Microbiome Connect : Gut Therapeutics 2021

Microbiome Connect: Where innovation meets industry

Overcome challenges in R&D and manufacturing within the gut microbiome field

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Why Attend

Microbiome Connect: Gut Therapeutics is back, face to face for the first time since 2019! This year, you will see numerous sessions dedicated to answering the arising challenges in both R&D and manufacturing.

The new 2021 dedicated manufacturing stream will provide you with the essential knowledge required to upskill your manufacturing capabilities. Attendees will hear from the FDA, Takeda, 4D Pharma, BiomX and more, who will share thoughts on best practices on manufacturing LBP's and provide solutions in overcoming difficulties in upscaling regulatory clearance and batch consistency. So take advantage of joining industry leaders who are here to help develop your product pipeline.

The R&D stream will provide solutions to the hurdles in clinical progression, pipeline expansion and analytical standardization. This is an opportunity for you to; optimize patient outcomes by learning to leverage parallel microbiome modulating with Scaled Microbiomics, BiomX and Servactus and progress in clinical trials by identifying different biomarkers with Rebiotix & Takeda. Finally, get ready to take your product to the market by learning from Seres, Finch Therapeutics, Evelo Biosciences and Vedanta Biosciences on the pipeline development of C.difficle.

Join us for two full days of innovation, discussion, and networking opportunities to further develop your knowledge and business opportunities in the gut microbiome therapeutics field.

200+
Attendees
50+
Leading Top Speakers
10+
Hours of Dedicated Networking

What's new for 2021

1. A dedicated manufacturing stream.

Witness a showcase of solutions to scaling up your bacterial fermentation operation, highlighting the different culturing methodologies, along with discussions regarding commercialisation preparation!

2. Join the microbiome biomarker conversation.

We will hear from companies like Takeda, Merck, and the PRI to discuss the clinical future of the microbiome as a diagnostic and endpoint, as well as examining how the industry can and should develop standardised biomarkers.

3. From clinical to conference!

Find leading biotech’s, discussing their latest clinical updates, mechanistic data, experimental methods, and clinical trial design.

Who Will Be There

20%
Academics
50%
Biotech
10%
Pharma
20%
CDMO, CRO and Bioinformatics Companies

Academics

Biotech

Pharma

CDMO, CRO and Bioinformatics Companies

EVENT SCHEDULE

Find out the full speaker lineup for the first face to face event since 2019 for Microbiome Connect: Gut Therapeutics.

Please fill out the short form, which will give you access to download the schedule and keep up to date with event highlights. You will discover our leading industry speakers, as well as our new 2021 dedicated manufacturing stream.

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By attending the conference, you will learn to:

  • Evaluate LBP regulatory challenges to establish principles for batch consistency, meet GMP standards and more with Peter Marks, Director for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the FDA
  • Establish what factors are essential in choosing the right CDMO partner to progress to the market with gaining insight from Takeda, Finch Therapeutics and Schauer Biologics
  • Scale your product from bench to industrial scale with Christophe Carite, Development Director from 4D Pharma
  • Join Scaled Microbiomics, BiomX and Servactus to leverage parallel microbiome modulating approaches to optimize patient outcomes
  • Translate the lessons learned in pipeline development to take C. difficile focused therapeutics to the market with Seres, Finch Therapeutics, Evelo Biosciences and Vedanta Biosciences
  • Expand possible solutions of tracking the modality of microbiome therapeutics with the identification of different biomarkers from Rebiotix, Takeda and more
  • Future-proof your pipeline with insight on future trends from Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Merck Life Sciences
  • Improve patient stratification and outcomes as Everimmune, Diwakar Davar and MaaT Pharma examine the applications of the gut microbiome in immuno-oncology

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2021 Speakers

 

Peter Marks

Director
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, FDA

Peter Marks received his graduate degree in cell and molecular biology and his medical degree at New York University and completed Internal Medicine residency and Hematology/Medical Oncology training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He has worked in academic settings teaching and caring for patients and in industry on drug development.  He joined the FDA in 2012 as Deputy Center Director for CBER and became Center Director in January 2016.

Peter Marks

Director
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, FDA

Peter Marks

Director
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, FDA

Peter Marks received his graduate degree in cell and molecular biology and his medical degree at New York University and completed Internal Medicine residency and Hematology/Medical Oncology training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He has worked in academic settings teaching and caring for patients and in industry on drug development.  He joined the FDA in 2012 as Deputy Center Director for CBER and became Center Director in January 2016.

