25-27 February, 2019
London, UK
250+Attendees ♦ 40 World Class Speakers   33+ Case Studies ♦ 2 Tracks  6 Deep Dive Discussion Sessions 

Day One
Tuesday 26th February, 2019

Day Two
Wednesday 27th February, 2019

Coffee & Registration

Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Terumo BCT Presentation


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Industry Leaders’ Fireside Chat


With the first CAR-T product approved in Europe, what are the next steps and where do we go now?

Take this opportunity to ask the leaders what their future plans are and what we can expect from the CAR-TCR space over the next few years.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Is the future of CAR-T off-the-shelf?
  • Perspectives on the clinical potential of novel and innovative next generation CAR-T products
  • Experience with the setting up and running of clinical trials in Europe
  • Strategies to reduce the overall cost of CAR-T therapeutics acknowledging manufacturing processes and hospitalisation costs
  • Regulatory challenges when applying to different fragments of the EMA

The Need for Decentralisation in Closed Loop Supply Chain Management


  • Take a closer look at closed loop supply chain processes of personalized medicine
  • Learn how distributed ledger technology can secure and optimize the chain of identity and custody of personalized medicine

Andreas Göbel, Head of Competence Center Cloud Architecture, Hypertrust Patient Data Care

Speed Networking & Morning Refreshments

11.45 The TRuC Platform – Overcoming CAR-T and TCR Limitations

  • Discuss the first engineered T cell platform to use the complete TCR complex without the need for HLA matching
  • Explore the results from in vivo studies demonstrating anti-tumour activity compared to CAR-T, lower levels of cytokine release and longer persistence
  • Identify the potential of TRuC for solid tumours

Alfonso Quintás Cardama, Chief Medical Officer, TCR2 Therapeutics

12.15 Next Generation TCR-T Cell Therapies Can Offer Improved Safety and Enhanced Efficacy

  • Review the need for cutting-edge in vitro technologies to fill a critical gap in pre-clinical safety and efficacy studies of TCR-T therapies in the absence of adequate animal models
  • Evaluate how genetic modifications of recipient T cells can give them additional capacity to display enhanced functions in hostile tumour microenvironments
  • Turning negative signals into positive signals through expression of chimeric co-stimulatory proteins to enhance effector cell functions and overcome negative effects of tumour cells

Dolores Schendel, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Scientific Officer, Medigene

12.45 Screening CAR-T Cells for Target Specificity using Human Cell Microarray Technology

  • Discuss how to outline the optimisation of the human cell microarray technology for off-target screening of whole engineered CAR-T cells, in addition to antibodies and ScFvs
  • Explore an efficient approach for specificity screening of novel cell therapies to support safety assessment and provide key data prior to IND submissions

Jim Freeth, Co-managing Director, Retrogenix

11.45 Process Development and Manufacturing Strategies for ATMPs

  • Advance process development of primary T-cell using an automated high throughput microbioreactor system
  • Increase the control of raw materials to significantly reduce variation and improve process consistency, resulting in fewer batch failures and reduction in overall process cost
  • Establishing the development of an automated manufacturing facility for the scalable production of ATMPs

Qasim Rafiq, Senior Lecturer in Bioprocessing of Regenerative, Cellular & Gene Therapy, UCL

12.15 Current Strategies to Reduce Cost of Manufacture

  • Explore the optimal T cell phenotype which does not require extensive culture times
  • Discuss how off-the-shelf therapy reduces cost of manufacture as autologous therapy requires a new supply chain for every patient and less manipulation results in less contamination and simplicity in process

Juan Vera, Chief Development Officer, Marker Therapeutics

12.45 The Future of CAR-T Cell Manufacturing

  • Adopting the CliniMACS Prodigy T Cell Transduction process for fast clinical development
  • Assess the characterization of of CAR T cell manufacturing process and final cell product
  • Upscaling the CAR T cell production process

Katharina Winnemöller, Marketing Manager for Clinical Cell Processing & T Cell Applications, Miltenyi Biotec

Lunch & Networking

14.15 Next Generation Technology

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15.00 Overcome Antigen Escape with Dual Targeted TCR Products

