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Drug Discovery Re-Invented

Emerging Role of Biotechs, Academics and Non-Profits


16 Oct 2013 - 19 Oct 2013

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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Synopsis

The Drug Discovery Re-Invented Fusion conference will center on new approaches to drug discovery in an industry where the landscape is changing rapidly. With large pharma reducing investment in internal early stage research, drug pipelines will increasingly be filled by alternative sources. These players include: government, academic labs, non-profits, biotech companies, and pharmaceutical “open innovation” models. The conference will also provide examples of successful strategies for advancing new drug candidates in this era of distributed discovery.

Key Sessions include:

  1. Discovery Re-Invented
  2. Novel Pharma Approaches
  3. Collaborative Drug Discovery
  4. Natural Products
  5. Structure, Modelling and Informatics
  6. Biologics and Non-traditional Therapeutics
  7. Discovery Technologies
  8. Exhibit

Dr. William A. Kinney's Bio:

Dr. Kinney began his industrial career in the CNS group at Wyeth, where he invented the cyclobutenedione-containing NMDA antagonist perzinfotel that progressed to phase II clinical trials for pain.  At Magainin Pharmaceuticals, he directed projects on trodusquemine (phase II, obesity) and squalamine (phase II, eye disease), two shark-derived natural products.  In 2000, he joined Johnson & Johnson, where he pursued peptide-mimetic integrin antagonists and urotensin-II receptor modulators for cardiovascular indications.  He also made seminal discoveries with respect to self-assembling collagen-mimetic peptides that stimulate platelet aggregation.  Currently, Dr. Kinney is a faculty member within the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research.  He directed the technical feasibility, business plan development, and logistics for the donation of the former Merck Research Laboratories Natural Product Collection to the IHVR. He also initiated a structure based drug design project on a new anti-viral target in collaboration with Prof. Peter Katsikis at Drexel University to develop PI3K p110d kinase inhibitors that block host cell signaling pathways required for influenza infection and pathogenesis.  He is an adjunct faculty member atDrexelUniversityand Founder of IteraMed, a company focused on internal and out-sourced organic synthesis, consulting, and drug discovery.  His scientific contributions include 70 publications, invited lectures, and oral presentations and inventorship on 37 issued U.S. patents. 

Dr. Charles H. Reynolds' Bio:

Dr. Reynolds is currently President of GFree, LLC, a structure-based drug discovery company based in suburban Philadelphia.  He is an expert in the areas of computational chemistry, structure-based design, and drug discovery with more than 25 years of experience.  Dr. Reynolds is also a Director on the Advisory Board of Quantum Bio, Inc. and an adjunct professor at the Pennsylvania Drug Discovery Institute.  Previously he was Senior Director and Head of Discovery Technologies at Ansaris, where he was a member of the executive leadership team and responsible for the company’s proprietary fragment-based design technology platform.  Prior to joining Ansaris, he led modeling groups at the Springhouse, PA and La Jolla, CA research sites of Johnson & Johnson, where he and his team made significant contributions to discovery programs in neuroscience, oncology, pain, and cardiovascular disease.  Dr. Reynolds began his career at Rohm and Haas (now Dow) where his scientific accomplishments were recognized with the company’s highest science award, the Otto Haas Award.  He has held a variety of leadership positions in the American Chemical Society (ACS), and was recently named a Fellow of the ACS.  Some of his other awards include The Standards of Leadership Award (J&J) and Excellence in Science Award (J&J).
Dr. Reynolds earned a BA, with honors, from Austin College and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.  He was an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania and has supervised joint graduate and postdoctoral students at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published approximately 100 papers, patents, and book chapters, and is a co-editor of two books.  His comments on drug discovery have been sought by news organizations ranging from C&E News to the Wall Street Journal.

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Drug Discovery Re-Invented

Emerging Role of Biotechs, Academics and Non-Profits


16 Oct 2013 - 19 Oct 2013

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Steven Young

Consultant, Retired VP Merck & Co.

