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SMi is proud to announce the 12th Annual RNA Therapeutics Virtual Conference taking place on 10 - 11 February 2021


RNA therapeutics is a rapidly expanding industry with increasingly growing potential for immunotherapy personalised medicines, and treatment of genetic, infectious and chronic diseases. This is reflected with the value of the global antisense & RNA therapeutics market expected to reach USD 1.81 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 7.5%. Furthermore, the recent advent of CRISPR, an RNA-guided gene-editing technology, as well as new strides in the delivery of messenger RNA transcribed in vitro, have triggered a major expansion of the RNA-therapeutics field.

The 2021 conference is set to explore the latest developments in RNA delivery agents and RNA-based therapeutics with the latest case studies on advanced mRNA technologies, oligonucleotide delivery, therapeutic applications and future trends and innovations.

Join us in February 2021, as SMi’s 12th annual RNA Therapeutics Conference brings together industry experts from leading RNA therapeutics companies to gain an expert and holistic view on the latest developments in the industry, upcoming regulatory updates and industry implications.
 

RNA Therapeutics 2021 will explore industry insights into how mRNA is being used to combat COVID-19. Engage in case studies exploring the growing therapeutic potential of RNA for rare diseases, delve into future trends in AI application for optimal RNA therapeutics and hear regulatory outlooks of the RNA landscape, clinical trials and looking ahead.

The SMi Virtual Conference Platform will deliver the following benefits:

  • Live and On Demand speaker content: Get access to the latest strategies and case studies from your market place online!
  • Network with all the event attendees: Connect, see who’s attending, chat and share contact details with all online delegates, speakers and sponsors
  • Exhibit a Virtual Booth: You can pack your customized booth full of documents, videos and even show who is manning the booth during the event and hosting meetings
  • Host & Join Meetings & Socials: Join preferred speaking sessions, host you own meetings and even a virtual Networking social, with in built Zoom functionality

Key Job Titles include:

  • Research & Development Directors/Managers/Scientists
  • Heads of Clinical Development
  • Heads of Pre-Clinical Development
  • Head of RNA Biology
  • Head of RNA Formulation and Drug Delivery
  • Head of Pre-clinical R&D
  • Head of New Modalities
  • Head of Discovery
  • Senior Scientists
  • Chief Scientific Officers
  • Chief Medical Officers


Global Presence:

Attendees from all over the world attend our events, gain hands on insight from representatives from UK, Europe and USA.
 

Advanced Cell Diagnostics, A Bio-Techne Brand; Aldevron; Aldevron Llc; AMBR Consulting Ltd; AmpTec GmbH; Asahi Kasei Corporation; Astrazeneca; Bachem; BianoGMP; BioNTech RNA Pharmaceuticals; Bio-Techne Ltd; Chiesi Farmaceutici spa; eTheRNA; Ethris GmbH; F.Hoffmann-La Roche AG; Galapagos; GE Healthcare; Genevant Sciences; Genmab A/S; GSK; himed; Imperial College London; Inabata France S.A.S.; Independent; InteRNA Technologies BV; Intertek; Intertek Pharmaceutical Services Manchester; JSC R-PHARM; MHRA; Miescher Pharma GmbH; MiNA Therapeutics; MiNa Therapeutics Ltd; moderna Therapeutics; Nanogenics Ltd; New England Biolabs; NHS Blood and Transplant; NHS Blood and Transplant Authority; Nippon Fine Chemical; Nitto Avecia; Nitto Denko Avecia; Norinnova Technology Transfer AS; Pantherna Therapeutics GmbH; Polyplus-Transfection; Roche Diagnostics Deutschland; Roche Diagnostics Deutschland GmbH; Roche Innovation Center; Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Sanofi; Sense Biopharma AS; Symbiosis Pharmaceutical Services Limited; Thermo Fisher Scientific; TranSINE Therapeutics; Univeristy of Gent – Gene Therapy; University Gent; Vaccitech Ltd;

Conference programme

All timings are in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

9:00 Chair's Opening Remarks

Heinrich Haas

Heinrich Haas, Vice President Formulation and Drug Delivery , BioNTech
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Shalini Andersson

Shalini Andersson, Chief Scientist New Therapeutic Modalities and Head of Oligonucleotide Discovery, AstraZeneca
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9:10 Approaches for Next Generation Lipid Nanoparticle Technologies for RNA Delivery

Heinrich Haas

Heinrich Haas, Vice President Formulation and Drug Delivery , BioNTech
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  • Lipid nanoparticles comprising ionizable lipids are versatile delivery systems for therapeutic application of RNA
  • Although having been already successfully translated into clinical practice, there is need for further development of this technology in order to allow its application in a wider range of therapeutic settings
  • Here we present approaches for engineering m-RNA LNPs with improved biological activity and safety
  • The systems may be promising for development of next generation potent and safe RNA therapeutics for clinical translation
  • 9:40 Update on the regulatory environment for clinical trials in the UK

    Kirsty Wydenbach

    Kirsty Wydenbach, Deputy Unit Manager/Senior Medical Assessor, MHRA
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  • Changes to the regulation of clinical trials in the UK since January 2021
  • Novel clinical trials and MHRA advice services
  • The future of the MHRA
  • 10:10 Advancing technologies in oligonucleotide delivery - case studies