  • Improve efficacy by increasing the number of antigen targets
  • Overcome variable antigen expression and antigen loss through dual targeting to maximise initial treatment effect and minimise the risk of relapse

Bob Valamehr, Chief Development Officer & Vice President – Cancer Immunotherapy, Fate Therapeutics

15.15 In Situ Monitoring of CAR-TCR Cell Therapy: Tumor Infiltration, Efficacy, and Adverse Events

Kai Wilkens, Senior Director Europe ACD, Bio-Techne

Yescarta Case Study

14.15 Optimizing the Process Development of Yescarta

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Vijay Chiruvolu, Head of Process Development, Kite 

14.45 Novel Supply Chain Routes to Enhance Accessibility and Cost Efficiency

  • Reflect on industry experience in site selection of geographical distribution centres to increase patient accessibility
  • Explore methods to reduce cost of supply chain logistics for patient specific therapies
  • Optimise current tracking processes to monitor logistics

Marc Kamp, Director CAR-T Product Distribution & Supplier Quality Management, Kite Pharma

15.15 Diamond Pharma Presentation

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Maureen Graham, Managing Director, Diamond Pharma Services

Afternoon Refreshments & Poster Session

16.15 Panel Discussion: The Future of CAR-T Therapy with Next Generation Technology

  • Explore the benefits of next generation CAR-T products to overcome the tumour microenvironment and antigen escape
  • What are the common challenges that need to be addressed?

Stefanos Theoharis, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Partnering, Cell Medica
Dale Ludwig, Chief Scientific Officer, Actinium Pharmaceuticals

Exploration of CAR in Alternative Cell Types

16.45 Use of CAR-NKT Cells for the Development of Off-the-Shelf Products that do not Require Gene Editing

  • Learn how NKT cells are an invariant sub-type of T-cell that do not cause GvHD and are therefore optimal for off-the-shelf applications
  • Hear how Cell Medica’s proprietary platform is based on the use of NKT cells for CAR-T applications
  • Understand how CAR-NKT cell products are further engineered to secrete IL-15, to further enhance activation, persistence and efficacy

Stefanos Theoharis, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Partnering, Cell Medica

17.15 Pharmaceuticalizing CAR-T with Allogeneic Gamma-Delta T Cells

  • What’s special about gamma-deltas?
  • Building an allogeneic cell therapy platform – clinical and regulatory considerations
  • Overcoming logistic challenges of allogeneic approaches

Michael Leek, Chief Executive Officer, TC Biopharm


17.45 Exploiting the Potential of Vδ1 Gamma-Delta T Cells

  • Exploit the unique characteristics of Vd1 gamma delta T cells
  • Discuss results from isolating large numbers of high quality, tissue-resident γδ T cells from human tissues
  • Discuss how this platform is being developed for clinical translation

Natalie Mount, Chief Scientific Officer, Gamma Delta Therapeutics

16.15 Panel Discussion: Explore the Need to Reduce the Cost of Manufacturing in Order to Ensure Feasible Reimbursements

  • Discuss the future of CAR-T manufacture to ensure accessibility of therapy
  • Explore the current strategies to reduce expensive processes and streamline methods

Laurence Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, Ziopharm Oncology
Qasim Rafiq, Senior Lecturer in Bioprocessing of Regenerative, Cellular & Gene Therapy, UCL


Enhance Final Products through Analytics and Process Development

16.45 Process Development of CAR-T Cell Manufacturing

  • Optimisation of the CAR-T cell manufacturing process and analytics to supply clinical trials
  • CMC challenges of product consistency and scale to enable widespread distribution and commercialization of CAR-T cell technology

Emma Chan, Senior Scientist, Process Development, Autolus

17.15 Cellular Characterisation by Flow Cytometry of CTL019 Final Product

  • Review the final characteristics and phenotype of the final product for Pediatric ALL
  • Contrast this to the final product for DLBCL
  • Discuss the characterisation of cell products and how they relate to the overall safety and efficacy of the CAR-T therapy

Therese Choquette, Analytical Project Leader, Cell & Gene Therapy Development and Manufacturing, Novartis

Chairman’s Closing Remarks

End of Day 1