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Our 11th Annual Moores Cancer Center Industry/Academia Translational Oncology Symposium took place on Thursday February 19, 2015. We thank all of our speakers and attendees for a successful event! We look forward to the collaborations that will blossom and future symposia.

February 22, 2015

CIRM's Klein proposes $100B biomed program: Bob Klein describes his vision of how to increase biomedical funding to hasten discovery and commercialization of disease treatments. He spoke Thursday, Feb. 19, at the annual UCSD Moores Cancer Center symposium.
» San Diego Union Tribune article


February 21, 2015

Fighting patient, fighting doctor: : Patient Theresa Blanda speaks about her experience battling cancer with the help of Moores Cancer Center Investigator Dr. Catriona Jamieson, at the 11th annual Industry/Academia Translational Oncology Symposium.
» San Diego Union Tribune article


February 19, 2015

Katherine Connor from the San Diego Daily Transcript reports on the new funding paradigm needed for scientific research: Some of the nation’s top oncology researchers and private companies in the cancer space met at the University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center Thursday for the 11th annual Industry/Academic Translational Oncology Symposium.
» San Diego Daily Transcript article


February 13, 2015

The Union-Tribune published an opinion editorial by Moores Cancer Center Director of Industry Relations Ida Deichaite, PhD, entitled "Finding Ways to create cancer-killing swords". The op-ed features the upcoming 11th Annual Moores Cancer Center Industry/Academia Translational Oncology Symposium on February 19, and the ongoing collaborations at MCC.
» Union Tribune Op-ed



Featured speakers include:

Keynote Speaker
Cancer Genomics: Turning Discovery into Translation

Elaine Mardis, PhD

The Genome Institute
Washington University School of Medicine

Keynote Speaker
Imatinib as a Paradigm of Molecularly Targeted Cancer Therapies

Brian Druker, MD

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute


Duane Roth Award

Presented by Congressman Scott Peters

Congressman Scott Peters serves California'a 52nd Congressional District, which includes the cities of Coronado, Poway, and most of northern San Diego. First elected in 2012, he currently serves on the House committees on Armed Services & on Science, Space, & Technology Committee.


A novel bispecific antibody targeting EGFR and cMet with multiple mechanisms of action

Mark Anderson, PhD

Scientific Director
Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Advancing the Utility of Clinic Sequencing for MDS

Rafael Bejar, MD, PhD

Moores Cancer Center

Welcome and Overview

David Brenner, MD

UCSD School of Medicine

Reversing Drug Resistance in Cancer Stemness

David Cheresh, PhD

Moores Cancer Center

Napoleon in Rags and the Language that he Used: the New World of Immunotherapy in Head and Neck Cancer

Ezra Cohen, MD

Moores Cancer Center

Targeting tumor-associated inflammation in cancer

Lisa Coussens, PhD

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

Melanoma Patients Path: Translations to the Clinic

Gregory Daniels, MD

Moores Cancer Center

Combining VEGF inhibitors with strategies to manipulate the immune system in cancer

Napoleone Ferrara, MD

Moores Cancer Center

ePatients on the Front Lines: Precision Medicine, the FDA, and Me

Janet Freeman-Daily

Patient Advocacy

The Cancer Cell Map Initiative (CCMI) - Mapping the hallmark networks of cancer

Trey Ideker, PhD

UC San Diego

Bringing Btk inhibition forward

Danelle James, MD, MAS

Head of Oncology
Pharmacyclics

Preclinical and Clinical Cancer Stem Cell Detection and Elimination

Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD

Moores Cancer Center

Welcome and Overview

Pradeep Khosla, PhD

UC San Diego

Drugging the Undrugable: KRAS

D. Lynn Kirkpatrick, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer
PHusis Therapeutics Inc.

Finding the Money to Fund Translational Research

Bob Klein

President, Founder, and CEO
Klein Financial Corporation

Welcome and Overview

Scott Lippman, MD

Moores Cancer Center

CIRM 2.0. Building a better stem cell agency

C. Randal Mills, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

A More Beautiful Question

Brad Perkins, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Human Longevity, Inc.

Engineering the immune system with chimeric antigen receptors to eradicate cancer

Margo Roberts, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer
Kite Pharma

Development of Next Generation Angiogenesis Inhibitors

Charles Theuer, MD, PhD

Chief Executive Officer
TRACON Pharmaceuticals

Targeting PI3Kgamma and BTK to suppress tumor-associated inflammation

Judith Varner, PhD

Moores Cancer Center


If you have any questions, including registration, or are interested in sponsorship, please contact Leisa at lsutton@ucsd.edu. Thank you!


