Academic Screening & Drug Discovery: Tools, Technologies, & Strategies

Venue: Radisson Hotel Valley Forge

Location: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 21, 2008 End Date/Time: Oct 22, 2008
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This meeting will be held in conjunction with the SBS symposium: Cell-Based Assays: Innovations & Reagents, Technologies, & Screening (

For the past few decades, drug development has been viewed as outside the mission of academic institutions. However, as technology becomes more accessible and as understanding of biological systems increases in its importance for drug discovery, it is now more likely that academic research will have substantial impact on the design of new therapeutics. In the past few years, many universities worldwide have established high-throughput screening cores to facilitate the discovery of small molecule research tools that might eventually be developed into therapeutics. This meeting will address topics important to those who oversee or participate in academic screening programs. There will be a particular emphasis on tools, technologies, and strategies relevant to drug discovery projects initiated in the academic setting.

Participants will include: directors and managers of academic screening facilities, faculty advisors of academic screening facilities, representatives from university technology transfer/technology development offices, and representatives from biotech/pharma and vendors (especially groups that collaborate with academe on drug discovery projects or are interested in establishing such collaborations).

Each session will start with talks from invited speakers, followed by a moderated discussion. Audience participation in the discussions will be strongly encouraged.


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