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Drug Discovery & Development 2021



LabRoots and the Drug Discovery planning committee are pleased to announce the 4th Annual Drug Discovery & Development Virtual Conference. LabRoots will host this online-only event on February 24, 2021. The Drug Discovery planning committee will carefully plan and select speakers that best represent the key challenges, opportunities, and issues in the current landscape. These industry leaders will discuss the advancements, challenges and successes of discovery and develop new medications and therapies.

This year's tracks include:
  • New Practices in Early Phase Drug Discovery
  • Novel Advancements to Clinical Development
    • Health Equality and Genetic Diversity in Clinical Trials
  • Modern Approaches to Discovery, Preclinical, and Clinical Lab Operations in the COVID-19 Age
  • Innovative Biomarkers in Drug Development

Our virtual conference allows you to participate in a global setting with no travel or cost to you. The event will remain open 6 months from the date of the live event.  The webinars will be available for unlimited on-demand viewing.  This virtual conference also offers increased reach for the global drug discovery community with a high degree of interaction through live-streaming video and chat sessions.

Equipped with gamification and point system, you can now move around the entire event, earning points for a chance to win one of LabRoots' most popular T-shirts.


Call for Posters — Virtual poster sessions offer the opportunity to present data to a global audience via a PDF poster and video summary, and discuss results with interested colleagues through email. Plan now to have your poster included in the 2021 Drug Discovery & Development Virtual Event. Submission is free. Submit your abstract here.

Continuing Education
LabRoots is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. By attending this event, you can earn 1 Continuing Education credit per presentation for a maximum of 30 credits.

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  • Keynote Presentation: The biomarker to companion diagnostic continuum: a road map for the delivery of precision medicine
    FEB 24, 2021 7:30 AM PST
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    Steven M. Anderson, PhD
    Chief Scientific Officer, Covance Drug Development
  • FEB 24, 2021 9:00 AM PST
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    Andrew Roche, PhD
    Senior Director, Scientific Affairs, ICON Laboratory Se...
    Roger Hayes, PhD
    Vice President, Bioanalytical Services, ICON Laboratory...
The following webinars will be readily on-demand when the event starts
  • COVID's Impact on Life Sciences Recruiting
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    Don Alexander, CPC, CFP®
    President and Managing Director, GeneCoda
  • Lipidomics and Lipidomics in Research
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    Dr. Christian Klose
    CTO, Lipotype GmbH
  • Multi-diagnostic approaches for patient selection in immuno-oncology
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    Cindy Spittle
    VP Scientific Affairs, ICON Laboratory Services
    Continuing Education: Florida CE | P.A.C.E. CE
  • Nonclinical COVID-19 Vaccine Development During a Pandemic
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    Cynthia Rohde, PhD, DABT
    Associate Research Fellow, Drug Safety Research and Development, Pfizer, Inc.
  • Preclinical evaluation of novel OT-analogs for the potential treatment of social behavioral deficits
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    Marsha Pierce, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Midwestern University
  • The Comprehensive A.I.-Driven Genomic Landscape for ALS - Implications for Drug Discovery and Development
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    Mark Kiel, MD, PhD
    Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Genomenon
  • The development and application of TRUPATH biosensors to the study of GPCR pharmacology and functional selectivity
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    Reid Olsen, PhD, Pharmacology, Head of GPCR Pharmacology
    Exscientia Ltd
  • Modern Approaches to Discovery, Preclinical and Clinical Lab Operations in COVID-19 Age
  • COVID's Impact on Life Sciences Recruiting
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    Don Alexander, CPC, CFP®
    President and Managing Director, GeneCoda
  • New Practices in Early Phase Drug Discovery
  • Preclinical evaluation of novel OT-analogs for the potential treatment of social behavioral deficits
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    Marsha Pierce, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Midwestern University
  • The development and application of TRUPATH biosensors to the study of GPCR pharmacology and functional selectivity
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    Reid Olsen, PhD, Pharmacology, Head of GPCR Pharmacology
    Exscientia Ltd
  • Novel Advancements to Clinical Development
  • The Comprehensive A.I.-Driven Genomic Landscape for ALS - Implications for Drug Discovery and Development
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    Mark Kiel, MD, PhD
    Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Genomenon
  • (3) Modern Approaches to Discovery, Preclinical, and Clinical Lab Operations in the COVID-19 Age
  • Nonclinical COVID-19 Vaccine Development During a Pandemic
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    Cynthia Rohde, PhD, DABT
    Associate Research Fellow, Drug Safety Research and Development, Pfizer, Inc.
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    Dr. Christian Klose
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    Cindy Spittle
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  • FEB 24, 2021 9:00 AM PST
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Speakers

