The 14th Annual
Peptide Therapeutics

The Salk Institute – La Jolla, CA
October 24 – 25, 2019

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Board Members

Richard DiMarchi, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Gill Chair in Biomolecular Science, Indiana University

Dr. DiMarchi’s contribution in chemistry and related sciences consists of nearly four decades of work in academics, the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology. He is a Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Gill Chair in Biomolecular Sciences at Indiana University. He is a co-founder of Ambrx, Inc., Marcadia Biotech, Assembly Biosciences, Calibrium and MB2 Biotech. He has served as a scientific advisor to multiple pharmaceutical companies and venture funds. He is currently Chairman of the Peptide Therapeutics Foundation and external board member at Assembly Biosciences.

Dr. DiMarchi is a Vice President at Novo Nordisk Research Laboratories and a retired Group Vice President at Eli Lilly and Company where for more than two decades he provided leadership in biotechnology, endocrine research and product development. He is widely recognized for discovery and development of rDNA-derived Humalog® (LisPro-human insulin), rGlucagon®, and Forteo®. As scientist and executive, Dr. DiMarchi also significantly contributed to the commercial development of Humulin®, Humatrope®, and Evista®. His current research is focused on developing macromolecules with enhanced therapeutic properties through biochemical and chemical optimization, an approach he has termed chemical-biotechnology. His academic research has broadened the understanding of glucagon physiology while championing the discovery of single molecule mixed agonists for the treatment of diabetes and obesity. He is identified as a top-five translation researcher by Nature Biotechnology for the years 2014 and 2015.

Dr. DiMarchi is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2005 AAPS Career Research Achievement Award in Biotechnology; the 2006 ACS Barnes Award for Leadership in Chemical Research Management; the 2006 ACS Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Service of Public Interest; the 2007 Carothers Award for Excellence in Polymer Sciences; the 2009 Watanabe Award for Life Sciences Research; the 2011 Merrifield Award for Career Contributions in Peptide Sciences; the 2014 German National Erwin Schrödinger-Preis, the 2015 Meienhofer Prize; 2015 Max Bergmann Medal and the 2016 ACS Alfred Burger Career Award in Medicinal Chemistry. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014 and the National Academy of Medicine in 2015.

Soumitra Ghosh, Ph.D.

President, Doon Associates LLC

Soumitra Ghosh is a biopharmaceutical industry consultant and entrepreneur with extensive experience in drug development, technology licensing and in formulating and implementing R&D strategy. He is a co-founder of Avexegen Therapeutics, Abvance Therapeutics and Aquros Bio, start-ups focused on GI indications, diabetes and urological disorders, respectively. His experience includes R&D leadership positions at Amylin Pharmaceuticals and MitoKor, where he led research programs for the development of small molecule, peptide and protein-based drug candidates for the treatment of metabolic diseases and CNS disorders. Multiple drug candidates were advanced to the clinic during his tenure, or were partnered with companies for clinical development. He has been a recipient of several SBIR and California state grants for his work in the industry. He received his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago, and conducted his post-doctoral work at the Rockefeller University in New York.

Robert Hagopian

Director Business Development, Polypeptide Group

Mr. Robert A. Hagopian received his M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of California San Diego and his M.B.A from San Diego State University. His experience in peptide research and production spans over twenty five years which includes: Telios Pharmaceuticals (Manager, Peptide Production, 3 years) and NeoMPS, Inc. (Director, GMP Production 14 years). In his current position as Director of Business Development (13 years) at PolyPeptide Group, San Diego, Mr. Hagopian overseas the customer support activities for new and existing sales related to pre-clinical, clinical and commercial grade peptides.

Rie Schultz Hansen

Vice President of Research, Zealand Pharma


Lutz Jermutus, PhD FRSC FFPM (Hons)

PDTL & Senior Director, R&D

Lutz Jermutus is Product Development Team Leader and Senior Director, R&D, in the cardiovascular, metabolic and renal diseases unit of AstraZeneca. He is responsible for leading novel candidate drugs to clinical proof-of-concept including MEDI0382, a GLP-1/Glucagon dual peptide agonist for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes.
MEDI0382 was discovered during his previous position as Global Head, Research Technology, overseeing teams in the UK and US. In this role, he delivered and advanced novel biopharmaceutical discovery platforms including the initiation of a peptide discovery team, multi-selective antibodies, antibody conjugates and oligonucleotides. His team also established a phenotypic screening platform that delivered novel antibody leads for the treatment of cancer (oleclumab, an anti-CD73 antibody) and infectious diseases (MEDI3902, a bispecific anti-Psl/PcrV antibody). His responsibilities included numerous biotech collaborations eg. Evotec, Direvo, PeptiDream, Molecular Partners, Silence Therapeutics, Xenome and Retrogenix.
Previously at Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT), until its acquisition by AstraZeneca, Lutz was Director of Discovery Oncology, and Director of Protein Engineering where he developed CAT’s leading protein optimisation platform resulting in a number of clinical leads including (eg. tralokinumab, an anti-IL13 antibody, for the treatment of atopic dermatitis).
Following studies in chemical engineering in Karlsruhe (Germany) and biotechnology in Strasbourg (France), he completed his PhD in biochemistry in Zurich (Switzerland) with Andreas Plückthun.
He was a pre-doctoral Kekulé-Fellow of the German Chemical Industry Association, a recipient of a graduate fellowship at the German National Academic Foundation and in 2009 was admitted as Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2013 Lutz was elected Industrial Fellow at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, and in 2015, he was appointed Honorary Fellow in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Physicians.
Lutz has published over 60 manuscripts and is an inventor on 16 product and technology patents.

