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DAY 1 – MONDAY NOVEMBER 20th, 2023

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome and presentation of XV SDDN Meeting

09:30 – 12:00  Session 1: The impact of AI-based tools and data science in Drug Discovery. Chair: Xavier Barril (Universidad de Barcelona).


Gianni De Fabritiis (Icrea/UPF and Acellera), Barcelona, Spain
“Impact of AI and physics-based drug discovery at Acellera”

Robert Soliva (Almirall), Barcelona, Spain
“AI (r?)evolution. Have we learned from past waves of (r?)evolutionary technologies?”

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

Alfonso Rodríguez-Patón (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM), Madrid, Spain
“Predicting drug-target interactions with deep learning models”

Albert Antolin (Institut Català d’Oncologia (ICO)- IDIBELL), Barcelona, Spain
“Harnessing AI in Drug Discovery & Development: Mind your Data”

12:00 – 13:00   Presentations SDDN Partners and Event Sponsors I

Marc Noguera-Julian (AstraZeneca)
“DS & AI in AstraZeneca Drug Discovery and Research”

Mark Harding (CDD Vault)
“From Data to Decisions: Leveraging CDD Vault”

Hong Chen (TargetMol)
TargetMol – Targets the Target to your success

Daniel Jiménez (DIVERSA)
“Lipid Nanoemulsion Technology: Revolutionizing Biomolecule Delivery for Future Medicine”

13:15 – 14:15     Lunch & networking

14:30 – 16:30    Session 2: Drug Discovery projects in public – private collaborations. Chair: Anabel Sanz (CRG).


Ramon Bosser (Head of R&D Operations & Head of Spain, Agomab Therapeutics)
“From Origo to Agomab, an ongoing success story”

María Isabel Loza García (Professor at University of Santiago de Compostela), Santiago de Compostela, Spain
“Creating value in Drug Discovery trough Public Private Partnerships”

Anji Miller (LifeArc), UK
“From Bench to Bedside: The Value of Promising Translational Research”

José Miguel Vela (Welab), Barcelona, Spain
“From open innovation to joint public – private pharmaceutical R&D”

16:30 – 17:15   Presentations SDDN Partners and Event Sponsors II

Xavier Codony (Welab)
Key Considerations in a Drug Discovery Project”

Ana Sancho (GalChimia)
“The value of a CRO in the early stages of Drug Discovery”

Arsenio Nueda (Almirall)
“TRIDs4DEB collaboration: Identification of novel drug discovery starting points for the treatment of dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa“.

Julio Martin (SLAS)
“Introduction to SLAS: The Society for Lab Automation and Screening”

Manuela Berlanga (Celtarys Research S.L.)
“Fostering drug discovery through the development of  high-performance innovative probes”

17:15 – 19:30   Poster & networking session at exhibitors hall

(Coffee and refreshments)

20:30                  Conference Dinner


09:00 – 11:00   Session 3: Using patient omics for the discovery of personalized medicines. Chair: Francesc Fernández (Almirall)


Javier Carmona (Hospital Vall D’Hebron), Barcelona, Spain
“Precision oncology from a European perspective”

Alberto Santos (DTU Biosustain Research Center), Copenhagen, Denmark
“The Power of Graph Structures to Integrate, Analyze and Interpret Multi-omics Data”

Ricardo Gonzalo (Plasma R&D, Scientific Innovation Office), Grifols, Barcelona, Spain
“Longitudinal omics data analysis of patients undergoing therapeutic plasma exchange with albumin replacement as a treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease”

Maria Vinaixa (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, URV), Tarragona, Spain
“Advancing metabolomics technologies for drug discovery and development”

11:00 – 11:30  Presentations SDDN Partners and Event Sponsors III

Karol Diestra (Werfen)
“QIAcuity, Making Digital Easy”

Enrique Neumann (Beckman Coulter)
“Beckman Coulter: miniaturizing Drug Discovery with the Echo”

Scott Cribbes (Revvity)
“SMcART Screening: An idea that could translate into a therapy”

11:30 – 12:00   Poster & networking session at exhibitors hall

(Coffee and refreshments)

12:00 – 12:30  Flash Podium Poster Presentations of selected finalists of the SLAS Tony B Travel Award

12:30 – 14:30   Session 4: Advanced Cell and Gene Therapies. Chair: Marjorie Pion (Health Research Institute Gregorio Marañón)


Jose Carlos Segovia (CIEMAT), Madrid, Spain
“Gene Therapy for Inherited Anemias: From Lentiviral to Gene Editing Strategies”

Juan Ruiz (Forge Biologics), Madrid, Spain
“Gene Therapy for Krabbe Disease”

Antonio Pérez-Martinez (Hospital La Paz), Madrid, Spain
“CAR-T cells engineering with NK cell properties”

Rafael Correa (Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Gregorio Marañón), Madrid, Spain.
“Advanced cell therapy with Treg cells obtained from thymic tissue (thyTreg). A new paradigm in the treatment of inflammatory diseases”.

