You can register for lunch and/or Biotech Battles before October 26 by using this link
Biotech Battles Description:
In this competition, selected participants will be working as members of an interdisciplinary team composed of 5-6 graduate students and an industry expert. The team will be given a real world biotech problem and will be tasked to pitch a feasible solution. Teams will have approximately 2.5 hours to work together on the day of the event. On the day prior the Symposium, each team will learn about the general topic of their problem, but the exact problem will only be announced on the day of the Symposium. At the end of the competition, teams will present their solutions (~ 7-8 minutes). The audience and the judging committee will decide the winner of the competition.
This competition provides a great opportunity to learn about new approaches and perspectives, work on a diverse interdisciplinary team and gain firsthand experience of working with biotech industry professionals. Participating in the event also provides the opportunity to network with peers across a variety of departments and hone an industrial perspective.
You may reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding the format of the competition!
Winning the Battle with Cancer
UMass Amherst Life Science Laboratory 330
November 3, 2017
9:10 Keynote Address – Rich Murray of Jounce Pharmaceuticals – Immunology Meets Oncology: Breakthroughs in Immunotherapy
9:40 Yoon J. Choi of Blueprint Medicines – Discovery and development of BLU-554 for the targeted treatment of advanced HCC
10:10 Timothy Clackson of Ariad Pharmaceuticals – Designing kinase inhibitors to overcome acquired resistance in cancer
10:40 Stuart Fisher of C4 Therapeutics – Targeted Protein Degradation as a Novel Therapeutic Approach
11:10 Justin Scheer of Boehringer Ingelheim – of Antibody Engineering – Strategies to Improve T-Cell-Dependent Bispecific Antibodies
11:40 am Closing Remarks & Meet the speakers One speaker + 5-7 students
12:00 pm Biotech Battles Team Assembly and Project Charge
12:30 pm Rotational Connections Lunch – Each speaker will be seated at a table and talk with a different group of students during each of three courses.
2:00 pm Biotech Battles. Interdisciplinary teams of students and Industrial Experts will work together to propose solutions to real-world Biotech problems.
4:00 pm Team presentations – 7-8 minutes each 5:00 pm Sound Bites Happy Hour Mixer
5:45 pm Biotech Battles Award Ceremony 6:00 pm Departure