 

Nikole Kimes

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
Siolta Therapeutics,

Nikole E. Kimes, Ph.D. is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Siolta Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotech company located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Siolta is developing novel microbiome-based therapeutics and diagnostics for the prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases, starting with atopic diseases. Dr.

Nikole Kimes

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
Siolta Therapeutics,

Nikole Kimes

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
Siolta Therapeutics,

Nikole E. Kimes, Ph.D. is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Siolta Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotech company located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Siolta is developing novel microbiome-based therapeutics and diagnostics for the prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases, starting with atopic diseases. Dr. Kimes leads the executive, clinical and scientific teams, working with a talented team of scientists and clinicians, blending microbiology, immunology, bioinformatics, and clinical operations expertise to leverage microbiome data for the improvement of patient stratification and development of precision microbial therapeutics. An inventor of Siolta's technology, her research in co-founder Dr. Susan Lynch's lab at UCSF provided the foundation from which the translational research program at Siolta Therapeutics has developed. 

 

 

 

Diwaker Daver

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine University of Pittsburgh

Bio: Dr. Davar is a translational oncologist whose research interests lies in translational cancer immunotherapy and early-phase clinical trials. He has been instrumental in the development of first-in-human studies evaluating novel agents targeting TIGIT, GITR, TIM-3, CTLA-3 and other immune checkpoints. Based on emerging data implicating intestinal dysbiosis in mediating non-response to PD-1 blockade, he developed a protocol evaluating fecal microbiota transplant in combination with PD-1 blockade to treat PD-1 non-responders.

Diwaker Daver

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine University of Pittsburgh

Diwaker Daver

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine University of Pittsburgh

Bio: Dr. Davar is a translational oncologist whose research interests lies in translational cancer immunotherapy and early-phase clinical trials. He has been instrumental in the development of first-in-human studies evaluating novel agents targeting TIGIT, GITR, TIM-3, CTLA-3 and other immune checkpoints. Based on emerging data implicating intestinal dysbiosis in mediating non-response to PD-1 blockade, he developed a protocol evaluating fecal microbiota transplant in combination with PD-1 blockade to treat PD-1 non-responders. This first-in-human study was selected for funding by Merck to support the clinical costs. Results demonstrating that microbiome modulation reversed primary resistance to anti-PD-1 and augmented anti-tumor immunity were recently published in Science.

 

Colleen Cutliffe

CEO & Founder
Pendulum Therapeutics

Colleen Cutliffe

CEO & Founder
Pendulum Therapeutics

Colleen Cutliffe

CEO & Founder
Pendulum Therapeutics
 

Joseph Maxwell

Associate Director of Translational Research and Biomarkers
Takeda

Dr. Maxwell trained as an immunologist at Oregon State University and the University of Connecticut Health Center. He spent 15 years supporting early target discovery and program leadership at Amgen, AbbVie, and Finch Therapeutics with an emphasis in inflammatory bowel disease. He is currently an Associate Director of Translational Research and Biomarkers at Takeda supporting clinical programs testing microbiome therapies and other novel modalities in IBD and celiac disease.

Joseph Maxwell

Associate Director of Translational Research and Biomarkers
Takeda

Joseph Maxwell

Associate Director of Translational Research and Biomarkers
Takeda

Dr. Maxwell trained as an immunologist at Oregon State University and the University of Connecticut Health Center. He spent 15 years supporting early target discovery and program leadership at Amgen, AbbVie, and Finch Therapeutics with an emphasis in inflammatory bowel disease. He is currently an Associate Director of Translational Research and Biomarkers at Takeda supporting clinical programs testing microbiome therapies and other novel modalities in IBD and celiac disease.

 

Ken Blount

CSO & VP of Microbiome Research
Rebiotix

Ken Blount, PhD, is a seasoned director of collaborative research programs in biotech, pharma, clinical, and academic research settings, and his scientific expertise includes antibiotics discovery and development, fecal microbiome analysis, translational medical oncology, and RNA-targeting therapeutics. Prior to joining Rebiotix, Dr. Blount coordinated translational urologic oncology research for the Yale Cancer Center.