14:30 – 15:30   Lunch & networking

15:30 – 15:45     Poster prizes ceremony

15:45 – 16:00     Concluding remarks & announcement of SDDN 2024 meeting

16:00 – 17:30    Additional networking



Session 1: The impact of AI-based tools and data science in Drug Discovery.
Chair: Xavier Barril (Universidad de Barcelona).

Machine Learning (ML) is a rapidly evolving technology that has penetrated our daily lives and all scientific disciplines. In the drug discovery arena, ML applications can be found at all stages of the process, from target identification to clinical trials, and has had (or will have) a disruptive effect on the daily operations of all scientists involved, starting with computational chemistry and structural biology, but rapidly moving  to medicinal chemistry, biology and pharmacology. ML not only enables more efficient processes, but also affects how we generate usable and systematic data to feed those algorithms. In this session we aim to provide an overview of achievements, current directions, challenges and next frontiers in the field of ML applied to drug discovery. In particular, we aim to highlight three distinct areas of application:

  • Classic quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) was a natural entry point for ML in drug discovery. ML algorithms appear to be superior and gain ground over traditional regressiion models. But they have not diminished the need for clean datasets and for careful consideration of the scope of the models and proper validation with external datasets.
  • ML methods are a great complement to high-throughput and information rich biological assays, such as high-contents analysis or omics data. Internal data can, potentially, be complemented with large publically available datasets. The speakers will discuss what kind of breakthroughs can be expected in this area.
  • The combination of physics-based computational methods with ML is a promissing strategy to obtain the best of both worlds: the accuracy and general applicability of computation based on first-principles with the speed of ML. This is also uniquely suited to integrate data generation with model training and validation.
Session 2: Drug Discovery projects in public – private collaborations.
Chair: Anabel Sanz (CRG).

Drug discovery can be performed by both private and public entities, and both have their own advantages and disadvantages. Their priorities and incentives are also different. In general, companies are better equipped and have better access to specialized resources, expertise, and funding. Companies focus is on moving promising drug candidates through the regulatory approval process and bring them to market, while public entities may be more interested in advancing basic research and understanding disease mechanisms, rather than in commercial purpose.

That being said, nowadays pharmaceutical have adopted new paradigms in the process of drug discovery thereby opening to collaborate with academic institutions, spin off and biotech companies with the aim to accelerate the drug development process, reduce costs, and increase the likelihood of success.

In turn, academic institutions and governmental agencies are making significant efforts to build capacities, technology platforms, and to fund early drug discovery projects that can efficiently transform innovative biomedical research into drugs to be further developed by the pharmaceutical industry.

The objective of this session is to present examples and capacities that leverage public-private collaboration to advance Drug Discovery.

Session 3. Using patient omics for the discovery of personalized medicines.
Chair: Francesc Fernández (Almirall)

There have been many important advancements in omics data generation technologies in recent years. These developments have led to the generation of large amounts of data that enables an unprecedent level of molecular characterisation of biological mechanisms. In this context, the integration of different types of patient-derived omics data provides insights into better understanding disease mechanisms, potentially identifying new drug targets and finally enabling the development of new personalized medicines. In this conference track, we will explore recent progress in using and integrating different flavours of patient-derived omics data for personalized medicine, with special focus on the challenges and opportunities associated with this rapidly evolving field.

Session 4. Advanced Cell and Gene Therapies.
 Chair: Marjorie Pion (Health Research Institute Gregorio Marañón)

Advanced cell and gene therapies (ACGTs) are medicinal products intended for human use that rely on genes, tissues, or cells. They provide revolutionary new opportunities for the treatment of diseases and injuries. ACGTs can be classified into three main types:

Gene therapy medicines designed to introduce recombinant genes into the body to achieve therapeutic, prophylactic, or diagnostic effects. In the field of genetic modifications, a broad range of techniques exists that may or may not directly modify the DNA, including but not limited to CRISPR/Cas9, ZF, AAV, and mRNA.

Somatic-cell therapy medicines contained cells or tissues that have been manipulated to alter their biological characteristics. They can be used to cure, diagnose, or prevent diseases.

Tissue-engineered medicines are composed of cells or tissues that have been modified to enable their use in the repair, regeneration, or replacement of human tissue.

In some cases, these therapies may include medical devices as an integral part of the medicine, which are referred to as combined ACGTs. For instance, cells embedded in a biodegradable matrix or extracellular vesicles.

Currently, the level of knowledge and technical advancement achieved make advanced therapies ideal for treating rare diseases or unmet medical needs. In this session we would like to introduce some recent advances in this field.

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