Susan Napier Thomas is a Woodruff Associate Professor with tenure in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering in the Parker H. Petit Institute of Bioengineering and Bioscience at the Georgia Institute of Technology where she holds adjunct appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Biological Science and is a member of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. She received her B.S. with honors in Chemical Engineering from the University of California Los Angeles and her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. She conducted her postdoctoral training at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne before launching her independent laboratory working on biomaterials for drug delivery and disease modeling
relevant to cancer immunotherapy. For her contributions to the emerging field of immunoengineering, she has been honored with the 2018 Young Investigator Award from the Society for Biomaterials for “outstanding achievements in the
field of biomaterials research”; and the 2013 Rita Schaffer Young Investigator
Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society “in recognition of high level of originality and ingenuity in a scientific work in biomedical engineering”; Her interdisciplinary research program is supported by multiple awards from the National Cancer Institute, the Department of Defense, the National Science
Foundation, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, amongst others.Cristal Therapeutics is a highly innovative biotech company and applies three distinct and interconnected technologies together with biologic insight to improve the therapeutic profile of our partners’ programs in development. Based on over 10 years of real world experience, Cristal’s CliCr®, CriPec® and CriVac® technologies provide superior conjugation, enhance target specificity and engender highly selective immune responses, thereby increasing efficacy and reducing toxicity. The company aims to be the partner of choice for overcoming challenges and enabling the full potential of e.g. chemotherapeutic agents, immuno-oncology treatments and vaccines, amongst a broader range of therapeutics, tuned to modality and indication.
Gianfranco Pasut is a Full Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology at the Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences – University of Padova, Italy. He received the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2003 from the University of Padova. He was visiting Ph.D. student at the Rheumatology Dept, Medical School – University of Pennsylvania (USA) and visiting scientist at the School of Pharmacy – University of Reading (UK).
Gianfranco Pasut has more than 20 years of research experience in the field of drug and protein delivery, in particular by polymer conjugation. He has developed numerous methods of polymer conjugation to proteins and has collaborated with several companies. His research lab is investigating new approaches of polymer conjugation, Antibody Drug Conjugates, and targeted liposomes. He has pioneered and expanded the use of the enzyme transglutaminase for the development of new conjugates. Pasut is the author of more than 70 publications, 14 book chapters, and the inventor of 10 patents. He is the scientific editor of a book on PEGylation. He has also participated in scientific advisory boards of private pharmaceutical companies. He is Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Medical Technology | Nano-Based Drug Delivery, and Associate Editor of Heliyon | Chemistry.
Helena Florindo graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2003 (University of Lisbon) and obtained her Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Technology in 2008 (University of Lisbon), in collaboration with the University of London.
Currently, she is an Associate Professor with tenure and habilitation in the department of Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Health Technologies at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon. Since 2015, she is the head of the BioNanoSciences – Drug Delivery & Immunoengineering Research Group, at the Research Institute for Medicines (iMed.ULisboa), University of Lisbon.
Helena is also a member of the Portuguese Medicines Agency Evaluation Board (INFARMED) and an expert to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), thus supporting the evaluation of marketing authorization procedures for new drugs and biologics. This knowledge in regulatory sciences also guides the research within her research group, which has been motivated by the immune-oncology field towards the rational development of functionalized nanobiomaterials as novel immunotherapies for cancer treatment. It includes the characterization of the anti-tumor effects induced by the combination of nano-vaccines with nano-therapeutics designed to modulate the functions of key cells within tumor microenvironment, such as T cells, myeloid-derived cells and tumor cells.
Her major topics of research are:
Discovering advanced polymeric systems by an automated and AI-driven polymer chemistry platform
Vascular-targeted micelles as MRI contrast agents for molecular imaging
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