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Bringing together global experts in a new series of senior leadership, virtual panel discussions on precision oncology and precision medicine.
Just 60 mins – a bitesize chunk, easy to fit into your diary.
Welcome to Our New Virtual Panel Series
COVID-19 has had an immeasurable impact upon the way we communicate and share ideas with little or no human interaction at live in-person conferences. If we have learned one thing from the pandemic it is the fact that collaboration is critical – what we have been saying for years about precision medicine if it is to become a ubiquitous reality. Our virtual panel sessions provide a platform to hear from the leaders in the field in an open, interactive format, rather than just through PowerPoint presentations. This format, along with ample time for discussion, we find provides a more collaborative approach than just watching a slide-deck remotely.
Precision Medicine Forum and Precision Oncology Forum - Virtual Panel Series aims to educate and offer perspectives to the clinicians, researchers, industry and patient groups and those within their respective institutions who are tasked with building the necessary systems and solutions to harness the full potential of precision medicine.
We convene a group of experts from a range of disciplines within precision medicine, and via a moderated discussion, allow unique insights in a relaxed, interactive environment. Our platform allows for audience Q&A, polls, and open discussion amongst the panellists to create a fully immersive experience. Our attendee research confirms that it is difficult to retain interest while sat at a laptop for hours on end, so our bi-weekly 60 min. sessions help to make each session more interactive, with greater flexibility to fit into attendees’ busy schedules and ensure increased attendee retention for the full session.
With so many different healthcare systems and research techniques available to us globally, we feel it is important to ensure we are reaching an audience during their working day. As such, for each of the topics we have a 60 min. session in the European time zone (with European speakers), followed later in the day in the US time zone with US speakers.
- 4-6 panellists
- 60 min sessions
- Candid conversation amongst KOLs
- Free to attend
- Live and on-demand
- Thought leadership, NOT sales pitches
October 22, 2020
The Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer Treatment and Screening
- Quantifying the impact of COVID-19 on cancer screening, tests, and treatments
- Creating a safe environment for cancer patients as we emerge from lock-down:
- rebuilding trust and encouraging people to seek help
- managing treatment for international patients
- Ramping up screening and effectively clearing the backlog
- Developing a strategy to increase hospital testing capacity, increase turn-around times, and prioritise effectively
- Assessing the collateral damage to cancer patients due to global pandemics
- What lessons have we learned and how can these be applied to future localised restrictions and pandemics?
- Dr Antonio Calles, Medical Oncologist, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón
- Dorothy Erlanger, Chair of the Patient Advocate Committee, National Cancer Institute
- Prof Justin Stebbing, Professor of Cancer Medicine and Oncology, Consultant Oncologist, Imperial College and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
- Dorothy Erlanger, Chair of the Patient Advocate Committee, National Cancer Institute
- Dr Len Lichtenfeld, (Former) Deputy Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society
- Dr Maurie Markman, President, Medicine and Science, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
November 5, 2020
Moving Beyond Genomics – The Development of Functional or Systems Precision Medicine
Genomic proﬁling is driving the development of precision medicine, particularly with regards to oncology. However, a key challenge is being able to match effective drugs to genomic proﬁles, which are often complex and unique to each patient. Furthermore, even when it is possible to target certain genes, it is not always clear which one should be prioritised, or which drug would be most effective.
This session will explore how the development and application of functional analysis could be used as a precision medicine tool alongside genomic-focused approaches to improve targeted drug development and accelerate clinical implementation.
- Dr Päivi Östling, Associate Professor & Co-Principal Investigator, Kallioniemi Research Group, SciLifeLab
- Dr Sigrid Skånland, Lab Leader & Researcher, Institute of Cancer Research, Oslo University Hospital
- Prof Dr Krister Wennerberg, Biotech Research & Innovation Centre (BRIC), University of Copenhagen
November 12, 2020
Molecular Tumour Boards and Virtual Molecular Tumour Boards to Enable Individual Personalised Treatment Decisions
The clinical and molecular heterogeneity of tumours and their evolution after diagnosis and treatment presents major challenges to effective cancer therapy. Understanding what 'steps' a cell must take to become cancerous, as well as the influence of external factors such as inherited genetic factors, metabolic profiles, and lifestyle factors, and being able to unravel the mechanisms of drug resistance are all fundamental to the development of precision oncology strategies.
Molecular Tumour Boards play an increasingly critical role in cancer diagnosis and treatment and advances in these, including the development of virtual molecular tumour boards (vMTB), will further enable the development of new solutions in oncology clinical practice.