William Jorgensen

Sterling Professor, Yale University

Omar Vandal

Program Officer, Discovery & Translational Sciences, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sean Brady

Prof, Rockefeller University

David Lowe

CEO, Aeglea BioTherapeutics

Invited Speakers

Jef De Brabander

Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Michael Trzoss

Principal Scientist II, Trius Therapeutics

Joseph Vacca

Owner, J. Vacca Consulting LLC

Michael Goetz

Director, NPDI, NPDI-IHVR

Zhengying Pan

Research Fellow, Peking University, Shenzhen Graduate School

James Breitenbucher

Director of Chemistry, Dart Neuroscience

Bart DeCorte

VP Business Development, Mercachem

Kenneth Merz

Director, Institute for Cyber Enabled Research (iCER) and Joseph Zichis Chair in Chemistry , Michigan State University

Aaron Sato

VP Research, Sutro Biopharma

Sandhya Kortagere

Assistant Professor, Drexel University College of Medicine

Andreas Bader

Director - Research, Mirna Therapeutics

Janet Ralbovsky

Licensing Associate , University of Tennessee Research Foundation

Serge Boulet

Senior Research Scientist, Eli Lilly and Company

Paul Leeson

Consultant, GlaxoSmithKline

Guy Carter

Chief Scientific Officer, Biosortia Pharmaceuticals

Chris Williams

Principal Scientist , Chemical Computing Group

Gabor Butora

Principal Scientist, Merck & Co.

Phillip Cox

Chief Scientist, Noramco Inc

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Drug Discovery Re-Invented

Emerging Role of Biotechs, Academics and Non-Profits


16 Oct 2013 - 19 Oct 2013

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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Programme

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

15:30 – 17:00

Registration & Reception

 

17:00 – 17:15

Opening  Comments

 

Discovery Re-Invented
Session Chair: C. Reynolds

17:15 – 18:00

Steve Young
Retired VP Merck & Co.

HIV Integrase Inhibitors: The Chemistry Behind The Discovery of Isentress

18:00 – 18:30

James Breitenbucher
Dart Neuroscience

Drug Discovery – What really needs to be “Re-Invented”?

18:30 – 19:00

Bart DeCorte
Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

The Janssen Incubator – A Novel Business Model to Spark Internal Innovation

19:00 - 20:00

Welcome Reception/Dinner

Novel Pharma Approaches
Session Chair: P. Lam

20:00 – 20:30

Patrick Lam
Lam Drug Discovery Consulting, LLC

Discovery of Eliquis®/Apixaban, a novel FXa anticoagulant

20:30 – 21:00

Serge Boulet
Eli Lilly and Company

Phenotypic Drug Discovery of Novel Anti-Angiogenics

21:00 – 21:30

Gabor Butora
Merck

Chemically Modified Oligonucleotides for RNAi

21:30 -22:00

Michael Trzoss
Trius Therapeutics

Novel GyrB/ParE Inhibitors

 

Free Time

Thursday, October 17, 2013

06:00 – 08:00

Breakfast

Collaborative Drug Discovery I
Session Chairs: J. Vacca and B. Kinney

08:00 – 08:45

Michael Foley
Broad Institute

TBA

08:45 – 09:15

Craig Thomas
National Center for Advancing Clinical and Therapeutic Sciences

Associative Data Profiles Connect Basic Research to Translational Efforts

09:15 – 09:45

Todd Chappell
BioHealth Innovation, Inc.

Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, Not Just for Venture Capitalists

09:45 – 10:15

James Barrow
Lieber Institute

Genetics-Driven Psychiatry Drug Discovery

10:15 – 10:30

Greg Miknis
Colorado Center for Drug Discovery

Promoting Colorado Drug Discovery Research: Creation of the Colorado Center for Drug Discovery (C2D2)

10:30 – 11:00

Refreshments

11:00 – 11:30

Joseph Vacca
WuXi Apptec

Drug Discovery in the 21st Century

11:30 – 12:00

Zhengying Pan
Peking University, Shenzhen Graduate School

Discovery of Selective Irreversible Inhibitors for Bruton’s Tyrosine Kinase

12:00 – 12:15

Barry Bunin
Collaborative Drug Discovery

Collaborative Drug Discovery Technology Neglected, Infectious, CNS, and Repositioning Applications

12:15 – 12:30

Olanrewaju Omobuwajo
Niger Delta University

Fertility reducing effect of pandanus candelabrum p.beauv. Leaves in male wistar rats

