EBF
EBF Focus
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EBF - Focus Workshop
Bringing Assay Validation and Analysis of Biomarkers into Practice
Altis Grand Hotel
Lisbon, Portugal
9 and 10 June 2016

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09JUN2016
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08.45-09.00 Welcome and aim of the meetingPlenary 
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09:00-10.30 A developing regulated environment for Biomarker Assay Validation – Plenary
09:00–09:25 Overview and comparison of current approaches to Biomarker assay
validations in drug development and diagnostics.
(John Allinson, on behalf of the EBF)
09:25–09:50 Biomarker Assay Validation – a status update on the EBF Recommendation
and discussions in Industry.
(Marianne Scheel Fjording, on behalf of the EBF)
09:50–10:10 Biomarker Assay Validation – are we asking the right questions and can we optimize
the scientific Pharma/CRO interface.
(Philip Timmerman, on behalf of the EBF)
10:10–10:30 Panel discussion: how to integrate the different expectations into solid regulatory strategy?
(Moderators & Panelists: Begoña Barroso, John Smeraglia and Session presenters)
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10:30–11:00 Coffee break
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workshop sessions
Note: each 90 minute (breakout) session will consist of 4 parts:
·       Preparing for the analysis: Integrating project info, PK, PD, aspects of
         biology/pharmacology , link to healthy volunteers/target population (15 min.)
·       Analytical challenges – assay criteria – Assay development and validation (15 min.)
·       How have/will data be(en) used in the project (15 min.)
·       Panel discussion: what would you have done differently, how and why? (45 min.)
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11:00–12.30 Morning Workshop session – Plenary
11:00–12:30 To spike or not to spike? The value of spiking recombinant proteins for the validation
of biomarker methods.
(Liz Hickford, UCB BioPharma)
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12:30–13:30 Lunch
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Presentation – Plenary
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13:30–14:15 Biomarker driven early phase oncology clinical trials; challenges in the real world.
(Sidath Katugampola, CRUK Centre for Drug Development)
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14:15–14:30 Logistic break – change rooms to go into breakout
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14:30-16:00 Afternoon Workshop session – Breakout
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14:30–16:00 4 Beta hydroxycholesterol, an emerging biomarker on hepatic CYP3A4 activity
with the potential of predicting Drug-Drug Interactions.
– 4β-Hydroxycholesterol, an endogenous marker of CYP3A activity
  (Ulf  Diczfalusy, Karolinska Institutet)
4β-Hydroxycholesterol as an Emerging Endogenous Biomarker of Hepatic CYP3A
  (Hamza Kandoussi, BMS)
Data from 4β-hydroxycholesterol in clinical development projects
  (Cecilia Arfvidsson, AstraZeneca)
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14:30–16:00 Development of an early stage Biomarker within discovery: considerations for assay
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(Adrian Freeman, Envigo)
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16:00–16:30 Tea break
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16:30-18:00 Afternoon Workshop session – Plenary
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 16:30-18:00 Integrating an exploratory BM in an early clinical stage in Pharma R&D.
(Ulrich Kunz, Boehringer-Ingelheim)
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10JUN2016
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Morning Workshop – Plenary
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09:00–10:30 Verification and validation of an efficacy biomarker during early clinical development.
(Robert Nelson, Novimmune)  
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10:30–11:15 Coffee break
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Presentation – Plenary
11:15–12:00 Integrating Biomarker data into projects. Overcome Challenge and develop
partnership to maximize value.
(John Allinson, LGC)  
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12:00–12:30 feedback and summary from the workshop sessions (20 minutes)
Introduction to the planery closing panel discussion (10 minutes)
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12:30–13:30 Lunch
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13:30–15:00 Closing Panel discussion – Plenary
Bringing Assay Validation and Analysis of Biomarkers into Practice – Development
of biomarkers strategy/hypothesis, incl.
• Interaction within discovery, preclinical and clinical colleagues to understand Mode of
  Action, PK/PD, and how effect translate into clinical
• How understanding biology impacts sampling strategies and the assay validation criteria
Moderators: conference organizers and presenters
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15:00–15:30 Tea break
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15:30–16:00 Summary, conclusion and next steps. 
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16:00 Adjourn