    Michael Mulqueen

    Michael Mulqueen, VP Business Development, eTheRNA Immunotherapies
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  • Lipid nanoparticles for mRNA delivery to lymphoid organs
  • Oncolysis and tumour microenvironment modulating technology
  • Immunostimulation technology to boost the immune response through the dendritic cell pathway
  • Applications for novel oligonucleotide delivery approaches
  • 10:40 Morning Break and Virtual Exhibitor Hall Open

    11:10 Advances in the biological understanding of lipid nanoparticle delivery to different cell types

    Morag Rose Hunter

    Morag Rose Hunter, Senior Scientist, AstraZeneca
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  • A new machine learning based biological profiling approach to accelerate LNP optimisation
  • Application of biological profiling to optimise LNPs for liver delivery
  • Using biological profiling to understand intracellular delivery to different tumour cell types
  • 11:40 Oligonucleotides as a therapeutic option for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

    Andre  Müller-York

    Andre Müller-York, Senior Medical Affairs Director , Sarepta Therapeutics Germany GmbH
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  • Background for the oligonucleotides PMOs / PPMOs and the MoA for RNA-exon skipping
  • I.v. PMOs / PPMOs for RNA-exon skipping in DMD
  • Clinical results for the PMOs / PPMOs from the Sarepta pipeline in DMD
  • 12:10 Photochemical internalisation (PCI) – enhanced and site-directed oligonucleotide and mRNA delivery by light-induced endosomal release

    Anders Hogset

    Anders Hogset, Chief Scientific Officer, PCI Biotech AS
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  • PCI can strongly enhance both vehicle-mediated- and naked RNA delivery
  • In vivo, PCI enhances the delivery of naked mRNA up to 50 times as compared to mRNA alone
  • For intratumoural mRNA delivery, PCI with naked mRNA compares favourably to delivery by LNPs 
  • PCI site-directs delivery by illumination
  • 12:50 Evolution, challenges and potential of RNA Therapeutics

    Ruchi Shah

    Ruchi Shah, Senior Research Engineer, New Therapeutics Modalities, Eli Lilly and Company
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  • Background on RNA Therapeutics –what it encompasses, current status and pipeline
  • Challenges surrounding development of RNA Therapeutics
  • Promising future of RNA therapeutics
  • 13:20 Networking Break and Virtual Exhibitor Hall Open

    14:20 Novel Therapies for Inherited Retinal Diseases

    Jennifer Pluim

    Jennifer Pluim, Vice President Medical Afffairs, ProQR
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  • An overview of ProQR’s RNA therapies platform
  • Sepofarsen (QR-110) for Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA10)
  • QR-421a for Usher syndrome Exon 13
  • QR-1123 for P23H autosomal dominant RP
  • QR-504a for Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy
  • 14:50 Moving cardiovascular noncoding RNA therapeutics towards clinical reality

    Thomas Thum

    Thomas Thum, Director, Institute of Molecular and Translational Therapeutic Strategies , Hannover Medical School
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  • Innovative approaches to discover noncoding RNAs in cardiovascular disease
  • Testing noncoding RNAs in large animal models
  • Design of adaptive clinical studies using noncoding RNA modulators
     
  • 15:20 RNA immunotherapies: developing cancer vaccines against immunogenic neoantigens

    Wigard Kloosterman

    Wigard Kloosterman, CSO, Frame Therapeutics
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  • A collaboration with the aim to develop a new generation of cancer vaccines via RNA
  • New developments in immunology have made immunotherapy of cancer a new treatment option
  • An overview of the technology and potential for further oncology therapeutics
  • 15:50 Afternoon Break and Virtual Exhibitor Hall Open

    16:20 Self-amplifying mRNA (SAM) vaccines

    Giulietta Maruggi

    Giulietta Maruggi, Head, Vector Biology, GSK Vaccines
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  • Overview the principal and preclinical program of the GSK self-amplifying RNA program, illustrated by specific examples
  • Update the progress on its technical development
  • Potentially discuss the clinical POC of the platform
  • 16:50 Self-deliverable RNAi ex-vivo and in-vivo

  • Exploring the sdRNAi technology and its use for RNA interference
  • How can siRNAs be modified to achieve self-delivery?
  • Discussing what is required for the efficient delivery of RNAi into all cell types ex-vivo and to certain organs in vivo
  • Which cell types can self-deliverable RNAis target?
  • Alexey Wolfson

    Alexey Wolfson, CEO, Advirna
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    17:20 Get the skinny on LNPs with Stunner and Big Tuna

    Kevin Lance

    Kevin Lance, Marketing Manager, Unchained Labs
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  • How Big Tuna automates ethanol clean-up & buffer prep
  • High-throughput sizing and total RNA quant for LNP samples on Stunner
  • High accurate and precise nucleic acid quant on 2 uL samples
  • 18:00 Delivery of Novel siRNA constructs for treating cancer

    David Evans

    David Evans, Chief Scientific Officer, Sirnaomics, Inc
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  • Creating novel siRNA constructs for cancer treatment
  • Addressing the challenges of cell-specific delivery: how to get size and efficacy right?
  • Choosing the appropriate delivery system
  • Steps taken towards validation of novel constructs
  • 18:30 Chair’s Closing Remarks

    Heinrich Haas

    Heinrich Haas, Vice President Formulation and Drug Delivery , BioNTech
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    Shalini Andersson

    Shalini Andersson, Chief Scientist New Therapeutic Modalities and Head of Oligonucleotide Discovery, AstraZeneca
    View Bio

    9:00 Chair's Opening Remarks

    Heinrich Haas

    Heinrich Haas, Vice President Formulation and Drug Delivery , BioNTech
    View Bio

