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July 30, 2003

Nobel Linus Pauling Symposium: Biotech vs. Big Pharma

In honor of the Life and Works of Dr. Linus Pauling. Dr. Pauling won two Nobel Prizes- in 1954 for Chemistry and in 1962 for Peace.

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Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Time: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: MIT Faculty Club. 50 Memorial Drive - 6th Floor, Cambridge, Parking is available at the Sloan lot on Main Street off Wadsworth Street. Click here for directions to MIT.

  1. ActoKine Therapeutics (
  2. Lab-Robotics-Interest group (LRIG) (
  3. Innocentive (
  4. Aventis (
Exhibition booth: 3 pm to 10 pm
A) Education: Gifts from Dr. Linus Pauling, Jr. (Contact Catherine Laplace PhD ActoKine Therapeutics)
3:00 - 3:20 pm Seminar by the Winner of the Trivia Contest
Moderator: Jim Dasch PhD ActoKine Therapeutics
Speaker: Meena Arunachala
3:20 - 4:20 pm Smart Pitch
Moderators: Jim Flynn PhD & Sonia Wallman PhD
4:20 - 4:30 pm Who's Who
Moderator: Raul Krauss PhD Director ActoKine
4:30 - 5:00 pm Exhibition Booth
(Contact: Yaw-Ching Yang,PhD, Director ActoKine Therapeutics)
B) New Biotechnology + buffet dinner, Chair by Matthew Cooper PhD Biogen & David Merberg PhD
Reinhard Ebner, PhD
Suxing Liu, PhD
Irina Agoulnik, PhD
5:00 - 5:25 pm Reinhard Ebner PhD Avalon Pharmaceuticals
Title: High-Throughput Transcriptional Profiling for Novel Drug Discovery & Optimization
5:25 - 5:50 pm Suxing Liu, PhD, Schering-Plough
Title: Identification of p53 target genes by bioinformatics and microarray approaches
6:00 - 6:25 pm Martin Scott, PhD, Biogen
Title: RNAi and Transgenesis
6:25 - 6:50 pm Irina Agoulnik, PhD, Millennium
Title: Microarray Data analysis for new Drug Discovery
C) Keynote speaker (+ buffet dinner)
Introduction: Grace Wong PhD, Founder of Student Vision & ActoKine Therapeutics
Robert Allen Lewis, MD

7:00 - 7:50 pm Bob Lewis MD, Aventis
Title: Target Discovery and Validation in Immunology
D) Panel Discussion (+ buffet dinner)
8:00 - 9:30 pm Biotech vs. Big Pharma Moderators: Seth Cohen PhD and Mark Tepper PhD

Big Pharma Speakers:
Aventis (Natesan, Sridaran PhD)
AstraZeneca (Lihua Yu PhD and David Merberg PhD),
Novartis (Qian Huang PhD),
Schering-Plough (Suxing Liu PhD),
Pfizer (Steven Gilman PhD, now at Millennium),

Biotech Speakers:
Amgen (Zhu, Xiaotian, PhD),
Avalon Pharma (Carter, Ken PhD),
Biogen (Meena Subramanyam PhD and Matthew Cooper PhD)
Serono (Tony Arulanandam PhD, now at Biogen)
IGEN (Bradford Fanger, PhD)
Charles River Lab (Sunny Tam PhD),
Signet labs (Jeff Livingstone PhD, was at Genentech),
US Genomics (Steve Gullans PhD)

9:30 -10:00 pm Networking and one-on-one meetings

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