Focus day announced for SMi’s 11th annual RNA Therapeutics conference 2020


SMi Reports: RNA Therapeutics conference and focus day to return on February 2020, in London

SMi Group is proud to announce the return of RNA Therapeutics conference for its 11th year, commencing on 18th – 20th February 2020 in London, UK. The field of RNA therapeutics is currently undergoing major growth, and the potential for using RNA drugs for personalised medicines and immunotherapy, as well as to address genetic, infectious and chronic diseases will ensure the continued development of RNA therapeutics for years to come.

RNA Therapeutics Conference 2020 is chaired by BioNTech’s Vice President RNA Formulation and Drug Delivery, Heinrich Haas. The aim of the event is to bring together industry experts from leading RNA therapeutics companies to discuss the challenges for clinical translation of RNA-based therapeutics, with an emphasis on recent advances in delivery technologies, and present an overview of the applications of RNA-based drugs for modulation of gene and protein expression, and genome editing.

Key profiles presenting:

  • Shalini Andersson, Chief Scientist New Therapeutic Modalities, AstraZeneca
  • Christian Plank, CTO, Ethris
  • Steve Pascolo, Founder and CEO, Miescher Pharma
  • Kirsty Wydenbach, Deputy Unit Manager, Clinical Trials Unit, MhRA
  • Steven Powell, CEO, eTheRNA
  • Simon Newman, CSO, Nanogenics
  • Christiane Niederlaender, Director, AMBR Consulting and Formerly, Quality Assessor, Biologicals, MhRA
  • Klaus Giese, CEO, Pantherna Therapeutics
  • David Blakey, CSO, MiNA Therapeutics
  • Jeffrey Ulmer, Head Preclinical R&D, GSK

For those interested in attending, there is an early bird saving of £400 for registrations made by 31st October available at

This year, the event has a new addition to the agenda, where a pre-conference Focus Day – ‘Oligonucleotide Delivery Systems’ is scheduled on 18th February 2020. The focus day will discuss the innovations and challenges in oligonucleotide delivery systems and will be chaired by Shalini Andersson, Chief Scientist New Therapeutic Modalities from AstraZeneca.

Featured Speakers Include:

  • Enrico Mastrobattista, Professor of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology & Delivery, University Utrecht
  • Pete Lutwyche, CTO, Genevant Sciences
  • David Evans, CSO, Sirnaomics, Inc
  • Antonin De Fougerolles, CEO, Evox Therapeutics
  • Heinrich Haas, VP RNA Formulation and Drug Delivery, BioNTech
  • Steve Pascolo, Founder and CEO, Miescher Pharma Gmbh

Highlights of the event:

  • Discover Ethris’ mRNA therapeutic approach to pulmonary disease
  • Gain insight into the opportunities and challenges in developing microRNA-based drugs from Sanofi
  • Explore the progress in small activating RNAs as a novel therapeutic class of oligonucleotides from MiNA Therapeutics
  • Understand how to break down the immune barrier in cancer through systemic mRNA immunisation from eTheRNA
  • Learn from GSK’s discovery and development of self-amplifying mRNA vaccines

View the full agenda and speaker line-up online:

RNA Therapeutics

Conference:19th – 20th February 2020

Focus Day: 18th February 2020

London, UK


Proudly sponsored by:

ChemGenes | Thermo Fisher Scientific


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