    Shalini Andersson

    Shalini Andersson, Chief Scientist New Therapeutic Modalities and Head of Oligonucleotide Discovery, AstraZeneca
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    9:10 Targeted Nucleic Acid therapeutics

    Shalini Andersson

    Shalini Andersson, Chief Scientist New Therapeutic Modalities and Head of Oligonucleotide Discovery, AstraZeneca
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  • Concept of targeted delivery of nucleic acid therapeutics
  • Different targeting approaches and impact on efficacy and therapeutic window
  • Utility of targeted delivery in pre-clinical and clinical drug development
  • Future direction
  • 9:40 Therapeutic development using chemically modified asymmetric small interfering RNAs

    Dong-Ki Lee

    Dong-Ki Lee, CEO, OilX Pharmaceuticals
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  • RNA interference (RNAi)-based gene silencing has become the 3rd therapeutic development platform with multiple FDA-approved RNAi drugs on market
  • Asymmetric siRNA (asiRNA) triggers efficient target gene silencing with reduced non-specific effects
  • OliX Pharmaceuticlas has developed cp-asiRNA for local administration therapeutics, and GalNAc-asiRNA for liver targeting therapeutics
  • Will describe OliX Pharmaceuticals’ pre-clinical and clinical developments against various disease indications
  • 10:10 MiRNA Therapeutics: From Bench to Bedside

    Ekkehard Leberer

    Ekkehard Leberer, Senior Director, Global Alliance Management, Sanofi
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  • MicroRNAs are short non-coding RNAs that regulate biochemical pathways and networks of pathways by the mechanism of RNA interference (RNAi).
  • MicroRNA-21 has been implicated in multiple organs as a microRNA associated with fibrotic diseases and cancer.
  • We have generated an anti-fibrotic microRNA-based therapeutic approach by targeting microRNA-21 with an antisense oligonucleotide (anti-miR-21).
  • This microRNA-based drug is now in a phase 2 clinical trial for a fibrotic kidney disease called Alport Syndrome
  • 10:40 Morning Break and Virtual Exhibitor Hall Open

    11:10 Progress in microRNA therapeutics for epilepsy and rare neurodevelopmental disorders

    Cristina Reschke

    Cristina Reschke, Lecturer, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences , Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
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  • Background covering epilepsy (TLE and epilepsy as a common comorbidity in rare neurodevelopmental disorders).
  • Concepts about miRNA and functional assessments.
  • Pre-clinical journey of miR-134 inhibitor (Ant-134) in models of adult TLE
  • Pre-clinical assessment of Ant-134 in Angelman & Dravet syndromes
  • 11:40 The UK Nucleic Acid Therapy Accelerator (NATA)

  • An introduction to the aims of the NATA in supporting the development of synthetic RNA therapeutics
  • The NATA Hub: a world leading research institute to support the RNA therapeutics community, utilising dedicated capability in oligo synthesis and biological screening
  • The NATA’s upcoming funding calls to address barriers in the manufacture and the delivery of RNA therapeutics
  • Opportunities to partner with the NATA; Q&A session
  • Loic Roux

    Loic Roux, Head of Chemistry, NATA
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    Tim Ellis

    Tim Ellis, Programme Manager, Translational Research, Medical Research Council
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    12:10 Networking Break and Virtual Exhibitor Hall Open

    13:10 Navigating the Intellectual Property Minefield to Protect and Optimize RNA Innovations

  • Understand how patents are managed across the innovation lifecycle to enrich and protect your valuable inventions
  • Minimize risks and optimize IP value in the increasingly crowded RNA space
  • Navigate the complexity of RNA information for quality patent searches and insights
  • Recommendations for building strong working relationships with stakeholders and partners to optimize IP value
  • Heidi M Berven

    Heidi M Berven, Partner, Co-Leader, Patent Practice Group, Honigman
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    Matthew J McBride

    Matthew J McBride, Director of IP Search, CAS
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    13:50 AI Application of Drug Discovery for Triple Negative Breast Cancer

    Maria Luisa Pineda

    Maria Luisa Pineda, CEO and Co-founder, Envisagenics
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  • Envisagenics’ software platform, SpliceCore, integrates proprietary machine learning algorithms, high performance computing, and RNA-splicing analytics to identify disease-specific alternatively spliced RNA that will function as therapeutic targets 
  • Discovery of novel TNBC specific splicing isoforms
  • Designing optimal RNA-therapeutics targeting TNBC specific splicing isoforms using machine learning
  • Experimental qualification and validation of ASOs designed by SpliceCore
  • 14:20 RNA Nanotechnology Unlocks The Potential of Small RNA Therapeutics

    Fengmei Pi

    Fengmei Pi, General Manager and Director of R&D, ExonanoRNA
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  • RNA nanoparticles for targeted delivery of anti-miRNA for oncology disease
  • RNA nanoparticles for targeted delivery of chemical drug for oncology disease
  • RNA nanoparticles decorated exosomes for targeted delivery of siRNA
  • Pipeline and plan
  • 14:50 Afternoon Break and Virtual Exhibitor Hall Open

    15:20 Precision medicine to treat genetic disorders

    Barry Ticho

    Barry Ticho, Chief Medical Officer, Stoke Therapeutics
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  • An overview of the TANGO platform and how it works
  • Antisense oligonucleotides for targeted binding to mRNA
  • The challenge of oligonucleotides for non-liver delivery and potential applications for severe genetic diseases affecting the CNS
  • Case Study: Dravet Syndrome
  • 15:50 Panel Discussion: COVID-19: how has the RNA industry adapted to beat the pandemic

  • The global collaboration to facilitate development and evaluation of therapeutics, diagnostics and vaccines against COVID-19
  • Current mRNA vaccines in development
  • How has industry adapted clinical trials and R&D to allow accelerated development?
  • How have approval processes been accelerated and will this affect future approval processes post-pandemic?

