Research & Innovation – Accelerating Future Drug Discovery
This event will discuss how emerging biology and cutting-edge technologies are pioneering the medicines of tomorrow. Bringing together scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs with bold ideas to serve our shared ambitions in creating the next generation of therapeutics to cure more patients around the world. The 2024 R&I meeting – based in Manchester – will comprise the following four main sessions.
Track 1 – Animal-free drug discovery. Emma Shepherd (Aston University) & Mike Morton (Apconix)
There has been a major shift away from animal use which has been catapulted by recent legislation stating that the FDA will consider approval of new medicines without animal data. This session will showcase some of the latest innovations and applications of animal-free technologies including world leading experts who will share their insights and experiences on the challenges and opportunities of animal-free drug discovery and development.
Track 2 – Oncology – Thinking the unthinkable and drugging the undruggable. Liz Anderson (Storm Therapeutics Ltd) & Susan Critchlow (AstraZeneca)
In the ever-evolving landscape of cancer research, we find ourselves on the precipice of transformative discoveries that will pave the way for a new generation of cancer therapeutics. This session will explore the latest innovations in Oncology drug discovery and development and will cover advances in developing antibody-drug conjugates, RNA modifying enzymes and targeting previously undruggable targets.
Track 3 – New horizons in tackling antimicrobial resistance. Bev Isherwood (MDC) & Lisa Dawson (Charles River Laboratories)
AMR is one of the biggest health challenges we face as a global society, and it is currently developing faster than the speed of our scientific discoveries. There is an urgent need to grow a pipeline of high-quality antimicrobial drugs and diagnostics if we are going to address AMR and protect lives worldwide. Antimicrobial Therapies are undergoing a transformation. Similar to that which occurred with the treatment of cancer where innovation has led to both ‘one for all’ chemotherapies and treatments that target specific oncogenic pathways, pathogen and/or indication specific approaches to tackle multi-drug resistant infections are being considered. This transformation is being enabled by a new wave of innovation in medicines and diagnostics discovery. This session will explore the opportunities and challenges.
Track 4 – Mass spectrometry and ‘omics. Zack Gurard-Levin (Charles River Laboratories) & Marcus Bantscheff (GSK)
Mass spectrometry (MS) continues to gain momentum as a powerful tool in drug discovery and development, allowing the direct and hypothesis free analysis of the molecular constituents of cells and body fluids. Mass spectrometric measurements provide valuable insights for defining disease states, target discovery and validation, target engagement and mechanisms of bioactive molecules and drug safety. This session will highlight recent advances in mass spectrometry techniques and their applications in drug discovery, including native MS, affinity selection mass spectrometry (ASMS), and chemoproteomics. Learn from experts on how MS can inform on small molecule-target interactions, elucidation of protein structures, and the impact of drugs on cellular pathways.
Roger Clark – Charles River Labs
Sarah Brockbank – MDC
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM RESEARCH & INNOVATION 2024?
This event will discuss how emerging biology and cutting-edge technologies are pioneering the medicines of tomorrow. Bringing together scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs with bold ideas to serve our shared ambitions in creating the next generation of therapeutics to cure more patients around the world.
POSTER SUBMISSION AT ELRIG EVENTS
Please note we are now at capacity for posters, so your submission will be held on a waiting list.
To submit your poster to the wait list for Research & Innovation 2024, you must first register for the event. A link to the poster portal will be available in your registration confirmation email.
The author will be held responsible for false statements, the scientific judging panel will ensure the poster is relevant to the event content. Successful poster applications will be notified via email and the poster display number will be given approximately two weeks before the event.
During the event:
A board will be available with your poster number and Velcro strips to affix your poster (your poster must be A0 portrait).
Poster sessions will take place for 30-minute in the networking session at the end of Day 1 and for 30 mins during the lunchbreak on Day 2. You will be expended to be at your poster during these times to answer questions from delegates.
A Poster Prize will be awarded for Best Early Career Professional Poster, the posters will be judged (you will not need to be at your poster during judging) and the prize awarded during the event.
