2019-06-08 SAPA-NE 21st Annual Conference: Deliver Optimal Medicines to All Patients

Updated: Dec 8, 2019

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2019 SAPA-NE Annual Conference

Writer: Leo Qian

Photographer: Dong Yang

Cambridge, Massachusetts — The Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association–New England (SAPA-NE) successfully hosted its 21st annual conference at the Boston Marriot Cambridge on June 8th, 2019.

Bridge, Connect, Collaborate and Innovate for Unmet Medical Needs brought hundreds of SAPA-NE members, friends and sponsors to focus this year’s discussion on “Deliver Optimal Medicines to All Patients”. The one-day conference, organized by all-volunteer pharmaceutical professionals, consisted of three plenary sessions led by 15 invited speakers and panelists, representing academic institutions, healthcare providers, industry leaders and physician networks, on topics such as developing novel medicines for unmet medical needs, improving data extraction, as well as interactive discussions on delivering advanced treatments to patients and fostering innovative collaborations.

The conference was opened with remarks from Dr. Qiying Hu, the SAPA-NA President-Elect. Dr. Hu highlighted the incredible progress of the community, especially its contribution to the tremendous success of the industry in the New England area. The morning session featured on developing novel therapies for unmet medical needs. Dr. Gregory Verdine, Professor of Chemistry, Harvard University; Founder and CEO, Fog Pharma and Lifemine Therapeutics discussed about drugging traditionally “undruggable” targets with novel modalities including stapled peptides as well as with natural products discovery from fungi-based gene sequencing. Dr. Shaun Coughlin, VP, Cardiovascular and Metabolism, Novartis, highlighted the breakthrough therapies for coronary artery disease and heart failures at Novartis with profound understanding of human biology and pathology of atherosclerotic heart diseases. Mr. Edward Hu, Co-CEO of WuXi Apptec, delivered an exciting presentation on the radical changes of China’s healthcare and pharmaceutical industry in the past few years, highlighting several emerging themes in the China Healthcare Ecosystem today. Mr. Hu also discussed the contribution from Wuxi Apptec in supporting such a networked and innovative healthcare ecosystem. Dr. Theodore H. Bukowski, SVP, Chief Revenue Officer, MOREHealth, discussed the asynchronous and synchronous telemedicine platform of MOREHealth, highlighting the platform with all information and data in one place, and easy to navigate and use, especially coming from physician networks who have practiced for many years. Dr. Jian Chen, CEO of Celetrix, presented products of his company and how their technology and instrumentation can provide support in CAR-T therapy based on its proprietary electroporation technologies, which yield higher transfection efficiency and faster cell manufacturing.

After lunch, the plenary session discussions shifted gears and focused on big data in drug discovery. Dr. Haishan Xiong, SVP, Fountain Medical Development Ltd., discussed the US-China regulatory and clinical strategy in the era of The International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH). With data acceptance across US and China is a reality, China is becoming the frontier in drug development including clinical development/operation. Dr. Xiaole Shirley Liu, Professor, biostatistics and computational biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard School of Public Health, delivered a lecture focusing on the tumor signaling analyzed using RNA-seq data. Dr. Liu introduced her exciting research leveraging innovative biostatical tools to study immune-oncology and target therapies. Dr. Weike Mo, Vice President of Digital China Health Co., discussed using China Real World Data for drug discovery and development and shared with the audience case studies from their collaborations with partners to study real-world genomic and biomarker data for drug discovery.

Our fireside chat, moderated by Sharon Cang, Associate Director, Global Regulatory Lead at Takeda Oncology, engaged with panelists Dr. Howard Liang, CFO of Beigene, Dr. Qingcong Lin, CEO of Biocytogen Boston, and Wenge Xie, VP of Business Development in Medicilon of their vision on delivering of advanced affordable treatments to all patients, with question s and comments from an interactive audience. The conference continued with the scientific session on innovation through creative collaboration. During this session, Dr. Sridaran Natesan, VP, Strategic Initiatives and Scientific Relations, Sanofi, shared the pipeline of Sanofi in different therapeutic areas including novel drug modalities, new assets in immune-oncology, as well as cutting edge therapeutic platforms and digital enablers. Dr. Natesan also shared with the audience the progress and impact of Sanofi’s Global iAward Program which focuses on an innovative, lean, and productive industry – academic partnership mechanism. Dr. Yinxiang Wang, President and CEO, Jacobio Pharma, discussed progress from Jacobio’s pipeline and his vision for the drug R&D in China. Mr. Brad Loncar, CEO of Loncar Investments, shared his unique perspectives on dynamic growth of the biotech sector in China including industry policy, innovative medicines, drug pricing, and Loncar China BioPharma Index.

The annual conference was concluded by the immediate past President of SAPA-NE, Dr. Jun Johnny Yang followed by SAPA-NE High School Excellence Scholarship Presentation to Emme Zhou, a graduate from Lexington High School, and Willen Zhou, a graduating senior from Newton South High School by Drs. Huo Li, Guiqing Liang, and Jun Johnny Yang.

Dr. Yang continued to highlight professional events hosted by the NE chapter in the past years and acknowledged community leader and volunteers along the way. Appreciation and congratulations from the city office of Cambridge, MA were warmly received by over 150 guests, including leaderships and friends of SAPA-NE from all over the world, with toasts and reflection on the history, achievements, and future of SAPA-NE chapter.

The SAPA-NE leadership successfully completed its transition to president Dr. Qiying Hu, president-elect Dr. Mangeng Cheng, and immediate-past president Dr. Jun Johnny Yang. Dr. Lin Lin were elected as the Secretory in General. The current leadership, including the president, Dr. Qiying Hu, are confident in leading the organization to the next exciting chapter.


撰稿人: 惠释喆, 摄影: 杨栋

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(Cambridge City Council 的Vice Mayor Jan Devereux 给SAPA-NE发来的贺信)






第一位演讲嘉宾Dr. Gregory Verdine 既是哈佛大学和哈佛医学院的教授同时也是Fog医药公司的创始人,他为大家讲解了如何用钉合肽把无药性的药物变成有药性的药物,以及如何从基于真菌基因序列中发现天然肽的方法。接下来,来自诺华的Shaun Coughlin博士,为大家介绍了诺华最新的治疗心脏病和心脏冠状动脉疾病的最新治疗方法,和治疗效果,分享了他自己对于心脏病治疗的理解。随着咖啡香气的到来,半小时的茶歇让大家恢复了满满的元气。重新落座后,药明康德的总裁Edward Hu 先生为我们讲述了他与药明康德的故事, 药明康德的现状和今后的发展。随后,爱医传递MOREHealth的Theodore (Ted) H. Bukowski 为大家介绍了这家专注危重疑难疾病的医疗服务机构是如何为客户提供高质量的诊断服务的,他们联合中美顶级医疗专家致力于解除先有医疗行业的低效障碍。午间休息前的最后一位演讲者是Celetrix创始人陈建博士讲解了如何利用电穿孔技术向细胞递送大分子包括DNA和蛋白质。 Celetrix目前已经成为CAR-T疗法中CAR表达和Cas9 RNP介导的基因治疗基因组编辑的电穿孔领域的技术领导者。