     

  • Heinrich Haas

    Heinrich Haas, Vice President Formulation and Drug Delivery , BioNTech
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    Troels Koch

    Troels Koch, CEO & Founder, Aqiventa
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    Kirsty Wydenbach

    Kirsty Wydenbach, Deputy Unit Manager/Senior Medical Assessor, MHRA
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    Michael Mulqueen

    Michael Mulqueen, VP Business Development, eTheRNA Immunotherapies
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    16:30 mRNA and developing a COVID-19 vaccine

  • An introduction to Arcturus Therapeutics 
  • mRNA technologies and the therapeutic potential
  • An overview of the LUNAR delivery technology
  • Case Study: LUNAR-COV19
  • Priya Karmali

    Priya Karmali, Vice President, Technology Innovation and Development, Arcturus Therapeutics
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    17:00 Chair’s Closing Remarks

    Heinrich Haas

    Heinrich Haas, Vice President Formulation and Drug Delivery , BioNTech
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    Shalini Andersson

    Shalini Andersson, Chief Scientist New Therapeutic Modalities and Head of Oligonucleotide Discovery, AstraZeneca
    View Bio

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Alexey Wolfson

    Alexey Wolfson

    CEO, Advirna
    Andre  Müller-York

    Andre Müller-York

    Senior Medical Affairs Director , Sarepta Therapeutics Germany GmbH
    Arpan Desai

    Arpan Desai

    Team Leader, Advanced Drug Delivery, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Astrazeneca
    Barry Ticho

    Barry Ticho

    Chief Medical Officer, Stoke Therapeutics
    Cristina Reschke

    Cristina Reschke

    Lecturer, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences , Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
    David Evans

    David Evans

    Chief Scientific Officer, Sirnaomics, Inc
    Dong-Ki Lee

    Dong-Ki Lee

    CEO, OilX Pharmaceuticals
    Ekkehard Leberer

    Ekkehard Leberer

    Senior Director, Global Alliance Management, Sanofi
    Fengmei Pi

    Fengmei Pi

    General Manager and Director of R&D, ExonanoRNA
    Giulietta Maruggi

    Giulietta Maruggi

    Head, Vector Biology, GSK Vaccines
    Heidi M Berven

    Heidi M Berven

    Partner, Co-Leader, Patent Practice Group, Honigman
    Heinrich Haas

    Heinrich Haas

    Vice President Formulation and Drug Delivery , BioNTech
    Jennifer Pluim

    Jennifer Pluim

    Vice President Medical Afffairs, ProQR
    Kevin Lance

    Kevin Lance

    Marketing Manager, Unchained Labs
    Loic Roux

    Loic Roux

    Head of Chemistry, NATA
    Maria Luisa Pineda

    Maria Luisa Pineda

    CEO and Co-founder, Envisagenics
    Matthew J McBride

    Matthew J McBride

    Director of IP Search, CAS
    Michael Mulqueen

    Michael Mulqueen

    VP Business Development, eTheRNA Immunotherapies
    Morag Rose Hunter

    Morag Rose Hunter

    Senior Scientist, AstraZeneca
    Priya Karmali

    Priya Karmali

    Vice President, Technology Innovation and Development, Arcturus Therapeutics
    Ruchi Shah

    Ruchi Shah

    Senior Research Engineer, New Therapeutics Modalities, Eli Lilly and Company
    Shalini Andersson

    Shalini Andersson

    Chief Scientist New Therapeutic Modalities and Head of Oligonucleotide Discovery, AstraZeneca
    Thomas Thum

    Thomas Thum

    Director, Institute of Molecular and Translational Therapeutic Strategies , Hannover Medical School
    Tim Ellis

    Tim Ellis

    Programme Manager, Translational Research, Medical Research Council
    Troels Koch

    Troels Koch

    CEO & Founder, Aqiventa
    Wigard Kloosterman

    Wigard Kloosterman

    CSO, Frame Therapeutics

    Alexey Wolfson

    CEO, Advirna
    Alexey Wolfson

    Alexey has completed his Masters degree in Molecular Biology at Moscow State University (Russia) following which he obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from A.N.Bakh Institute of Biochemistry (Moscow, Russia). After completing postdoctoral training in IBMC (Strasbourg, France) and Temple University he joined University of Colorado at Boulder as research assistant professor, where he worked on enzymology and biology of tRNAs and other small RNAs. In 2008 he moved to UMass Medical school as a research assistant professor to work on miRNA and in 2009 founded Advirna – a biotech company developing oligonucleotide delivery technologies, where he serves as CEO and CSO. His work on different aspects of RNA biology and biochemistry has been published in over 50 peer-reviewed papers, including Science, PNAS, NAR and Molecular Therapy. His current work is focused on making advanced nucleic acids delivery technologies available to a broad scientific community.

    Anders Hogset

    Chief Scientific Officer, PCI Biotech AS
    Anders Hogset

    Anders Høgset is Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) in PCI Biotech AS in Oslo since April 2001, and he was also CEO in the company from 2004 to 2008. He holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Oslo. Earlier employments include: senior scientist at The Norwegian Radium Hospital in Oslo, senior scientist and project manager at Nycomed (now GE Healthcare), scientist at the University of Oslo. Høgset is co-author on more than 90 scientific publications and inventor on more than 20 international patents and patent applications.