Ken Blount

CSO & VP of Microbiome Research
Rebiotix

Ken Blount

CSO & VP of Microbiome Research
Rebiotix

Ken Blount, PhD, is a seasoned director of collaborative research programs in biotech, pharma, clinical, and academic research settings, and his scientific expertise includes antibiotics discovery and development, fecal microbiome analysis, translational medical oncology, and RNA-targeting therapeutics. Prior to joining Rebiotix, Dr. Blount coordinated translational urologic oncology research for the Yale Cancer Center. Previously, he was a cofounder and the Director of Biology at BioRelix, a venture-backed Connecticut biotech that developed new antibiotics to target structured bacterial messenger RNAs. At BioRelix, Dr. Blount led a combined force of internal scientists and external resources that delivered development candidates for treating Clostridium difficile infections. Dr. Blount received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Arkansas and earned a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Colorado Boulder, after which he completed an NIH post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California San Diego.

 

 

Sonia Timberlake

Senior Vice President of research
Finch Therapeutics

Sonia is the Senior Vice President of Research at Finch Therapeutics. Sonia is an expert at designing NGS-based algorithms for applications in microbial genomics, immunogenomics, and evolution. Prior to joining Finch, she built and managed AbVitro's computational algorithms and infrastructure, supporting high throughput single-cell immune phenotyping and repertoire sequencing technology.

Sonia Timberlake

Senior Vice President of research
Finch Therapeutics

Sonia Timberlake

Senior Vice President of research
Finch Therapeutics

Sonia is the Senior Vice President of Research at Finch Therapeutics. Sonia is an expert at designing NGS-based algorithms for applications in microbial genomics, immunogenomics, and evolution. Prior to joining Finch, she built and managed AbVitro's computational algorithms and infrastructure, supporting high throughput single-cell immune phenotyping and repertoire sequencing technology. This technology platform was acquired by Juno Therapeutics, where Sonia led a multidisciplinary team to harness native adaptive immune responses for developing engineered cell therapies in oncology. 

 

Sonia graduated from Caltech with a B.Sc in Molecular Biology and received her Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from MIT. 

 

Matthew Henn

Executive VP, Chief Scientific Officer
Seres

Matthew Henn is the Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Seres Therapeutics. He has over 20 years of combined research experience in microbial ecology, genomics and bioinformatics that spans both environmental and human disease applications. He has been involved in the discovery and clinical development of multiple microbiome therapeutics including all of Seres’ product candidates and has authored over 65 peer-reviewed publications.

Matthew Henn

Executive VP, Chief Scientific Officer
Seres

Matthew Henn

Executive VP, Chief Scientific Officer
Seres

Matthew Henn is the Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Seres Therapeutics. He has over 20 years of combined research experience in microbial ecology, genomics and bioinformatics that spans both environmental and human disease applications. He has been involved in the discovery and clinical development of multiple microbiome therapeutics including all of Seres’ product candidates and has authored over 65 peer-reviewed publications. His research has focused on microbial physiology and the functional role of microbes in both environmental and human disease applications, and on the development of genomic and functional tools to study microbial systems. Prior to helping launch Seres in 2012, he was the Director of Viral Genomics and Assistant Director of the Genome Sequencing Center for Infectious Diseases at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.  He has served on various NIH working groups on antimicrobial resistance and microbiome research, as a scientific advisor for NIH’s Viral Pathogen Bioinformatics Resource Center, and as an ad-hoc reviewer and editor of various peer-reviewed journals.  He currently serves on the scientific advisory board of Growcentia, Inc., an agricultural microbiome company. Dr. Henn earned his B.S. in ecology and evolutionary sciences from the University of New Hampshire and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a NASA Earth Systems Sciences Fellow, and trained as an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University.

 

Grégory Lambert

VP & CEO Research and Development
Targedys

Pharmacist and Ph.D. in pharmaceutical technology, Gregory’s carrier is split between Biotech and Pharma where he occupied the positions of Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Executive Officer. Gregory drove the development of a number of drugs, medical devices and food supplement from the laboratory to market. Since 2014, Gregory is the CEO of TargEDys.

Grégory Lambert

VP & CEO Research and Development
Targedys

Grégory Lambert

VP & CEO Research and Development
Targedys

Pharmacist and Ph.D. in pharmaceutical technology, Gregory’s carrier is split between Biotech and Pharma where he occupied the positions of Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Executive Officer. Gregory drove the development of a number of drugs, medical devices and food supplement from the laboratory to market. Since 2014, Gregory is the CEO of TargEDys.

