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Dr. Nimish Gera, Head of Biologics at Mythic Therapeutics, sits down with Christina Lingham, Executive Director of Conferences and Fellow at Cambridge Healthtech Institute, in this Episode of the Chain to talk about how the developability of bispecific antibodies topic came about, how the field is changing, new bispecific molecules coming through t…
 
Rene Hoet is working for over 20 years in Biotech and Pharma Industry focusing on Antibody Research and development. Since April 1 2021 Rene works as Chief Scientific Officer at Montis Biosciences, Leuven, Belgium to develop the next generation Immuno-Oncology drugs using a novel approach interfering in the Tumor Endothelial Cell and Perivascular M…
 
A University of Alabama Birmingham researcher was frustrated with inconsistent solutions and processes for purifying unique proteins and set out to develop a new approach for high throughput protein purification. Thus was the seed idea for TriAltus Bioscience, which aims to bring protein purification technology from the research bench to the produc…
 
The Chain looks back to earlier this year when researchers virtually convened on the one-year anniversary of the first documented case of COVID-19 in the United States. This episode brings you a panel discussion from PepTalk Protein Science and Production Week, moderated by Karla Satchell, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Co-Director of the Cente…
 
Nancy Sajjadi joins The Chain to share her quality control knowledge and experience of adopting a quality-by-design approach for assays. We discuss how the focus of her QC work has changed through the years, and what kind of challenges she foresees as the cell and gene therapy fields move forward. Ms. Sajjadi talks about consulting with clients who…
 
In this episode, Dr. Willem Overwijk returns for a conversation with Dr. Éric Vivier. Dr. Vivier is a professor of immunology at Aix-Marseille and a hospital practitioner at Marseille Public University Hospital. Éric Vivier is also the Chief Scientific Officer at Innate Pharma, a clinical-stage biotech company that creates novel antibodies that act…
 
This episode of The Chain features a live panel discussion moderated by Erica Ollmann Saphire, PhD of La Jolla Institute for Immunology. Expert panelists from academia and government assess the COVID-19 antibody and vaccine development thus far, including what did and did not go well during the pandemic. They also look towards the future and the ro…
 
The Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases at Northwestern University was prepared for COVID-19 long before the United States economy shut down. Now over a year since COVID-19 was first recorded in the U.S., co-director Dr. Karla Satchell speaks with The Chain about the role of structural genomics in preparing for disease outbreak an…
 
Linoleic acid is an essential free fatty acid in the human body and its metabolic pathway is central to immune regulation and inflammation – which are also key symptoms in COVID-19. Using cryo-electron microscopy, Christine Toelzer’s research identified linoleic acid bound to a hydrophobic pocket of the SARS-CoV-2 glycoprotein. Christine shares her…
 
In this episode we talk with Dennis Karthaus of IBA Lifesciences about his early science interests and pursing his PhD. His passion for marine biology eventually led him on a path to study biotechnology, where he now focuses on protein expression and purification. Specifically, tag-based purification that can help researchers increase lab productiv…
 
In a roundtable discussion, three experts bring perspectives on different methods for generating antibodies, including generating antibodies from naive libraries, patients, and immunizations. They discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the advantages of refocusing on infectious disease research. As well as the importance of having ready …
 
The purification requirements in the biopharmaceutical industry will be even more demanding in the coming years due to increased awareness of product-related impurities like oligomers, variants, positional isomers, and glycoforms. These impurities need to be separated from the final product. Dr. Raja Ghosh’s work focuses on the design and developme…
 
On this episode of The Chain, Dr. Willem Overwijk shares his personal experience of his recent transition from academia to industry, and the differences between the two. Dr. Overwijk moved to industry, in part, to follow his research interest in a specific molecule that he had been working on since graduate studies: interleukin-2. Thanks to advance…
 
Dr. Dimiter Dimitrov, Director of the Center for Antibody Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh, sits down with The Chain to discuss his research and its relevance to the current pandemic. His work focuses on human VH domains, which in contrast to the animal antibody domains, like llama and shark, may have lower probability of immunogenicity…
 
Dan Chen returns for the Science Commune segment and speaks with Dr. Peter Marks, Director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). Dr. Marks reflects on his fortuitous path from academia to industry to government, plus the differences between each area. Dr. Marks explains the research and regulatory role of CBER, especiall…
 