    Andre Müller-York

    Senior Medical Affairs Director , Sarepta Therapeutics Germany GmbH
    Andre  Müller-York

    Dr. André Müller-York obtained his MD from the Medical School of the University of Hamburg (Germany) and his board certification in nuclear medicine from the Charité at the University of Berlin. He joined the pharmaceutical industry at Amersham Health (now GE Healthcare) leading the clinical development of a cardiac MRI contrast media in EU and US. Later on, André supported several international companies for medical affairs in various indications, e.g. virology and neurology. Focused on orphan drugs and neuromuscular diseases during the last five years, he is now representing the medical affairs department of Sarepta Therapeutics (HQ: Cambridge, MA, USA) as a Sr. Medical Director in DACH, CEE and Russia. Starting with the development of phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomers (PMOs), a subclass of antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) for exon-skipping in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the company is now also focusing on the development of AAV-based gene therapies for several neuromuscular diseases.

    Arpan Desai

    Team Leader, Advanced Drug Delivery, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Astrazeneca
    Arpan Desai

    Arpan completed his first degree in Biotechnology at the University of Edinburgh, following which he obtained a PhD from the AZ/University of Nottingham Doctoral Training Centre in Targeted Therapeutics, where he studied the uptake and intracellular trafficking pathways of polymeric nanoparticles using pH-based nanosensors. He joined AZ in 2013 where he has worked primarily in the field of nucleic acid delivery. He has played a leading role in AZs formulation and delivery development activities for therapeutic nucleic acids with a focus on understanding cellular delivery mechanisms of mRNA using non-viral delivery vehicles. He has played a leading role in a number AZs collaborations to develop nucleic acid-based therapeutics including Moderna Therapeutics (mRNA), Ionis (ASOs) and Regulus (anti-miRs). More recently, he has established AZs Nucleic Acid Drug Delivery (NDD) team. This is a global discovery research focused group with the ultimate mission of apply delivery science to help advance nucleic acid based therapies into the clinic.

    Barry Ticho

    Chief Medical Officer, Stoke Therapeutics
    Barry Ticho

    As Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ticho is responsible for Stoke’s efforts to develop first-in-class RNA based disease-modifying medicines to treat severe neurologic genetic diseases. Prior to joining Stoke Barry was Head of R&D for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases at Moderna Therapeutics. He was previously Head of External R&D Innovation for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases at Pfizer. Prior to that he was Vice President of Clinical Development at Biogen where he led clinical development for the Tysabri program for MS and led the aducanumab program for Alzheimer’s Disease. Barry obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago and completed Pediatrics training at Northwestern University and a Cardiology fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Boston. He was on clinical staff at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

    Cristina Reschke

    Lecturer, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences , Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
    Cristina Reschke

    Cristina Reschke is Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She trained as a Pharmacist and went on to obtain an M.Sc. (2010) and Ph.D. (2013) in Pharmacology from the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil, studying the effects of neuroinflammation in epilepsy. Reschke then moved to Ireland for post-doctoral training, joining Prof. David Henshall’s group to advance discoveries on the role of microRNAs in experimental and human epilepsy. Her work has been internationally awarded, including the prestigious Harinarayan Young Neuroscientist Award 2015 (by International League Against Epilepsy; ILAE), the Grass Young Investigator Award 2017 (by American Epilepsy Society; AES). Reschke is a Funded Investigator of the FutureNeuro Research Centre (www.futureneurocentre.ie) and her most recent research interest is understanding the influence of circadian rhythm regulation in epilepsy.

    David Evans

    Chief Scientific Officer, Sirnaomics, Inc
    David Evans

    Dr. David Evans obtained his BSc and PhD from Imperial College, London. His focus has been building scientific research teams focused on target validation and drug discovery – primarily in Oncology. David previously worked in the Boston area at Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Serono Pharmaceuticals and has over 15 years’ experience in the RNAi field. David cofounded Sirnaomics in 2008 to develop siRNA therapeutics and is CSO for the company. Sirnaomics has its HQ in Gaithersburg, Maryland and labs in Suzhou and Guangzhou, China. Sirnaomics is using its Histidine Lysine branched polypeptide nanoparticle system to deliver siRNAs to treat cancer and fibrotic diseases – with products in Phase2 trials. The company is also developing targeted delivery of novel siRNA constructs to further address oncology indications.

    Dong-Ki Lee

    CEO, OilX Pharmaceuticals
    Dong-Ki Lee

    Prof. Dong-ki Lee received B. S. in Chemistry from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 1993, and Ph. D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University in 1999. After post-doctoral training in Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Toolgen Inc., and KAIST, he joined POSTECH as an assistant professor in 2004. In 2008, He moved to Sungkyunkwan University and is a full professor of Chemistry since 2012. In 2008, Prof. Lee was selected as the principal investigator of the Global Research Laboratory program, funded by Korean government, to develop novel RNAi medicine. He is currently serving as the Asian editor of “Nucleic Acid Therapeutics” and a editorial board member of "Molecular Therapy: Nucleic Acids". His work on novel siRNA structures, nucleic acid aptamers, and eukaryotic gene regulation has been published as over 80 papers including prestigious journals such as Nature, Cell, PNAS, and Molecular Therapy. In 2010, he founded OliX Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded RNAi therapeutics company, and serves as Chief Executive Officer.