 

Staffan Stromberg

CEO
Infant Bacterial Therapeutics

Staffan Stromberg

CEO
Infant Bacterial Therapeutics

Staffan Stromberg

CEO
Infant Bacterial Therapeutics
 

Aaron Anselmo

Assistant Professor
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Aaron Anselmo

Assistant Professor
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Aaron Anselmo

Assistant Professor
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 

Anita Patel Jusnes

Chief Commercial Officer
Genetic Analysis

Anita Patel Jusnes

Chief Commercial Officer
Genetic Analysis

Anita Patel Jusnes

Chief Commercial Officer
Genetic Analysis
 

Carole Schwintner

Chief Technical Officer
MaaT Pharma

Carole Schwintner

Chief Technical Officer
MaaT Pharma

Carole Schwintner

Chief Technical Officer
MaaT Pharma
 

Denise Kelly

Consultant
Seventure

Denise Kelly

Consultant
Seventure

Denise Kelly

Consultant
Seventure
 

John Weinberg

Chief Medical Officer
MaaT Pharma

John Weinberg

Chief Medical Officer
MaaT Pharma

John Weinberg

Chief Medical Officer
MaaT Pharma
 

Rochellys Diaz Heijtz

Associate Professor
Karolinska Institute

Rochellys Diaz Heijtz

Associate Professor
Karolinska Institute

Rochellys Diaz Heijtz

Associate Professor
Karolinska Institute
 

Romaine Daillere

Co-Founder & Head of Preclinical Research
Everimmune

Romain Daillère completed his PhD in 2015 in the laboratory of Professor Laurence Zitvogel at the Gustave Roussy Cancer Campus (GRCC), Villejuif-Grand Paris/France. His research focuses on the complex interplay between gut microbiota and the efficacy of anticancer regimens. He previously graduated as a biotechnology engineer at the Ecole Supérieure de Biotechnology de Strasbourg (Trinational School of Strasbourg), and worked at the Ragon Institute of MIT, MGH and Harvard in Boston. Co-founder of EverImmune. Co-Inventor of EverImmune Technology.

Romaine Daillere

Co-Founder & Head of Preclinical Research
Everimmune

Romaine Daillere

Co-Founder & Head of Preclinical Research
Everimmune

Romain Daillère completed his PhD in 2015 in the laboratory of Professor Laurence Zitvogel at the Gustave Roussy Cancer Campus (GRCC), Villejuif-Grand Paris/France. His research focuses on the complex interplay between gut microbiota and the efficacy of anticancer regimens. He previously graduated as a biotechnology engineer at the Ecole Supérieure de Biotechnology de Strasbourg (Trinational School of Strasbourg), and worked at the Ragon Institute of MIT, MGH and Harvard in Boston. Co-founder of EverImmune. Co-Inventor of EverImmune Technology. He currently acts as head of the preclinical research of EverImmune.

 

Ruth Luna Ann

Assistant Professor
Baylor College of Medicine

Ruth Luna Ann

Assistant Professor
Baylor College of Medicine

Ruth Luna Ann

Assistant Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
 

Henrik Bjørn Nielsen

CEO
Clinical Microbiomics

Henrik Bjørn Nielsen

CEO
Clinical Microbiomics

Henrik Bjørn Nielsen

CEO
Clinical Microbiomics
 

Julius Geopp

Founder and CEO
Scaled Microbiomics, LLC

Julius Goepp is the founder and CEO of Scaled Microbiomics, LLC, a pre-clinical stage biotech company focused on passive immunotherapy in the microbiome. Dr. Goepp trained in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital, Boston, and in Pediatric Infectious Disease at Johns Hopkins, where he was active in the promotion of Oral Rehydration Therapy for childhood diarrheal disease. In 2017, he founded Scaled Microbiomics after recognizing the potential for microbiome modulation through the use of little-known avian antibodies, or IgY.

Julius Geopp

Founder and CEO
Scaled Microbiomics, LLC

Julius Geopp

Founder and CEO
Scaled Microbiomics, LLC

Julius Goepp is the founder and CEO of Scaled Microbiomics, LLC, a pre-clinical stage biotech company focused on passive immunotherapy in the microbiome. Dr. Goepp trained in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital, Boston, and in Pediatric Infectious Disease at Johns Hopkins, where he was active in the promotion of Oral Rehydration Therapy for childhood diarrheal disease. In 2017, he founded Scaled Microbiomics after recognizing the potential for microbiome modulation through the use of little-known avian antibodies, or IgY. Since that time, his energies have been devoted to exploring the characteristics of those antibodies and developing a drug discovery platform based on their use as selective immunomodulators of complex microbiome signaling pathways and event cascades.

 

Bernat Olle

CEO
Vedanta Biosciences

Dr. Olle is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Biosciences. He has been a member of the founding teams of several companies of the PureTech portfolio and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Vedanta Biosciences and Follica Biosciences.

