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SMi inaugural Conference
Immuno-Oncology
26 - 27 September, 2018 | London, UK
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Immuno-Oncology is a fast-paced field with massive potential to deliver successful and durable cancer therapies.

This event will draw together different, key facets of the rapidly evolving field to propagate invigorating and thought-provoking discussions between industry leaders and inform and update delegates on current key areas for development, on future potential therapies advancements and provide revisions of regulations.

The Immuno-Oncology Conference will focus on a few key areas of the field with a representation of the whole industry under each area. These areas will be drawn together to look towards the future of Immuno-oncology and how the field can progress.

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EXCLUSIVE CONTENT - Interview with Grace Macaulay, Global Safety Physician, Patient Safety-Oncology, Medimmune
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  • Learn about targeting immune checkpoints with Humabody VH Therapeutics
  • Discover the recent advances in providing durable disease control with Keytruda as an anti-cancer therapy
  • Discuss the tumour mutation burden and the potential of its use as an indication of treatment choice
  • Develop an understanding of unwanted immunogenicity and functionality testing of immuno-oncology drugs
  • Gain insight into new techniques, such as the emerging applications of liquid biopsies, in Immuno-Oncology

At the SMi's Immuno-Oncology Conference you will get:

Networking: We keep networking at the forefront when it comes to our attendees. 5+ hours of pure networking guaranteed

Agenda: A valuable time is spent to discover the latest trends and hottest topics in the industry to provide the best possible agenda for our attendees. 15+ engaging presentations/case studies/keynote addresses

Speakers: Top representation of industry leaders. 15+ leading experts in Immuno-Oncology field

Workshops: Carefully selected topics for further on-sight training. 2 pre-conference workshops with in-depth knowledge on specific topics

To view Programme, Speaker line-up and Workshop details click on the Download Centre tab

Directors, senior scientists, project leaders, research directors of

Immuno-oncology, vaccine development, oncology, molecular medicine, immunobiology

Antibody AG; Abzena; Agenus; Amal Therapeutics; Anticancer Fund; Antwerp University; BioNTech AG; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH &amp; Co. KG; Cancer Research UK; ccit-denmark; Center into DiseasesFor Public Health Research; Exicure Inc.; Genentech, Inc.; Hadassah Medical School; Health Protection Scotland; ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Ltd; IO Biotech; IP &amp; Science; Kings College London; Merck Research Laboratories; Midatech Pharma PLC; MilliporeSigma (Merck, KGaA); MSD; Oxford BioMedica (U K) Limited; ProImmune Ltd.; Ross Univ Sch Of Med; Shionogi; SKAN AG; Talentmark Limited; The Life Sciences Division; Translational Oncology (TRON); UCL; Woodford Investment Management</p>

Agenus; AstraZeneca; BioNTech AG; BTG plc; ccit-denmark; Celerion; Exicure Inc.; Hopital Europeen Georges Pompidou; ImmunXperts; INSERM; Institut Universitaire D'hematologie; Janssen Vaccines; Kings College London; KLIFO A/S; Merck Sharp &amp; Dohme Limited; Nektar Therapeutics; Nottingham Trent University; Nouscom SRL; Oncology Experts; Ovacure; Ross University School Of Medicine; Silenseed; St Georges University of London; St George's, University of London; TCR Solutions; The University Of Hong Kong; University Of Antwerp; UZ Brussel; Vaccibody; Vaccibody AS

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:10 Keytruda: anticancer therapy across a wide range of malignancies

Kandeepan Ganeshalingam

Kandeepan Ganeshalingam, Executive Director, Therapeutic Area Head Oncology, Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited
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  • Recent advances in providing durable disease control
  • Innovative combination strategies to improve upon monotherapy activity and overcome resistance
  • Importance of patient selection in cancer immunotherapy
  • 9:50 Targeting Immune Checkpoints with Humabody VH Therapeutics

    James Legg

    James Legg, Vice President R&D, Crescendo Biologics Ltd
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  • Crescendo Biologics’ development of Humabody VH products, small highly adaptable and flexible proteins which can be developed into differentiated therapeutics
  • A description of Crescendo’s approach to developing differentiated Immuno oncology therapeutics with several examples of molecules in our research pipleline.
  • Case studies include a BiParatopic PD-1 inhibitor which shows efficacy in an anti-PD-1 insensitive in vivo model, a BiSpecific molecule inhibiting both PD-1 and LAG3 for overcoming resistance or insensitivity to PD-1 inhibition and a Targeted IO approach in which T-cell co-stimulation is focused away from the periphery and into the tumour microenvironment in order to improve the narrow therapeutic index observed with standard T-cell agonist antibodies.
     
