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The Westin Immunogenicity Seminar is a unique forum for industry and academic professionals to share ideas, present research updates, and network with potential collaborators.  The purpose of this seminar is to bridge the gap between protein drug development and recent academic research on Tregs, Tregitopes, with a special focus on immunogenicity, deimmunization, and tolerance induction. This catered event takes place at the beautiful Westin Tokyo.

The event is sponsored by the Institute for Immunology and Informatics (iCubed), University of Rhode Island (URI), and EpiVax, Inc.

Confirmed keynote speakers, in order, are to include:

Bruce Mazer, MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, McGill University
Interim Executive Director and CSO
Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC)

Inducing Tolerance through Peripheral Tregs: The Role of IgG and Antigen Presenting Cells

Tomoyuki Igawa, PhD
CEO and Research Head, Chugai Pharmabody Research
Double Trouble: Preclinical Path to Development of Bispecifics for Hemophilia and Cancer

Shunsuke Chikuma, PhD
Lecturer, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Keio University School of Medicine

T cells are plastic: Cell surface receptors and Cytokines modulate T cell phenotype, relevance to immunogenicity (in cancer) and Tolerance (in transplant, allergy, and autoimmunity)

Annie De Groot, MD
Research Professor and Director, Institute for Immunology and Informatics (iCubed)
The Ancer to Cancer: Pipeline for Personalized Cancer Vaccines / Rationale and Preclinical Results

Discussion topics are to include: 

  • Determinants of Immunogenicity
  • Induction of Tolerance
  • Measuring and Modulating Immunogenicity
  • Immunogenicity and Tolerance in Immuno-Oncology Applications

Breakfast and a box lunch will be provided to attendees, and the seminar will be followed by a networking cocktail hour.

Check back for program updates.

In the meantime, check out our previous Westin Immunogenicity Seminars!
Westin Immunogenicity Seminar 2017
Westin Immunogenicity Seminar 2016
Westin Immunogenicity Seminar 2015

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