  • Don Alexander, CPC, CFP®
    President and Managing Director, GeneCoda
    Biography

      As a recruiter with over 20 years of professional and executive search industry experience, Don Alexander has spent more than 16 years focusing exclusively on talent acquisition and recruiting, nationwide, for seasoned professionals in the Life Sciences sector (Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Diagnostics and supporting Services and Tools). He has successfully completed hundreds of recruitment projects that involved senior level individual contributors through C level executives, with particular emphasis on sales, business development, marketing, product development, project management and pre-clinical R&D. Throughout his recruiting career, Don has finished in the top 10% and consistently finished in the top 25% of his peer group, as ranked by revenues. An enabler of relationships that have resulted in quantifiable goodwill for his constituency, he is recognized by clients, candidates, and colleagues for routinely creating value through a robust network and deep industry perspective. Prior to working at the intersection of Life Sciences and recruiting, Don spent the first years of his career in the financial sector managing millions of dollars in assets. This uncommon background, and breadth of business knowledge, enables Don to understand the recruitment process in a much larger context than just the placement of a single individual. It’s about a business investing in its growth—and mitigating risks. In addition to actively volunteering to help others, he enjoys rooting for NCSU, reading, investing, traveling and playing guitar. He even played “Stairway to Heaven” in his high school band but that was a while ago.

    • Roger Hayes, PhD
      Vice President, Bioanalytical Services, ICON Laboratory Services
      Biography

        Roger Hayes, PhD, is the Vice President of Bioanalytical Services with the ICON Laboratory Services group. Roger joined ICON (Dublin, Ireland) in December of 2018. In this role, Roger holds overall management responsibility for our bioanalytical laboratory in Whitesboro, New York supporting pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, immunogenicity and biomarker assays for large- and small-molecule drug development. Dr Hayes has held numerous leadership positions in the global life sciences industry and academia, leading teams in the development of state-of-the-art bioanalytical and analytical techniques, including mass spectrometry, chromatography, immunology and automation in bringing medical and chemical products to market. For nearly two decades, he led strategic and research initiatives for large pharmaceutical companies that included both GLP and non-GLP preclinical studies as well as clinical trials.

      • Joseph J. Senn, PhD, DABT
        Vice President, Nonclinical Sciences, Moderna
        Biography

          As VP of Nonclinical Sciences, Joseph Senn oversees all nonclinical development, Toxicology, pathology, DMPK, Clinical pharmacology and in vivo pharmacology, across Moderna and its ventures. Prior to joining Moderna, Dr. Senn was director and site head for Drug Safety Evaluation and therapeutic area lead for immunology at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.  . Dr. Senn is a board certified toxicologist who received his PhD in Pharmacology and Physiology from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  He has held joint faculty positions at the Medical University of South Carolina as assistant professor of pediatrics and pharmacology prior to entering industry.  In industry, his focus has been on immunotoxicology, investigative, discovery and development toxicology.  Over his time in industry he has supported the development of programs in a wide range of therapeutic areas including immune modulators, oncology, neurology, inflammatory and infectious diseases.  He has led multiple regulatory filings for modalities ranging from small molecules, biologics and antibody drug conjugates and most recently modified messenger RNA.

        • Mark Kiel, MD, PhD
          Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Genomenon
          Biography

            Dr. Mark Kiel is Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer at Genomenon, where he oversees the company's scientific direction and product development. After spending 15 years preparing for a life of academic research, Mark became convinced that revolutionary change in genomics was more likely to emerge out of industry. In 2014, he founded Genomenon - an A.I.-driven life science company addressing the challenge of connecting pharma researchers with evidence in the literature to help diagnose and treat patients with genetic diseases and cancer.

          • Dr. Christian Klose
            CTO, Lipotype GmbH
            Biography

              After receiving his PhD on membrane biology and biophysics, Dr. Christian Klose did a post-doc on mass spectrometry-based lipidomics. In his role as CTO, Christian focusses on the development of novel shotgun lipidomics technology and is responsible for product development and regulatory affairs.