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Enhanced cancer vaccine effectiveness with NKTR-214, a CD122-biased cytokine

    Loui Madakamutil

    Loui Madakamutil, VP, Discovery and Research, Nektar Therapeutics
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  •  NKTR-214 biases signalling through the IL-2 receptor pathway to generate profound effector T-cell responses while reducing regulatory T-cell activity in tumours
  • Combination dosing of NKTR-214 dramatically enhances activity of several tumour vaccine modalities in mouse models
  • The unique profile of T-cell activity generated by NKTR-214 may enable the next generation of tumour vaccines
     
  • 11:40 The use of Bispecific Antibodies to modulate Anti-Tumour immune responses

    12:20 The development of therapeutic antibodies to novel IO targets

    Robert Boyd

    Robert Boyd, Director Discovery, Oxford BioTherapeutics
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  • Novel IO target discovery
  • Development of therapeutic antibodies to novel IO targets
  • Tumor explant models for IO target validation and testing of IO molecules

  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:10 Application of PK-PD Modeling and Simulation in Development of T-Cell Redirecting Antibodies

    Aman Singh

    Aman Singh, PK-PD Scientist, Janssen

  • Platform Target-Biologic-Effector Engagement Model
  • Evaluation of key parameters (e.g. Target/T-cell affinity, E:T Ratio) on Cytolysis and T-cell Activation
  • Evolution of the developed platform model to Multi-specific Biologics
  • Preclinical-to-Clinical Translation
  • 14:50 Unwanted immunogenicity and functionality testing of immuno oncology drugs

    Sofie Pattijn

    Sofie Pattijn, Chief Technology Officer, ImmunXperts

  • Tools for early unwanted immunogenicity assessment: in silico and in vitro assays
  • In vitro functional testing to accelerate immune oncology drug design
  • Optimal Early lead selection
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 T4 CAR T cell immunotherapy of patients with refractory head and neck cancer

    Caroline Hull

    Caroline Hull, Research Associate, Kings College London
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  • A CAR has been engineered using a promiscuous ligand that engages 8 distinct ErbB dimer species
  • Phase 1 evaluation has been initiated in patients with head and neck cancer, using intra-tumoural delivery and phased dose escalation to mitigate risk
  • Thirteen patients have been safely treated to date, at doses of up to 1Bn cells, without DLTs and with an efficacy signal evident
     
  • 16:40 The tumour mutation burden and using this as an indication of treatment choice

    Harry Smith

    Harry Smith, Medical Scientist, Gilead Ltd
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  • The effect of a higher number of somatic mutations on the susceptibility to treatment
  • Why a higher somatic mutation rate increases the chance of response to IO treatments
  • How the tumour mutation burden can be harnessed to optimise the effect of therapies
  • The cut off points used and the validation of this point
  • 17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:10 Developing tumor-specific immunogene (T-SIGn) combination immunotherapies by arming the oncolytic group B adenovirus enadenotucirev

    Paul Cockle

    Paul Cockle, Head of Immunology, PsiOxus Therapeutics

  • Platform: a potent chimeric oncolytic adenovirus enadenotucirev engineered to deliver transgenes selectively to tumors
  • Approach: localized production of a combination of immunotherapeutic agents within tumors following systemic dosing.  Multiple, mechanism-driven product design opportunities – candidate pipeline generated
  • Benefits: optimizing concentrations of agents within the tumor where they need to act, while minimizing the potential for systemic toxicity via off-target effects
     