Christian Klein is a longtime and key member of the protein and antibody community. In this episode, he speaks with Executive Conference Producer, Christina Lingham, on how the field has changed since their first collaboration. Dr. Klein offers an overview of the latest applications of bispecific antibodies, including the latest progress of clinica…
 
There are no bad ideas in developing bioanalytical testing, says Jim McNally, CSO of BioAgilytix. Not all ideas will work, of course. But he has found that it is the outside-the-box ideas that often turn out to be the solution in challenging assay work. Dr. McNally speaks with The Chain about his background in bioanalytical testing and supporting c…
 
There are some proteins that still evade scientists in the race for better therapeutics. Some of the most elusive drug targets in cancer research are RAS oncoproteins. In a paper published this July, researchers demonstrated the delivery of an extremely potent pan-RAS-cleaving enzyme, opening the door for the first targeted pan-RAS inhibitor for ca…
 
Carolyn Bertozzi grew up in a science family with a physicist father. But it was organic chemistry that “clicked” for Carolyn and started her down the path of understanding biology at a molecular level. Daniel Chen and Carolyn Bertozzi discuss her work in glycobiology. Bertozzi’s research finds that glycosylation has consequences in immune modulati…
 
What was science like before the shift to big data technology? How did biologists learn about cells before we could do high throughput gene analysis? What we can learn about how to problem solve from those who helped get us to where we are today? In this Science Commune episode, Dr. Rik Derynck helps us answer those questions by sharing his stories…
 
In this Science Commune segment, Dr. Daniel Chen and Dr. Pablo Umaña discuss what it means to be both a scientist and an engineer while utilizing principles from both disciplines to solve problems and advance innovation.By Cambridge Healthtech Institute
 
Sara Mangsbo is Entrepreneur of the Year, but her journey to success is much more than one title or one year. She shares the process and her biggest takeaways of building a company that is developing novel immunotherapies to fight cancer.By PEGS Summit
 
The coronavirus has swept the globe, bringing governments, economies, and society to its knees. Infectious disease expert, Dr. Rita Rio discusses current suppression policies and long-term implications for the public, as well as healthcare systems and the scientific community.By Cambridge Healthtech Institute
 
Today’s episode features a conversation with Dr. Tatiana Novobrantseva, Co-Founder and CSO of Verseau Therapeutics. In this interview, we discuss five trends in the development of cancer immunotherapies and how these will impact patients and biopharmaceutical research and development.By Cambridge Healthtech Institute
 
Science Commune is a segment of The Chain that goes beyond the science and explores the people making discoveries. We discuss their career paths, passions, and the people who inspired them along the way. Join Dr. Daniel Chen as he speaks with Dr. Bruce Keyt, who is the Chief Scientific Officer at IGM Biosciences about connections between engineers,…
 
Hank Greely, JD is a leading expert in law, and particularly its applications in scientific advancement, and the ethical concerns brought about by gene editing, specifically. Recent events, including the He Jiankui case, have captured international attention as the scientific community, national governments, and citizens of the world ask, “How far …
 
Today’s episode continues the conversation with the 2019 and 2020 PEGS Young Scientist Keynote speakers, focusing on the challenges of their day to day work, the translation of major biotherapeutic and vaccine projects into the clinic and tips for young scientists considering careers in the field.By PEGS Summit
 
Prof. Matthew Lungren shares his stories on how he got to where he is now and where his artificial intelligent inspiration for medicine comes from. He also talks about many great collaborations at the Stanford Center in precision medicine and what he’s looking to see more in this field in the next 5 years. For more information, please visit https:/…
 
Some scientists dream of genes. Cenk Ündey dreams of intelligent data flow through the value-added chain of biotherapeutic protein development. Ündey is an Executive Director of Process Development at Amgen. He sits down with The Chain to describe a system of streamlined and effective data management at every step: From molecule delivery to working…
 
Gene therapy presents a promising path ahead for patients of rare diseases. The United States Food and Drug Administration’s Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Dr. Peter Marks discusses his work advancing production and availability of gene therapies for rare disorders, and the unique challenges to producing efficacious t…
 