            • Steven M. Anderson, PhD
              Chief Scientific Officer, Covance Drug Development
              Biography

                Steven Anderson is senior vice president and chief scientific officer for Covance Drug Development. He has worked for LabCorp for 30 years and has held a variety of positions, including director of operations for ViroMed Laboratories, director of operations for Monogram Biosciences, director of operations for the Center for Molecular Biology and Pathology, director of operations for Integrated Oncology and Integrated Genetics, national director of research and development, and global head of LabCorp Clinical Trials.  His research interests include Molecular Pathology and Oncology based biomarkers, and that work has resulted in the development and validation of multiple companion diagnostics and pharmacogenomic assays in clinical use today. He holds a doctorate in genetics from Iowa State University and was an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University.

              • Reid Olsen, PhD, Pharmacology, Head of GPCR Pharmacology
                Exscientia Ltd
                Biography

                  Dr. Reid Olsen is the head of GPCR Pharmacology at Exscientia Ltd. (Exscientia.ai), an AI-driven drug discovery biotechnology in Oxford, England. Dr. Olsen received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the mentorship of Dr. Bryan Roth. Dr. Olsen’s research spans multiple domains within pharmacology and neurobiology, but has been primarily focused on the development of biological tools for the study of GPCR signaling in vitro and in vivo.

                • Marsha Pierce, PhD
                  Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Midwestern University
                  Biography

                    Dr. Marsha Pierce is an assistant professor at Midwestern University where she studies the role of oxytocin analogs in cellular signaling and neuronal morphology and marine natural products in neuroscience drug development. Dr. Pierce received her BS in biology and MS and PhD in biomedical sciences at Creighton University. Her postdoctoral research examined the role of natural variation in oxytocin and vasopressin ligands and receptors on pharmacological signaling profiles under the mentorship of Thomas Murray at Creighton University.

                  • Andrew Roche, PhD
                    Senior Director, Scientific Affairs, ICON Laboratory Services
                    Biography

                      Dr Roche has a Degree and PhD from Trinity College Dublin and has since accumulated 20 years experience within the clinical trials industry with particular focus on the intricacies of biomarkers, associated laboratory methods and their ability to facilitate an efficient and accurate assessment of the clinical safety and efficacy of therapeutics moving through clinical trials.

                    • Cynthia Rohde, PhD, DABT
                      Associate Research Fellow, Drug Safety Research and Development, Pfizer, Inc.
                      Biography

                        Cynthia Rohde is currently an Associate Research Fellow in the Drug Safety Research and Development department at Pfizer, Inc. She been a drug development research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry for over 13 years with experience across various therapeutic areas and modalities, but is current focusing on Oncology therapies and Vaccines. Cynthia received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology.

                      • Cindy Spittle
                        VP Scientific Affairs, ICON Laboratory Services
                        Biography

                          Cindy Spittle is the Vice President of Scientific Affairs within the ICON Laboratory Services group. Dr. Spittle has over 30 years of experience in translational and clinical oncology biomarker research, diagnostic assay development and biomarker strategy for clinical drug development. She provides strategic scientific leadership related to the evaluation and implementation of new technologies and laboratory testing services.

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                        • Annette Gilchrist

                          An Associate Professor with Midwestern University, and adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University Dr. Annette Gilchrist has a PhD in Immunology from the University of Connecticut Health Center and a MS in Biochemistry from the University of Connecticut. Previously, she ...

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                        • Matthew Flegal

                          Matt entered the research field over 20 years ago as a lab animal technician at the TSI/Mason contract research facility. He has worked at both contract facilities such as TSI and OREAD Biosafety as well in industry at Pharmacia, Pfizer, and Sanofi-Aventis. During that period he ...

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                        • Martin Shaw

                          Between 1994-2015 he worked at EKF Diagnostics in Wales (formerly Argutus Medical) where he introduced and promoted a wide range of novel kidney and liver tests, including important biomarkers that are now being evaluated by the IMI (Innovative Medicines Initiative) and FDA as ...

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                        • Matthew Shipton

                          Leading Novabiosis' primary cell business, Matthew brings to the Company a skill for implementing sales-driven business strategies, an extensive track record of meeting and surpassing targeted sales objectives, and a passion for translating customer needs into solutions that ...

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