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11th Moores Cancer Center Industry/Academia Translational Oncology Symposium
Agenda and Speaker Biographies

Program Agenda


Registration and Continental Breakfast

Symposium Organizer Welcome
  • Ida Deichaite, PhD, Moores Cancer Center

Director Welcome
  • Scott Lippman, MD, Moores Cancer Center

School of Medicine Welcome
  • David Brenner, MD, UC San Diego School of Medicine

Chancellor Welcome
  • Pradeep Khosla, PhD, UC San Diego

San Diego Welcome
  • Scott Peters, Congressman
  • Congressman Scott Peters serves California’s 52nd Congressional District, which includes the cities of Coronado, Poway and most of northern San Diego. First elected in 2012, he currently serves on the House committees on Armed Services & on Science, Space, & Technology Committee.

  • Finding the Money to Fund Translational Research
    Bob Klein, Klein Financial Corporation

Duane Roth Award
  • Presented by Rep. Scott Peters

Keynote Presentation:
  • Imatinib as a Paradigm of Molecularly Targeted Cancer Therapies
    Brian Druker, MD, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute


  • Engineering the immune system with chimeric antigen receptors to eradicate cancer
    Margo Roberts, PhD, Kite Pharma

  • Drugging the Undrugable: KRAS
    D. Lynn Kirkpatrick, PhD, PHusis Pharmaceuticals

  • ePatients on the Front Lines: Precision Medicine, the FDA, and Me
    Janet Freeman-Daily, MS, ENG, Patient Advocacy

Keynote Presentation:
  • Cancer Genomics: Turning Discovery into Translation
    Elaine Mardis, PhD, The Genome Institute, Washington University School of Medicine

  • Advancing the Utility of Clinic Sequencing for MDS
    Rafael Bejar, MD, PhD, Moores Cancer Center

Lunch & Poster Session

  • The Cancer Cell Map Initiative (CCMI) - Mapping the hallmark networks of cancer
    Trey Ideker, PhD, UC San Diego

  • A More Beautiful Question
    Brad Perkins, MD, Human Longevity, Inc.

  • A novel bispecific antibody targeting EGFR and cMet with multiple mechanisms of action
    Mark Anderson, PhD, Janssen Pharmaceuticals

  • Napoleon in Rags and the Language that he Used: the New World of Immunotherapy in Head and Neck Cancer
    Ezra Cohen, MD, Moores Cancer Center

  • Melanoma Patients Path: Translations to the Clinic
    Gregory Daniels, MD, Moores Cancer Center

  • Targeting tumor-associated inflammation in cancer
    Lisa M. Coussens, PhD, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

  • Targeting PI3Kgamma and BTK to suppress tumor-associated inflammation
    Judith Varner, PhD, Moores Cancer Center


  • Combining VEGF inhibitors with strategies to manipulate the immune system in cancer
    Napoleone Ferrara, MD, Moores Cancer Center

  • Development of Next Generation Angiogenesis Inhibitors
    Charles Theuer, MD, PhD, TRACON Pharmaceuticals

  • Bringing Btk inhibition forward
    Danelle James, MD, MAS, Pharmacyclics

  • CIRM 2.0. Building a better stem cell agency
    C. Randal Mills, PhD, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

  • Reversing Drug Resistance in Cancer Stemness
    David Cheresh, PhD, Moores Cancer Center

  • Preclinical and Clinical Cancer Stem Cell Detection and Elimination
    Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD, Moores Cancer Center

Symposium Reception

Speaker Biographies

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Keynote Speaker:
Elaine R. Mardis, PhD
Robert E. and Louise F. Dunn Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Co-Director, The Genome Institute of Washington University School of Medicine
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Keynote Speaker:
Brian J. Druker, MD
JELD-WEN Chair of Leukemia Research, Oregon Health & Science University
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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Mark Anderson, PhD
Scientific Director, Janssen Research & Development
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Rafael Bejar, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology Oncology
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
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David Brenner, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences
Dean, UC San Diego School of Medicine
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David Cheresh, PhD
Distinguished Professor & Vice Chair of Pathology
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
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Ezra Cohen, MD
Professor of Medicine & Associate Director for Translational Science
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
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Lisa M. Coussens, PhD
Hildegard Lamfrom Chair in Basic Science
Professor and Chair, Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology
Associate Director for Basic Research, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
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Gregory Daniels, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology Oncology
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
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Napoleone Ferrara, MD
Distinguished Professor of Pathology & Senior Deputy Director for Basic Science
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
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Janet Freeman-Daily
Writer, Speaker, Science Geek, Lung Cancer Patient
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Trey Ideker, PhD
Division Chief of Medical Genetics
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Bioengineering, UC San Diego
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Danelle James, MD, MAS
Head of Oncology, Pharmacyclics
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Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Division of Hematology-Oncology
Deputy Director, Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center
Chief, Division of Regenerative Medicine, UC San Diego
Director, Stem Cell Research at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
Co-Director of the UC San Diego Stem Cell Training Program
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Pradeep Khosla, PhD
Chancellor, UC San Diego
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D. Lynn Kirkpatrick, PhD
President and CEO, PHusis Therapeutics Inc.
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Robert Klein
President, Founder, and CEO, Klein Financial Corporation
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Scott Lippman, MD
Professor of Medicine, Senior Associate Dean and
Associate Vice Chancellor for Cancer Research and Care
Chugai Pharmaceutical Chair in Cancer, Director, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
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C. Randal Mills, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
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Brad Perkins, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Human Longevity, Inc.
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Margo Roberts, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, Kite Pharma
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Charles Theuer, MD, PhD
President and CEO, Tracon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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Judith Varner, PhD
Professor of Pathology, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
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Symposium Organizer:

Scott Lippman, MD
UCSD Moores Cancer Center

Symposium Organizer:

Ida Deichaite, PhD
Director, Industry Relations
UCSD Moores Cancer Center

Symposium Chair:

David Cheresh, PhD
Associate Director for Translational Research
Professor of Pathology
UCSD Moores Cancer Center

Symposium Co-Chair:

Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD
Director, Stem Cell Research Program
Associate Professor of Medicine
UCSD Moores Cancer Center