Cambridge Healthtech Training Seminars offer real-life case studies, problems encountered and solutions applied, and extensive coverage of the basic science underlying each topic. Experienced Training Seminar instructors offer a mix of formal lectures, interactive discussions and activities to help attendees maximize their learning experiences. These immersive trainings will be of value to scientists from industry and academic research groups who are entering new fields – and to those working in supporting roles that will benefit from an in-depth briefing on a specific aspect of the industry.

TS1: Immunology for Biotherapeutics

Understanding and Exploiting the Immune System

October 24-25, 2017

This new training seminar will examine the roles of the various cells involved in the immune response and how they can be manipulated and harnessed for therapeutic purposes, including the role of innate immunity, which is increasingly recognized as having an important role. Attendees will learn about immunotherapy approaches such as modification of T cell function, controlling checkpoint inhibitors, and the CAR-T, TIL and TCR lines of attack, while stressing the safety aspects of immunotherapy. They will also hear about autoimmune disorders, and current approaches with vaccines. The value and limitations of preclinical models will be examined and, of particular relevance to this event, we will examine the impact of immunogenicity on safety and efficacy of biotherapeutics.

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Ethan Shevach, M.D., Senior Investigator, Immunology, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

David Margulies, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Investigator, Molecular Biology, Niaid/DIR
Maria Libera Ascierto, Ph.D., Post Doc Fellow, Oncology, Johns Hopkins University
Paul Moore, Ph.D., Vice President, Cell Biology & Immunology, Macrogenics, Inc.
Rakesh Dixit, Ph.D., Vice President, R&D, Global Head, Biologics Safety Assessment, Medimmune Inc.
Bonita (Bonnie) Rup, Ph.D., Biopharmaceutical Consultant, Bonnie Rup Consulting
Mike Lacy, Ph.D., Associate Director, Immunology, Emergent Biosolutions

TS2: Introduction to Design of Experiment (DoE)

October 24-25, 2017

This 1.5-day lecture-based seminar is an introduction course to the concept of Design of Experiments (DoE). First, trainees will learn, using a simple example, the value of DoE and how it can drastically increase the amount of information provided by each experiment. Then, we’ll discuss how to choose the appropriate design for different situations. Trainees will have an overview of the DoE catalog, including the advantage of each type of design (Screening designs, Factorial designs, Response-surface designs, Optimal designs). Finally, attendees will gain an appreciation for the many ways output can be used to better understand and optimize processes.

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Perceval Sondag, Principal Statistician, Non-Clinical Statistics, Arlenda



Training Seminar Information:
Each CHI Training Seminar offers 1.5 days of instruction with start and stop times for each day shown above and on the Event-at-a-Glance published in the onsite Program & Event Guide. Training Seminars will include morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, as applicable, and lunch will be provided to all registered attendees on the full day of the class.


Each person registered specifically for the training seminar will be provided with a hard copy handbook for the seminar in which they are registered. A limited number of additional handbooks will be available for other delegates who wish to attend the seminar, but after these have been distributed, no additional books will be available.


Though CHI encourages track hopping between conference programs, we ask that Training Seminars not be disturbed once they have begun. In the interest of maintaining the highest quality learning environment for Training Seminar attendees, and because Seminars are conducted differently than conference programming, we ask that attendees commit to attending the entire program, and not engage in track hopping, as to not disturb the hands-on style instruction being offered to the other participants.





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