APRIL 21-23, 2020

BOSTON, MA USA

Conference topics will feature speakers and panels on animal models, bioinformatics challenges, intellectual property management, investment deals and approaches, pharma deals in the microbiome space, and the need for standards.

MINNEAPOLIS, November 28, 2017– Arrowhead Publishers unveils a growing roster of speakers for its 4th Annual Translational Microbiome Conference, to take place April 18-20 at Boston Marriott Long Wharf. The conference is designed to connect scientists at the forefront of microbiome research with pioneering companies investing to apply microbiome-based findings to innovate medical solutions. With a broad focus spanning multiple disease states (oncology, dermatology, inflammatory disorders, among others) attendees will have the opportunity to hear leading companies discuss the work they have underway and how they are meeting these challenges head-on to apply recent discoveries to a variety of disease processes, restoration of health, and improved outcomes.

“The topics and speakers for this year’s conference offer real education, insights and benefits our attendees can apply within their own organizations,” said John Waslif, Managing Director of Arrowhead Publishers and Conferences.

Speakers already confirmed for the conference include:
Peter Christey, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, General Automation Lab Technologies (GALT)
GALT’s innovative high-throughput microbiology platform can isolate multiple species from complex samples, such as soil and stool, allowing researchers to rapidly screen whole populations or engineered libraries. Dr. Christey is leveraging GALT tools to revolutionize how microbial studies are conducted, opening previously unreachable territories for scientists to explore.

Olga Danilchanka, Ph.D.
Microbiome Lead, Exploratory Science Center, Merck
Dr. Danilchanka serves as Microbiome Lead for Merck’s Exploratory Science Center, which focuses on the earliest stages of discovery research to better understand the underlying biology of human disease. Dr. Danilchanka’s team explores the most promising areas of emerging disease biology, including the role of the microbiome in disease, and works to gain new insights to inform Merck’s ongoing drug discovery.

Pinaki Panigrahi, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Pediatrics; Director of Center for Global Health and Development, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health
An elected fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Dr. Panigrahi has studied neonatal and child health issues in developed nations and in the developing world. His expertise spans necrotizing enterocolitis, neonatal infections, diarrhea, malaria, birth asphyxia, prematurity, stillbirths and nutrition.

Mark Smith, Ph.D.,
Chief Executive Officer, Finch Therapeutics
Finch uses machine-learning algorithms informed by high-throughput molecular data to reverse-engineer successful clinical experience with fecal transplantation. Rather than relying on in-vitro screening of a library of microbes, Finch uses this human-first discovery approach to identify strains that drive clinical outcomes and to develop therapies that deliver these microbial communities to patients.

Paul Giannasca, Ph.D.
Global Scientific Lead, GI Health, Nestle Health Science
Dr. Giannasca identifies and manages new nutritional and technological platforms relevant for the Gastrointestinal Health strategy for Nestle Health Science. Dr. Giannasca holds multiple U.S. patents covering active and passive immunization against Clostridium difficile disease and has published more than 25 papers in the areas of infectious diseases, vaccine development, active and passive immunization and vaccine-induced protection.

Other notable speakers participating in the 2018 conference include:
* David Kyle, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Evolve Biosystems
* Ingmar Claes, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Yun Probiotherapy
* Veronika Oudova, Chief Executive Officer, S Biomedic
* Travis Whitfill, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Azitra
* Jennifer A. Wargo, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

New additions to the conference this year are topic-focused tracks for nutrition and for skin. A parallel consumer track will again be offered. Each track will be closely focused on key issues in its specific industry and the challenges common to companies trying to enter the microbiome space in that area.

Keynote address for the conference will be delivered by Emeran Mayer, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, UCLA Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress; Professor, Medicine; Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Professor, Digestive Diseases/Gastroenterology; Co-Director, CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center; Professor, Physiology, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Dr. Mayer has a career-long interest in clinical and research aspects of brain-body interactions, with a focus on brain-gut interactions in health and disease. A widely recognized expert for functional GI disorders, he is also recognized as one of the leading investigators in the world of chronic visceral pain and of the brain-gut axis.

Further information about the 4th Annual Translational Microbiome Conference can be found at www.microbiomeconference.com.