    Ekkehard Leberer

    Senior Director, Global Alliance Management, Sanofi
    Ekkehard Leberer

    Dr. Leberer received his Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Konstanz, Germany (1986), and conducted post-doctoral training in molecular biology at the Banting and Best Institute of the University of Toronto, Canada. He then obtained the Habilitation for Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Konstanz, Germany (1992). From 1989-1998, he served as Senior Research Officer in genetics and genomics at the Biotechnology Research Institute, National Research Council of Canada, Montreal. He was also Adjunct Professor at McGill University, Montreal.
    Since joining Hoechst Marion Roussel in 1998, Dr. Leberer carried out various managing roles in this company, Sanofi’s predecessor companies and Sanofi itself, including responsibilities in functional genomics, biological sciences and external innovation for oligonucleotide-based therapeutics. Since 2012, he is Global Alliance Manager for R&D at Sanofi, Frankfurt. In addition, from 2012-2018, he has been the Scientific Managing Director of the Innovative Medicines Initiative COMPACT Consortium on the delivery of biopharmaceuticals across biological barriers and cellular membranes (www.compact-research.org), Brussels. He serves as a member in Scientific Advisory Boards of several biotechnology companies, and he is the Head of the Supervisory Board of BioM, Munich.
    His research has focused on the molecular mechanisms of signal transduction and the role of signalling molecules in human diseases. He is the co-discoverer of the p21 activated protein kinase (PAK) family of cell signalling proteins and of novel virulence-inducing genes in pathogenic fungi. He is co-author of more than 60 publications in prestigious peer-reviewed journals including Nature and Science.
     

    Fengmei Pi

    General Manager and Director of R&D, ExonanoRNA
    Fengmei Pi

    Fengmei Pi is currently the General Manager and Director of R&D for ExonanoRNA LLC. She got her PhD in pharmaceutical Science from University of Kentucky. She is an expert in RNA nanotechnology for cancer treatment and authored more than 20 publications in high impact journals, co-inventor of the issued core technology patents related to RNA nanoparticles decorated exosomes for targeted delivery of siRNA. She has 10+ pharmaceutical development experience from GSK, Daewoong Pharmaceutical and Nanobio Delivery Pharmaceutical. Her recent research focus on the Chemistry, Manufacture and Quality Control, and pre-clinical in vitro and in vivo test of RNA and modified oligos, RNA nanoparticles, exosomes for IND direction.

    Giulietta Maruggi

    Head, Vector Biology, GSK Vaccines
    Giulietta Maruggi

    Dr. Giulietta Maruggi, Ph.D. is leading the Vector Biology team at GSK Vaccines, US bringing with her over 10 years of research in engineering and developing viral vectors (alphavirus, adenovirus, retro- and lentivirus, adeno-associated virus) for vaccine and gene therapy applications in both academia and industry. She completed her PhD at the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Modena in 2008 working on development of gene therapy for skin and hematopoietic genetic diseases. She completed her post-doctoral Training in vaccine development at Novartis Vaccines, Cambridge, MA with a specific focus on enhancing the potency of Self-amplifying mRNA (SAM) vaccines by exploring their mechanism of actions. At Novartis vaccines first and GSK vaccines later, she successfully managed multi-disciplinary collaborative efforts to characterize vaccine candidates (including viral and bacterial vaccines-based RNA and non-replicating live viral vectors) in vitro and in vivo. She is currently the preclinical leader for the SAM vaccine platform technology in GSK Vaccines. In this role she is leading a cross-functional matrix team to develop and understand mechanism of action of SAM vaccines.

    Heidi M Berven

    Partner, Co-Leader, Patent Practice Group, Honigman
    Heidi M Berven

    Heidi M. Berven, Ph.D. is partner at Honigman and a co-leader of the Patent practice group at the firm. She is a seasoned attorney with more than 20 years of experience. As patent counsel for both large and small companies, she honed her skills in drafting and prosecuting chemistry and pharmaceutical patent applications and in providing IP support for negotiations ranging from single-compound licensing transactions to whole company acquisitions.

    Dr. Berven’s practice routinely includes patent preparation and prosecution in the U.S. and globally; life cycle management of global patent portfolios; competitor intelligence; IP support for licensing negotiations; freedom-to-operate and patentability reviews; Patent Term Adjustment maximization by action before the USPTO and federal courts; and Orange Book listings and Patent Term Extension maximization for approved drug products. In her free time, Dr. Berven enjoys outdoor activities and traveling.
     

    Heinrich Haas

    Vice President Formulation and Drug Delivery , BioNTech
    Heinrich Haas

    Heinrich has more than 20 years of experience in academic research and industrial pharmaceutical development. His focus is on development for advanced drug delivery systems. After he received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry, he researched lipid membranes and organized biomolecular systems. He was responsible for projects in different biopharmaceutical companies for research and development of diagnostic and therapeutic carrier systems. Joining BioNTech in 2010, he helped build the formulation development and analytics unit, which develops formulations for delivery of RNA and small molecules.

    Jennifer Pluim

    Vice President Medical Afffairs, ProQR
    Jennifer Pluim

    Jennifer is Vice President, Medical Affairs at ProQR, a biotechnology company dedicated to changing lives by developing RNA therapies for rare genetic diseases, with a focused drug development on a group of blinding disorders affecting the retina, called inherited retinal diseases. Jennifer has over 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, with extensive knowledge in clinical operations, project management and medical affairs. Her experience spans several therapeutic areas, including infectious diseases, respiratory critical care, cardiovascular disease, oncology and ophthalmology. Jennifer earned a B.S. in Microbiology with certification as a Medical Technologist and an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University USA.