- Maud Kamal, Scientific Manager, Department of Drug Development and Innovation (D3i), Institut Curie
- Prof Dr Janne Lehtiö, Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Scientific Director, Science for Life Laboratory & Board of Directors, Karolinska Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Julien Masliah Planchon, Molecular Biologist, Institut Curie
- Dr David Tamborero, Researcher, Dept of Oncology-Pathology, Karolinska Institutet
- Benedikt Westphalen, Head, Molecular Diagnostics and Therapy Program and the Molecular Tumor Board, CCC München – Comprehensive Cancer Center
December 3, 2020
The Impact of COVID-19 on Clinical Trials in Oncology
- Quantifying the impact of COVID-19 on clinical trials and treatment pipelines
- Keeping patient safety at the forefront: Determining what conditions need to be met before clinical trials can safely restart
- Effectively prioritising which trials should be restarted first
- Are there positive lessons to be learnt? Evaluating the use of remote data collection, video consultation and home treatments and their potential future use
- Dr Capucine Baldini, Medical Oncologist, Drug Development (DITEP), Institut de Cancérologie Gustave Roussy
- Prof Robert Jones MBChB PhD, Head, Cancer Clinical Trials Unit, Scotland, & Cancer Research UK Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit
- Eibhlín Mulroe, Chief Executive, Cancer Trials Ireland
- Dr Razelle Kurzrock, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Director, Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy and Rare Tumor Clinic, Associate Director, Clinical Science Leader, Experimental Therapeutics, UCSD Moores Cancer Center
- Archana Sah, Vice President, Head of Clinical Development Operations, Tizona Therapeutics Chair, Oncology Board, Society for Clinical Research Sites
December 17, 2020
Immuno-Oncology: Exploring Advances in Developing Cancer Immunotherapies
There are huge expectations for cancer immunotherapies and their potential to manipulate the patient’s own immune system in order to fight tumour cells and treat the disease. Whilst much progress has been made in this area, there have also been set-backs and the price, hope and hype associated with cancer immunotherapy places a lot of pressure on clinicians. This session will explore new approaches for optimising response and minimising resistance to cancer immunotherapies.
- Assessing the type of cancer to which immunotherapy will be most beneficial and implementing it in a personalised approach:
- developing different therapies for different patients and cancers
- determining likely timescales for regulatory guidance for actively personalised immunotherapies
- Exploring the evolution and development of CAR-T cells for effective immunotherapy and precision oncology:
- identifying novel targets for CAR-T cells
- Increasing their effectiveness for solid tumours
- Examining the potential of neoantigens for cancer immunotherapy
January 7, 2021
The Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer Research
- Exploring ways to fill the funding gap from lost donations and fundraising
- Examining Government support available in different nations
- how can funders and institutions support scientists and ensure the healthy future of research?
- Key steps for getting research labs up and running
- Prioritising research
January 13, 2021
Managing the Legal, Regulatory & Ethical Implications of Sharing and Using Data
(Patient, Biological & Healthcare Data)
- Determining the extent to which current GDPR and other data regulations are sufficient to cover the use of patient data:
- how does specific provision for scientific research within General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) differ across European countries
- what frameworks, principles and norms have so far been developed to ensure an ethical approach to data sharing in health research?
- what additional data governance requirements might be needed?
- Addressing ethical concerns with regards to patient privacy and confidentiality and ensuring any potential risks are transparent to all concerned - to what extent is anonymisation whilst allowing effective use of patient data achievable?
- Managing the balance between patient privacy rights and the benefits of data-sharing
- understanding patients’ expectations of research and the societal benefits and value from it
- how do we generate and maintain patient trust with regards to their personal information?
- Exploring the current and potential uses of AI and digital technologies for healthcare data and the implications of this:
- legal and regulatory compliance
- patient trust & engagement
- Prof Dr Ana Nordberg, Associate Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Lund University
- Dr Marjut Salokannel docent, Founding Partner, Salokannel Research & Consulting SaReCo Oy
January 21, 2021
Optimising Strategies for Sharing, Analysing & Interpreting Patient & Clinical Data
A vital step in the advancement of precision medicine is the effective analysis and interpretation of real-life data, extracting meaningful information from large volumes of complex data in order to give the clinician a carefully refined list of targets and actionable insights, thus aiding their decision-making. This session will discuss best practice in the collection, analysis and management of data and exploiting new data tools in order to drive real change in clinical practice.