 

Bernat Olle

CEO
Vedanta Biosciences

Bernat Olle

CEO
Vedanta Biosciences

Dr. Olle is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Biosciences. He has been a member of the founding teams of several companies of the PureTech portfolio and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Vedanta Biosciences and Follica Biosciences.

 

In 2013 Dr. Olle was named "Innovator of the Year" in MIT Technology Review Spain's "Innovators under 35" awards. He completed his doctoral work at the Chemical Engineering Department at MIT, where he developed a novel method for large-scale bacterial culture. During his graduate work, Dr. Olle was awarded the "la Caixa" fellowship. Dr. Olle received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Universitat Rovira i Virgili, in the Republic of Catalonia, his M.S. and PhD. in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT, and his M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has published his work in journals including Nature and Nature Biotechnology.

 

James Adams

President’s Professor
Arizona state University

James B. Adams, Ph.D., is the Director of the Autism/Asperger's Research Program at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the medical causes of autism and how to treat and prevent it including the areas of nutrition (vitamins/minerals, essential fatty acids, carnitine, digestive enzymes, special diets), oxidative stress, gut problems, gut bacteria, toxic metals, and seizures.

James Adams

President’s Professor
Arizona state University

James Adams

President’s Professor
Arizona state University

James B. Adams, Ph.D., is the Director of the Autism/Asperger's Research Program at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the medical causes of autism and how to treat and prevent it including the areas of nutrition (vitamins/minerals, essential fatty acids, carnitine, digestive enzymes, special diets), oxidative stress, gut problems, gut bacteria, toxic metals, and seizures.   He has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles, including over 50 related to autism.  He is also the President of the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, the President of the Autism Nutrition Research Center, the co-leader of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Autism Research Institute, and chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Neurological Health Foundation.  He has an adult daughter with autism.

 

 

Jonathan Solomon

CEO
BiomX

Jonathan Solomon

CEO
BiomX

Jonathan Solomon

CEO
BiomX
 

Michal Daniely

Director, Head of Microbiome Initiative
MilliporeSigma

Michal is the Director of the Microbiome Initiative within Merck KGaA. In this role, she is responsible for developing technologies and products to advance microbiome research. Over the past 4 years, Michal has been deeply involved in shaping the company’s strategy within the microbiome research field to support the growing need in this market. The company is using core technologies such as microbial fermentation, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), Mass Spectrometry (MS) for metabolomics & proteomics and more, to develop tools for microbiome researchers around the globe.

Michal Daniely

Director, Head of Microbiome Initiative
MilliporeSigma

Michal Daniely

Director, Head of Microbiome Initiative
MilliporeSigma

Michal is the Director of the Microbiome Initiative within Merck KGaA. In this role, she is responsible for developing technologies and products to advance microbiome research. Over the past 4 years, Michal has been deeply involved in shaping the company’s strategy within the microbiome research field to support the growing need in this market. The company is using core technologies such as microbial fermentation, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), Mass Spectrometry (MS) for metabolomics & proteomics and more, to develop tools for microbiome researchers around the globe. Michal earned her PhD degree in Human Genetics from the Sackler Medical School, Tel Aviv University, Israel. She is the author of many peer review papers and is bringing significant scientific experience. Prior to joining Merck KGaA, she held different roles in medical device and pharma companies, where she managed the R&D activities. 

 

 

Wayne Finlayson

CEO
Servatus

Wayne has extensive scientific and commercial corporate experience from over 35years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector. Knowledge in regulatory structures and requirements, and experience in commercialisation of biotechnology, and the practical application of science for the creation of commercial enterprises. Wayne spent his early career years as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of California, Berkley, following completion of a PhD in Organic Chemistry from La Trobe University.

Wayne Finlayson

CEO
Servatus

Wayne Finlayson

CEO
Servatus

Wayne has extensive scientific and commercial corporate experience from over 35years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector. Knowledge in regulatory structures and requirements, and experience in commercialisation of biotechnology, and the practical application of science for the creation of commercial enterprises. Wayne spent his early career years as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of California, Berkley, following completion of a PhD in Organic Chemistry from La Trobe University. He progressed from initial roles focusing on pure scientific research to more managerial positions in the science and technology sector, including executive director of Both (NASDAQ)and ASX listed companies. Wayne founded Progen Pharmaceuticals in the early 1990’s and was managing director and CEO. After his time at Progen Pharmaceuticals, he worked as a technology investment consultant for high profile clients (including large investment firms) with responsibility for ensuring readiness of investee companies for public listing or other investment. Wayne’s experience, spanning the entire breadth of the biotechnology business spectrum, from post-doctoral researcher, to company founder and CEO, to investment consultant in the Biotechnology sector, means he has a thorough and well-rounded understanding of the challenges and expectations which need to be met to create and successfully commercialise biotechnological and pharmaceutical enterprises.