12:30 – 13:15

Group Lunch

12:30 – 16:30

Free Time

Natural Products
Session Chair: M. Goetz

16:30 – 16:45

Michael Goetz
NPDI-IHVR

The Natural Products Discovery Institute. Classical and novel approaches to drug discovery

16:45 – 17:30

Sean Brady
Rockefeller University

Watch where you step, there is new chemistry everywhere

17:30 – 18:00

Jef De Brabander
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Opportunities for Lead Discovery in a Biomedical Research Environment

18:00 – 18:20

Guy Carter

Biosortia Pharmaceuticals

A deep dive into aquatic microbial consortia for drug discovery

18:20 – 18:40

Jetze Tepe
Michigan State University

 

Non-competitive regulation of the human proteasome by natural products and natural product inspired scaffolds

18:40 – 19:00

Phillip Cox

Noramco

Development of poppy varieties to suit changing market requirements

19:00 – 20:00

Group Dinner

20:00 – 22:00

Poster Session & Cocktail Reception

Friday, October 18, 2013

06:00 – 08:00

Breakfast & Free Morning

12:00 – 12:45

Group Lunch

Structure, Modeling and Informatics
Session Chair: C. Reynolds

12:45 13:30

William Jorgensen
Yale University

Drug Discovery Accelerated by Computational Methods

13:30 – 14:00

Kenneth Merz
University of Florida

Blurring to Bring Binding Free Energies into Focus

14:00 – 14:30

Chris Williams
Chemical Computing Group

Water Placement - Application of 3D-RISM to structure-based drug design

14:30 – 14:45

Christopher Reynolds
University of Essex

Unravelling similarities between class A and class B GPCRs through modelling and mutagenesis

14:45 – 15:00

Lance Westerhoff
QuantumBio Inc.

Quantum mechanics-based macromolecular x-ray refinement as an advanced method for the high throughput crystallography

15:00 – 15:30

Leah Frye
Schrodinger

Nimbus and Schrödinger Reinventing Drug Discovery: Rapid and Efficient Development of Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase Inhibitors

15:30 – 16:00

Paul Leeson
GlaxoSmithKline

Compound Quality: What Have We Learned?

16:00 - 16:30

Refreshments

Biologics and Non-traditional Therapeutics
Session Chair: C. Reynolds

16:30 – 17:15

David Lowe
Aeglea

Targeting the Amino Acid Dependence of Cancer

17:15 – 17:45

Andreas Bader
Mirna Therapeutics

MRX34 – from bench to bedside

17:45 – 18:15

David Gorenstein
University of Texas HSC Houston

Next Generation X-Aptamers for Personalized Nanomedicine

18:15 – 18:45

Aaron Sato
Sutro Biopharma

Rapid Design and Production of Homogeneous Best-in-Class Protein Therapeutics using Cell-Free Protein Expression

18:45 – 19:00

Ian Pottie

Mount Saint Vincent University  

Developing an Imaging Agent for Cholinesterase Enzymes to

Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease

19:00 – 19:30

Refreshments

Foundation Support for Neglected Diseases
Session Chair: L. Trundle

19:30 – 20:15

Omar Vandal
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Partnerships in Drug Discovery and Technology Development for Diseases of the Developing World

20:30 – 00:00

*Gala Night, Group Photo & Poster Awards*

Saturday, October 19, 2013

07:00 – 09:00

Breakfast

09:00

Chair Opening

Discovery Technologies
Session Chair: B. Kinney

09:00 – 09:20

Dietmar Wolf

AnalytiCon

Novel Macrocyclic Libraries Evolved from Natural Product Technology Platforms

09:20 – 09:40

Prem Premsrirut
Mirimus, Inc.

RNAi mouse models: Revolutionizing drug discovery in vivo

09:40 – 10:00

Philip Jones
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Institute for Applied Cancer Science, developing the next generation of oncology agents for targeted patient populations

10:00 – 10:30

Matthew Segall
Optibrium Ltd.

Finding and Applying Rules for Successful Drug Discovery

10:30 – 11:00

Refreshments

11:00 – 11:30

Janet Ralbovsky
University of Tennessee Research Foundation

Technology Transfer Re-invented: How is Academia Adapting to the Changes in Drug Discovery?