Continuing Medical Education Credits Now Available for this Event

Joint-Providership Accreditation and Designation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Office of Continuing Medical Education of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Arrowhead Publishers. The Office of Continuing Medical Education of the University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians

The University of Virginia School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.TM Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. (The number of credits offered for this event is subject to change dependent upon future additions/revisions to the agenda.)

The University of Virginia School of Medicine, as accredited provider, awards 8 hours of participation (consistent with the designated number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM ) to a participant who successfully completes this educational activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine maintains a record of participation for six (6) years.

Shahram Lavasani, Ph.D.

Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer
Immune Biotech

Profile coming soon.

Scott Jackson, Ph.D.

Group Leader, Complex Microbial Systems
NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology

Profile coming soon.

Rachel Clemens, Ph.D.

Commerical Innovation Manager, Life Science Lead
ISS US National Lab, Center for Advancement in Science in Space

Profile coming soon.

Lynne Elmore, Ph.D.

Director, Translational Cancer Research Program
American Cancer Society

Lynne Elmore, PhD, is the director of the Translational Cancer Research program in the Extramural Grants department of the American Cancer Society (ACS). She manages a research portfolio focused on cell biology, infectious disease, the microbiome, molecular genetics, and cancer drug discovery.

Garth Ehrlich, Ph.D.

Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Professor of Otolayngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Drexel University College of Medicine

Dr Ehrlich is Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM) in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Dr. Ehrlich is also the founder and director of three Research Centers of Excellence in the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease: the Center for Genomic Sciences (CGS); the Center for Advanced Microbial Processing (CAMP); and the Center for Surgical Infections and Biofilms.

He also directs Drexel University’s Core Genomics Facility and the Meta-Omics Shared Resource for the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – an NCI-designated Cancer Center.

Momo Vuyisich, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer
Viome

Momo Vuyisich is a co-founder and Chief Science Officer at Viome, a data-driven personalized nutrition company. Momo provides scientific leadership at Viome and his vision is to revolutionize healthcare from "symptoms management" to a true preventative medicine. He leads product development, clinical test implementation, and comprehensive clinical research portfolio.

Momo is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Tech. Before co-founding Viome in 2016, Momo spent 12 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he led the Applied Genomics team, which developed the core technology used by Viome today.

Nancy Caralla

Founding President, Executive Director
C Diff Foundation

Nancy C Caralla is a three-time Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) survivor. She has accumulated over 25 years of experience in the nursing profession blended with over 30 years in international construction management. Over the past several years, Nancy, in partnership with C Diff Foundation members, has focused on raising C. difficile awareness through education and advocating for Clostridium difficile infection prevention, treatments, clinical trials, AMR, and environmental safety worldwide. The C Diff Foundation is a non-profit organization that takes great pride in its volunteers, chairpersons, and committees.

Rachel Teitelbaum, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer
Hervana

Profile coming soon.

Sonia Timerlake, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research
Finch Therapeutics

Dr. Sonia Timberlake is the VP of Research at Finch Therapeutics, a microbiome therapeutics company. Sonia is an expert at designing NGS-based algorithms for applications in microbial genomics, immunogenomics, and evolution. Prior to joining Finch, she built and managed AbVitro's computational algorithms and infrastructure, supporting high throughput single-cell immune phenotyping and repertoire sequencing technology. This technology platform was acquired by Juno Therapeutics, where Sonia led a multidisciplinary team to harness native adaptive immune responses for developing engineered cell therapies in oncology.

Dae-Wook Kang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Toledo

Profile coming soon.

Sameer Sonkusale, Ph.D.

Prof. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Prof. of Biomedical Engineering (adjunct), Director/Principal Investigator, Nano Lab
Tufts University

Profile coming soon.

Amy Feehan, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Ochsner Health System

Dr. Feehan is an early stage investigator who received her BS and PhD in Neuroscience from The Brain Institute at Tulane University in New Orleans. She has conducted research in humans and rodents covering topics ranging from drug development of novel endomorphin analogs for pain, to sleep and circadian rhythms research and most recently the gut-brain axis and infectious disease. Her doctoral work led to two patents for a compound that reverses both acute and chronic pain with no observable risk of addiction. She currently works as a research scientist in the Infectious Disease department at Ochsner in New Orleans designing and executing investigator-initiated clinical trials.