Symposium Agenda

Please note, there has been a change in the schedule.

8:30AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00AM

Symposium Organizer Welcome
  • Ida Deichaite, PhD, Moores Cancer Center
9:05AM

Director Welcome
  • Scott Lippman, MD, Moores Cancer Center
9:10AM

School of Medicine Welcome
  • David Brenner, MD, UC San Diego School of Medicine
9:15AM

Chancellor Welcome
  • Pradeep Khosla, PhD, UC San Diego
9:20AM

San Diego Welcome
  • Scott Peters, Congressman
  • Congressman Scott Peters serves California’s 52nd Congressional District, which includes the cities of Coronado, Poway and most of northern San Diego. First elected in 2012, he currently serves on the House committees on Armed Services & on Science, Space, & Technology Committee.
9:25AM

  • Finding the Money to Fund Translational Research
    Bob Klein, Klein Financial Corporation
9:45AM

Duane Roth Award
  • Presented by Rep. Scott Peters
9:50AM

Keynote Presentation:
  • Imatinib as a Paradigm of Molecularly Targeted Cancer Therapies
    Brian Druker, MD, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
10:20AM

Break
10:35AM

  • Engineering the immune system with chimeric antigen receptors to eradicate cancer
    Margo Roberts, PhD, Kite Pharma
10:50AM

  • Drugging the Undrugable: KRAS
    D. Lynn Kirkpatrick, PhD, PHusis Pharmaceuticals
11:05AM

  • ePatients on the Front Lines: Precision Medicine, the FDA, and Me
    Janet Freeman-Daily, MS, ENG, Patient Advocacy
11:15AM

Keynote Presentation:
  • Cancer Genomics: Turning Discovery into Translation
    Elaine Mardis, PhD, The Genome Institute, Washington University School of Medicine
11:45AM

  • Advancing the Utility of Clinic Sequencing for MDS
    Rafael Bejar, MD, PhD, Moores Cancer Center
12:00PM

Lunch & Poster Session
1:15PM

  • The Cancer Cell Map Initiative (CCMI) - Mapping the hallmark networks of cancer
    Trey Ideker, PhD, UC San Diego
1:30PM

  • A More Beautiful Question
    Brad Perkins, MD, Human Longevity, Inc.
1:45PM

  • A novel bispecific antibody targeting EGFR and cMet with multiple mechanisms of action
    Mark Anderson, PhD, Janssen Pharmaceuticals
2:00PM

  • Napoleon in Rags and the Language that he Used: the New World of Immunotherapy in Head and Neck Cancer
    Ezra Cohen, MD, Moores Cancer Center
2:15PM

  • Melanoma Patients Path: Translations to the Clinic
    Gregory Daniels, MD, Moores Cancer Center
2:30PM

  • Targeting tumor-associated inflammation in cancer
    Lisa M. Coussens, PhD, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
2:45PM

  • Targeting PI3Kgamma and BTK to suppress tumor-associated inflammation
    Judith Varner, PhD, Moores Cancer Center
3:00PM

Break
3:20PM

  • Combining VEGF inhibitors with strategies to manipulate the immune system in cancer
    Napoleone Ferrara, MD, Moores Cancer Center
3:35PM

  • Development of Next Generation Angiogenesis Inhibitors
    Charles Theuer, MD, PhD, TRACON Pharmaceuticals
3:50PM

  • Bringing Btk inhibition forward
    Danelle James, MD, MAS, Pharmacyclics
4:05PM

  • CIRM 2.0. Building a better stem cell agency
    C. Randal Mills, PhD, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
4:20PM

  • Reversing Drug Resistance in Cancer Stemness
    David Cheresh, PhD, Moores Cancer Center
4:35PM

  • Preclinical and Clinical Cancer Stem Cell Detection and Elimination
    Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD, Moores Cancer Center
5:00PM