11:30 – 12:00

Joel Dudley

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Developing a Systematic Computational Approach to Identify Novel Drug Indication Relationships Using Public Gene Expression Profiles

12:00 – 12:45

Group Lunch

Collaborative Drug Discovery II
Session Chair: B. DeCorte

12:45 – 13:15

Benjamin Blass
Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research

Drug Discovery in the Academic Community

13:15 – 13:45

Mark McDonnell
Fox Chase Chemical Diversity Center Inc.

Riluzole prodrugs for melanoma and ALS

13:45 – 14:15

Sandhya Kortagere
Drexel University College of Medicine

Designing protein-protein interaction inhibitors as novel antimalarial chemotherapeutics

14:15 – 14:30

Peter Cheuka
University of Cape Town

Synthesis of aminomethylthiazole analogues for evaluation as antiplasmodial agents

14:30 – 15:00

Kris Josephson
Rapharma

Discovery of Potent Macrocyclic Peptides for Drug Development

15:00 – 15:15

Closing Remarks (Chairs & Fusion)

15:15

Departures

 


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Drug Discovery Re-Invented

Emerging Role of Biotechs, Academics and Non-Profits


16 Oct 2013 - 19 Oct 2013

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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Prices

Early Bird Full Price Additional Adult Additional Child Extra Night Adult Extra Night Child
Academic $1280 $1485 $730 $150 $195 $50
Industry $1280 $1485 $730 $150 $195 $50
Student $999 $1285 $730 $150 $195 $50

All registration fees include 3 nights accomodation and meals during the conference period. Exact inclusions are details below.

Our Registration Package: What's Included?

Our registration and accompanying person fees are inclusive of the following during the conference period only;

  • Accommodation for 3 Nights
  • Breakfast Buffet and Fresh Juices
  • Lunch Buffet and Unlimited Soda’s
  • Dinner Buffet and Unlimited Soda’s plus One Beer or Glass of House Wine
  • Complimentary WI-FI in Conference Room
  • Complimentary WI-FI in Guest Room
  • Gala Night Entry (includes an open bar)

Please note accompanying persons are not permitted access to the conference.


Additional nights (per person) are inclusive of the following;
  • Accommodation for 1 Night
  • Buffet Breakfast in Blue Fire Grille

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Drug Discovery Re-Invented

Emerging Role of Biotechs, Academics and Non-Profits


16 Oct 2013 - 19 Oct 2013

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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Drug Discovery Re-Invented

Emerging Role of Biotechs, Academics and Non-Profits


16 Oct 2013 - 19 Oct 2013

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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Venue

Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Laze in the Arizona sun at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas, an AAA Four Diamond resort set at the foot of the Camelback Mountain. This beautiful property located in the heart of Scottsdale is inspired by the Sonoran Desert with an elegant and luxurious interiour.

Delegates will enjoy an arranged feast for breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the conference period. During each meal delegates are entitled to unlimited sodas and one house wine or beer during dinner. The themed Gala Night, ‘A Night Under the Stars', takes place on the third evening of the conference with a mouth-watering feast exclusively designed by the head chef, an open bar and a live band.  We welcome all delegates and their accompanying persons to the Gala Night – a truly fun filled night not to be missed!

Hotel Facilities

  • Resort Swimming Pool
  • Gym & Spa
  • Complimentary WI-FI in guestrooms and conference areas

The Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas has received the 2012 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award.

The majestic Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is an extremely popular attraction for this conference. We will be working closely with a reputable tour operator who will be arranging day trips to the Grand Canyon before and after the conference whether it be an individual or group booking. We recommend additional nights are booked well in advance if you plan to book this day trip to avoid disappointment. For further information on the Grand Canyon Tour, please contact us.

Location

Arizona is the sixth largest state in the United States surrounded by truly breath taking views of mountains, valleys, high plateaus, narrow canyons and colourful stretches of the desert. The constant warm arid temperatures and clear starry night skies add to the beauty of this wonderful location. Arizona is home to the majestic Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This famous and inspiring landmark can be incorporated into day trip as an extension of the conference allowing our delegates to experience an unforgettable adventure!

