Programme 2019
Cancer Precision Medicine Forum
2-3 December 2019, Berlin

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DAY 1 - Monday December 2, 2019
Registration and Refreshments
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Session One


Examining the Influence of Current Regulatory & Policy Frameworks in Facilitating the Progress & Implementation of Precision Oncology

This opening session will discuss the backdrop of national regulatory and policy frameworks enabling the advancement of precision oncology, examining the barriers and possible solutions being found to overcome these. A panel of leading experts will share their own perspectives on the following points, followed by extended audience Q&A discussion.

  • Identifying the current legal, regulatory and ethical obstacles restricting the advancement of precision medicine
  • Exploring ways in which regulatory frameworks need to adapt to overcome these obstacles, and enable innovation and delivery, esp with regards to:
    • data access and sharing
    • the use of AI and machine learning in precision oncology
  • Examining how the disease and drug classification and reimbursement system could change to enable a broader, biological approach
  • Assessing the effectiveness of European Reference Networks and how these could be enhanced and aligned with national healthcare systems:
    • how close are we to enabling cancer treatment across borders?

 Chair: Dr Martina Kaufmann, Managing Director, Martina Kaufmann Strategic Consulting


 Dr Marisca Marian, Global Access Strategy Leader, Bayer Oncology

 Dr Tuula Helander, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Social Affairs & Health and Secretary General, Finnish Cancer Institute

 Prof Dr Klaus Cichutek, President, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut

 Dr Denis Lacombe, Director General, European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)

 Prof Dr Ulrik Lassen, Head of Department of Oncology, Rigshospitalet

Session Two


The EU Approach to Personalised Medicine in Oncology

Barbara Kerstiens, Head of Unit “Combatting Diseases”, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Session Three


Advancing Precision Medicine Through Partnerships, Collaboration & Funding Initiatives

The effective implementation of precision medicine needs collaborative approaches, both national and cross-border. Identifying and bringing together different stakeholders, and finding appropriate financial mechanisms are key elements; as well as a need to encourage multi-institutional and cross-border collaboration and facilitate transparent and effective data-sharing. This session will explore what can, and is being, achieved, through different European projects and what further lessons could perhaps be learnt from international experiences..

Chair: Dr Johanna Mattson, Director & Physician-in-Chief, Helsinki University Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center


 Prof Stefan Fröhling, Acting Managing Director, National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg & Head, Division of Translational Medical Oncology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

 Prof Dr Nisar P. Malek, Medical Director, Center for Personalised Medicine (ZPM), University Hospital Tübingen

 Dr John Rowell, Chief Operational Officer, Cancer Core Europe

 Prof Dr Lars Bullinger, Professor in Personalized Medicine, Charité Comprehensive Cancer  Center & Leader WP2, HARMONY Alliance

 Dr Jutta Heix, Head of International Affairs, Oslo Cancer Cluster

Barbara Kerstiens, Head of Unit “Combatting Diseases”, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Refreshments and Networking
Delegates move to their chosen roundtable session
Roundtable Discussion Session

This session is intended to give participants the opportunity to discuss a specific topic in a more informal, participative format. Delegates may choose one roundtable to attend, and each table will be led by a facilitator who will outline some structured points for discussion and encourage optimum debate and exchange of ideas.

A. The Policy Perspective: Precision Oncology Requires Innovation in HTA Legislation & Regulation

 Tobias Helmstorf, Head of Global Oncology Policy, Bayer

B. Computational Biology for Drug Discovery: Leveraging Cancer Genomics Data to Aid Discovery of Novel Targets and Biomarkers

 Joshua Armenia, Senior Scientist Oncology Bioinformatics, AstraZeneca

C. Innovative Approaches to Clinical Trial Design

 Prof Dr Kjetil Taskén, Head & Director, Institute for Cancer Research - Norwegian Radium Hospital and Group Leader, Dept of Cancer Immunology, Oslo University Hospital. Professor, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo

D. Immuno-Oncology: Exploring Advances in Cancer Immunotherapies

 Prof Dr Jonas Nilsson, Professor of Experimental Cancer Surgery & Director, Sahlgrenska Cancer Center, University of Gothenburg

E. Liquid Biopsy: Circulating Tumour DNA & Bloodborne Biomarkers as Diagnostic Tools

 Dr Leticia De Mattos-Arruda, Principal Investigator & Group Leader Precision Oncology Research, IRSICAIXA Foundation, Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol

F. Making it a Reality: Implementing Precision Oncology into Clinical Practice

 Prof Dr Ulrik Lassen,Head of Department of Oncology, Rigshospitalet

G. The Patient’s Perspective: Patients as a Driving-Force to Advance Precision Medicine

 Dr Bettina Ryll, Member, ESMO & Founder, Melanoma Patient Network Europe

Roundtable Feedback

Each roundtable facilitator will briefly share the key learning points from their table discussion with the audience.