Fa Liu, Ph.D.

Director of Chemistry, Novo Nordisk

Dr. Liu is the Director of Chemistry at Novo Nordisk Research Center, where he is leading the chemistry department to drive the peptide and protein therapeutics discovery targeting obesity, diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Prior to joining Novo, he was the Director of Chemistry at Calibrium Biotech where he played instrumental roles in building up the company portfolio (2014-2015). Dr. Liu started his industrial career at Eli Lilly (2009-2014) where he led the peptide lead optimization efforts across various disease areas and the establishment of novel insulin chemistries. He has advanced significant number of discovery programs including two into clinical trials and many into preclinical development. Dr. Liu has published more than 60 scientific articles and patents.

Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. from the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry in 2004 followed by a five year stay at the National Cancer Institute as a postdoctoral fellow (2004-2007) and a staff scientist (2007-2009).

Mr. Pankaj R. Patel

Chairman and Managing Director, Cadila Healthcare Limited

Mr. Pankaj Patel has been the guiding force behind the Zydus Cadila’s fast tracked growth. With an experience spanning over 30 years in the Indian pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Patel combines both research and techno-commercial expertise and has published 50 research papers. Mr. Patel is on the governing councils of many national industry associations. He is a member of the Advisory council for developing Human Resources for the Pharma Industry, and is also a part of the Task force on R&D and Drug Discovery, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India. Mr. Patel is also an industry representative for the ‘Consultative Group on Exports of Pharmaceutical Products’ under the Chairmanship of the Minister for Commerce and Industry, Government of India. Mr. Patel is currently the President of the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance and the Chairman of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) Gujarat State Council. He is the Executive Chairman, Vice President and Trustee of the Gujarat Cancer Society and Chairman of the Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute. Mr. Patel is also on the Governing Board of The Ahmedabad University and the President of the Ahmedabad Management Association. Mr. Patel was awarded the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year – Life Sciences Award for the year 2009, the M.L. Schroff Memorial National Award in 2009 and the ‘Baroda Sun Lifetime Achievement Award’ for the year 2010 by the Bank of Baroda. Recently, Mr. Pankaj Patel was conferred the Indian Pharmaceutical Association’s ‘Special Recognition Award 2010’ in recognition of his contributions to the growth of the Pharmaceutical Industry, Research and the Profession of Pharmacy.

Adrienne Day, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Business Development, Ferring Research Institute, Inc.

Dr. Adrienne Day is the Senior Director of Business Development for Ferring Research Institute, Inc. She has more than 20 years of experience in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries, and has worked in the non-profit, for-profit and startup environments.

Prior to joining Ferring Dr. Day ran a successful consulting practice. She has previously served as Vice President of Business Development at what is now the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Vice President of Business Development Conforma Therapeutics, Senior Director of Business Development at Molecumetics Ltd., Associate Director of Corporate Development at Ligand Pharmaceuticals. She was Ligand Pharmaceuticals’ first Project Manager, and began her biotechnology career at Invitrogen Corporation where she held various positions.

Dr. Day received her B.Sc., B.Sc. Honors, and Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Adelaide, Australia. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Southern California with Dr. Amy Lee and at the La Jolla Cancer Research Center in the laboratory of Dr. Eva Engvall.


Peptide Therapeutic Foundation announces the recipients of the Ferring Research Institute Innovation Grants Program for 2018:

Fiona Cousins – Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Monash University

Laurent Derré – University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV)

Marta Dueñas – Fundación para la Investigación Hospital 12 de Octubre

Tracey Edgell – Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Monash University

Pradipta Ghosh – University of California, San Diego

Emmet Hirsch – NorthShore University HealthSystem

Sarah Marshall – Monash University

Harmeet Malhi – Mayo Clinic

Hiroshi Miyamoto – University of Rochester

Meet the 2017 Recipients:
Stéphane Bolduc – CHU de Québec – Université Laval Research Center
Marcello Costa – Flinders University
Warren Foster – University of California, San Diego
Andrew Horne – University of Edinburgh
K. Joseph Hurt – University of Colorado
Ursula Kaiser – Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Sarah Marshall – Monash University
Kathryn Meier – Washington State University
Victor Navarro – Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Willis Samson – Saint Louis University, School of Medicine
John Taylor – Kansas University Medical Center
Suraj Unniappan – University of Saskatchewan
Henrique Veiga-Fernandes – Champalimaud Foundation

October 24-25, 2019

The 14th Annual Peptide
Therapeutics Sympsium

The Salk Institute
La Jolla, California

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