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Registration Deadlines

Early bird – 03 Dec 2018

Talk Submission – 03 Dec 2018

Last Chance – 17 Dec 2018

Poster Submission – 17 Dec 2018

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4th Drug Discovery Re-Invented Conference

Emerging Role of Biotechs, Academics and Non-Profits

21 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019

Nassau, Bahamas

Synopsis

The fourth Drug Discovery Re-Invented Meeting brings together experts in medicinal chemistry, structure-based drug design, computational chemistry, emerging drug targets, and novel technology platforms. The meeting is extremely interactive with enthusiastic question and answer sessions following each talk.  This meeting remains unique with respect to the breadth of participants and focus on new approaches to discovering drugs. 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.

Key Sessions

  • New Approaches in Biotech, Academia, and Pharma
  • New Screening Technologies and Drug Targets
  • Structure, Modeling, and Fragment-based Design
  • Government and Non-profit Sector in Drug Discovery and Development
  • Importance of CROs in Supporting the Virtual Drug Discovery Model
  • Emerging Pharmacological Targets
  • Business of Biotech

Grant Opportunity

We have 3 x $1,000 grants available to students, post-docs and young faculty (first three years after start of independence), available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To apply please email your CV and abstract to Emily Bicknell. Please note that successful applicants will be required to give a short talk or poster presentation.

Student Offer

Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity for students! Register an academic at the earlybird rate of $1,822 and bring a student for only $850. Unfortunately, Postdocs are not eligible for this offer. Both registration packages include; accommodation for the 21, 22, 23 February 2019 (on a shared basis for students) and a 24hour all-inclusive food and beverage package for the conference period. Academic registrations must be completed by 17th December 2018. Once registered, please contact Emily Bicknell to obtain a special registration link for your student.

Confirmed Keynote Speaker

Michael Zasloff (Enterin Inc.)

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Denise Barbut (Enterin Inc.)
Benjamin Blass (Temple University)
'DESIGN, SYNTHESIS, AND EVALUATION OF NOVEL CYP INHIBITORS AS POTENTIAL TREATMENTS FOR METABOLIC SYNDROME'
Douglas Brenneman (Kannalife Sciences)
'NEUROPROTECTIVE PROPERTIES OF TWO CANNABINOIDS IN A DORAL ROOT GANGLION MODEL OF NEUROPATHIC PAIN'
Heather Carlson (University of Michigan)
'COSOLVENT MOLECULAR DYNAMICS SIMULATIONS'
Andrew Cole (Arbutus Bio)
'INHIBITORS OF HBV CAPSID ASSEMBLY AS AN APPROACH TO TREATING HEPATITIS B VIRUS INFECTION
Bart DeCorte (Mercachem)
'THE EVOLVING OUTSOURCING LANDSCAPE IN PHARMA R&D – PROS AND CONS OF DIFFERENT MODELS'
Vicki Feher (Schrödinger)
Brett Hall (Trans Medical Sciences)
Bryce Harrison (Morphic Therapeutics)
'THE DISCOVERY OF SOTAGLIFLOZIN AND LX2761, SGLT2/SGLT1 INHIBITORS FOR THE TREATMENT OF DIABETES'
Edward Hessler (Bridge Organics)
'A SCALABLE SYNTHESIS OF A KEY INTERMEDIATE FOR SQUALAMINE'
Phil Jones (MD Anderson Cancer Center)
'BENCH-AT-BEDSIDE DRUG DISCOVERY AT MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER'
William Jorgensen (Yale University)
'EFFICIENT LEAD OPTIMIZATION GUIDED BY MODELING AND CRYSTALLOGRAPHY '
Rick Keenan (BioMotiv)
'TARGETING THE UNFOLDED PROTEIN RESPONSE - DISCOVERY OF IRE1ALPHA INHIBITORS FOR THE TREATMENT OF RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA'
John Kulp (Conifer Point)
'TARGETING RNA WITH DRUG-LIKE SMALL MOLECULES'
Stephen Martin (University of Texas at Austin)
'GAP JUMPING. USING CHEMISTRY TO ADDRESS UNMET NEEDS IN NEUROSCIENCE'
Kenneth Merz (Michigan State University)
'EXPLORATION OF MOLECULAR RECOGNITION PROCESSES'
Dean Petkanas (Kannalife Sciences)
'RAISING CAPITAL FOR SMALL DRUG DISCOVERY COMPANIES'
Theodore Price (University of Texas at Dallas)
'HARNESSING THE RNA SEQUENCING REVOLUTION TO FIND NEW TARGETS AND BIOMARKERS FOR PAIN DRUG DISCOVERY'
Branko Radetich (Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research)
'AN INTEGRATED PLATFORM APPROACH FOR DESIGNING SMALL MOLECULES MODULATING MIR BIOGENESIS'
Christopher Savile (Intrexon)
'STRAIN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES TO ENABLE PRODUCTION AND DISCOVERY OF PHARMACEUTICALS'
Matt Todd (Blumberg Institute)
'EFFICIENTLY PROSECUTING LIBRARIES OF NATURAL PRODUCT EXTRACTS AT THE NPDI'
Deping Wang (Merck)
'THE IDENTIFICATION OF A NOVEL LEAD CLASS FOR PDE2 INHIBITION USING FRAGMENT BASED SCREENING'
Richard Warburg (Godney Holdings LLC)
'DRUG DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE EYES OF PRIVATE EQUITY, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND SCIENCE'
Lance Westerhoff (Quantum Bio)
'FAST, ACCURATE FREE ENERGY BASED PROTEIN: LIGAND SCORING USING THE MOVABLETYPE METHOD'
Jay Wrobel (FCCDC)
'A FEW DRUG DISCOVERY PROJECTS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ACADEMIC RESEARCHERS'

