Autoimmune and Inflammation Drug Targets

Cambridge Healthtech Institute 第2回

第15回Discovery on Targetの一翼を担うイベント


Final Agenda


· September 25 Symposium: Immunomodulatory Small Molecules

· September 25 Short Course: Immunology Basics for Chemists

· September 26-27 Conference: NASH and Fibrosis

· September 27-28 Conference: Autoimmune and Inflammation Drug Targets

· September 27 Short Course: Impact of Convergence of Immunotherapy and Epigenetics on Drug Discovery

· September 28-29 Symposium: Tackling Rare Diseases

Wednesday, September 27

11:50 am Conference Registration Open

12:20 pm Plenary Keynote Program

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2:00 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

Targeting ROR Nuclear Receptors

2:45 Welcome Remarks

Anjani Shah, Ph.D., Conference Director, Cambridge Healthtech Institute

2:50 Chairperson's Opening Remarks

Kamal Puri, Ph.D., Director, Inflammation & Immunology, Celgene Corporation

2:55 Pharmacology of Targeting ROR in Autoimmunity

Joseph Wahle, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Immunology and Respiratory Disease Research, Boehringer Ingelheim

The IL-23/Th17 axis is of great importance in the inflammation and autoimmunity field as confirmed by the efficacy of multiple biologics targeting this pathway. A key regulator of this axis is the RORC, and inhibitors of this transcription factor hold great promise in autoimmunity. This presentation will give an overview of the in vitro and in vivo pharmacologic support and rationale for targeting ROR in autoimmunity.

3:25 Pharmacology and Preclinical Safety Studies Related to Pharmacological Inhibition of RORC

Christine Guntermann, Ph.D., Project Team Head, Autoimmunity, Transplantation and Inflammation, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

RORC is a master regulator of Th17 cells and represents a promising target for therapeutic intervention against autoimmune diseases. However, RORC deficiency also leads to metastatic thymic T cell lymphomas in mice. We identified potent and selective RORC inhibitors that impaired Th17 differentiation, IL-17A production, and showed good in vivo efficacy. In a longer-term safety study, we found that RORC inhibition recapitulates the early thymic aberrations found in RORC-deficient mice. While RORC inhibition will likely be an effective therapy for Th17-mediated diseases, T cell lymphoma development with chronic therapy remains an apparent risk.

3:55 Targeting the cGAS-STING Pathway Using a Homogenous HTS Compatible Transcreener cGAS Assay

Robert Lowery, Ph.D., President & CEO, BellBrook Labs

4:10 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)

4:25 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

5:00 FEATURED PRESENTATION: Emerging Oral Therapies for Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Clinical Programs Targeting SMAD7, S1P1R and PDE4

Kamal Puri, Ph.D., Director, Inflammation & Immunology, Celgene Corporation

5:30 Anti-NKG2D Antibody for the Treatment of Crohn's Disease and Considerations for Small Molecule Approaches

Tatiana Ort, Ph.D., Director, Immunology Research, Janssen Research & Development

NKG2D, an activating receptor expressed by T and innate lymphoid cells, is linked to stress-induced gut inflammation and mucosal damage. JNJ64304500 is a first in class anti-NKG2D antagonizing antibody that showed efficacy signal in a Phase IIa trial in patients with Crohn's disease. The mechanism of action of JNJ64304500 and considerations for small molecule approaches to target NKG2D pathway will be discussed.

6:00 PTG-100, an Oral Peptide in Development for IBD

David Liu, Ph.D., CSO and Head, R&D Protagonist Therapeutics

PTG-100 is an oral GI-restricted peptide antagonist of α4β7 integrin currently in a global Phase IIb trial with ulcerative colitis patients with active moderate-to-severe disease. As a potent, reversible, and specific inhibitor of α4β7, it blocks T cell trafficking in the gastrointestinal (GI) system where there is rapid local target engagement as demonstrated by the blood pharmacodynamic responses observed in the Phase I trial with normal healthy volunteers.

6:30 Close of Day

6:30 Dinner Short Course Registration

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Thursday, September 28

7:30 am Registration Open

8:00 Interactive Breakout Discussion Groups with Continental Breakfast

Grab a cup of coffee and join a breakout discussion group. These are informal, moderated discussions with brainstorming and interactive problem solving, allowing participants from diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and experiences and develop future collaborations around a focused topic. Details on the topics and moderators are available on the conference website.