 

 

Stewart Campbell

CEO
Axial Biotherapeutics

Dr. Campbell joined Axial in 2016 as Vice President of Research & Development, and was appointed the company’s CEO in February 2021. in 27+ years in the pharma/biotech industry, Dr. Campbell held various leadership roles at Boehringer-Ingelheim, Insmed, Surface Logix, Ancora/Corden Pharma and Axial, Dr. Campbell has played an integral role in the discovery and development of eight clinical stage drug candidates, including the Rho kinase inhibitor belumosudil and TAK-607 (rIGF-1/BP-3). During his career Dr. Campbell has been co-inventor on 20 issued patents.

Stewart Campbell

CEO
Axial Biotherapeutics

Stewart Campbell

CEO
Axial Biotherapeutics

Dr. Campbell joined Axial in 2016 as Vice President of Research & Development, and was appointed the company’s CEO in February 2021. in 27+ years in the pharma/biotech industry, Dr. Campbell held various leadership roles at Boehringer-Ingelheim, Insmed, Surface Logix, Ancora/Corden Pharma and Axial, Dr. Campbell has played an integral role in the discovery and development of eight clinical stage drug candidates, including the Rho kinase inhibitor belumosudil and TAK-607 (rIGF-1/BP-3). During his career Dr. Campbell has been co-inventor on 20 issued patents. He holds a BSc with Honors in Chemistry from St. Francis Xavier University, a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Queen’s University (Canada), and did post-doctoral research at Duke University.

 

 

 

Christopher Carite

CMC & Development SVP
4D Pharma

Christophe is a French citizen graduated in industrial pharmacy (PharmD), Microbiology and Business Administration. He has started his industrial career as plant manager for Lallemand Bacteria Division early ninety, then occupied various positions in R&D and Marketing in B2B of Pharmaceuticals Ingredients.

Christopher Carite

CMC & Development SVP
4D Pharma

Christopher Carite

CMC & Development SVP
4D Pharma

Christophe is a French citizen graduated in industrial pharmacy (PharmD), Microbiology and Business Administration. He has started his industrial career as plant manager for Lallemand Bacteria Division early ninety, then occupied various positions in R&D and Marketing in B2B of Pharmaceuticals Ingredients. He has joined 4D pharma at the early beginning of the company in 2014 and he has assumed the challenge to produce  freeze dried strict anaerobic bacteria at the industrial scale level ( 3500 L fermentor, 5 to 20m2 Freeze dryer) to deliver high concentrated LBPs  to patients (> 1010 CFU/caps, shelf life up to 2 years) recognised by several patent families granted. In addition, Christophe has integrated “in house” all 4D pharma Manufacturing and Controls under inspected cGMP.

Right now, he assume the position of Process development/CMC Director and member of 4D Pharma Executive team reporting directly to the CEO.

 

Federico Bolognani

VP and Head,Clinical Science
Axial Therapeutics

Dr. Bolognani joined Axial Therapeutics in Nov. 2020 bringing with him over 20 years of experience in translational neuroscience research in academia, pharmaceutical and the biotechnology industries. Most recently, Federico served as the Vice President and Head of Clinical Science at VectivBio in Basel, Switzerland. Prior to VectivBio AG, Dr. Bolognani was VP and Head of Clinical Science at Therachon AG, which was acquired by Pfizer in 2019. Prior to Therachon, Dr. Bolognani held various senior-level positions at Roche.  As Translation Medicine Leader, Dr.

Federico Bolognani

VP and Head,Clinical Science
Axial Therapeutics

Federico Bolognani

VP and Head,Clinical Science
Axial Therapeutics

Dr. Bolognani joined Axial Therapeutics in Nov. 2020 bringing with him over 20 years of experience in translational neuroscience research in academia, pharmaceutical and the biotechnology industries. Most recently, Federico served as the Vice President and Head of Clinical Science at VectivBio in Basel, Switzerland. Prior to VectivBio AG, Dr. Bolognani was VP and Head of Clinical Science at Therachon AG, which was acquired by Pfizer in 2019. Prior to Therachon, Dr. Bolognani held various senior-level positions at Roche.  As Translation Medicine Leader, Dr. Bolognani led several of Roche’s programs in neuroscience, including the successful Phase 2 balovaptan program in autism spectrum disorder, which was granted Breakthrough Designation in 2018. Dr. Bolognani received his Ph.D. and M.D. from Universidad Nacional de La Pata, Argentina and has an extensive scientific publication record in translational neuroscience research.

