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8:50 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

  • Aaron Winkler Research Fellow, Immune Tolerance Lead, Inflammation & Immunology, Pfizer, Inc.

Showcasing the Diversity of Technologies & Platforms for Antigen Delivery

9:00 am Large Molecule Drug Development for the Treatment of Myasthenia Gravis

Synopsis

  • Showcasing disease-specific proteins as a technology for antigen delivery
  • Discussing applications in two different indications
  • Sharing thoughts on translation to the clinic

9:30 am Harnessing the Oral Mucosa for Antigen-Specific Immunotherapy of Immune Disorders

  • Poul Sørensen Professor, Chief Scientific Officer & Co-Founder, Allero Therapeutics

Synopsis

  • SOMIT is a novel non-invasive oral patch approach leveraging the immune privilege of the oral cavity
  • A short-course treatment regimen is achieved by combining prolonged oromucosal antigen presentation with tolerogenic microparticles derived from probiotic bacteria
  • SOMIT is a platfom technology applicable to a wide range of immune disorders e.g. autoimmune, ADA, and allergies

10:00 am Discussing a Tolerogenic Dendritic Cell Platform, Presenting the Antigen FVIII

  • Maria Wigren Senior Scientist & R&D Team Leader, Idogen AB

Synopsis

  • Discover a novel and patented platform for generation of tolerogenic DCs
  • Learn how tolerogenic DCs loaded with FVIII can be used to treat haemophilia A patients who developed inhibitors
  • Hear how the tolerogenic DCs have a potential to induce both regulatory T and B cells

10:30 am Virtual Speed Networking & Break

11:00 am Scientific Poster Session

Synopsis

Share and inspire your peers with your research breakthroughs in Antigen-Specific Immune Tolerance

11:30 am A Novel NanoDisc Platform for Systemic Targeting of Lymphoid Tissues and Induction of Antigen-Specific Immune Tolerance

  • James Moon Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer; Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, EVOQ Therapeutics; University of Michigan

Synopsis

  • Exploring how subcutaneous administration of NanoDisc targets multiple lymphoid tissues and immune system organs
  • NanoDisc carrying autoantigen induces antigen-specific Tregs and Tr1 cells
  • NanoDisc therapy exerts robust efficacy in preclinical models of Multiple Sclerosis and Type 1 Diabetes

12:00 pm The PCFiT Platform: A Promising Approach for B-Cell Directed Allergy Immunotherapy

Synopsis

  • B-cell targeting fusion proteins (PCFiT™) elicit a potent allergen specific IgG response
  • They are devoid of sensitizing and T-cell activating activity and offer short course, high-dose AIT
  • The approach can be broadly applied to all major allergen sources, clinical proof of concept has been demonstrated

12:30 pm Antigen-Specific Tolerogenic Nanoparticles for the Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases

Synopsis

  • Targeted activation of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor suppresses pathogenic T and B cells through induction of Tregs
  • Antigen-specific nano-liposomes induce tolerance and suppress disease in pre-clinical mouse models of T1D, MS, and RA
  • AhR activation by liposomes suppresses pro-inflammatory signaling pathways in tissue-resident innate immune cells

1:00 pm Lunch Networking Break

2:00 pm To Be Announced

Translating Durable & Efficacious Antigen-Specific Immunotherapies into the Clinic

2:30 pm Antigen-Specific Immunotherapy with Thyrotropin Receptor Peptides in Graves’ Hyperthyroidism

Synopsis

  • Apitopes® are designed to mimic naturally processed epitopes to restore the immune system’s natural balance (i.e. tolerance to a self-antigen)
  • ATX-GD-59 is a peptide mixture of two different, highly soluble apitopes® derived from TSH-receptor. Preclinical studies have demonstrated that ATXGD-59 has a significant impact on the anti-TSHR T cell and B cell response
  • A proof of principle study has demonstrated evidence of efficacy in the majority of patients by the reduction of the antibodies and hormones associated with Graves’ disease

3:00 pm Establishing Immune Tolerance in Multiple Sclerosis Using Peptide-Coupled Red Blood Cells

Synopsis

  • Development and clinical implementation of a GMP process for peptide coupling using red blood cells from individual patients
  • Review of the phase 1b trial including the clinical, safety and immunological data
  • Design and implementation of a phase 2 study for clinical proof-of-concept

3:30 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Conference