BIG 19

Concurrent session I

 
 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS I

 

From 12:00 to 13:00 (Rooms 2306/2309, 2311, 2314), UBC Nest

 

"Antibody revolution and technology evolution" | Room 2311

The immune system has evolved over millions of years to fight diseases and infections. Through several mechanisms, B cells generate an immense diversity of antibody molecules, with each B cell producing a different antibody. These defense proteins target and bind precisely to bacteria, viruses, or other foreign molecules, and help the immune system neutralize and destroy pathogens. It is this unique specificity that makes some antibodies extremely potent and low side-effect drugs. Antibodies have been the fastest growing class of therapeutics over the past decade, with approved therapies spanning multiple indications including cancer, autoimmune disorders, inflammation, and infectious diseases. Finding the rare antibodies with therapeutic properties out of the billions produced by an immune system can be challenging. Based on technology originally developed at UBC, AbCellera has built a discovery engine to search through immune repertoires with greater depth than any other platform. Dr. Lecault will share how the technology has evolved to become a leading-edge platform, and how it contributes to accelerating discovery in this new era of immunotherapy.

Véronique Lecault, PhD  Co-Founder at Abcellera

Véronique Lecault, PhD
Co-Founder at Abcellera


Donald Yapp, PhD  BC Cancer Research Centre

Donald Yapp, PhD
BC Cancer Research Centre

“From Mustard Gas to Immunotherapy : A survey of anti-cancer therapies” | Room 2306/2309

The evolution of strategies for diagnosing and treating cancer has occurred in conjunction with our growing knowledge of the disease. The use of cytotoxic agents, targeted therapies and drug delivery methods to treat cancer will be discussed. Novel treatments that are being developed will be described.


"TBD"  | Room 2314

TBD

Peter Zandstra, PhD  School of Biomedical Engineering, UBC

Peter Zandstra, PhD
School of Biomedical Engineering, UBC