Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s 4th Annual

Neoantigen Targeted Therapies

Personalized Cancer Immunotherapy in the Genomic Era

August 8-9, 2019

Fueled with advances in genomic technologies, personalized oncology promises to innovate cancer therapy and target previously undruggable space. Developments in NGS technology enabled systematic analysis of patient-specific mutanome and opens the door to developing personalized cancer vaccines and other therapies targeting neoantigens. Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s Fourth Annual Neoantigen Targeted Therapies conference brings together thought leaders from pharmaceutical and biotech companies, leading academic teams and clinical immuno-oncologists to share research and case studies in implementing patient-centric approaches to using the immune system to beat cancer, including utilizing NGS to identify tumor-specific neoantigens, using in silico tools to predict immunogenic neoepitopes, and targeting them with personalized vaccines, novel antibodies or combination therapies.

Final Agenda


7:45 am Registration Open and Morning Coffee

Harbor II


PANEL DISCUSSION: Partnering and Licensing in Immuno-Oncology

Big pharma and biotech are under pressure to compete in the booming Immuno-Oncology market and to capitalize on new technologies and innovations to bring next-generation immunotherapies to the patients. This insider panel will share what they look for in a partner or investment, and discuss opportunities for collaboration or in-licensing of novel immunotherapies, IO targets or biomarkers, and potential combination therapies.


Griffith_MelindaMelinda Griffith, JD

Vice President, Strategic Alliances; Chief Legal Counsel, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy






Michael Woo, MBA

Head, Search & Evaluation, Immuno-Oncology, Business Development & Licensing, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc.





Kathryn McCabe, PhD

Senior Director, Business Development, Emerging Technology and Innovation, Eli Lilly and Company





Scott M. DeWire, PhD

Global Head, Business Development and Licensing, Cancer Immunology, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.





Philip Arlen, MD

President & CEO, Precision Biologics




9:30 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall. Last chance for poster viewing.

Harbor II

10:10 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Allen Allen, MD, PhD, President and CEO, Gritstone Oncology

10:15 Preliminary First-in-Human Data with a Novel MAB, NEO 201, Targeting a Novel Neoantigen in Solid Tumors

Arlen_PhilipPhilip Arlen, MD, President & CEO, Precision Biologics

NEO-201 was developed from a cancer vaccine derived from an immunogenic component of a cell membrane preparation derived from pooled surgical tumor specimens. NEO-201 demonstrated the ability to bind to wide variety of human epithelial carcinomas but did not react with the normal epithelial tissue. In addition, it has demonstrated tumor destruction through antibody dependent cell mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC). A companion diagnostic IHC based assay has been developed to identify patients expressing the target. An ongoing phase I study in patients with refractory solid tumors commenced in early 2019.

10:45 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Driving T Cell Responses to Neoantigens - The Importance of Priming and Accurate Target Selection

Andrew Allen, MD, PhD, President and CEO, Gritstone Oncology

Tumor neoantigens (NeoAg) are a key class of tumor-specific T cell antigens which can drive a therapeutic immune response. To harness them therapeutically, we must first accurately identify true NeoAg from a typically large pool of DNA mutations, the large majority of which are not processed and presented on the tumor cell surface. Then we must prime and boost a potent and polyfunctional naïve T cell response against these antigens.

11:15 Synthetic DNA-Based Neoantigen Targeted Delivery to Address a Wide-Range of Neoantigenic Payloads

Sardesai_NiranjanNiranjan Y. Sardesai, PhD, Co-Founder, CEO & President, Geneos Therapeutics

Tumor neoantigen targeting has emerged as a viable approach for treating cancer and considerable attention has focused on improved prediction, prioritization, and/or down-selection, and validation of the neoantigenic targets. Beyond prediction and selection algorithms, neoantigen delivery platforms and platform capacity, manufacturability, and potency are important considerations to drive immune responses in vivo. This presentation will discuss the plasmid DNA platform for development of neoantigen targeted personalized cancer immunotherapy.

WuXi 11:45 Multi-Omic Data Generation and Analysis to Discover IO Response Signatures and Novel Drug Targets in NSCLC

Oliner_KellyKelly Oliner, PhD, Senior Director, Translational Medicine, Diagnostics and Regulatory, WuXi NextCODE

At WuXi NextCODE, we leverage our sophisticated large scale multi-omic genetic analysis (WGS, RNA-transcriptome, DNA-methylation and micro-RNA) with our advanced AI to fully interrogate large collections of archival FFPE tissue specimens with phenotypic and outcomes data. This presentation will describe how our proprietary FFPE extraction method SeqPlus, large scale genetics pipeline and advanced AI are employed to drive understanding of drug response and next generation cancer drug target discovery.

12:15 pm Enjoy Lunch on Your Own

12:45 Session Break

Harbor III

1:40 Chairperson’s Remarks

Pamela Carroll, PhD, Senior Vice President, Immuno-Oncology, Genocea Biosciences

1:45 How to Identify a Good Tumor Rejection Mediating Neoepitope

Srivastava_PramodPramod Srivastava, MD, PhD, Director, Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center & Professor of Immunology and Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

It is relatively straightforward to identify the somatic mutations in individual cancers. However, an overwhelming majority of these mutations do not lead to generation of neoepitopes that can be recognized by the immune system in a manner that an effective anti-tumor immune response can be generated. I shall present new results on the rules for identification of true anti-cancer neoepitopes.

