship, Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Babson College, Founder, Women's Venture Capital Network
APRIL 17, 2019
7:15 am Registration/Continental Breakfast
7:45 am Chairperson's Opening Remarks Mollie Roth, JD, Executive Director, The Microbiome Coalition
8:00 am Keynote Address: Microbial life at Scale: Applications, Analytics and Lessons Learned From the Food Supply Chain
Kristen L. Beck, Ph.D., Research Staff Member, Sequencing the Food Supply Chain, Almaden Research Center, IBM
8:30 am Biological, Chemical and Spatial Drivers of Microbiota Structure and Function: Therapeutic Implications
Elliot Friedman, Ph.D., Senior Research Investigator, Division of Gastroenterology, Technical Director, Microbial Culture & Metabolomics Core, PennCHOP Microbiome Program, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
9:00 am Rapid Product Development: From Concept to Consumer Product
Martha Carlin, Chief Executive Officer, The BioCollective
9:30 am The Skin is NOT the Gut: Optimizing DNA Extractions and Amplicon Sequencing for the Skin Microbiome
Kelly N. Haas, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Scholar, Dermatology Department, University of California Davis
10:00 am Networking/Refreshment Break
10:30 am A Targeted, Point of Care Solution for Microbiome Analysis
11:00 am Lessons Learned: Translating Metagenomics into Clinical Routine
Nur Hasan, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Cosmos ID
11:30 am Panel Session: Enhancing the Power of the Microbiome Through Partnership
Moderator: Edward Burd, Ph.D., Head of Regulatory Affairs, Rebiotix Panelists: Lars Enstrand, MD, Ph.D., Director, Center for Translational Microbiome Research, Karolinska Institutet Malcolm Kendall, CEO and Co-Founder, Microbiome Insights Lindy Bancke, Pharm.D., Head of Clinical Development, Rebiotix Greg Fluet, Chief Business Officer, Rebiotix
8:30 am Bringing Probiotic Products from Bench to Market in the U.S.
Duffy MacKay, ND, Senior VP, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition
9:00 am Supporting Infant Development by Supporting the Developing Microbiota
Arthur Ouwehand, Ph.D., Technical Fellow and Research Manager, DuPont Nutrition & Health
9:30 am Perspectives on Future Success for Probiotics
Mary Ellen Sanders, Ph.D., Principal, Dairy and Food Culture Technologies
10:00 am Networking/Refreshment Break
10:30 am Panel Session: Probiotics: Aligning Science and Government Regulatory Requirements on a Path to Market In this panel session, the following topics will be covered:
What traits to look for when selecting strains for probiotic applications - how to select beneficial strains
FDA regulatory path (GRAS) for probiotics
How to progress product candidates from in vitro and in vivo testing into clinical investigation
Interpretation of the clinical microbiome/probiotic data
Moderator: Maciej Chichlowski, Ph.D., PMP, Principal Scientist, Reckitt Benckiser Panelists: Duffy MacKay, ND, SVP, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition Arthur Ouwehand, Ph.D., Technical Fellow & Research Manager, DuPont Nutrition & Health Mary Ellen Sanders, Ph.D., Principal, Dairy and Food Culture Technologies
11:15 am Use of the Probiotic Lactobacillus GG in Managing Food Allergies in Infants
Jon A. Vanderhoof, Attending Physician, GI/Nutrition, Boston Children's Hospital, Senior Lecturer in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, University of Nebraska College of Medicine
11:45 am The First 1000 Days: Babies, Nutrition & Gut Health
Elisabeth Bik, Ph.D., Director of Science, Astarte Medical 12:15 pm Luncheon
1:15 pm Of Microbes and Monoamines: Stepping Stones from Dysbiosis to Psychiatric Disease
Stephen Skolnick, Translational Gerontology Branch, National Institutes on Aging, National Institutes of Health
1:45 pm Type 1 Diabetes: Primary Prevention Therapeutic Programs and First Pre-Autoantibody Biomarker Based on Association Between Autoimmunity and Dynamics of Amyloid-Producing E. Coli
George Tetz, MD, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Human Microbiology Institute 2:15 pm The Human Microbiome: Towards Future Diagnostic and Clinical Solutions
Madhu Jasti, Scientist III R&D, Thermo Fisher Scientific
2:45 pm Strategies for Approaching FDA for Your First Clinical Trial
Nicole Rempel, MS, MBA, Director of Regulatory & Strategic Development, Clinipace 3:15 pm Networking/Poster-Viewing/Refreshment Break
3:45 pm Developing Products to Unlock the Promise of the Microbiome in Health and Disease: A Novel Approach, Challenges and Common Opportunities
4:15 pm Panel Session: Confronting False Truths: On the Way to an IND, Is It Best to Avoid the FDA or Engage Early and Often?
Moderator: Nikole Kimes, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Siolta Therapeutics Panelists: Lee Jones, Founder, President and CEO, Rebiotix Susan Stewart, JD, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Quality, Kaleido Biosciences Nicole Rempel, MS, MBA, Director, Regulatory and Strategic Development, Clinipace
5:00 pm The Asian Gut Microbiome: A New Therapeutics Discovery Opportunity
They have strategic partnerships with Hong Kong University and the Genome Institute of Singapore. In this presentation Jonathan will discuss the following:
How is the Asian gut microbiome different than the Western gut microbiome
How does fecal microbiota transplant yield new drug discovery opportunities
How the Asian gut microbes work in global population
Jonathan Krive, Co-Founder, CEO, AsiaBiome
5:30 pm Cocktail Reception
APRIL 18, 2019
7:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Keynote Address: Understanding the Role of the Microbiome in Cancer Immunotherapy
Jennifer Wargo, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
8:30 am Immuno-Oncology and the Microbiome
9:00 am Immuno-Oncology and the Microbiome
9:30 am Networking/Refreshment Break
10:00 am Panel Session: Immuno-Oncology and the Microbiome
10:45 am New Modeling Tools to Predict Dynamics of Microbial Ecologies Vanni Bucci, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Bernat Olle, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Vedanta Biosciences
11:15 am Statistical and Computational Tools for Functional Microbiome
Hongzhe Li, Ph.D., Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics, Chair, Graduate Program in Biostatistics, Director, Center for Statistics in Big Data, University of Pennsylvania
11:45 am From Conceptualization to Launch: A Case Study of a GI Microbiome Modulator
12:15 pm Luncheon
1:15 pm A Survivor's Perspective: The Bigger Picture of the Patient Journey 1:45 pm Beyond Bacteria: Harnessing the Virome to Improve Our Understanding of Human Health and Inform Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications 2:15 pm Microbial Signatures of Gut Wellness Through Multi-Study Integratlon of Human Stool Metagenomes
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