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2020 SAPA Scientific Symposium

15/08/2020 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Virtual Digital Session
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The 2020 SAPA Scientific Symposium is the SAPA flagship annual event attracting prominent biotech and executives, academic and industry scientists, entrepreneurs, and investors, as well as professionals from different healthcare fields from locally and internationally.


The theme of this year’s symposium is “Driving transformation in Biomedical Innovation”. The symposium will focus on the current trend of biomedical innovation and breakthroughs in the following areas: Diagnostics and Precision Medicine, Cell and Gene Therapy, and New Technologies in Drug R&D. This year we have invited world-renowned scientists such as Professor George Church from Harvard, Professor Richard Zare from Standford, as well as senior executives of leading pharmaceutical companies, prominent scientists, and entrepreneurs to share their perspectives.

Please see the preliminary agenda and confirmed key speakers as below:

Plenary Session:

  • George Church, Ph.D., Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, MIT, Blavatnik Inst, Wyss Inst, Broad Inst, Regenesis Inst, SIAT Inst, PersonalGenomes.org
    • Presentation Title: TBD
  • Richard N. Zare, Ph.D., Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor of Natural Science, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University
    • Presentation Title: The Pleasure of A Scorpion Sting
  • David Y.H. Chang, Ph.D., CEO of Wuxi AppTec Advanced Therapies Business Unit
    • Presentation Title: Gene and Cell Therapies: Challenges and Opportunities in the CMC development efforts

Parallel Session 1: Diagnostics and Precision Medicine

  • Jun Liao, Ph.D., FACMG, Laboratory Director and Assistant Professor, Columbia University Medical Center
    • Presentation Title: Precision Medicine for Genetic Disease: from Prevention to Treatment
  • Tao Hong, Ph.D., Chief of Microbiology & Molecular Diagnostics, Department of Pathology, Hackensack University Medical Center
    • Presentation Title: COVID 19 pandemic: Laboratory Diagnosis of Respiratory system Infectious diseases
  • James Cai, Ph.D., Head of Data Science, Roche Innovation Center New York
    • Presentation Title: AI Opportunities in Pharma Clinical and Translational Research
  • Andrew Brooks, Ph.D., COO of RUCDR Infinite Biologics, CSO of Brooks Life Sciences
    • Presentation Title: TBD

Parallel Session 2: Cell and Gene Therapy

  • Richard (Liqun) Wang, Ph.D., CEO, Fosun Kite Biotechnology
    • Presentation Title: TBD
  • Yi Xing, Ph.D., Professor at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania
    • Presentation Title: TBD
  • James Li, Ph.D., Sr. Dir of R&D, Legend Biotech
    • Presentation Title: Legend Biotech Overview & Pipeline: What’s next in CAR-T?
  • Xiaobin Victor Lu, Ph.D.,Senior VP, Head of Regulatory Affairs at Innovative Cellular Therapeutics (ICT)
    • Presentation Title: Practical CMC considerations in preparation for a CAR-T cell immunotherapy biologics license application (BLA)

Parallel Session 3: New Frontier in Drug Development

  • John A. McCauley, Ph.D., Director, Medicinal Chemistry, Merck, West Point, PA
    • Presentation Title: Discovery of ZEPATIER: A combination therapy for the treatment of Hepatitis C Virus Infection
  • Louis Lombardo, Ph.D., Executive Director, Novel Drug Modalities and Emerging Technologies, BMS
    • Presentation Title: TBD
  • Xingxing Zang, M.Med., Ph.D., Professor and Louis Goldstein Swan Endowed Chair, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    • Presentation Title: New Immune Checkpoints: From Discoveries to Clinical Trials
  • Handan He, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Ascletis Pharma. Inc
    • Presentation Title: Opportunities and Challenges in China’s Biotech Industry: From First-in-China to First-in-Class Globally

Break Out Networking Session

  • Room 1. Diagnostics and Precision Medicine
  • Room 2. Cell and Gene Therapy
  • Room 3. New Technologies in Drug Development
  • Room 4. Clinical Research
  • Room 5. Regulatory and Legal/IP



Register Now:

The 2020 SAPA Scientific Symposium is now open for registration. This event will be complimentary ($0) for SAPA members. We also welcome previous faculty and advocates, members from the Corporate Sponsors (per agreement), and Volunteers to join us with no charge. The ticket for non-members will be $20 and $10 for students and postdocs.


Please click here to download the Program Pamphlet for this event.


*If you are an existing SAPA Member, please log in to your account, and the price change will be automatically adjusted to zero. Thank you for being a loyal member! 

**We may provide discount codes to collaborative organizations; upon request we can also provide registration receipt for reimbursement to the registrants.



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We are looking forward to your participation to make it a successful event and to positively impact your career journey.


9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Category:
Virtual Digital Session