  • 9:50 ADC-IO combination treatments

    Philip Howard

    Philip Howard, Chief Scientific Officer, Spirogen

  • Combining  ADC and IO therapies
  • ADC/IO Case Studies
  • IO/PBD-ADC combinations 
  • Immunomodulatory properties
  • Synergy with immunotherapies

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    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Innate Immune Activators- Spherical Nucleic Acid TLR9 in Combination with Checkpoint Inhibitors

    David Giljohann

    David Giljohann, CEO, Exicure Inc.
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  • Spherical Nucleic Acids (SNAs) are 3D forms of DNA and RNA that enter cells naturally
  • SNAs can be used to potently activate Toll-like-receptor (TLR) pathways
  • Pre-clincal work has shown activity in Breast, Lung, Melanoma, and Colorectal cancers in combination with checkpoint inhibitors
  • Phase I normal volunteer studies were begun in October 2017, results of which will be shared
  • 11:40 Human Tissue research in the UK: Ethics and Regulation

    Christopher Perrett

    Christopher Perrett, Regulation Manager, Human Tissue Authority
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  • Ethical approval and regulation of Human Tissue research
  • The roles of the Health Research Authority (HRA)
  • The roles of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA)

     

  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Generating symbiosis with regulatory affairs in Immuno-Oncology

    Andrew 	 Exley

    Andrew Exley, Medical Assessor, MHRA

  • How are the regulations keeping up with innovation and evolving therapeutic approaches?
  • The differentiation between European vs American procedures of approval
  • Is there likely to be a gap between patients’ therapeutic access, restricted by approval procedures
  • What are the current barriers to entry in the market?
  • 14:10 Key safety challenges in cancer immunotherapy clinical trials

    Grace Macaulay

    Grace Macaulay, Global Safety Physician, Patient Safety-Oncology, MedImmune
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  • Immunotherapy past, present, and future
  • Checkpoint inhibitors
  • Key safety challenges: immune-mediated AEs
  • ESMO/ASCO guidelines
  • Way forward: getting the right balance
  • Conclusion
     
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 Clinical collaborations in IO – why do them and what pharma looks for

    Rochana  Wickramasinghe

    Rochana Wickramasinghe, Evaluation Director, AstraZeneca

  • History of clinical collaborations in IO
  • How IO clinical collaborations have changed the business model for how pharma and biotech interact
  • Why should biotechs enter into an IO clinical collaboration with pharma?
  • What does pharma look for in a biotech when deciding whether or not to enter into a clinical collaboration?


     

  • 16:00 Emerging Applications of Liquid Biopsies in Immuno-Oncology

    Jonathan Wan

    Jonathan Wan, MD, PhD Student, Cancer Research UK
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  • An introduction to the field of liquid biopsies will be given, and the biology explored
  • Technologies and platforms for circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) analysis will be outlined and appraised
  • Clinical applications of liquid biopsies in oncology will be explored
  • Recent data on the use of liquid biopsies for monitoring immunotherapy will be discussed
  • 16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Grace Macaulay

    Grace Macaulay

    Global Safety Physician, Patient Safety-Oncology, MedImmune
    James Legg

    James Legg

    Vice President R&D, Crescendo Biologics Ltd
    Jonathan Wan

    Jonathan Wan

    MD, PhD Student, Cancer Research UK
    Kandeepan Ganeshalingam

    Kandeepan Ganeshalingam

    Executive Director, Therapeutic Area Head Oncology, Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited

    Aman Singh

    PK-PD Scientist, Janssen
    Aman Singh

    Andrew Exley

    Medical Assessor, MHRA
    Andrew 	 Exley

    Caroline Hull

    Research Associate, Kings College London
    Caroline Hull

    Caroline Hull obtained her PhD from King’s College London in 2015 where she developed cell therapies for autoimmune diseases using lentiviral T cell receptor gene transfer. More recently her research has focused on developing CAR T cell therapies for solid tumours, specifically mesothelioma.