Close of Day One followed by a Complimentary Networking Drinks Reception

DAY 2 - Tuesday December 3, 2019
Welcome Refreshments and Networking
Opening Remarks from the Chair
Session Four


Innovations in Data Gathering & Effective Clinical Trial Design

A greater understanding of disease and the realisation that cancer can no longer be defined in basic terms, is having a significant impact on clinical trials and drug development. Innovations in clinical trial design, and better understanding how to classify patients, including selection for novel cancer immunotherapies, has the potential to accelerate research and drug development so that the right therapies can rapidly be delivered to the right patients.

However, new approaches to clinical trials and the development of precision oncology require a change in the approach to research and data-gathering and its application to clinical practice. There is a growing need to analyse a broader range of clinical outcomes within research, treatment evaluation and reimbursement decisions. This session will explore the implications of re-thinking clinical trial design and some of the results already being achieved.

 Chair: Dr Everardo D Saad, Medical Director, International Drug Development Institute - IDDI


 Prof Andrew V. Biankin, Regius Professor of Surgery, Director, Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Centre, Executive Director, International Cancer Genome Consortium, Director, Glasgow Precision Oncology Laboratory, Chair, Precision-Panc Therapeutic Development Platform, University of Glasgow

 Dr C. Benedikt Westphalen, Head, Molecular Diagnostics and Therapy Program and Molecular Tumor Board, CCC München – Comprehensive Cancer Center, University Hospital Munich

Refreshments and Networking
Session Five


Applying a Better Understanding of Tumour Molecular Heterogeneity & Evolution to Enable the Development of New Solutions in Oncology Clinical Practice

The understanding of tumour structure and evolution in cancer is fundamental to the advancement of precision oncology, enabling the identification of genomic alteration in key genes and pathways that can then be targeted with appropriate therapies. However molecular heterogeneity presents major challenges to effective cancer therapy and much effort is still needed to understand the molecular biology and clinical behaviour of heterogeneous and constantly evolving tumours and unravel the mechanisms of drug resistance in order to drive the development of effective precision strategies.

 Chair: Prof Dr Kjetil Taskén, Head & Director,Institute for Cancer Research - Norwegian Radium Hospital and Group Leader, Dept of Cancer Immunology, Oslo University Hospital. Professor, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo


 Dr Maud Kamal, Scientific Manager, Department of Drug Development and Innovation (D3i), Institut Curie

 Prof Sibylle Mittnacht, Professor of Molecular Cancer Biology, UCL Cancer Institute

 Prof Dr Albrecht Stenzinger, Head of the IPH Center for Molecular Pathology, Institute of Pathology & Translational Lung Research Center, University Hospital Heidelberg

Session Six


The Economics of Precision Medicine – Achieving a Balance Between Establishing Value & Optimum Patient Care

A significant barrier to the advancement of precision medicine in practice is regarding economics, the perception of “value” and developing effective reimbursement mechanisms to meet the requirements of the payer. This session will examine the potential challenges encountered when demonstrating the economic case for precision oncology and assess the key criteria on which decisions on where to invest are made. It will also discuss solutions for deploying new evidence-based testing and technologies quickly and efficiently, and managing the difficult balance between value economics and optimum patient care.

 Chair: Prof Dr Axel C. Mühlbacher, Professor Health Economics and Medicine Management,  Institute for Health Economics and Health Care Management, Hochschule Neubrandenburg


 Dr Bettina Ryll, Member, ESMO Founder, Melanoma Patient Network Europe

 Dr Gerhard Schillinger, Specialist in Neurosurgery & Head of Medical Staff, AOK-Bundesverband

Networking Lunch
Session Seven


Emerging Innovations to Achieve Advanced Oncology Diagnostics & Precision Treatment Options
This session will explore advances in, and the application of, innovative technologies and research developments, which can enable earlier cancer diagnosis as well as a wider range of precision treatment options and likely outcomes.

 Chair: Dr Donna Graham, Consultant in Experimental Cancer Medicine, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust & Hon. Clinical Lecturer, University of Manchester

Clinical Decision Support & Analytics Tools in Precision Oncology - Changing the Paradigm in Evidence Generation?

 Prof Dr Okan Ekinci, Chief Medical Officer, Roche Diagnostics Information Solutions, adjunct Professor of Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland

Exploring How to Move towards Precision Immunotherapy

 Prof Dr Ulrich Keilholz, Professor of Medical Oncology & Director, Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center

Innovations in Imaging Technology and Radiology to Advance Precision Oncology

Prof Eric Aboagye, Professor of Cancer Pharmacology & Molecular Imaging and Director, CRUK-EPSRC-MRC-NIHR Comprehensive Cancer Imaging Centre, Imperial College London

Challenges, Opportunities and Newest Applications for Molecular Tumour Diagnostics

  Dr Christian Ruiz, Head Diagnostic Laboratory Department, Medical Genetics & Pathology & Co-Director Research Department, Pathology, University Hospital Basel

Closing Remarks from the Chair
Close of Conference - Refreshments will be served
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