- Identifying the most useful types of data to collect, and the key obstacles to effective access and sharing:
- overcoming the challenges of harmonising biomarker data
- Exploring the use of real-world data (RWD) and learning from patients who do not respond as expected
- Discussing the potential of AI and digital technologies for collecting and analysing patient and clinical data
- Overcoming the complexity of reporting actionable targets
January 28, 2021
Examining How Healthcare Systems Need to Adapt in Order to Truly Deliver Precision Medicine
- Assessing the infrastructure, data and technology changes required to current healthcare systems in order to deliver a precision medicine approach
- Research / Clinic interaction: Exploring how to translate broad genomic and multi-omic profiling data into actionable insights that can be used in clinics
- Discovering innovative ways of reorganising healthcare systems with limited resources
- Developing and implementing precision medicine communication & training programmes for healthcare professionals (HCPs)
- Bogi Eliasen, Associated Partner, Health & Medicine, Genetics & Genomics, Public Policy, Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies
February 4, 2021
Innovative Clinical Trial Design for Precision Oncology
New approaches to clinical trials have the potential to accelerate research and drug development so that the right therapies can rapidly be delivered to the right patients. However, there are a number of issues affecting progress such as regulatory and reimbursement constraints due to the cost and complexity of clinical trial design. This session will explore key issues including:
- The latest thinking in clinical trial design: platform, umbrella, basket, histology-agnostic and incorporating AI into trial design
- Exploring what changes need to be made to current trial design to better enable a precision approach
- Integrating real-world data with other information sources to select the “right” patients
- What do payers need to see in order to fund and support access to targeted therapy?
- Enabling patient empowerment in the clinical trial and drug development process
February 11, 2021
Unlocking the True Potential of Multi-Omics Data Through Integrated Bio-Informatics
- Identifying the key challenges in multi-omics data utilisation and possible solutions
- Assembling the right “toolbox” for optimum data integration and analysis:
- developing robust and transparent bioinformatic pipelines to provide timely and useful clinical information
- using new data analysis tools to gain better insights from the information available
- techniques for reporting the findings in a coherent and useful way
- Exploring new methods for integrating genetic data from different sources to find the meaningful overlap:
- selecting the most relevant variables from different -omics datasets and samples
- techniques for extracting common information from different datasets for the same patients and classifying patients
- Successfully translating multi-omics data into clinically actionable biomarkers
March 4, 2021
Augmenting the Role of the Pathologist with AI to Drive Precision Oncology
- Addressing the issue of a lack of labelled data
- Examining how to facilitate regulatory approval
- Outlining the key reimbursement challenges and how these can be overcome
- Exploring future opportunities for precision oncology through the use of AI and innovative technologies
March 25, 2021
When will PGx Testing Hit a Home Run? Still Too Many Regulatory Curve Balls?
- The availability of PGx tests at an affordable cost and in a timely manner
- The standardization of PGx testing and reporting
- Educational opportunities to improve the understanding of which test to order, when to order tests and how to interpret the results
- Mitigation of polypharmacy
- Access to EMR systems providing CDS and to guidelines for PGx-informed prescription
- Evidence of clinical utility and cost-effectiveness applicable to the pertinent clinical setting
April 22, 2021
The Rise and Rise of Telemedicine
- Exploring the impact COVID-19 has had on the increased use of tele-medicine - has it forced the payers’ hand?
- Tangible examples of the benefits (geographic, lockdown, accessibility)
- Overcoming regulatory, commercial, infrastructural hurdles
- Easing the load on clinicians and the wider healthcare system
May 6, 2021
Big Data and Predictive Analytics to Determine Patient Risk in Oncology
- Predictive analytics in clinical decision support and genomic risk stratification
- Addressing the gaps in risk stratification strategies in oncology
- Overcoming the research, technical, and regulatory barriers that hamper applications of analytics in oncology
May 13, 2021
Successfully Integrating AI and Digital Healthcare into Hospitals
- Assessing the requirements for implementing AI and digital technologies into clinics: procurement; infrastructure; stakeholder and user understanding
- Examining how you effectively develop, validate, and utilise AI decision support systems in clinical practice
- Developing and communicating an understanding for physicians, patients, and other stakeholders as to the role that AI can realistically play in health care: avoiding the risk of AI technologies becoming a “black box”
- Determining how healthcare institutions can implement AI and new technology solutions within highly regulated environments and severely restricted budgets
June 10, 2021
Assessing the Role and Impact of AI in Accelerating New Drug Discovery & Development
- Examining the extent to which AI and machine learning are being used currently in healthcare and early drug discovery and development
- To what extent can the real impact of this be measured?
- Harnessing the potential of AI to overcome traditional bottle-necks and accelerate new drug discovery and development – what are the next steps?