    Christopher Perrett

    Regulation Manager, Human Tissue Authority
    Christopher Perrett

    Chris is Regulation Manager at the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and is part of the Regulation Directorate. He leads inspections in all of the HTA’s sectors (especially the research sector), develops policies for the sectors, is involved in training, and is part of the team developing strong links with stakeholders and other organisations. These include the Health Research Authority (HRA), the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
    Chris is also Guidance Project Manager at the HRA, where he has worked since February 2016. As a member of the Quality, Standards and Information Directorate, he is involved in reviewing the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) for Research Tissue Banks (RTBs) and research projects. He has also been involved in developing the HRA E-learning package on research involving human tissue.
    Chris’s previous background was in research. He holds a degree in Natural Sciences and an MSc and PhD in Molecular Oncology. His previous career was in academia. He was a senior lecturer in oncology at University College London (UCL) and led a research team investigating the causes and treatment of breast and ovarian cancer.
     

    David Giljohann

    CEO, Exicure Inc.
    David Giljohann

    Dr. Giljohann has served as CEO of Exicure since 2013. Dr. Giljohann obtained his Ph.D. in 2009 from Northwestern University under the direction of Dr. Chad A. Mirkin where he developed oligonucleotide-modified nanoparticles, including NanoFlare™, and Spherical Nucleic Acid (SNA™) constructs. Dr. Giljohann has been recognized for his work with a Materials Research Society Gold Award, Baxter Innovation Award, Rappaport Award for Research Excellence, NSEC Outstanding Research Award, and as a finalist in the National Inventors Hall of Fame Collegiate Inventors Competition. He was also named to the Analytical Scientist's "Top 40 Under 40 Power List" in 2014. Dr. Giljohann has contributed to over 25 manuscripts and over 100 patents and applications.

    Grace Macaulay

    Global Safety Physician, Patient Safety-Oncology, MedImmune
    Grace Macaulay

    Senior safety Physician with Medimmune (Part of AZ). Joined Medimmune in 2014 and has been working on checkpoint inhibitor since then. Prior to Medimmune, I was head of oncology within Patient safety at Ipsen and Mundipharma (Part of NAPP).
    I have over 20 years clinical experience in Haematology and Oncology. Prior to joining the industry, I trained in both haematology and oncology at King’s college Hospital London for almost 10yrs. I was also Sub Investigator for clinical trials in Oncology and Examiner in Breast cancer to Year 3 students at GKT (Guy’s, King’s, and St. Thomas’s) Hospitals. Also played a key role as part of the team that set up ‘The London Clinic’ cancer centre on Devonshire/Harley Street, London.
    I obtained my diploma in Pharmaceutical medicine in 2016
    Currently, I am at the tail end of my Master’s programme studying part time for M.Sc. in Drug development and drug discovery at King’s College, London.
    I am a member of ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) and ASH (American Society of Haematology).
     

    Harry Smith

    Medical Scientist, Gilead Ltd
    Harry Smith

    On completion of his degree in biochemistry & biological chemistry, Harry joined the pharmaceutical industry and has over 10 years of experience operating within numerous functions including pharmacovigilance, medical information and medical affairs. Over the past 7 years, he has focussed on Oncology and Haemato-oncology working for some of the leaders in the field; including Roche, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline. Harry joined Gilead in 2015 as a Medical Scientist covering the South East of the U.K. He has a deep passion for the science behind Oncology and is undertaking an MSc in cancer and therapeutics at the Bart’s Cancer Institute and Queen Mary University of London.

    James Legg

    Vice President R&D, Crescendo Biologics Ltd
    James Legg

    James Legg is currently VP Research and Development at Crescendo Biologics in Cambridge UK where he is responsible for Crescendo's building portfolio of Immuno Oncology Humabody Biologics. Prior to joining Crescendo, James completed a Ph.D in Molecular Cell Biology from Imperial College London and a Post Doc at Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now CRUK) before moving into the Biotechnology industry with a role at Cambridge Antibody Technology and then a number of positions within MedImmune, the Biologics arm of AstraZeneca.

    Jonathan Wan

    MD, PhD Student, Cancer Research UK
    Jonathan Wan

    Jonathan C. M. Wan is an M.B. Ph.D. student at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK. He completed his preclinical medical studies at King's College London, UK, and is currently carrying out his Ph.D. in Nitzan Rosenfeld's laboratory at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, University of Cambridge (2015–18), where he is developing individualised circulating tumour DNA assays to monitor patients with melanoma with high sensitivity.

