May 23, 2023

Welcome to hubXchange’s Immuno-Oncology Xchange East Coast 2023, bringing together executives from pharma and biotech to address and find solutions to the key issues faced in developing immuno-oncology therapies, through a series of roundtable discussions. 

Discussion topics will cover Immune Biomarkers, Translational Research, Clinical Development, Combination Strategies and Next-Generation Therapies.

Take advantage of this unique highly interactive meeting format designed for maximum engagement and collaboration with your peers.

Please note this is an In-Person meeting.

VENUE DETAILS: Hilton Boston Woburn Hotel, 2 Forbes Road, Woburn MA 01801


  • Immune landscape and gene signatures in immuno-therapy
  • Predictive biomarkers for IO treatment used in clinical practice now and in the future
  • Decision enabling biomarkers in IO clinical development
  • In vivo models for immunological MoA and biomarker strategies to predict patient response and aid patient selection
  • How to select the right translational screening model to monitor IO agents
  • Pre-clinical in vivo models for improved toxicity prediction
  • Early signals of efficacy, biomarkers and confidence in early clinical I/O trials
  • Targeting exhausted cells – Ab cellular therapy combinations
  • Different cellular modalities
  • TME-targeting combinations – improving efficacy
  • Antibody discovery for therapeutic antibodies and different therapeutic modalities
  • Metabolic modulation in the TIME for a sustained T-cell effector function
  • Use and prospects of Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) combining target-specific capabilities of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) with cytotoxicity chemotherapy to treat cancer

Full Xchange Agenda

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Immune Biomarkers

Titles and Bullets
08:00 – 08:30
08:30 – 09:00

Opening Address & Keynote Presentation by Synexa

09:05 – 10:05

Decision Enabling Biomarkers in IO Clinical Development

Vice President, Immuno Oncology Precision Medicine, Bayer

Amanda Wang is the Vice President and head of Immuno Oncology Precision Medicine at Bayer. Her team is responsible for Biomarker and CDx strategy across various stages of IO development, from target identification & validation to early development, late development and life cycle management. Before joining Bayer in 2019, Amanda worked at Novartis for over nine years, where she focused on biomarker development in autoimmune, Oncology and additional disease areas. Amanda has in-depth experience of translational science and clinical development in IO. Amanda received an PhD degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Virginia. She also received a Master degree in Biostatistics from Boston University.

Amanda Wang
10:10 – 10:40
1-2-1 Meetings/Networking Break
10:40 – 11:10
1-2-1 Meetings/Networking Break
11:10 – 11:20
Morning Refreshments
11:20 – 12:20

Sponsor-led Roundtable Discussion

12:20 – 13:20
Networking Lunch
13:20 – 13:50

Spotlight Presentation by Inotivco

13:55 – 14:25

1-2-1 Meetings/Networking Break

14:25 – 14:55
1-2-1 Meetings/Networking Break
15:35 – 16:35

Predictive biomarkers for IO treatment used in clinical practice now and in the future

Vice President, Translational Science, Oncology, AstraZeneca

Dr. J. Carl Barrett is Vice President & Global Head of Translational Medicine Oncology R&D at AstraZeneca. He is responsible for development and execution of biomarker strategies and translational sciences efforts to support compound development from research through early and full development in oncology.

Previously, Dr. Barrett was the founding Director of the NCI Center for Cancer Research (CCR), the NCI intramural center for translation medicine. He was also Scientific Director at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences where he focused on integrating new approaches to toxicogenomics, molecular toxicology, and the Environmental Genome Project.

J.Carl Barrett
16:35 – 16:45

Afternoon Refreshments

16:45 – 17:45

Immune landscape and gene signatures in immuno-therapy

  • How can the concept of “immune landscape” be better-utilized to inform treatment decisions
    for patients? What technologies are best-utilized to assess the immune landscape of a patient?
    How are these technologies implemented in the clinic?
  • What specific challenges in oncology do gene signatures have the potential to address?
  • What are current hurtles preventing the use of gene signatures for patient stratification? How
    might such hurtles be overcome?

 Principal Scientist, Oncorus

Christopher Dupont is interested in immunotherapy, immune-oncology, checkpoint modulators, vaccines, and oncolytic viruses. He received his PhD from University of Pennsylvania, where he studied mechanisms of antigen presentation following vaccination with attenuated parasites. Chris then performed a postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, applying biotechnology to measure immune responses to Staphylococcal and Pneumococcal vaccination. Chris has worked in immune-oncology for the last 6 years, where he has identified and measured biomarkers for patients undergoing treatment with checkpoint modulators and/or oncolytic viruses. Chris is currently a Principal Scientist in the Translational Medicine and Biomarker Team at Oncorus.

Chris Dupont
17:45 – 18:45
Evening Drinks Reception


Immuno-Oncology Xchange | East Coast 2023