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In Association With: Philochem

This workshop will provide attendees with an in-depth view in a variety of different strategies in discovering and developing antibody drug conjugate linkers. Led by the expertise and experience of Guilio Casi, attendees will be presented with case studies to learn from and develop linker technologies.

Why you should attend:
• Learn about current and future linker technologies
• Utilise the experience of an expert in the field
• Improve your understanding of linker strategies
• Evaluate past experiences and benefiting from lessons learnt
• Network with key industry professionals



About the Workshop Host: Giulio Casi, studied chemistry with focus in organic synthesis, at Florence University in Italy. After one year training in the medicinal chemistry department of Serono pharmaceutical research institute in Geneva, Switzerland, he joined the laboratory of Prof. Donald Hilvert in ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where he worked at the interface between chemistry and biology for the assembly of a semi synthetic enzyme. For this work Giulio Casi was awarded a PhD degree at the end of 2007. After completing enzymatic characterization and collaborative work with Prof. Dieter Seebach, in 2009 he joined the department of rare reagents at Roche Diagnostics in Penzberg, Germany, where he worked as a postdoctoral fellow on the development of synthetic antigens. Giulio Casi is co-author of several publications in peer-reviewed journals. Since November 2009 Giulio Casi joined Philochem AG where he is responsible for the development of novel targeted cytotoxics. His work involves, the engineering of innovative linkers for the controlled release of drugs in antibody drug conjugates, the discovery and application of novel protein chemistries, and the development of novel cytotoxic drugs.

About Philochem: Philochem is a fully owned daughter company of Philogen and represents the Discovery Unit of the Philogen group and has discovered innovative methodologies for biotechnology product development:

• isolation of human monoclonal antibodies from large combinatorial libraries.
• development of armed antibodies (immunocytokines and antibody-drug conjugates).
• discovery and validation of vascular markers of pathology using a perfusion-based chemical proteomics approach.
• design, construction and screening of DNA-encoded chemical libraries of unprecedented quality and size.

These technologies are integrated into drug discovery programs. The most promising candidate products are further developed in the Siena-based Philogen facilities. Here production according to GMP standards and clinical trials are conducted with the aim of developing superior products for the imaging and treatment of serious angiogenesis-related diseases. Philochem has a proven track record in partnering activities, and is currently involved in several projects with leading pharmaceutical companies interested in Philochem’s innovative technology platforms.



Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Welcome & Introductions

9:10 An Introduction to Antibody-Drug Conjugates (ADCs): General Concepts and Historical Perspectives

9:45 Case Study: Linkers and Payloads which have been used for advanced clinical development programs

10:15 Internalizing vs. non-Internalizing Antibodies: challenges and opportunities

10:45 Coffee Break

11:00 Novel linkerless ADCs: Preclinical experience and industrial opportunities

11:30 A critical analysis of challenges and opportunities for next-generation armed antibodies

12:10 Discussion Session

12:30 Close of Workshop


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