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Sunday, June 2, 2019 

This one-day fast-paced course will give participants the knowledge to better engage with industry leaders at BIO 2019. Learn from industry expert Dr. Emily Burke the science driving today’s hottest biopharma innovations including therapeutic antibodies, novel vaccines, gene therapy and immunotherapies. This course is ideal for anyone who works on the business side of a biopharma company or provides services to the biopharma industry and does not have a science background.


Course Agenda

Biotechnology Overview 9:00-10:15

  • Biotechnology Defined
  • Life Science Industry Sectors
  • Biotechnology Goals
  • Cell Structure and Function
  • Proteins: Critical to Cellular Function
  • Cellular Communication: Signaling Pathways
  • Cell Signaling and Cancer

Break 10:15-10:30

DNA & Proteins 10:30-11:30

  • DNA, Chromosomes, and Genes
  • Proteins
  • Mutations: The Source of Genetic Variation
  • Genetic Basis of Disease
  • Cancer: A Polygenic Disease
  • Lab: DNA Isolation and Extraction

Immunology: The Basis of Immunotherapies 11:30-12:00

  • Non-Specific and Specific Immune Response
  • Antibodies Structure and Function
  • Immunological Memory
  • Novel Vaccines
  • Oncolytic Vaccines

Lunch 12:00-1:00

Immunology continued

  • Immunological Memory
  • Novel Vaccines
  • Oncolytic Vaccines

Immunotherapies 1:30-2:30

  • Therapeutic Antibodies
  • Bispecific Antibodies
  • Antibody-Drug Conjugates
  • Immune System Checkpoint Therapies
  • Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell Therapies (CAR-T)
  • Other CAR Therapies

Break 2:30-2:45

Genomics: Big Data 2:45-4:00

  • Genomics Defined
  • Full-Genome Sequencing
  • Cancer Genomics
  • From Big Data to Rare Disease
  • Gene Therapy Overview
  • Genome Editing (CRISPR/Cas9)

Q&A | Review | Evaluation 4:00-4:30