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A distinguished professional Seminar Series is co-sponsored by the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research, Hepatitis B Foundation, and the Drexel Institute to promote scientific exchange at a national and international level. National and international leaders in the field are invited to speak on a regular schedule.

Seminar Series Schedule 2012


January 5 - 11:00 AM - Lale Bildirici-Ertekin, PhD (Kutztown University)
"The Use of Immunoporation for Efficient Cell Transfection"

January 12 - 11:00 AM - Yvonne Paterson, PhD (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
"Cancer Immunotherapy With Listeria Vectors That Target the Tumor On All Fronts"

January 17 - 11:00 AM - David Newman, PhD (Natural Products Branch, Development Therapeutics Program, NCI)
"Natural Products: Still Viable As Drug Leads In The 21st Century?"

January 19 - 11:00 AM - Klaus Klumpp, PhD (Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc.)
"Antiviral Drug Discovery and Development: Converting Screening Hits Into Clinical Candidates"

January 26 - 4:00 PM - Michael J. Sofia, PhD* (Pharmasset, Inc.)
"Nucleotide Prodrugs for Treating HCV Infection: From Discovery to the Clinic"

February 2 - 11:00 AM - Robert Doms, MD, PhD (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
"Reconstructing Berlin: Zinc-Finger Nucleases and HIV-1 Therapy"

February 16 - 11:00 AM - Frederic Bushman, PhD (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
"The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease"

March 7 - 9:00-10:30 AM - Chris Molineaux (President, Pennsylvania Bio)
"PA Bio 2012 Outlook"

Reservations Required: Please email to RSVP

March 15 - 11:00 AM - Todd Schell, PhD (Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine)
"Targeting the Strong and the Weak: Recruiting CD8+ T Cells Against SV40 Large T Antigen"

March 29 - 4:00 PM - Joseph Aceto, PhD, Esq.*/**
"A Legal Primer for Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Biotech Companies"

April 5 - 11:00 AM - Patrick Lam, PhD**
"Structure-Based Discovery of the Factor Xa Inhibitor, Eliquis (Apixaban), as a Novel Anticoagulant"

April 26 - 11:00 AM - Scott L. Diamond, PhD** (Institute for Medicine & Engineering, University of Pennsylvania)
"High Throughput Biotechnology"

April 27 - 4:00 PM - Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH (Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health & Human Services)
"A National Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Viral Hepatitis"
Hepatitis B Foundation's 2012 Baruch S. Blumberg Prize

May 17 - 11:00 AM - George Trainor, PhD** (Trainor Consulting, LLC - formerly VP, BMS Chemisty)
"Chemical Principles of Drug Action In Vivo"

May 24 - 11:00 AM - Hydar Ali, PhD (University of Pennsylvania)
"Human Mast Cells and Humanized Mice for the Study of Host Defense and Allergic Asthma"

POSTPONED - Robert Lanford, PhD (Texas Biomedical Research Institute)
"The Chimpanzee Model of HCV and HBV Infections; Novel Therapeutics Based on MicroRNAs and Toll-Like Receptors"
Distinguished Lecture Series

June 8 - 4:00 PM - Snorri S. Thorgeirsson, MD, PhD (Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, NIH)
"Deconstructing Liver Cancer: From Genome to Stem Cells"
Hepatitis B Foundation's 2012 Bruce Witte Lecturer

June 28 - 11:00 AM - Michael Nonnemacher, PhD (Drexel University College of Medicine)
"HIV-1 LTR Polymorphisms as Potential Markers for Peripheral and Neurologic Disease Progression"

July 10 - 4:00 PM - Jose Falconi* (VerdanTech LLC)
"Why Look to Latin America for Potential Business, and What's Essential to Know? (Brazil as Case Study)"

July 12 - 11:00 AM - Mauricio Reginato, PhD (Drexel University College of Medicine)
"Targeting O-GlcNacylation: Taking the Sugar Out of Cancer"

POSTPONED - Patrick Loll, PhD (Drexel University College of Medicine)
"Killing Bad Guys With X-Rays: How Structure Can Inform Antibiotic Design"

July 19 - 11:00 AM - Anthony Ford-Hutchinson, PhD (Former Sr. VP, Vaccines Research & Development, Merck Research Laboratories)
"Challenges in the Discovery and Distribution of Novel Vaccines"

July 26 - 11:00 AM - Zhaoyu Li, PhD (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
"Foxa in Liver Development and Cancer"

July 31 - 4:00 PM - Michael Poisel, MS, MBA & Heather Steinman, PhD, MBA* (UPstart, Center for Technology Transfer, University of Pennsylvania)
"UPstart: Incubating Innovation"

August 2 - 11:00 AM - Lisa Minor** (In Vitro Strategies, LLC)
"Reproducible and Quantitative Analysis of Cell Morphology and Subcellular Structures Through Controlling Cell Surface Adhesion-2D+"

August 7 - 11:00 AM - Prof. Massimo Levrero (Sapienza Universita' di Roma)
"Investigating cccDNA Function: Implications for the Cure of HBV Infection"

August 14 - 11:00 AM - Pauline Rudd, PhD (University College Dublin)
"Glycobiology: The Importance of Glycosylation From The Bench To The Clinic"

August 17 - 11:00 AM - T. Rajendra Kumar, PhD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
"Genetics and Pathophysiology of Pituitary Null Cell Tumors"

August 30 - 11:00 AM - Michael Racke, MD (Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University)
"Will Small RNA Lead to Big Results in Multiple Sclerosis"

October 11 - 11:00 AM - Isabelle Gorrillot, PhD (DIGNA Biotech)

October 12 - 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Annual Biotech Conference* - Regional Biotech Council
"Biotech Success Stories of the Region"
For more information or to register, please visit:

October 25 - 11:00 AM - Michael Bray, MD, MPH (Division of Clinical Research, NIAID, NIH)
"Current Research Questions in Viral Hemorrhagic Fever"

October 31 - Time TBA - Nicholas Meanwell, PhD** (Bristol Myers Squibb)

December 6 - 11:00 AM - Robert Lanford, PhD (Texas Biomedical Research Institute)
"The Chimpanzee Model of HCV and HBV Infections: Novel Therapeutics Based on MicroRNAs and Toll-Like Receptors"
Distinguished Lecturer Series

December 13 - 11:00 AM - George C. Prendergast, PhD (The Landenau Institute for Medical Research)


*Regional Biotech Council (RBC) Seminar Speakers (Registration may be required)

**Pennyslvania Drug Discovery Institute Seminar Speakers


For More Information:
Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research
3805 Old Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18902
Tele: 215.489.4900
Fax 215.489.4920

* = Regional Biotech Council (RBC) Seminar Speakers (Registration may be required)

**= Pennsylvania Drug Discovery Institute Seminar Speakers

Please note that all Seminars are held at the IHVR and Drexel Institute located at the PA Biotechnology Center of Bucks County in Doylestown, PA. Click here for Travel Directions.



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