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Pioneering work in cancer immunotherapy, including the development of adoptive T cell therapies for solid tumors and groundbreaking cancer vaccine trials.

MD, PhD, Director, Ludwig Inst. for Cancer Research

Dr. George Coukos, a leading figure in tumor immunology, serves as the director of the Lausanne Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and the Department of Oncology at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. His pioneering work presently focuses on developing precision immunotherapy in cancer treatment, particularly in Tcell therapies. Notably, he's been instrumental in developing personalized immunotherapies, including an autologous dendritic cell vaccine and adoptive Tcell therapy with vaccine primed autologous Tcells for ovarian cancer treatment. Dr. Coukos's research has unveiled the spontaneous antitumor response in ovarian cancer, challenging previous beliefs and expanding its application beyond ovarian to other solid tumors. He also elucidated critical mechanisms governing the interplay between tumors and the immune system, including the role of the tumor vasculature in erecting a barrier to T cell trafficking in tumors. His translational efforts have led to significant clinical advancements, and he continues to lead groundbreaking trials in the field. Dr. Coukos is at the forefront of precision oncology, leveraging advanced technologies like high throughput sequencing to tailor immunotherapies based on molecular and genetic specifics of the tumor cells and the tumor microenvironment. His research pursuits of innovative therapies have set new standards in cancer immunotherapy, including the recent development of rational engineering of superior effector T cell states for adoptive therapy.

 Session Abstract – PMWC 2024 Silicon Valley

Track 1 - January 25 9.00 A.M.-4.30 P.M.

Track Chair: Sharon Benzeno, Adaptive Biotechnologies

  • PMWC 2024 Award Ceremony
    Pioneer Honoree: Stanley Riddell, Fred Hutchinson
    Pioneer Honoree: George Coukos, Ludwig Cancer Center
  • Keynote: Engineering Synthetic T Cell States for Cancer Rejection
    - George Coukos, Ludwig Cancer Center
  • Discovery of Novel Targets in Cell Therapies in Oncology and Autoimmune Disorders (PANEL)
    Chair: Harlan Robins, Adaptive Bio
    - Stanley Riddell, Fred Hutchinson
    - Allison Betof Warner, Stanford
    - Lawrence Fong, UCSF
  • Supply Chain 2.0 Getting Cell Therapies to Patients (PANEL)
    Chair: Jean Xu, Janssen Pharmaceuticals
    - Amanda Pace, Sonoma Bio
    - Laura Deschenes, Sana Biotechnology
  • Evolving Case Law and Practical Strategies for Immunotherapy Patents
    - Janet Xiao, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Emerging Clinical Data in Oncology Cell Therapeutics
    Chair: Andrew Allen, Gritstone bio, Inc.
    - Robert Meehan, Moderna
  • Scientific Advancements in Individualized Cell Therapies in Oncology ( PANEL)
    Chair: Sharon Benzeno, Adaptive Biotechnologies
    - Ira Mellman, Genenetch
    - Robert Meehan, Moderna
    - Dirk Nagorsen, Affini-T Therapeutics
  • AI-Enhanced Approaches in Cell Therapy Development
    Chair: Suchit Jhunjhunwala, Genentech
    - Brian Weitzner, Outpace Bio
  • PMWC Showcase
    - Arun Wiita, UCSF


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