Scottsdale is a city of extraordinary treasures with an old western charm and Native American culture, all just steps away from the Sonoran Desert’s rugged beauty. Home to more than 200 outstanding golf courses designed by some of the greatest names in golf, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, fabulous one-off boutiques, fine art galleries, world-class museums, innovative architecture and acclaimed restaurants, there is definitely something for everyone.

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Drug Discovery Re-Invented

Emerging Role of Biotechs, Academics and Non-Profits


16 Oct 2013 - 19 Oct 2013

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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Transportation

Travel Details

Phoenix Sky Harbour Airport is an international hub serviced by 20 major airlines. With nearly 1,500 arrivals and departures each day and daily nonstop service to 106 cities, it’s easy to get to from anywhere in the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom and many other international cities. Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport is located just 10miles from downtown Scottsdale, a short taxi ride (around 20minutes) from the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas.

Airport Transfers

AZ Chauffeur are a reputable and trustworthy transfer company based in Arizona. They will be on hand to provide our delegates with a seamless transfer to and from the Phoenix Sky Harbour airport offering great group rates. AZ Chauffeur will manage and confirm your booking so please contact them directly and ensure you quote the group code ‘Fusion’.

The transfer rates from Phoenix Sky Harbour to Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas and from the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas to Phoenix Sky Harbour. Rates are quoted on one way journeys.

  • $35 Curbside Pickup (max of 4 people with luggage excluding golf bags)
  • $50 Curbside Pickup (max of 7 people with luggage)
  • $50 Meet and Greet (max of 4 people with luggage excluding golf bags)
  • $65 Meet and Greet (max of 7 people with luggage)

*The curbside pickup is at designated pre-arranged pick up areas’ within Phoenix Sky Harbour terminals.

*The meet and greet service requires a drivers to meet guests at baggage claim to assist with luggage and accompany the guests to the vehicle.

To make a booking, please contact AZ Chauffeur directly.

Group Booking Code: Fusion
Telephone: 623-810-4818
Email: azchauffeur@yahoo.com

Please note Fusion Conferences is not responsible for any bookings made with AZ Chauffeur as airport transfers are not included in the registration package.

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Drug Discovery Re-Invented

Emerging Role of Biotechs, Academics and Non-Profits


16 Oct 2013 - 19 Oct 2013

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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Local Activities

To make an enquiry or booking (individual/group), please contact Margaret Morton at the Hilton.
Margaret will manage and confirm your booking so please contact her directly and ensure you quote the group name ‘Fusion’ during your initial communications. Margaret or an alternative representative will also be available during the conference period at the hotel, so should you have any questions about a booked tour you can always ask upon arrival or at any time during your stay.

Telephone: 480-315-2093 
Email: Margaret.Morton@hilton.com

Half Day Tours and Excursions

Our half day tours can be booked during the conference period between the available free times scheduled in the programme. The half day tours are available to both individual and group bookings.

Downtown Scottsdale

The Hilton Scottsdale offers a complimentary scheduled shuttle into Downtown Scottsdale so this makes a great afternoon/evening visit when you have some free time from the conference. Downtown Scottsdale offers some of the finest galleries, specialty retail, cultural attractions and dining in the Valley of the Sun. Downtown Scottsdale is at the heart of the citys art scene, with Contemporary and Western Art, Theatre 4301 and a wide variety of outdoor sculptures set amid the lush green lawns and sparkling fountains of Civic Center Mall. Scottsdales Arts District is home to a high concentration of galleries showcasing some of the best Western and Southwestern art in the country. Throughout Old Town, shopkeepers sell quality Native American crafts, offering everything from hand-woven Navajo rugs to Zuni silver jewellery. For more information about Downtown Scottsdale please use the following link; http://www.scottsdaledowntown.com/.

Desert Botanical Gardens

Entry Adult: $18
Entry Student: $10

For more than 70 years, the Desert Botanical Garden has been teaching and inspiring visitors from the local community and around the world, providing research, exhibits, and more designed to help us understand, protect and preserve the desert’s natural beauty. The Desert Botanical Gardens covers around 145 acres and is home to 50,000+ plant displays showcased in beautiful outdoor exhibits and is 1 of 24 botanical gardens accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (formerly American Association of Museums). Transportation and entrance will need to be booked.