    Kandeepan Ganeshalingam

    Executive Director, Therapeutic Area Head Oncology, Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited
    Kandeepan Ganeshalingam

    Kandeepan Ganeshalingam received his Medical Degree from the University of Aberdeen and a Master of Science Degree from the Imperial College School of Medicine, University of London. He was also the Faraday Research fellow at the National Heart and Lung Institute, UK.
    Following a 10 year career as a physician in the National Health Service Hospitals, UK, he joined the Oncology product development team at Roche in 2007. In this role he played a significant role in product development with several successful submissions to EMA and FDA. In 2010, he moved to Vifor Pharma, Switzerland to become the Global Head of Medical and Clinical Drug Safety, where he played a leadership role in clinical development, regulatory submissions and safety risk management. In 2012, he returned to Roche Product Development Medical Affairs as Senior Medical Director, in immunology and was subsequently promoted to Group Medical Director in Oncology, where he led the Global Medical team responsible for multiple Haematology/Oncology products. In this role he was instrumental in building clinical trial collaborations with academic groups and external pharmaceutical companies.
    In 2016, he joined Merck Sharp Dohme as Executive Director, Oncology Therapeutic Area Head, European Clinical Development, where he is involved in the clinical development of cancer immunotherapies.
     

    Loui Madakamutil

    VP, Discovery and Research, Nektar Therapeutics
    Loui Madakamutil

    Loui Madakamutil is currently VP and Head of Discovery and Research at Nektar Therapeutics and is responsible for the overall discovery strategy of Nektar to deliver novel immuno-modulatory medicines in several therapeutic areas including Cancer and Auto-inflammatory diseases. Previously, Loui was a Senior Director and Lead for Rheumatology-DAS at Janssen Research Division for 2.5 years where Loui was responsible for the discovery strategy and delivering portfolio assets from early ideas to proof of concept in humans in Rheumatic diseases. Loui held appointment as the Site Head of Immunology at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in San Diego and, over a 5 year period, held positions of increasing responsibility in Drug Discovery and Early Development and was responsible for driving Takeda’s Discovery strategy in Immunology with a focus on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Cancer Immunology. Loui also spent five years in Immunology discovery at Celgene in the Experimental Therapeutics Team where he worked on Apremilast and Revlemid to understand immunological MOA for these compounds. He has taken several large and small molecule compounds into Phase 1a. Loui did his Post-Doctoral training at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, first with Eli Sercarz and then with Hilde Cheroutre. Loui has a PhD in applied immunology from the University of Mumbai India and an MS in Biochemistry.

    Paul Cockle

    Head of Immunology, PsiOxus Therapeutics
    Paul Cockle

    Philip Howard

    Chief Scientific Officer, Spirogen
    Philip Howard

    Robert Boyd

    Director Discovery, Oxford BioTherapeutics
    Robert Boyd

    Dr Robert Boyd has over 20 years of experience in antibody target discovery and therapeutic development. He is a scientific director at Oxford BioTherapeutics (OBT, UK) and leads novel therapeutic programs in Immuno oncology. He joined OBT from the MRC Toxicology Unit where he was a senior investigator. He has held senior scientific positions at Oxford GlycoSciences and Speywood Pharmaceuticals focused on targeted medicines. Dr Boyd holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Sussex University, and conducted post-doctoral research at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund.

    Rochana Wickramasinghe

    Evaluation Director, AstraZeneca
    Rochana  Wickramasinghe

    Sofie Pattijn

    Chief Technology Officer, ImmunXperts
    Sofie Pattijn

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    Workshops

    Strategic Competitive Intelligence in the Immuno-Oncology space
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    Strategic Competitive Intelligence in the Immuno-Oncology space

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    25th September 2018
    London, United Kingdom

    Could the Microbiome boost cancer immunotherapy?
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    Could the Microbiome boost cancer immunotherapy?

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    25th September 2018
    London, United Kingdom

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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    [Programme] - Main Conference

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    [Interview] - Grace Macaulay, MedImmune

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    [PROGRAMME] - WORKSHOP B

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    [Programme] - Workshop A

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    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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