    Kevin Lance

    Marketing Manager, Unchained Labs
    Kevin Lance

    Kevin Lance is the Marketing Manager covering analytical instruments globally at Unchained Labs. He has served in various leadership roles and technical roles at Unchained Labs. He has published works and secured patents in the fields of sustained antibody delivery and nanotechnology, and has worked as a consultant to advance the development of biologics for several major biopharmaceutical companies. He earned his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the joint UC Berkeley – UCSF Bioengineering Graduate Program.

    Kirsty Wydenbach

    Deputy Unit Manager/Senior Medical Assessor, MHRA
    Kirsty Wydenbach

    Dr Kirsty Wydenbach is a Senior Medical Assessor and the Deputy Unit Manager in the Clinical Trials Unit, having joined the MHRA in 2009. She has been involved in the UK regulation of clinical trials across all therapy areas and all phases of development, including ATMPs and many first-in-man studies. She has also been involved in European discussions aiming to establish an EU harmonised approach to clinical trials, particularly for Developmental Safety Update Reports (DSURs) and Reference Safety Information (RSI). She was also an EMA expert for the update of the First-in-Human guideline. Other recent work has included collaboration with external industry groups and regulators regarding adaptive and novel trial designs: she is leading on this aspect for the MHRA in order to implement that aspect of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, and was a contributor to the EU CTFG “Recommendation Paper on the Initiation and Conduct of Complex Clinical Trials”. More recently Kirsty has overseen the clinical trial work for COVID-19 and provided regulatory expertise on vaccines both within MHRA but also as part of the government Vaccine Taskforce.

    Loic Roux

    Head of Chemistry, NATA
    Loic Roux

    Dr. Loïc Roux received his Ph.D in Medicinal Chemistry from Aix-Marseille University in France. His work focused on the development of new nucleotides pro-drugs against HIV focusing on the phosphorus chemistry. He joined Prof. Khvorova's lab (UMass Med School, MA, USA) in 2018 working on the stabilization and delivery of fully chemically modified oligonucleotides for neurodegenerative diseases and then Prof. Wood's lab (University of Oxford, UK) working on peptide-oligonucleotides conjugates for muscular degenerative diseases. After a position as principal scientist at PepGen Limited promoting a peptide delivery platform for nucleic acid delivery, he is currently the Head of Chemistry of NATA, a new UKRI initiative aiming to promote the development of nucleic acid therapeutics.

    Maria Luisa Pineda

    CEO and Co-founder, Envisagenics
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    Dr. Maria Luisa Pineda is the co-founder and CEO of Envisagenics, Inc. a biotech spinout of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory that integrates proprietary machine learning algorithms, high performance computing, and RNA-splicing analytics to identify disease-specific splicing variants as therapeutic targets. Envisagenics has leveraged its SpliceCore® software platform for therapeutic development with its first pipeline of assets in triple negative breast cancer. In April, Envisagenics has announced an oncology partnership leveraging SpliceCore with The Lung Cancer Initiative at Johnson & Johnson.

    Matthew J McBride

    Director of IP Search, CAS
    Matthew J McBride

    Matt is Director IP Search at CAS, where he manages all aspects of IP service development and sales and works regularly with CAS customers to develop effective strategies for delivering high-quality IP and scientific information. He became a member of the IP Services team in 2010, after spending six years as a Senior Application Specialist providing technical training for the STN and SciFinder software platforms to CAS customers.
    He holds a Master of Science degree in plant pathology from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from Purdue University. In addition to his research experience at CAS, Matt was an information consultant with Thomson Reuters and a biologist at Rohm and Haas.
    Matt is a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) and the American Chemical Society (ACS).
     

    Michael Mulqueen

    VP Business Development, eTheRNA Immunotherapies
    Michael Mulqueen

    Michael started his career with Roche as part of the business development department with a strong focus on in-licensing and alliance management. He left Roche to set up Synosia Therapeutics AG. From this point on, he worked with a number of European biotech companies with a focus on out-licensing and partnering. Latterly, he was VP for BD and Licensing with Silence Therapeutics in the RNAi field.

    Morag Rose Hunter

    Senior Scientist, AstraZeneca
    Morag Rose Hunter

    Morag Rose Hunter is a cell biologist with a special interest in high content assays and nucleic acid therapeutics. After her PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, Morag took up a postdoctoral position at the University of Cambridge, UK, specialising in the endosomal system and intracellular trafficking. Morag joined AstraZeneca in 2018, working with both the Nucleic Acid Drug Delivery (Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Functional Genomics (Discovery Sciences) teams. She utilises imaging data from high-throughput screening to investigate how the efficacy of RNA therapeutics is related to a cell’s endosomal activity.