Symposium Reception




Speaker Biographies


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Keynote Speaker:
Elaine R. Mardis, PhD
Robert E. and Louise F. Dunn Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Co-Director, The Genome Institute of Washington University School of Medicine
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Keynote Speaker:
Brian J. Druker, MD
JELD-WEN Chair of Leukemia Research, Oregon Health & Science University
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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Mark Anderson, PhD
Scientific Director, Janssen Research & Development
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Rafael Bejar, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology Oncology
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
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David Brenner, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences
Dean, UC San Diego School of Medicine
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David Cheresh, PhD
Distinguished Professor & Vice Chair of Pathology
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
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Ezra Cohen, MD
Professor of Medicine & Associate Director for Translational Science
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
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Lisa M. Coussens, PhD
Hildegard Lamfrom Chair in Basic Science
Professor and Chair, Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology
Associate Director for Basic Research, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
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Gregory Daniels, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology Oncology
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
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Napoleone Ferrara, MD
Distinguished Professor of Pathology & Senior Deputy Director for Basic Science
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
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Janet Freeman-Daily
Writer, Speaker, Science Geek, Lung Cancer Patient
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Trey Ideker, PhD
Division Chief of Medical Genetics
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Bioengineering, UC San Diego
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Danelle James, MD, MAS
Head of Oncology, Pharmacyclics
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Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Division of Hematology-Oncology
Deputy Director, Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center
Chief, Division of Regenerative Medicine, UC San Diego
Director, Stem Cell Research at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
Co-Director of the UC San Diego Stem Cell Training Program
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Pradeep Khosla, PhD
Chancellor, UC San Diego
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D. Lynn Kirkpatrick, PhD
President and CEO, PHusis Therapeutics Inc.
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Robert Klein
President, Founder, and CEO, Klein Financial Corporation
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Scott Lippman, MD
Professor of Medicine, Senior Associate Dean and
Associate Vice Chancellor for Cancer Research and Care
Chugai Pharmaceutical Chair in Cancer, Director, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
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C. Randal Mills, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
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Brad Perkins, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Human Longevity, Inc.
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Margo Roberts, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, Kite Pharma
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Charles Theuer, MD, PhD
President and CEO, Tracon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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Judith Varner, PhD
Professor of Pathology, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
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Symposium Press


San Diego ABC 10 News reporter Michael Chen interviewed San Diego resident Heather Clark, a patient of Moores Cancer Center, along with Ida Deichaite, Director of Industry Relations & Symposium Organizer, in a video report about the I-SPY Clinical Trial and Symposium. The I-SPY Clinical Trial is lead by 2014 Symposium Keynote Speaker and Principle Investigator Laura Esserman, MD, MBA. For the video, see here.




“When you go to an international cancer symposium with 30,000 people, it’s hard to get to the real champion of a project and get their individualized attention. The Moores Cancer Center Translational Oncology Symposium is much more intimate. Industry and academia are on equal footing and there are plenty of opportunities for informal discussions when a lot of synergies develop and collaborations begin or grow.”

- Catriona Jamieson, Ph.D., M.D.,
Director of Stem Cell Research at Moores Cancer Center


The MCC Translational Oncology Symposium is designed as an international forum to foster introductions, stimulate productive conversations among people of complementary interests and galvanize collaborations that will have a profound impact on patient health. It’s a melding of minds in the field of cancer research. Represented will be many of the different skill sets needed to bring a new drug to market – from the lab, through the commercialization process to the patient’s bedside.

Hear from global thought leaders in some of the most promising frontiers of research and treatment, including immunotherapy, antibodies and personalized medicine. Meet top academic researchers, renowned clinicians, and top business development professionals and scientists from the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies and innovative biotechnology companies working in oncology.

In a global environment of budget cuts, including investment in scientific research, industry/academia collaborations are crucial to leverage resources and expertise. In its first ten years, the MCC Translational Oncology Symposium has shown great success in forging collaborations that are speeding drug development times and saving lives:

  • Collaboration between Pfizer and MCC led to a multisite international clinical trial of a sonic hedgehog inhibitor. One patient who was told she had just months to live is alive three years later and has undergone a bone marrow transplant after participating in the trial.
  • Collaboration between San Diego-based TargeGen, MCC and Stanford University, which sped the development of a JAK2 inhibitor and led to the acquisition of TargeGen.




Symposium Organizers and Chairs


Symposium Organizers:

Scott Lippman, MD
Director
UCSD Moores Cancer Center


Symposium Chair:

David Cheresh, PhD
Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Alliances,
Distinguished Professor of Pathology
UCSD Moores Cancer Center



Ida Deichaite, PhD
Director, Industry Relations
UCSD Moores Cancer Center


Symposium Co-Chair:

Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine,
Chief, Division of Regenerative Medicine
Deputy Director, Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center
Director, Moores Cancer Center Stem Cell Research Program UCSD Moores Cancer Center










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