2:15 A Universal Early Cancer Screen Using a Blood-Based 400K Frameshift Peptide Array

Katz_YisraelYisrael Katz, MD, CMO, Calviri; Center for Innovations in Medicine, Arizona Biodesign Institute

Our group has invented a 400K peptide array representing all potential immunogenic frameshift antigens produced by cancer cells. The assay is serologic, requiring <1mL of blood, no tissue or sequencing, and simultaneously interprets a diagnostic signature for multiple early-stage cancers with high accuracy. Cost is substantially lower than DNA-based technologies and results are obtained in a few hours. In multiple stage I and pre-stage I (blood collected 0-6 months prior to a cancer diagnosis) breast cancer and melanoma cohorts, accuracy of the test ranged from 85%-99%, representing an unparalleled improvement over existing screening modalities. This technology represents a major leap in the world of immuno-oncology and early cancer diagnostics, as it enables a single study to simultaneously and rapidly detect pre-clinical disease in multiple cancer types with high accuracy and low cost. Furthermore, the reactive frameshift peptide signatures can be directly translated into targets for therapeutic cancer vaccines, define MSI status, and predict response or adverse event risk to immunotherapy.

2:45 Refreshment Break

3:15 Identifying and Characterizing Neoantigens for Optimized Immunotherapies

Jessica Baker-Flechtner, PhD, CSO, Genocea Biosciences

Genocea’s ATLASTM platform is a powerful tool that screens all candidate neoantigens for pre-existing patient-specific CD4+ or CD8+ stimulatory and inhibitory responses in an HLA agnostic assessment. Excluding inhibitory peptides that may suppress tumor immunity, accelerate tumor progression and mediate patient response to immune checkpoint blockade therapies could enable best-in-class immunotherapies. Genocea is applying ATLAS in its two lead programs: GEN-009, a neoantigen vaccine currently being evaluated in Phase 1/2a clinical trials, and GEN-011, a personalized non-engineered T cell therapy program that targets multiple neoantigens.

 3 :45 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Functional Identification and Therapeutic Targeting of Cancer Neoantigens

Stephen P. Schoenberger, PhD, Co-Director, San Diego Center for Precision Immunotherapy; Professor, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

This presentation will describe a novel approach developed to identify the subset of expressed cancer mutations that can be recognized by a patient’s own immune system and which can form the basis for personalized immunotherapy by either vaccination or adoptive cellular therapy.

4:15 NEW: Neoantigen Vaccination for Glioblastoma: Getting Personal

David A. Reardon, MD, Clinical Director, Center for Neuro-Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School

4:45 Close of Day

8:30 am Breakout Discussion Groups with Continental Breakfast

Harbor III

9:30 Chairperson’s Remarks

Nathaniel Wang, PhD, Head of R&D, Synthetic Genomics, Inc.

9:35 Immunogenic Intensification – An Emerging Strategy to Enhance Cancer Immunotherapy

Bilusic_MarijoMarijo Bilusic, MD, PhD, Associate Research Physician, Program Director, NIH Hematology Oncology Fellowship, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

Preclinical studies have demonstrated that the combination of cancer vaccines and checkpoint inhibitors has synergistic effects. Cancer vaccines activate T cells, direct them to the tumor and increase PD-L1 expression within the tumor microenvironment. Vaccines should enhance immune response and, with concurrent blockade of inhibitory pathways, could also achieve optimal antitumor effects. Combinations of cancer vaccines and immune checkpoint inhibitors are currently being studied in clinical trials. Early results suggest that it is possible to combine immune agents with manageable side effects, while inducing anti-tumor activity in some patients. Combinations of cancer vaccine and immune checkpoint inhibitor may prove of significant added therapeutic benefit by immunogenic intensification.

10:05 Adenovirus Vectored Vaccines Targeting Multiple Neoantigens Synergize with Immune Checkpoint Inhibition to Eradicate Large Tumors

Scarselli_ElisaElisa Scarselli, CSO, Nouscom AG

Nouscom developed Gorilla Adenovirus vectored vaccines (GAds) with the capacity to encode multiple neoantigens. Experiments in murine cancer models demonstrated that GAd vaccination is very effective in early therapeutic settings, while it is not able to control tumor growth in the presence of high tumor burden. In this setting, the combination of GAd vaccine and anti-PD-1 broadens the repertoire of intra-tumor T cells and cures more animals than anti-PD-1 monotherapy.

10:35 Synthetic Self-Replicating RNA Platforms for Shared Neoantigen and Multidimensional Combination Therapeutics

Wang_NathanielNathaniel Wang, PhD, Head of R&D, Synthetic Genomics, Inc.

RNA as a vaccine and therapeutic modality has become a focus of significant interest. Synthetically Modified Alpha Replicon RNA Technologies (SMARRT) are capable of targeting neoantigens as a vaccine platform as well as co-expression of immunomodulatory molecules such as cytokines and antibodies for therapeutics. As a vaccine platform, SMARRT generates a high magnitude, polyfunctional Class I and Class II T cell response. Using this platform to target different classes of shared neoantigens in combination with immune modulators represents the next wave of multidimensional combination therapies.

11:05 Key Learnings from Bringing a Fully Personalized Cancer Neoantigen Vaccine into the Clinic

Fredriksen_AgneteAgnete Fredriksen, PhD, CSO, Vaccibody

Vaccibody has a unique platform technology able to potentiate DNA vaccines by attracting, activating and delivering antigens to antigen presenting cells. Positive clinical results have been proven with a therapeutic HPV vaccine in a phase I/IIa. The platform allows rapid and cost-effective manufacturing perfect to develop commercially viable patient-specific vaccines on demand. A Phase I testing Vaccibody neoantigen vaccine in advanced cancer patients receiving anti-PD/PD-L1 therapy was initiated in 2018.

11:35 am Close of Conference

preliminary Agendas Available