Autoimmune Diseases: New Drug Targets or New Drug Candidates

9:00 Chairperson's Remarks

John Robinson, Ph.D., Director, Medicinal Chemistry, Array Biopharma

9:05 An Overview of the Microbiome and Connections with IBD

Mark Smith, Ph.D., CEO, Finch Therapeutics

9:35 BTK Inhibitors for Lupus and Other Autoimmune Diseases

Roland Grenningloh, Ph.D., Director, Preclinical Pharmacology, EMD Serono

10:05 The Cullin Ring Ligase 4-Cereblon (CRL4CRBN) E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Complex and Its Modulation by CC-220 in the Treatment of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Garth Ringheim, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Translational Development Inflammation and Immunology, Celgene Corporation

CC-220 is a modulator of the CRL4CRBN E3 complex that induces ubiquitination and degradation of the cereblon substrates Aiolos and Ikaros, transcription factors involved in regulating B-cell function and generation of antibody secreting plasma cells. The mechanism of action of CC-220, its impact on B-cell differentiation and function, and results from a Phase IIa dose escalation study in subjects with systemic lupus will be presented.

10:35 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing and Poster Competition Winner Announced

Autoimmune Diseases: New Drug Targets or New Drug Candidates (Cont.)

11:20 Targeting E2/E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Activity Is a Novel Strategy to Combat Autoimmunity

Kamyar Hadian, Ph.D., Group Leader, Assay Development and Screening Platform, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen

This lecture will give insights into the discovery of a novel E2/E3 protein-protein interaction small molecule inhibitor that we were able to validate and characterize in a variety of biochemical as well as cell-based assays including primary mouse and human cells. More importantly, we can show that this first-in-class inhibitor is effective in preclinical autoimmune mouse models for psoriasis as well as rheumatoid arthritis.

11:50 Structure-Based Design of IL-17A Antagonists

Shenping Liu, Ph.D., Associate Research Fellow, Discovery Sciences Groton, Pfizer

Monoclonal antibodies targeting pathway of pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-17A have shown significant efficacies in treating psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. To develop non-antibody IL-17A antagonists, we conducted phage display and X-ray screen to identify peptides and fragment leads. We have determined structures of IL-17A in complex with peptide, fragments and small molecule antagonists. These structures enabled us to understand the structural basis of IL-17A signaling and design IL-17A antagonists with much improved potencies.

12:20 pm Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)

12:50 Session Break

1:00 Luncheon Presentation (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) or Enjoy Lunch on Your Own

1:50 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

Intracellular Kinase Targets for Inflammation

2:35 Chairperson's Remarks

Laura Silvian, Ph.D., Principal Scientist and Head, Physical Biochemistry, Biogen

2:40 RIPK1 - A Kinase at the Intersection of Cell Death and Inflammation

Alexei Degterev, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Developmental, Molecular and Chemical Biology Department, Tufts University

RIPK1 kinase has garnered major interest as a key effector of pathologic necrosis in a variety of settings. Significant evidence, however, points to additional and not yet equally appreciated contributions of this kinase to the cell death-independent regulation of inflammatory responses through the mechanisms that remain largely unknown. My talk will elucidate pathways of cell death-independent regulation of inflammation by RIPK1.

3:10 Targeting RIPK for Autoimmunity

Domajog Vucic, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Inflammation, Genentech

3:40 Session Break

3:55 ARRY-624: A TYK2-Leaning, JAK Inhibitor: A First-in-Class Small Molecule Selectively Targeting the IL-12/23 Pathways

John Robinson, Ph.D., Director, Medicinal Chemistry, Array Biopharma

Pan JAK inhibitors block signaling of >20 cytokines & growth factors, effect both NK and CD8+ T-cell populations, and exhibit increased risk of infection & malignancy clinically. We hypothesized that a TYK2-targeted kinase inhibitor, such as ARRY-624, which does not engage JAK1/3, may lead to differentiated efficacy and clinical safety vs. currently available treatment options. This profile allows for selective modulation of IL-12 (Th1) and IL-23 (Th17) pathways, while sparing IL-2/IL-7 and IL-15 (g-chain-utilizing cytokines).

4:25 Inhibition of Autoimmune Pathways with Dual Inhibition of JAK1 and TYK2

Andrew Fensome, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry, Pfizer

The Janus (JAK) kinases TYK2 and JAK1 are important signaling molecules in autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and ulcerative colitis. We will discuss the rationale to pursue dual inhibition of TYK2 and JAK1, our understanding of PK/PD relationships from tofacitinib, property space and insights from structural biology which led to the identification of PF-06700841, which is currently in Phase II clinical trials.

4:55 Close of Conference

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