 

Magali Cordaillat

Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Director
Pharmabiotics Research Institute

Dr. Magali Cordaillat-Simmons earned her PhD in 2005 at the Université Paris V René Descartes, France, in Pharmacology, and her second Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs at the Strasbourg Pharmacy School in 2014. Following her doctoral work with Pr.

Magali Cordaillat

Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Director
Pharmabiotics Research Institute

Magali Cordaillat

Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Director
Pharmabiotics Research Institute

Dr. Magali Cordaillat-Simmons earned her PhD in 2005 at the Université Paris V René Descartes, France, in Pharmacology, and her second Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs at the Strasbourg Pharmacy School in 2014. Following her doctoral work with Pr. Ariel Gomez in pediatric nephrology at the University of Virginia from 2006 to 2009, Magali joined the newly-created Pharmabiotic Research Institute (PRI), which is an industrial-scientific Association dedicated to supporting the field in the development and registration of microbiome-based medicinal products for the European market. As Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Director, and in close collaboration with the PRI’s more than 80 industry members and academic partners, she oversees the organization’s EU-wide initiatives, which include EU-funded R&I projects, national and EU-level scientific advice request dossiers, and collaborative Task Group work on shared challenges for the field (CMC, standardization efforts, clinical design).

 

Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown

Director
Biodesign Center for Health Through Microbiomes

Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown is the director of the Biodesign Center for Health Through Microbiomes and a Professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and The Built Environment, at Arizona State University.  She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown

Director
Biodesign Center for Health Through Microbiomes

Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown

Director
Biodesign Center for Health Through Microbiomes

Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown is the director of the Biodesign Center for Health Through Microbiomes and a Professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and The Built Environment, at Arizona State University.  She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech. She was awarded an NSF CAREER award, was selected Fulton Engineering Exemplar Faculty, and was recently awarded Arizona Researcher of the year by AZBio highly cited researcher in her field by Web of Science.  She has funding for her research from many federal agencies including NIH, DoE, DoD, and NSF.  She is a pioneer in research on gut microbiome and autism. She is author of 4 patents and more than 115 peer-reviewed publications.  She specializes on molecular microbial ecology for bioremediation, the use of microbial systems for bioenergy production, and the human intestinal microbial ecology and its relationship to obesity, bariatric surgery, metabolism, and autism.

 

 

Christopher Missling

President & CEO
Anavex Life Sciences

Christopher U Missling, PhD is President and CEO of Anavex Life Sciences, has over 20 years of healthcare industry experience within large pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Prior to joining Anavex, he served as Officer at Curis and ImmunoGen and previously at Aventis (now Sanofi). Christopher’s work is dedicated to finding potential cures for rare neurodevelopmental diseases, like Rett syndrome, autism spectrum disorder as well as degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease by utilizing precision medicine. Dr.

Christopher Missling

President & CEO
Anavex Life Sciences

Christopher Missling

President & CEO
Anavex Life Sciences

Christopher U Missling, PhD is President and CEO of Anavex Life Sciences, has over 20 years of healthcare industry experience within large pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Prior to joining Anavex, he served as Officer at Curis and ImmunoGen and previously at Aventis (now Sanofi). Christopher’s work is dedicated to finding potential cures for rare neurodevelopmental diseases, like Rett syndrome, autism spectrum disorder as well as degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease by utilizing precision medicine. Dr. Missling is working with his team to advance new potential treatments through clinical trials involving the respective patient’s advocacy groups. Dr. Missling has an MS and PhD from the University of Munich in Chemistry and an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and WHU.

 

 

Dirk Gevers

Global Head
Janssen Human Microbiome Institute, Janssen Research & Development

Dirk Gevers, Ph.D., is Global Head of the Microbiome Solutions team. As a team, we combine our pioneering expertise in the microbiome with the drug discovery, product development, and commercialization know-how of a leading global healthcare company. Together with our colleagues across Janssen and Johnson & Johnson, we have the knowledge and resources to identify the most promising innovations taking place across the microbiome ecosystem and help our partners translate early-stage innovations into product concepts and, ultimately, new solutions with the power to impact human health.

