2022 mAbTalk symposium

Emerging targets for immuno-oncology

May 21, 2022, 8 p.m. US/Eastern

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With the development of biotechnology, immunotherapy has made significant progress and has become a novel cancer treatment. In particular, antibody therapies such as anti-CTLA-4 antibodies, anti-PD-1 antibodies, and anti-PD-L1antibodies have transformed certain cancers into chronic diseases.

Despite people having great expectations for cancer immunotherapy, the development of immunotherapy has several challenges. For example, response rates to immunotherapy are quite low in tumors that have limited T-cell infiltration. Tumor cells can also escape immune system surveillance and develop drug resistance due to reduced mutational load (TMB). In addition, the tumor immunosuppressive microenvironment can make the treatment ineffective. These difficulties have caused concerns for cancer immunotherapy. However, breakthroughs have been made in the recent years.

The first breakthrough was the combination therapy. The combination of the anti-CTLA-4 antibody Ipilimumab with the anti-PD-1 antibody Nivolumab has doubled the progression-free survival rate in metastatic melanoma patients. In addition, the combination of the anti-LAG-3 antibody Relatlimab and the anti-PD-1 antibody Nivolumab has increased progression-free survival by 50%, and reduced the side effects of the anti-CTLA-4 antibody by at least 50%. In fact, this combination strategy has revolutionized the first-line therapy for metastatic melanoma.

Second, the emergence of new targets has also opened an entirely new field for cancer immunotherapy. The combination of the anti-PD-L1 antibody Tecentrip with the antibody targeting the new target TIGIT Tiragolumab has become the first-line treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. In patients with PD-L1 Tumor Proportion Score (TPS) ≥ 50%, this new therapy has increased the median progression-free survival of 4.1 months for the anti-PD-L1 antibody monotherapy to 16.6 months, and reduced the death rate by 71%. In addition, several T cell therapies, NK cell therapy, macrophage cell therapy, and T-reg cell therapies are in the clinical trials and may soon provide exciting outcomes.

In view of the recent exciting development of cancer immunotherapy, the Chinese Antibody Society (CAS) and the CAS’s journal Antibody therapeutics will together hold the Chinese Antibody Society mAbTalkTM symposium with the title "Emerging Targets for Immuno-oncology" on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 8:00 pm (US Eastern time) / Sunday, May 22 at 8:00 am (Beijing time). We have invited several established academic experts in the field of immunotherapy to discuss various novel cancer immunotherapies. This symposium will be broadcast live through the Zoom platform.




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Mitchell Ho

Senior Investigator, NCI


Dimiter Dimitrov

Professor, University of Pittsburgh


Longxing Cao

Assistant Professor, Westlake University


Jun Wang

Assistant Professor, NYU


Rongze Lu

Assistant Professor, UT Austin UCSF


Rui Su

Assistant Professor, City of Hope


Starts at 05/21/2022 8 p.m. US/Eastern

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05/21/2022 8:10 p.m. US/Eastern

Session 1 Glypicans as CART Targets in Solid Tumors

Mitchell Ho, Senior Investigator, NCI

05/21/2022 8:40 p.m. US/Eastern

Session 1 FGL1 LAG3 as emergent target for immunotherapy of cancer and beyond

Jun Wang, Assistant Professor, NYU

05/21/2022 9:10 p.m. US/Eastern

Session 1 RNA methylation in leukemogenesis and leukemia immunity

Rui Su, Assistant Professor, City of Hope

05/21/2022 9:40 p.m. US/Eastern

Break acknowledgement to volunteers sponsor video

Organizer, TBD, The Chinese Antibody Society

05/21/2022 10:10 p.m. US/Eastern

Session 2 Human VH domains against viruses and cancer

Dimiter Dimitrov, Professor, University of Pittsburgh

05/21/2022 10:40 p.m. US/Eastern

Session 2 PP2A a novel immunotherapy target

Rongze Lu, Assistant Professor, UT Austin UCSF

05/21/2022 11:10 p.m. US/Eastern

Session 2 Robust de novo design of protein binding proteins from target structural information alone

Longxing Cao, Assistant Professor, Westlake University

05/21/2022 11:40 p.m. US/Eastern

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Organizer, TBD, The Chinese Antibody Society

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