Phoenix Zoo 

$20pp

The Phoenix Zoo opened in 1962 and is the largest non-profit zoo in the United States. Youll find nearly any animal you can think of at this 125-acre, internationally renowned zoo, where fascinating trails lead you through an African savannah, a tropical rainforest and the Arizona environs, complete with wildlife of the respective region. Highlights are the giant Galapagos tortoises and a baboon colony. The Zoo participates in numerous local and international efforts on behalf of endangered species, including the Mexican wolf, thick-billed parrot, black-footed ferret, Bornean orangutan, Sumatran tiger, Asian elephant, and many more. Transportation and entrance will need to be booked.

McCormick Ranch Golf Course & Driving Range

18 Holes: $100+ pp
Driving Range 65 Balls: $12
Driving Range 150 Balls: $19
*Clubs available to hire on site

More than just a golf course… The McCormick Ranch Golf Club offers any calibre of player two spectacular resort golf courses, which are open to the public 365 days a year. These lush, well-manicured, traditional layouts are located amidst gorgeous scenery in the heart of Scottsdale.

Meet the challenge of these fine courses, known for hosting the Arizona Amateur Stroke Play Championship, the Golf for Women National Club Championship, the Arizona Open Professional Golf Tournament, and the National Junior College Golf Championship. The ninth hole of the Palm Course was chosen by Golf Illustrated as “One of the USA’s top 18 water holes.” McCormick Ranch Golf Club’s practice facility has one of the Southwest’s largest putting greens, a spacious driving range, and a bunkered chipping green open every day. We welcome players of all abilities, from beginners to professionals; everyone will find our courses enjoyable. We have over 100 sets of club and shoe rentals, and our teaching staff are second to none. A perfect afternoon activity to spend within your free time at the conference. We recommend making a booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Silverado 18 Hole Golf Course 

18 Holes: $30 - $65

Designed by Gilmore-Graves Architectural Design Company in 2000, Silverado has quickly become Scottsdale’s most popular 18-hole golf course. The Silverado Golf Course is located in central Scottsdale and is a public golf course that provides an amazing Scottsdale golfing experience at a very affordable price.  Their 18 wonderful holes are sure to challenge any level of golfer, creating the perfect afternoon activity during your free time. We recommend making a booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Full Day Tours and Excursions

Our full day tours are offered pre and post conference dates. If you require any additional nights at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas due to a full day excursion, please ensure you book these in advance to avoid disappointment by logging into your account and amending ‘My Accommodation’. The full days tours are available to both individual and group bookings.

Grand Canyon Full Day Tour

$170pp
Departing at 6:30 -7:35 AM
Returning at 20:00 – 21:00 PM
*This tour includes your guided transportation for the day, your entrance fees and bottled water.

Our tour route takes us to Coconino National Forest, home to the town of Sedona and its magical Red Rock formations. Our pass through Sedona allows for two photo stops before we travel Oak Creek Canyon which is one of the top ten scenic routes in the United States.

The afternoon will be spent touring the breath-taking Grand Canyon National Park. Unlike some tour providers, we design our tour to give you the most relaxing time possible at the Grand Canyon. You will spend time exploring the many viewpoints and majestic vistas the Grand Canyon has to offer. You will also have time to explore the abundant gift shops and museum before we depart for the Navajo Nation with the Cameron Trading Post and views of the Little Colorado River Gorge.

We will enjoy lunch at either one of the park’s many restaurants or at the Cameron Trading Post.

If you’d like to include a 30minute narrated Helicopter Tour over the Grand Canyon, a once in a life time opportunity, there is an additional fee of $180. This is an optional addition.

Our return trip will travel around the astonishing San Francisco Peaks with its summit towering at over 12,633 feet making it the highest elevation in Arizona. Finally, a quick dinner stop will be offered before returning to the Valley of the Sun. This adventure will be one that your family and friends will remember forever.

