ISTP, 4901 Searle Parkway, Skokie, Il 60077

Durbin & Pritzker Visit ISTP

At a press conference, Governor Pritzker recognized the contributions of the ISTP tenant community, American Landmark Properties and Village of Skokie as well as local members of the State Legislature. Additionally, the Governor highlighted Rebuild Illinois — a program that helps out every part of our state’s economy, and is a sustainable program that’s going to be paying dividends for years to come.

Pritzker announced at ISTP “Illinois now has a new message for the world. Illinois is back and we are open for business. Together we can build a state that truly serves as a beacon for families and businesses and good paying jobs.”

Senator Durbin met with representatives from ISTP and Park tenants, Vetter, Exicure, NuMat Technologies and the Village of Skokie

Durbin noted “I enjoyed getting the chance to meet with business leaders at the Illinois Science + Technology Park and learn more about the innovative work they are doing. I’ve made it a priority in Congress to support and increase federal funding for scientific research, which will help support ISTP’s innovators and inventors.”

After providing Durbin a look into the wet lab space at Exicure, CEO David Giljohann said “A great visit with a champion of science!”

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2019 International Institute for Nanotechnology

IIN Symposium: Maps, Materials, and Methods for Navigating the Nanoscale World

Thursday, November 14
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hilton Orrington Hotel, Grand Ballroom
1710 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, IL

Speakers:
Stefan Hell, 2014 Nobel Laureate, Max Planck Institute, Germany
Harry Anderson, Oxford University, England
Julia Greer, California Institute of Technology
David Mooney, Harvard University
The winner of the 2019 Kabiller Prize

Organized by IIN, this popular all-day conference brings together leading national and international researchers to share the latest in nanotechnology discoveries and trends. The Symposium also provides a unique opportunity to encourage interactions and collaborations among the scientists in attendance.

Click here for a link to the IIN page.

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North American Genotoxicity Workshop

Join Charles River on April 2-3.  Genetic toxicology testing is required for all classes of chemicals and drugs, but its conduct can differ from compound to compound. A poor strategy can result in repeated studies, failure to meet timelines, or worse – abandonment of a once promising program.

At the North American Genotoxicity Workshop, you’ll learn how to successfully execute this unique aspect of your compound’s safety assessment, satisfying regulatory criteria and smoothing your path to market. Over two days, you’ll tackle program guidelines, regulations, and best practices, gain an in-depth understanding of the in vitro and in vivo assays that comprise a solid testing program, and gain insight into accurate evaluations of the results.

You’ll network with peers who face similar challenges and meet scientists who perform the assays and can offer strategic advice. Don’t miss this opportunity to arm yourself with the knowledge that can help your compound move forward through development.

The workshop will take place over the course of two days (Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2-3). Tuesday’s program includes the seminar and meals, including breakfast, lunch, snacks, and a dinner reception.

Day two includes breakfast, a half-day of presentations, and lunch followed by a tour of our laboratory facilities with assay demonstrations. The speakers and other Charles River scientists will join you for all meals, allowing for one on one conversations.

For more program information, click here

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Safety Assessment & Mitigation

The discovery of new therapeutic agents is met with significant challenges in preclinical discovery and development. Both efficacy and safety endpoints must be adequately assessed prior to testing a new investigational agent in humans. Perhaps the most challenging part of drug discovery is the mitigation of safety risks that arise during most drug discovery optimization efforts. Successful drug discovery teams will properly design and execute experiments that can best assess and discharge risks prior to first human dose (FHD), in the context of anticipated human drug exposures.

This course begins with an assessment of the finish line for preclinical drug hunters–the successful filing of an Investigational New Drug (IND) application to regulatory agencies, such as the FDA or EMA. Importantly, the course will focus on the toxicology-chemistry partnership in discovery safety assessment. It will explore mitigation strategies and will include both the strategic concepts and study designs used in preclinical safety assessment. It will also describe some of the common pitfalls in toxicological data interpretation and how to best use the data to inform a lead optimization strategy and ultimate clinical study design. The course will cover many of the most common risks and modern mitigation strategies to help drug discovery teams navigate an optimization effort geared to delivering safe and well tolerated potential new therapies in the shortest time possible.

DATE: April 9-10, 2019 (a one-and-a-half-day course)   To register, click here. 

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Spinning a Company Out

If you are considering launching a startup built around technology licensed from an academic institution, INVO invites you to get the answers to these questions and others at a free lunch seminar at which Ed Pease, a Partner at Mintz Levin in Boston, will share strategies for forming and financing a company built around technology licensed from a university.

Sponsored by Innovation and New Ventures (INVO) at Northwestern University: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (CST)

Ed has counseled hundreds of starts ups from MIT, Harvard, Northwestern, Stanford, Purdue, University of Arizona and others and will share insights garnered from his more than two decades of working with early stage ventures. This interactive session will cover the basic steps of licensing technology, forming a company and preparing a company to raise capital.

To register, click here. 

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