    Morag Rose Hunter

    Senior Scientist, AstraZeneca
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    Priya Karmali

    Vice President, Technology Innovation and Development, Arcturus Therapeutics
    Priya Karmali

    Priya Karmali is Vice President of Technology Innovation and Development at Arcturus Therapeutics. In her current position, she is responsible for research and development efforts for LUNAR® technology, Arcturus’ lipid mediated nucleic acid delivery system. Priya has over 20 years of experience in the field of lipid mediated nucleic acid delivery from discovery to development and has led drug product development of multiple RNA based therapeutics that are currently in various phases of clinical trials. Since joining Arcturus, Priya has led pharmaceutical development efforts for Arcturus’ clinical candidates, LUNAR-OTC (OTC mRNA replacement therapy) and LUNAR-COV19 (COVID-19 Vaccine) and continues to drive similar efforts for upcoming programs in rare diseases and vaccines. Prior to Arcturus, in her role as head of formulation development at Regulus Therapeutics, Priya led drug product development of multiple miRNA candidates currently in clinical trials. Prior to Regulus, Priya held positions of increasing responsibility at Nitto Denko (currently Nitto Biopharma) where she led formulation development efforts for ND-L02-s0201, a Vitamin A targeted siRNA lipid nanoparticle that completed Phase 1b/2 for extensive hepatic fibrosis and currently in Phase 2 evaluation for Idiopathic Pulmonary. Priya received her PhD in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, India where her doctoral research was focused on development of novel liposomal nucleic acid delivery systems for use in non-viral gene therapy and DNA vaccination. She pursued her postdoctoral research at Sanford-Burnham-Preby’s-Medical Discovery Institute, La Jolla, CA focusing on developing targeted nanoparticles for drug delivery. Priya is an author and co-inventor on over 40 publications and patents.

    Ruchi Shah

    Senior Research Engineer, New Therapeutics Modalities, Eli Lilly and Company
    Ruchi Shah

    Dr. Ruchi Shah received her M.S. and Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, USA. Her graduate work focused on development of lipid-based adjuvants for subunit vaccines in collaboration with the vaccines business of GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Shah has led formulation and development activities of lipid-based delivery systems for mRNA and CRISPR Cas9 for both vaccines and therapeutics at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines, Intellia Therapeutics and Moderna Therapeutics. Currently in her role at Eli Lilly and Company, she is a Senior Research Engineer in the New Therapeutics Modalities group to accelerate and develop novel therapies for unmet medical needs.

    Shalini Andersson

    Chief Scientist New Therapeutic Modalities and Head of Oligonucleotide Discovery, AstraZeneca
    Shalini Andersson

    Shalini is currently Chief Scientist New Modalities and Head of Oligonucleotide Discovery in BioPharmaceuticals R&D. Shalini has also the strategic responsibility for explorative activities and build of capabilities in the new therapeutic modalities area.
    Shalini has broad experience in Pharmaceutical research as well as of strategic and management roles and drives several collaborations with external partners and academic groups across the globe.
    Prior to this role, Shalini held several leadership roles within Cardiovascular, renal and metabolism.

    Shalini received her PhD in 1989 at the University of Linköping, Sweden and has held various research and teaching positions at the University of Linköping prior to moving to industry. She is the author or co-author of over 45 peer reviewed articles, 2 book chapters and 4 patents.
     

    Thomas Thum

    Director, Institute of Molecular and Translational Therapeutic Strategies , Hannover Medical School
    Thomas Thum

    Thomas Thum studied medicine in Hannover, with state examination in 2001 and board examination for internal medicine/cardiology in 2009/2010. He received his PhD at the Imperial College, London (2008). He is a full professor and director of the Institute of Molecular and Translational Therapeutic Strategies at the Hannover Medical School (MHH), Visiting Professor at the Imperial College, and director of MHH’s Center for Translational Regenerative Medicine. He (co-) authors > 350 publications and is a distinguished reviewer, board member, patent holder, and founder.

    Tim Ellis

    Programme Manager, Translational Research, Medical Research Council
    Tim Ellis

    Dr. Tim Ellis received his Ph.D in biomedical material science from Imperial College London, developing nanoparticulate therapies for the aerosolised treatment of drug-resistant TB. Having supported the Government Chief Scientific Advisor, Patrick Vallance, at the Government Office for Science, followed by a number of policy advisor roles in the Department of Health’s Global and Public Health Directorate, he now works within the MRC’s translational research team managing the UK Nucleic Acid Therapy Accelerator (NATA).

    Troels Koch

    CEO & Founder, Aqiventa
    Troels Koch

    Troels Koch (TK) has 20 years’ experience in the international life science and biopharmaceutical industry. Founder of several biotech companies of which Exiqon A/S and Santaris Pharma A/S are the most commonly known. Santaris Pharma A/S was successfully exited in August 2014 – acquired by Roche, and Exiqon A/S was acquired in 2016 by Qiagen. TK has been positioned in company management teams and taken part in all aspects of executive decision making: Company strategy, VC fundraising, deal makings, partnering, IP strategy & prosecution, drug discovery and R&D. TK pioneered LNA therapeutics and has been responsible for keeping LNA antisense science and technology at an international lead position. He has worked with RNA therapeutics for 20 years and taken an active role in all steps of oligonucleotide drug discovery and development. TK has built R&D organizations up to 75 co-workers, held 100+ invited presentations at international conferences and is author of 80+ peer reviewed publications.

    Wigard Kloosterman

    CSO, Frame Therapeutics
    Wigard Kloosterman

    Dr. Wigard Kloosterman is Chief Scientific Officer at Frame Therapeutics, a biotech start-up aimed at revolutionising cancer immunotherapy based on Framome neoantigen detection technology. Dr. Kloosterman is an expert is cancer genomics and bioinformatics. He has previously served as a group leader at the University Medical Center in Utrecht (Netherlands), where he focused on understanding cancer genomes through advanced sequencing technologies. Besides his role at Frame Therapeutics, Dr. Kloosterman founded Cyclomics, a company focused on early cancer detection using single-molecule sequencing technology.

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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.

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    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.

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