Hot Air Ballooning 4hour+ Tour

$214.50pp
Group Sunrise Flight 04:30 – 08:30 (minimum of 10 persons)
Morning Flight 06:00 – 10:00
Afternoon Flight 15:00 – 19:00

Ballooning is an exhilarating experience for everyone. Even though you travel at speeds of five to six miles per hour, there is virtually no sensation of motion because you are flying with the wind. Your Arizona balloon adventure begins upon arrival at our Sonoran desert launch site. You will receive a pre-flight briefing where youll learn more about the hot air balloon and how it flies, plus other facts you should know to make your Arizona flight as enjoyable as possible. Once your balloon is inflated, you will join your pilot in the beautiful hand-created wicker basket. As you gently leave the Earth you’ll have an unobstructed 360-degree view to take some breath-taking photographs. We generally fly close to the ground, usually under 400 feet as at this altitude you are able to see the sights and sounds of desert life. The pilots often decide to rise higher in order to give you a marvellous overview of the valley. Upon landing you are greeted in the traditional manner with flutes of champagne and scrumptiously prepared gourmet food.

Verde Canyon Railroad - Individual Tour

$55pp Coach Train
$80pp First Class Train
$225 taxi each way (max 3 person per taxi)
Train departs and returns from Cottonwood, AZ (2hour drive from the Hilton)

From the moment you step aboard the fully-restored vintage train, you are whisked back to a time of luxurious and leisurely train travel. This four-hour excursion takes you on a 20-mile journey through 100 years of history. FP7 locomotives, two of only 10 remaining in North America, are the muscle that pulls the renovated consist of cars. Indoor cars are climate-controlled and have restrooms which may be utilized throughout the trip. The train meets ADA requirements.

Comfortable seating, thoughtful décor and friendly, informative attendants add to the beauty of this remote wilderness without sacrificing the luxury of comfort. Original music is an integral part of the trip as you make your way through Arizona’s longest-running nature show … railroad style.

All cars access open-air viewing cars equipped with shaded canopies. Outdoor attendants well-versed in the canyon’s history, geology and wildlife share highlights and answer your questions.

Three types of accommodations make up the Verde Canyon Railroad – caboose, first-class and coach-class. 

Off Road Adventures

If you’re looking for an exciting adventure experiencing some of Arizona’s rockiest terrain then you are in the perfect location for an off road adventure. If you are interested in booking an afternoon out in the desert please contact Margaret letting her know which tour you’re most interested in doing. The tours vary in length and some require a minimum or maximum group number so please make an enquiry for exact details and prices.

  • Hummer Adventures
  • Jeep Adventures
  • ATV Adventures
  • Stargazing Adventure
  • Shooting Experience

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Drug Discovery Re-Invented

Emerging Role of Biotechs, Academics and Non-Profits


16 Oct 2013 - 19 Oct 2013

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Chairs

Group Activities

There are two pre-arranged group activities for DDRI this year, a Hiking trip and Golf Tournament. These have been jointly organised by Fusion and the conference chairs and we welcome everyone to participate. Both group activities are optional so if you wish to join us, please RSVP to laura@fusion-conferences.com in advance of the conference. This will help us to organise appropriate transportation.

Group Activity Day 2 (17th Oct) – Hiking

The conference chairs would like to invite you to join them on a group hike at Piestewa Peak. The hike will take place on the second day of the conference (17th Oct) shortly after the group lunch. Transportation will be provided, returning the group to the hotel before the afternoon conference session.

$15 per person (minimum group of 20)

Group Lunch: 12:30 – 13:00
Group Departure: 13:15
Group Hike: 13:30 – 15:30
Group Return:  15:45
Afternoon Conference Session: 16:30
*suitable footwear and clothing is advised, as well as sunscreen and bottled water.

The group hike is a great opportunity to socialise with fellow colleagues outside of the conference whilst taking in the natural Arizona environment with its many rare animals and unusual flora, unique to this region. The hike is open to all conference participants, even novices who have never hiked before. The hiking trails vary in difficulty but there is something for everyone, no matter your experience. Piestewa Peak offers some stunning view points of the Sonoran Desert which cannot be missed so remember to bring your camera!

Please RSVP to laura@fusion-conferences.com if you wish to join us on the Hike!

Group Activity Day 3 (18th Oct) – Golf Tournament

The conference chairs would like to invite you to join them on the DDRI Golf Tournament at Silverado Golf Course. The Golf Tournament will take place on the third morning of the conference (18th Oct). Transportation will be provided at an additional cost, prices to be confirmed depending on the group size. The group will depart at 7am for a 9hole tournament, returning for group lunch at 12pm.