Sponsors

Prices

Early Bird Full
Price
Additional
Adult
Additional
Child
Extra Night
Adult
Extra Night
Child
Academic $1,822.00 $1,922.00 $684.00 $255.00 $281.00 $85.00
Industry $1,822.00 $1,922.00 $684.00 $255.00 $281.00 $85.00
Student $1,533.00 $1,633.00 $684.00 $255.00 $281.00 $85.00

Additional night prices are per person, per night. Accompanying persons are not permitted access to the conference.

REGISTRATION ONLY OPTION:

A registration only option is available for this meeting excluding accommodation and the all-inclusive food and beverage package.

The price for this package is $1,208 for academics/industry and $1,000 for students.

Please contact Emily for more information (emily@fusion-conferences.com).

What's Included in our Registration Fees?

Our registration fees are inclusive of the following during the conference period only:

- Conference registration 
- 3 Nights’ fixed accommodation (21, 22, 23 Feb 2019) on a single basis for academics and industry, on a shared basis for students
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours (excluding Black Angus and Starbucks)
- Unlimited select brand liquors, wines by the glass, local domestic beer, bottled water and soft drinks
- Gala Dinner (includes an open bar)
- Room service
- Guest room mini bar
- Non motorized water sports equipment
- Complimentary WIFI in both conference rooms and your guest room

What's Included in our Accompanying Adult Fees?

Our accompanying adult fees are inclusive of the following during the conference period only:

- 3 Nights’ fixed accommodation (21, 22, 23 Feb 2019) on a shared basis with a conference participant 
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours (excluding Black Angus and Starbucks)
- Unlimited select brand liquors, wines by the glass, local domestic beer, bottled water and soft drinks
- Gala Dinner (includes an open bar)
- Room service
- Guest room mini bar
- Non motorized water sports equipment
- Complimentary WIFI in your guest room

Important Note: Accompanying persons are not permitted access to the conference.

What's Included in our Accompanying Child Fees?

Our accompanying child fees are inclusive of the following during the conference period only:

- 3 Nights’ fixed accommodation (21, 22, 23 Feb 2019) on a shared basis with the parent/s
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours (excluding Black Angus and Starbucks)
- Unlimited bottled water and soft drinks
- Gala Dinner 
- Room service
- Non motorized water sports equipment
- Complimentary WIFI in your guest room

Important Note: Accompanying child fees are applicable for children aged 2-12 years. Children younger than 2 years stay free of charge with a parent. Children aged 13 years and older are classified as an adult at this venue (Melia Nassau Beach, Bahamas).

What's Included in our Extra Night Fees?

- 1 night’s accommodation for 1 person
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours (excluding Black Angus and Starbucks)
- Unlimited select brand liquors, wines by the glass, local domestic beer, bottled water and soft drinks
- Room service
- Guest room mini bar
- Non motorized water sports equipment
- Complimentary WIFI in your guest room

Important Note: Extra night child fees are applicable for children aged 2-12 years. Children younger than 2 years stay free of charge with a parent. Children aged 13-17 years will be charged $122 per night, per child. 18 years + will be classified as an adult at this venue (Melia Nassau Beach, Bahamas).

