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The 14th Moores Cancer Center Industry/Academia Translational Oncology Symposium will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Duane Roth Award Lecture
Engineered T-Cells: The Sky's the Limit

Carl June, MD

Richard W. Vague Professor Of Immunotherapy
Perelman School Of Medicine
University Of Pennsylvania

Keynote Speaker
A New Model for Translational Research in the Nonprofit Sector

Peter Schultz, PhD

Chief Executive Officer
California Institute for Biomedical Research

Opening Remarks
Ida Deichaite, PhD, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

Mutational Signatures for Cancer Treatment and Cancer Prevention
Ludmil Alexandrov, PhD, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

David Brenner, UC San Diego SOM & Health Sciences

Dual PI3K/BRD4 Inhibition as a Novel Therapeutic Strategy for Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Adam Burgoyne, MD, PhD, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

The New Generation of Antibody Drug Conjugates: Intersection of Target and Payload
Julia Coronella, PhD, Tanabe Research Labs

Moores Cancer Center Overview
Ezra Cohen, MD, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

In silico drug discovery of dual inhibitors of combinatorial synthetic lethality inhibitors in the era of precision medical oncology; proof of concept
Donald Durden, MD, PhD, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

Role of neutrophil-mediated inflammation in colorectal cancer
Napoleone Ferrara, MD, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

A Personalized Cancer Immunotherapy Paradigm: Simple solutions to address complex options for patients
Priti Hedge, PhD, Genentech

The Next Wave: BCMA Targeted CAR-T Cells for Multiple Myeloma
Kristen Hege, MD, Celgene

Moores Cancer Center Introduction
Scott Lippman, MD, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

Inhibition of Difficult to Drug Tumor Cell and Immuno-Oncology targets with Next Generation Antisense Inhibitors
Robert MacLeod, PhD, Ionis Pharmaceuticals

Systematic Mapping of Genetic Vulnerabilities in Cancer via Novel CRISPR-Cas9 Screening Methodologies
Prashant Mali, PhD, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

Brian McCloskey, Patient Advocate

Rana McKay, MD, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

Bryce Olson, Patient Advocate

Gene Control Approach to Manipulate Cell State: Sensitizing Cancer Cells to Antibody-mediated Attack
Dave Orlando, PhD, Syros Pharmaceuticals

Killing Cancer Stem Cells
Jeremy Rich, MD, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

For our out of town attendees: We recommend staying at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa for your lodging needs. The UCSD corporate rate is subject to availability and this rate is $195 when it is available. It is currently available for Wednesday, Feb. 21st, and rooms can be booked via this link. We encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible due to availability.


Contemporary leaders of oncology are driven to redefine the notion of curative medicine by skillfully leveraging the power of collaboration to optimize everyone’s unique expertise and stretch research dollars in order to drive innovation. They are also changing clinical trial paradigms and emphasizing combination immunotherapy, new therapeutic modalities, and precision diagnosis. Already, as a result of these efforts, the oncology community can treat cancer patients and combat cancer at the molecular level.

The annual Industry/Academia Translational Oncology Symposium at Moores Cancer Center, now celebrating its 14th year, was created to support multi-modality collaborations and foster new partnerships in order to speed new therapies to patients. Each year the Symposium’s esteemed presenters from around the world, including clinicians, researchers, and top decision makers from industry and academia, attest to just how necessary it was for them to surmount multiple obstacles, in and out of the lab, in order to achieve success and help patients. The forum provides a platform for oncology innovators to highlight their interdisciplinary approach, as opposed to discussion on a specific type of cancer. Case study presentations showcase successful efforts, the challenges that they encountered, and the lessons they have learned from the process.


To address the need for dialogue amongst all leaders of cancer research, the Symposium promotes interaction and discussion throughout the entire program. Invited speakers give presentations that range in length, and include a keynote presentation, numerous presenters from faculty and industry, young investigator presentation, interactive discussion panels, and poster sessions, highlighting rapidly emerging cancer science. Discussions continue throughout breaks and lunch, and culminate in a networking reception. Additionally, a dinner consisting of Symposium speakers and sponsors held prior to the event creates an opportunity for introductions to be made and work to be discussed in a relaxed, collegial setting. Through the Symposium’s emphasis on translational oncology and drug development, we shepherd researchers and physicians to foster fruitful, ongoing relationships and partnerships with local, regional, and national biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, ultimately resulting in curative therapies that advance global cancer treatment paradigms.


The field of oncology is brimming with innovators and investigators ready to blaze new pathways for bringing the most effective novel therapies out of the laboratory to the patients. Clinicians, researchers, and top decision makers are critical in the process of translation to deliver curative cancer therapies. Our goal is to unite these individuals and provide a forum through which they can network and collaborate, while celebrating the community’s successful efforts.


  • Immunotherapy
  • Precision medicine
  • New therapeutic approaches in numerous cancers
  • Orphan drug oncology indications
  • Innovative clinical trial modalities
  • Funding innovation


San Diego provides an ideal environment for successful partnerships and collaborations: The intersection of academia, biomedical research, top-notch health care providers, and entrepreneurship allow innovation to abound. San Diego’s position as a global hub for biomedical innovation serves as a role model for translational oncology on a national level.

Symposium Organizers and Chairs

Symposium Organizers:

Scott Lippman, MD
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

Ida Deichaite, PhD
Director, Industry Relations
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

Symposium Co-Chairs:

Rafael Bejar, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

Tom Kipps, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Evelyn and Edwin Tasch Chair in Cancer Research
Deputy Director of Research Operations
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

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