$49 per person (minimum group of 16)

Group Breakfast: from 6am
Group Departure: 07:00
Group Golf Tournament: 07:30 – 11:30
Group Return: 11:45
Group Lunch: 12:00 – 12:45
*rental equipment available at an additional cost (including clubs, golf balls and shoes)

Designed by Gilmore-Graves Architectural Design Company in 2000, Silverado has quickly become Scottsdale’s most popular 18-hole golf course. The Silverado Golf Course is located in central Scottsdale and is a public golf course that provides an amazing Scottsdale golfing experience at a very affordable price.  Their 18 wonderful holes are sure to challenge any level of golfer, creating the perfect afternoon activity during your free time.

Please RSVP to laura@fusion-conferences.com if you wish to enter the DDRI Tournament!

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16 Oct 2013 - 19 Oct 2013

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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16 Oct 2013 - 19 Oct 2013

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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Oral Presenters

A Fusion Conference offers all participants the opportunity to present their current research and findings in a number of different ways. Once registered for the conference you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Oral Presentations

We have a number of oral opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for an oral presentation, please submit your abstract within the Talk Deadline. Please check the conference programme carefully to note your presentation time (inclusive of Q&A) should you be accepted for an oral presentation.

We recommend you check our website regularly as the conference approaches as regular programme updates will be released under the ‘Programme’ tab on the conference page.

If you have prepared some slides to compliment your presentation please ensure you bring these with you on a USB or portable file saving device.

Those presenting on the first day, please email your slides to us so we can have everything prepared and ready for the first session. Please email your slides to:powerpoint@fusion-conferences.com

Flash Presentations

The Flash Session lasts up to 45minutes. This time is evenly divided between all the Flash Presentations that are accepted so your allocated time can range from 3-5 minutes, depending on popularity. The flash session is an extension of the Poster Session and is designed to offer a select few the opportunity to present orally their poster in a more formal, group setting.
To be considered for a flash presentation, please submit your abstract within the Talk Deadline. Abstracts submitted after the Talk Deadline may not be accepted.

Please note, the exact length of your presentation will be noted on the conference programme under the ‘Flash Session’.

At the Conference

On the day of your presentation please make yourself known to the AV team who will be available in the conference room. They will ensure they have everything they need, including your presentation slides or aides. If you have any animations or videos we do advise to run through the presentation with the AV tech just to make sure everything is compatible. We also advise that all speakers make themselves known to the AV tech in the conference room immediately before your session beings. The AV tech will apply your microphone and provide a laser pointer should you have a complimenting presentation. Please note, speakers are not permitted to use their individual laptops, our AV tech will have a master laptop for you to run your presentation from. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to approach our AV tech or a member of the Fusion team. We are here to help!

We would like to ask all speakers to adhere to their time slots and respect their fellow presenters. A visual traffic light aide will be available to warn presenters as their time slot decreases.

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Drug Discovery Re-Invented

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16 Oct 2013 - 19 Oct 2013

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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Posters

A Fusion Conference offers all participants the opportunity to present their current research and findings in a number of different ways. Once registered for the conference you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Poster Presentations

To be considered to present a poster, please submit your abstract within the ‘Poster Deadline’. Please check the conference programme carefully to note the poster session date and time.

Our poster boards can accommodate a maximum poster size of A0 (1189H x 841W mm), portrait in orientation only. Posters exceeding this size may not fit on the poster boards provided and therefore you will be unable to present your poster, so please kindly keep to these measurements.

During registration at the conference, if you are presenting a poster please request a poster number from the registration desk. Please do not put up your poster without notifying a member of the Fusion team. Certain adhesive agents are not permitted at some venues therefore; Fusion will be the sole provider of all poster fixings.

At the Conference

Upon arrival at the conference you can put up your poster from registration with the help of the Fusion team. Your poster can remain on display for the entire duration of the conference and we ask that you take down your poster on the final day of the meeting. The poster sessions is usually scheduled on Day 2, but please check the official programme for exact timings. Refreshments will be provided and awards will be given to the best poster displays.

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16 Oct 2013 - 19 Oct 2013

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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