Speakers

Invited Speakers

  • Jay Wrobel
    Jay Wrobel
    Fox Chase Chemical Diversity Center, Inc
  • Theodore Price
    Theodore Price
    University of Texas at Dallas
  • Benjamin Blass
    Benjamin Blass
    Temple University School of Pharmacy, Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research
  • Richard Warburg
    Richard Warburg
    Godney Holdings
  • John Kulp
    John Kulp
    Conifer Point
  • Kenneth Merz
    Kenneth Merz
    University of Florida
  • Bryce Harrison
    Bryce Harrison
    Morphic Therapeutic
  • Philip Jones
    Philip Jones
    MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Lance Westerhoff
    Lance Westerhoff
    QuantumBio Inc.
  • Heather Carlson
    Heather Carlson
    Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Richard Keenan
    Richard Keenan
    BioMotiv
  • Douglas Brenneman
    Douglas Brenneman
    Kannalife Sciences
  • Stephen Martin
    Stephen Martin
    The University of Texas
  • Chris Savile
    Chris Savile
    Intrexon
  • Deping Wang
    Deping Wang
    Merck
  • Edward Hessler
    Edward Hessler
    Bridge Organics Co.
  • William Jorgensen
    William Jorgensen
    Yale University

Programme

Although the programme has not yet been released, we are able to confirm that the conference should begin no earlier than 14:00 with opening comments on 21 February 2019. The conference will conclude no later than 12:30 on 24 February 2019.

Sponsors

Sponsor this conference

Venue

Melia Nassau Beach All Inclusive

Nassau, Bahamas

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Venue Rating
4 Stars
Currency
US Dollar (USD)
Address
Nassau
W Bay St.
Nassau
Bahamas
Nearest Airport
Lynden Pindling International Airport

Hotel Details

Overlooking one of the finest beaches in the world the Meliá Nassau Beach is surrounded by crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches. Located on the stunning Cable Beach, you are just a few minutes walk from the center, shops and restaurants. The beautiful Nassau Botanical Gardens are within easy reach (7km) and Lynden Pindling International Airport is situated only 9km away.

Throughout your stay delegates will enjoy a full meal plan, inclusive of beverages. Take your pick from Cilantro where you can experience the natural textures, aromas and flavors of Mexico, Nikkei, celebrated for its exquisite fusion of Japanese, Cantonese and Peruvian cuisine featuring a sushi bar and Teppanyaki tables, Estavida, an upbeat tapas lounge located in the hotel lobby serving innovative tapas and a wide selection of cocktails, Aqua, an A la carte restaurant specializing in exquisite, rustic Italian cuisine, The Market Place, where you will find an International buffet serving an array of exquisite dishes, O'Grille, an open air restaurant with fabulous views of the sea and pool serving casual beach fare and light bites and finally The Black Angus, a steakhouse featuring hip, contemporary jazz and modern decor, offering guests the finest quality prime cuts and the freshest ingredients.(This restaurant is not included in the all inclusive package, additional charges apply). The Gala Night takes place on the third evening of the conference with a mouth-watering feast of local cuisine, an open bar and amazing local entertainment.  We welcome all delegates and their accompanying persons to the Gala Night – a truly fun filled night not to be missed!

Hotel Facilities

  • 24 hour reception
  • Room service
  • 3 heated outdoor pools
  • Complimentary resort wide Wi-Fi (guest rooms, throughout hotel, beach and conference areas)   
  • 24-hour Fitness Center
  • 7 dining venues
  • 4 bars.
  • non-motorised water sports

The Bahamas is formed by over 700 islands, keys and islets located in the Atlantic Ocean and renowned for its warm sunshine, mild climate, fine, white sandy beaches, turquoise, crystal clear water and friendly people, making this the perfect environment to relax and unwind in your free time during the conference.

Location

Melia Nassau Beach All Inclusive

Nassau, Bahamas

Venue Rating
4 Stars
Currency
US Dollar (USD)
Nearest Airport
Lynden Pindling International Airport

Location Details

The Melia Nassau Beach All-Inclusive is located right on the stunning Cable Beach just a few minutes away from the airport and city center; Nearby in Downtown Nassau you can experience the flavours of new foods at local restaurants, shop 'til you drop at Straw market or take a trip through time at the Pirates Museum. The beautiful Nassau Botanical Gardens are close by and water enthusiasts can enjoy non-motorized water sports right on property.

Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas. It lies on the island of New Providence, with neighboring Paradise Island accessible via Nassau Harbor bridges. The city has a hilly landscape and is known for it's fabulous beaches as well as its offshore coral reefs, popular for diving and snorkeling. It retains many of its typical pastel-colored British colonial buildings, like the pink-hued Government House.

 

Transport

Local  Airport

Lynden Pindling International Airport (formally known as Nassau International Airport) is just a short 15-minute journey from the Melia Nassau Beach All-Inclusive and is easily accessible from almost every country in the world with many major international airlines providing direct or interconnecting flights daily.

Taxis

There’s no shortage of available taxi cabs at Lynden Pindling International Airport. Taxis are available outside the U.S., International and Domestic terminals. Taxis charge approximately $25 one way to the Melia Nassau Hotel, however charges may increase if there are more than two passengers and/or two large suitcases.

Pre-booked Airport Transfers

Should you wish to pre-book a taxi transfer from the airport, you will find there are several suppliers to chose from and prices range from $40 one way and $70 return trip for up to 3 people, taxes included. Please find below details of 3 transportation providers who are offering discounted rates for our groups. Please contact the supplier directly with any enquiries or booking requests.

HC Executive Transportation
Contact Name: Nicholas Knowles
Contact Telephone: +1 242-809-9418
Contact Email: hcexecutivetransportation@gmail.com
Website Link: www.hcets.net

The rates quoted below are for transfers from Lynden Pindling International Airport to Melia Nassau Beach hotel. Please quote ‘FUSION’ during initial enquiry to obtain the discounted rate.

Vehicle / No of Passengers

Price (One Way)

Price (Return Trip)

Car (maximum of 3 passengers)

$40.00 USD per vehicle

$70.00.00 USD per vehicle

SUV (maximum of 6 passengers)

$70 USD per vehicle

$110.00 USD per vehicle

Note: Tax included in above rates (12%). Gratuities optional. Pre-payment can be made at time of booking or to driver at time of service.

Simon's Transports Ltd
Contact Name: Jocelyne Casimir
Contact Telephone: Toll Free: 1-800-501-4964, International: 1-954-302-2505, Local: 1-242-364-5466
Contact Email: info@simonstransports.com 
Booking Link: https://simonstransportsbahamas.com/book-now-2/

The rates quoted below are for transfers from Lynden Pindling International Airport to Melia Nassau Beach hotel. Please quote ‘FUSION’ during initial enquiry to obtain the discounted rate, or you may book online via the booking link above where discounted rates are automatically applied.

Vehicle / No of Passengers

Price (One Way)

Price (Return Trip)

Car (maximum of 4 passengers)

$101.21 USD per vehicle

$181.36 USD per vehicle

SUV (maximum of 7 passengers)

$149.50 USD per vehicle

$266.57 USD per vehicle

Note: Tax and gratuities included in above rates (12% and 15%). Pre-payment is required no later than 24hours prior to scheduled transfer time.

Majestic Tours Ltd
Contact Name: Betty Fox
Contact Telephone: +1 242-322-2606 or +1 242-677-2610
Contact Email: betty@majesticholidays.com

The rates quoted below are for transfers from Lynden Pindling International Airport to Melia Nassau Beach hotel. Please quote ‘FUSION’ during initial enquiry to obtain the discounted rate,

Vehicle / No of Passengers

Price (One Way)

Price (Return Trip)

Car (maximum of 3 passengers)

$47.60 USD per vehicle

$95.20 USD per vehicle

SUV (maximum of 6 passengers)

$132.52 USD per vehicle

n/a

Shuttle Bus

n/a

$22.40 USD per person

Note: Taxes included in above rates (12%). Gratuities optional. Pre-payment (50%) is required at time of booking. The shuttle bus is not a private service therefore additional stops may be made along the journey.
A Majestic Tours hospitality desk is located in the lower lobby of the hotel and is open daily from 7:00am to 8:00pm.

