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SCDMDG presents:

The Discovery and Development of Rituxan
Nabil Hanna, Ph.D.
Former Executive Vice President of Research
Biogen Idec Inc.
La Jolla, CA


The presentation will address the rationale for antibody therapy for Non-Hodgkin's B Cell Lymphoma and the rationale for selecting CD20 as a target antigen.

The debate around non-selective B cell depletion and risks of infections, patent issues and the need for better gene expression technology will be discussed. Manufacturing and process development capabilities and impact on partnering biopharmaceuticals, preclinical studies with FDA participation were also issues faced during development of Rituxan.

Clinical trials as drivers for product approval, market adoption and expansion and future trends with anti-CD20 antibodies and combination therapies will be described.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Hanna is former Executive Vice President of Research at Biogen Idec. He assumed this responsibility after the merger of IDEC Pharmaceutical and Biogen in 2002.

From 1990 to 2002, Dr. Hanna served as VP of Research and then was promoted to Senior VP of Research and Pre-Clinical Development and then Chief Scientific Officer at IDEC Pharmaceuticals. During his tenure at IDEC, Dr. Hanna led a research team through the discovery and pre-clinical development of Rituximab and Zevalin, two antibodies now approved for therapy of non-Hodgkin’s B cell lymphoma.

From 1981 to 1990, Dr. Hanna served as a Director of the Department of Immunology at SmithKline Beecham focusing on autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases.

From 1978 to 1981, he was a research scientist at the NCI-Frederick Cancer Research Center, where he studied the role of natural host defenses against cancer metastasis.

From 1973 to 1978, Dr. Hanna was a lecturer in the Department of Immunology at Hebrew University Medical Center in Israel, where he received his Ph.D. in Immunology.

Meeting Information:

Date: Tuesday April 10, 2012 – 5:00 p.m. (Buffet), 7:00 p.m. (Presentation)
Location: Pfizer Laboratories CB4
10646 Science Center Drive
La Jolla, CA 92121
Price: $20 Registration in advance or at the door (includes buffet dinner and soft drinks, beer and wine)

Space is Limited — Register Early to Guarantee Your Attendance!


Prior presentations:

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Speaker PDF Topic Date
Dr. Richard Kim Drug Transporters: In Vitro and Knockout Model Systems, Pharmacogenomics, and Clinical Relevance April 19, 2011
Dr. Jerry Galluppi Biotherapeutic Drug Research and Development: A Growing Role for the DMPK Scientist October 5, 2010
Dr. Dennis Smith Does drug metabolism hold its future in its own hands? April 27, 2010
Dr. Paul F. Hollenberg Mechanism-Based Inactivation of Human Cytochromes P450 October 6, 2009
Dr. Jack H. Dean
Dr. Thomas Baillie
  Challenges & Opportunities in Drug Development from a Drug Safety and Metabolism Perspective May 19, 2009
Eric Johnson, Ph.D.   Characterization of Substrate/Inhibitor Binding to Drug-Metabolizing Cytochrome P450 Monooxygenases using X-ray Crystallography September 30, 2008
Dr. Kenneth E. Thummel, Ph.D.   Regulation Of Intestinal CYP3A By VDR: Implications And Safety Of Oral Therapeutics May 7, 2008
Dr. Anthony Lu, Ph.D.   Why Is The Liver Microsomal Cytochrome P450 Such A Versatile And Unique Enzyme? September 12, 2007
Dr. Scott Obach, Ph.D.   Leveraging ADME Data In Metabolites In Safety Testing (MIST) April 18, 2007
Dr. Sidney Nelson, Ph.D.   Drug Metabolism and Chemical Structural Alerts September 27, 2006
Richard B. Kim, MD   Relevance and Utility of Transporters to Drug Discovery and Development September 21, 2005
Dr. Frederick P. Guengerich, Ph.D.   Human Cytochrome P450 2A6 as a Case History:  Flavors, Smoke, Blue Roses, New Drugs & Basics of a P450 April 27, 2005
Dr. Leslie Benet, Ph.D.   Predicting Drug Disposition via Application of BCS: Transport/Absorption/Elimination Interplay and BDDCS September 29, 2004
Dr. Christopher A. Lipinski, Ph.D.   ADME/Tox: How Low Can You Go And How Do You Recover? April 21, 2004


A Special Thank You to our April 2012 meeting Sponsors!

Gold Sponsor

Triangle Research Labs
Triangle Research Labs

Silver Sponsors

Celsis In Vitro Technologies
Celsis In Vitro Technologies
Absorption Systems
Absorption Systems

Bronze Sponsors

Tandem Labs
Tandem Labs, a LabCorp Company

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