The prize is a glass trophy and £250, which can be accepted, donated to your lab or donated to a charity of your choice.
All posters will need to be collected at the end of the event and removed from site; any posters left at the end of the event will be disposed of.
Flash Poster presentations:
This is an opportunity to showcase your poster in a Flash presentation to the ELRIG community, if your poster is chosen you will need to prepare a PowerPoint presentation and you will be given presentation timings. The scientific judging panel will review the posters submitted for Flash poster presentations and if successful you will receive confirmation from the ELRIG Team two weeks prior to the event.
If you have any questions about posters please email us at email@example.com – Thank you
ELRIG Early Career Professional Impact Award 2024
An Early Career Professional (ECP) can be a student in higher education undertaking an undergraduate or postgraduate degree (including PhD), or within 5 years of finishing higher education and starting their career in life sciences and drug discovery. These ECPs are critical contributors to ELRIG, bringing new science, fresh ideas and energy to every event.
This award will recognise impact achieved through one of the following ways:
- Through the delivery of impactful science, contributing to early, pre-clinical drug discovery
- By their science or technology development work
- Through their leadership or facilitation of collaborations within the drug-discovery space
- Through other philanthropic and volunteering contributions
ECPs may apply directly or be nominated by a colleague, as ELRIG invites the wider community to propose ECP colleagues that have made noteworthy impact. In each case, application requires submission of the following:
1-page, 300-word synopsis of the ECPs contribution and its impact on early drug discovery, using the following form and send a brief 2-page resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forms need to be submitted by the closing deadline – Friday 8th March 2024. The winner will be notified before the event.
TechBio Breakthrough Zone
Participants will be given space equivalent to an A0 poster, this can be scientific, promotional or a combination of both. There will be a table in front of the poster board which would be suitable for literature, small sample packs or a laptop with rolling presentation. In this area there will be small tables and seating so you can have more in depth discussions as needed.
Please submit the application form with abstract describing your innovation in 300 words, 2 images can also be attached. Submissions should be received by Friday 1st March for consideration.
The winner will be informed by Friday 8th March to provide time to prepare and submit a 10 minute presentation which will be given in the auditorium on 21 March after the keynote speaker.
The winning company will also have it’s participation fee refunded.
To be eligible to participate in the TechBio Breakthrough Zone and enter the innovation competition, we expect that your company should have less than 25 full-time employees and/or have a turnover of less than £2.5M. However, we welcome all applications, so please contact us.
For more info email email@example.com
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Research & Innovation 2024: Accelerating future drug discovery
Research & Innovation 2024 is a two-day event with four themed sessions that explore emerging areas of scientific research and their application in drug discovery. Activities in the main auditoriums are complemented by others supporting Early Careers Professionals (ECPs) and Innovation and TechBio. The conference offers an exhibition hall and opportunities for vendor presentations varying from 5 – 30 minute vendor presentations depending on the package selected.
Research & Innovation will be held in Manchester on 20 – 21 March 2024
DELEGATE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are ELRIG events really FREE to attend? Yes ELRIG events are FREE to attend.
We are a Not-for-Profit organisation and put on these events to help our industry grow and prosper. Our organisation is made up of volunteers, and a small team of part-time staff.
We cover the cost of each event from sponsorship and stand sales. If you come to one of our conferences, please take time visit the exhibition and speak to our vendors.
How do I register to attend Research & Innovation 2024? Registration is now open. Follow the link at the top of this page.
How do I change / cancel my registration? When you first made your registration, you were asked to create a password : this password + your e-mail address will allow you to re-enter the system at any time, and update or cancel your registration.
If you cannot remember your password, follow the link to reset your password on the registration page
Delegates : What do I need to bring with me? Please save your ticket to your smart device or print a copy. Upon arrival at the venue visit the ELRIG registration and scan the QR Code. Your badge will be automatically printed. If you forget or lose your QR Code you can enter your email address to print your badge.
Can I register on arrival? Yes you can. We would prefer that register before the event but if you have not, you can register at the ELRIG registration desk.
How do I cancel my registration if I cannot come? A link for cancellations will be available soon, please check back