Dirk Gevers

Global Head
Janssen Human Microbiome Institute, Janssen Research & Development

Dirk Gevers

Global Head
Janssen Human Microbiome Institute, Janssen Research & Development

Dirk Gevers, Ph.D., is Global Head of the Microbiome Solutions team. As a team, we combine our pioneering expertise in the microbiome with the drug discovery, product development, and commercialization know-how of a leading global healthcare company. Together with our colleagues across Janssen and Johnson & Johnson, we have the knowledge and resources to identify the most promising innovations taking place across the microbiome ecosystem and help our partners translate early-stage innovations into product concepts and, ultimately, new solutions with the power to impact human health. Dirk joined from his previous role as Senior Group Leader of Microbial Systems and Communities at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. In this position, Dirk served as a scientific liaison between different organizational components, including the Broad Institute’s data generation platforms and both clinical and analytical collaborators on a number of microbiome-related projects. Dirk’s research efforts at the Broad Institute included the characterization of the microbial imbalance associated with diseases such as Crohn’s disease, type 1 diabetes and colorectal cancer. He was also involved with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Microbiome Project (HMP), holding a leading role in the Data Analysis Working Group, consisting of over 50 investigators focused on human microbiome research. Dirk received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Ghent University (UGent), Belgium, and completed postdoctoral training at UGent and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in bioinformatics, comparative and evolutionary genome analysis and microbial ecolog

 

Erick Pierstaff

Program Director
National Science Foundation

Erick Pierstaff joined the NSF as Program Director in November 2019. Prior to NSF, he was Chief of Operations and led Research and Development at O-Ray Pharma, where he focused on integrating biology and biomedical engineering for the goal of drug development and sustained drug delivery for the treatment of hearing loss and other ear disorders. During his time working at early stage companies, he helped secure both Angel investment and non-dilutive funding in the form of licensing and co-development deals.

Erick Pierstaff

Program Director
National Science Foundation

Erick Pierstaff

Program Director
National Science Foundation

Erick Pierstaff joined the NSF as Program Director in November 2019. Prior to NSF, he was Chief of Operations and led Research and Development at O-Ray Pharma, where he focused on integrating biology and biomedical engineering for the goal of drug development and sustained drug delivery for the treatment of hearing loss and other ear disorders. During his time working at early stage companies, he helped secure both Angel investment and non-dilutive funding in the form of licensing and co-development deals. Additionally, he served as Principal Investigator on several Phase I, II and IIB SBIR grants from the National Institutes of Health and NSF. His research interests have focused on the intersection of the biotic and abiotic, spanning molecular and cell biology, materials science, gene therapy, nanomaterials and drug delivery. Erik has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Biology from Emory University.

 

Gokul Swaminathan

Principal Scientist, Merck Exploratory Science Center
Merck

Gokul Swaminathan received his Ph.D. degree in microbiology & immunology from Drexel University. At Drexel, he uncovered the interplay between innate immune receptors, non-coding RNAs, HIV-1 infection. For his post-doctoral work, Dr. Swaminathan joined Merck Research Laboratories and trained at the vaccines division at Merck & Co. Inc, West Point, PA. After 2 years of post-doc work, he accepted a senior scientist position within the same group at Merck, West Point.

Gokul Swaminathan

Principal Scientist, Merck Exploratory Science Center
Merck

Gokul Swaminathan

Principal Scientist, Merck Exploratory Science Center
Merck

Gokul Swaminathan received his Ph.D. degree in microbiology & immunology from Drexel University. At Drexel, he uncovered the interplay between innate immune receptors, non-coding RNAs, HIV-1 infection. For his post-doctoral work, Dr. Swaminathan joined Merck Research Laboratories and trained at the vaccines division at Merck & Co. Inc, West Point, PA. After 2 years of post-doc work, he accepted a senior scientist position within the same group at Merck, West Point. While at Merck WP, Gokul was focused on uncovering the mode-of-action of novel lipid nanoparticle (LNP) based vaccine formulations in the context of viral infections and immuno-oncology. In 2016, Gokul transitioned into a new role at the new Merck Exploratory Science Center (ESC) in Cambridge, MA, where he is currently a principal scientist in the investigational biology group. At the Cambridge ESC, he leads innovative clinical & pre-clinical programs aimed at understanding the influence of the microbiome on the host immune system.

 

Rangaprasad Sarangarajan

CSO
Metabolon

Rangaprasad Sarangarajan

CSO
Metabolon

Rangaprasad Sarangarajan

CSO
Metabolon

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