One of the greatest afflictions associated with cancer is its spread throughout the body and organs, known as metastasis. What if a therapeutic could be engineered to block the pathway of metastasis, thus blocking cancer’s progress? This is precisely the crux of Dr. Jamie Spangler’s research. Her group has, first, delineated cancer’s pathway, and, …
 
Javin Oza observed the separation of scientists and engineers on university campuses, at conferences, and in classrooms. Yet he also noted that advances in biochemistry require perspectives from both bioengineers and lab scientists. Oza’s current research aims to bridge the gap between these thought-approaches to bring about advancements in cell-fr…
 
Dr. Paolo Arosio Professor of Biochemical Engineering at ETH Zurich speaks to Nandini Kashyap, Conference Director at CHI about his love for building blocks and how he is applying microfluidics to solve challenges in biologics product development. They discuss the role of protein aggregation and developability in taking the molecules from a sequenc…
 
Versatope Therapeutics, Inc. was recently awarded up to $17.9 million by the NIH to develop a universal influenza vaccine. CEO and Co-Founder, Dr. Christopher Locher walks us through the early days of Versatope, and how it has come to be a key player in the fight for influenza prevention. He shares the story of a start-up from inception to the fron…
 
Dr Parren speaks about advances in the field of T cell engaging bispecifics. Recent advances in bispecific antibody production and clinic successes have resulted in increased interest, but several disadvantages remain when targeting via CD3, the most common approach. CD3 is present on all T cells which means there is poor specificity and activity, …
 
Dr. Massimo Morbidelli is giving the Keynote Presentation in the “Protein Purification Technologies” conference that’s part of CHI’s 11th annual PEGS Summit Europe in Lisbon Portugal. Dr. Morbidelli is an internally recognized expert in protein purification, and shares his insights about continuous processing, its applications, challenges and futur…
 
Dr. Lars Linden will be presenting during the Optimisation & Developability conference at PEGS Europe Summit, November 18-22, in Lisbon, Portugal. He speaks with CHI on August 6, 2019 to share his current responsibilities and how they have and will continue to evolve, especially with AI and machine learning in the horizon. Topics discussed include …
 
Over fifty years since its first use, Dr. Marco Casteleijn breaks down the resurgence of cell-free protein synthesis and its application across industries, including VTT’s research of cell-free proteins for pharma and the fashion industry. Plus, we discuss the importance of science writing to describe discoveries and communicate findings with funde…
 
Science Commune is a segment of The Chain that goes beyond the science and explores the people making discoveries. We discuss their career paths, passions, and the people who inspired them along the way. Join Daniel Chen as he speaks with Teemu Junttila of Genentech about how his childhood in Finland inspired his work today with bispecific antibodi…
 
Bjørn Voldborg of the Technical University of Denmark speaks to CHI on July 18, 2019. He will be speaking during the Optimising Expression Platforms meeting at PEGS Europe, 18-22 November, in Lisbon, Portugal. Topics include the impact of big data on cell line engineering, his team’s success in producing Alpha-1 antitrypsin, the appeal of applied s…
 
The Chain is a new podcast all about protein engineering and exploring the industry of biologics. We will learn from the experts what is new in the field and where it is heading. We will also be learning more about the people behind the papers, go into how they got to where they are today, and what inspires their work. We hope you’ll tune in to lea…
 
Nancy Sajjadi, an independent bioassay quality consultant with over 30 years of experience in biopharmaceutical product development, discusses her history in the bioassay field and how her experience has fostered her passion for teaching biostatistics to non-statisticians with CHI. Topics include: challenges in developing bioassays for cell & gene …
 
Prof. Joshua Krieger from Harvard Business School shares his perspectives on some of the challenges and opportunities in commercialization of diagnostic tests and gives us a preview of his business case study on Genomic Health.For more information, please visit https://www.NextGenerationDx.com/Commercialization-Molecular-Diagnostics…
 
Samuel Levy of Bluestar Genomics speaks to CHI on March 13, 2019. Dr. Levy will be speaking during The Liquid Biopsy Summit, June 17-19, in San Francisco, CA. Topics include cell-free diagnostics in precision medicine, transformation & growth in the liquid biopsy field, epigenomic assays for cancer detection, and opportunities ahead.For more inform…
 
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