 

Activities

Several free activities are available within the resort and include:

  • Trip to Balmoral Island during your stay; a taxi boat to and from Balmoral Island and access to the VIP Balmoral Beachside is included.
  • Daily fitness activities: gym classes, yoga, zumba, pool aerobics, etc.
  • In the water: paddleboards, glass-bottom kayaks, ocean duo kayaks, reef-board zayaks, cabana floating mats, water hammocks, etc.
  • Workshops: jewellery making, henna tattoo, scent creation, Bahamian crafts, etc.
  • Classes: mixology, scuba diving, dancing, etc.
  • Friendly competitions: beach volleyball, beach soccer, ping pong, darts, water balloon toss, deep dive contest, etc.
  • Free shuttle to Baha Mar and direct access to its spectacular 100,000 sq. ft. casino, Royal Blue™ tournament player’s golf course with special rates for Meliá guests, tennis court, spa, retail outlets and over 30 dining venues and lounges

 Half / Full Day Activities

Majestic Tours are a reputable and reliable company offering a variety of fascinating trips and excursions for either a half or full day.  To browse the range of tours and excursions available or to make a booking (individual/group) please follow the link below which will take you directly to the Majestic Tours website / booking system. Bookings can also be made on-site at the Majestic Tours desk, located in the lobby of the hotel alongside front desk. This is open daily from 7:00am to 9:00pm.

http://www.majestictoursbahamas.com/tours/#all

If you have any questions then please contact Majestic Tours directly (details below).

Contact Telephone: (+1242) 327-6000 ext. 860322
Contact Email: betty@majesticholidays.com

Group Activities

Snorkel Trip – Friday 22nd February 2019

We have arranged an exciting group activity for the 4th DDRI participants (accompanying guests welcome). Please find the details, timings and price for the activity below. Please note you are required to sign up by Friday 11th January 2019 for this activity and unfortunately, we cannot accept sign ups after this date nor onsite. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

This 3hr excursion will depart from Cable Beach at the Melia hotel. The first stop takes you to a Sea Turtle site where you will learn some interesting facts about the Sea Turtles followed by an exciting opportunity to swim with them. You will then head to the snorkel reef where you will be able to see many different types of coral, tropical fish, sea turtles, eels, spiny lobsters, and much more. Finally, you will have some free time to spend at Rose Island which is known for it’s beautiful beaches and lagoons.

Snorkel Tour: $75.00 per person to be paid on the day (USD or Bahamian Dollars accepted, a small charge will be applied for card payments).

Includes:
Snorkel equipment
Life jackets

Itinerary for Friday 22nd February 2019:

12:45: Meet at main pool bar (in between the beach and towel hut)
13:00: 
Pickup from Cable Beach at Melia Hotel
13:10 – 13:40: 
Swim with sea turtles
13:40: 
Head to the reef for some snorkeling time
14:10 - 14:40: Snorkeling
14:40: Beach time at Rose Island
15:30: Return trip
16:00: Drop off at Cable Beach at Melia Hotel

*Minimum of 8 people required / Maximum capacity of 26*

Sign-ups are required by Friday 11th January 2019 should you wish to participate. To sign up, please email Emily Bicknell noting the names of any accompanying guests joining you on the activity.

Oral Presenters

Talk Deadline: 03 Dec 2018

We have several oral opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a talk, please register for the conference and upload your abstract when prompted to do so. You will be able to monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account and you will also receive an email if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Please use the abstract template provided (see below) and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length.

If you are accepted for a talk, we recommend you check our website regularly as the conference approaches. Regular programme updates will be released under the ‘Programme’ tab on the conference website.

Your Presentation

On the day of your presentation please make yourself known to our AV technician who will be present in the conference room. We advise running through your presentation at least 30minutes prior to your session commencing to ensure your slides and any videos or animations appear as expected. We prefer our speakers to run their presentation from the master PC or Mac, however, if you prefer to use your own laptop then please notify us prior to the session. A HDMI or VGA cable is usually available on the podium.

Our AV technician will apply your microphone and provide a combined slide advancer and laser pointer.

We 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 decreases.

Please make sure your presentation adheres to the following guidelines.

Aspect Ratio: On Screen Show (16:9)
File Type: Please save your presentation in PPT, PPTS or Keynote format.

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Posters

Poster Deadline: 17 Dec 2018

We have several poster opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a poster presentation, please register for the conference and upload your abstract when prompted to do so. You will be able to monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account and you will also receive an email if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Please use the abstract template provided (see below) and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length.

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

Displaying & Presenting Your Poster

Please bring your poster to registration and hand this to a member of the Fusion team. They will advise of your poster number and display your poster for you. 

Your poster will remain on display for the duration of the conference, allowing presenters to take advantage of the refreshment breaks and free time for valuable networking opportunities, in addition to the official poster session.

Please check the programme and note the date and time of the poster session(s). Your poster will be judged during the poster session and prizes will be awarded at the Gala Dinner.

Posters will be taken down by the Fusion team and will be ready for collection at the Fusion desk on the final day of the conference.

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