2022 Agenda Day 1

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7:30 am Morning Registration & Welcome Coffee

8:20 am Program Director’s Opening Address

  • Fionnuala Lane Senior Program Director, Biomarkers, Diagnostics & Precision Medicine, Hanson Wade

8:30 am Chair’s Opening Remarks – Analytes in Liquid Biopsies as Oncologic Biomarkers for Early Detection and Drug Development

  • Gary Kelloff Special Advisor, Cancer Imaging Program, National Cancer Institute


• How the field — Industry and academia — is progressing in finding disease earlier & surveying of assays currently available
• Issues of scientific validity: Standards, criteria for reimbursement, acceptable surrogate endpoints
• A survey of ongoing Multicancer Early Detection (MCED) with liquid biopsy—NGS and AI-derived signatures

The Rise of MRD: Moving Drug Development to the Early Stage Disease Setting

9:00 am Novel Methylation Liquid Biopsy Technology for MRD and Surveillance

  • Dejan Knezevic Senior Director, Business Development, Guardant Health


  • Novel methylation technology for liquid biopsy applications
  • Enhanced early detection and MRD with Shield and Guardant Reveal
  • GuardantINFINITY: Supporting the next generation of MRD detection

9:30 am Current Clinical Landscape on the Use of ctDNA for Surveillance and MRD Detection—Early Setting

10:00 am The Evolving Paradigm of Liquid Biopsy in Precision Medicine Driven Drug Development- Opportunities and Challenges of using Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) in Solid Cancers

  • Zheng Feng Director, Global Clinical Biomarkers & Companion Diagnostics, Global Development, EMD Serono

10:30 am Morning Break & Structured Networking


Kick off your time spent at the meeting making valuable connections with industry-leading expertise in applying non-invasive testing technology to detect, monitor, and diagnose disease. Meet peers and establish common ground through focussed conversation, forming meaningful connections lasting beyond this 2-day summit.

Using Technical Findings to Open the Door to More Innovative Clinical Trial Designs

11:15 am ctDNA MRD as a Powerful and Potentially Actionable Biomarker

  • Aadel Chaudhuri Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine


• Bridging the topics of ctDNA MRD assay technical development and clinical implementation
• How are new technical and translational findings being applied to inform clinical trial designs
• Updates on the latest exciting predictive data and trial designs to query ctDNA MRD as a predictive biomarker in breast cancer, colorectal cancer, bladder cancer and lung cancer

11:45 am Identifying High-Risk Populations for Adjuvant Trials Using ctDNA MRD


• Use of molecular residual disease (MRD) for patient stratification or enrichment
• How real-world data can inform clinical feasibility assessments and clinical trial design
• How monitoring of on-treatment ctDNA dynamics and supports early prediction of therapy efficacy

12:15 pm High Quality NGS Techniques for ctDNA Biomarker Detection in Clinical Trials


• Pre-analytical considerations of ctDNA application in Oncology
• FDA-lead SEQC2 study, published on Nature Biotechnology April 2021, provides a reliable basis for clinical experts to select high-quality NGS for the first time, and a referable technical standard for clinical application and large clinical trials of early and advanced cancer patients
• ctDNA-based biomarker detection for therapy selection, response monitoring, minimal residual disease and corresponding NGS solutions of Burning Rock

12:35 pm Clinical Study Planning: The Utility of Liquid Biopsy MRD Studies For Inoperable Cancers

  • Islam Mohamed Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia


• Overview of upcoming Early stage NSCLC (medically inoperable) MRD clinical trial design
• Clinical application of MRD landmark assessment to make a decision on consolidation immunotherapy
• With implementation underway, providing the rationale behind the study design and outlook on what is anticipated in terms of MRD performance

1:05 pm Networking Lunch


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2:05 pm How Could an MRD Approach Contribute Towards the Development of New Therapies in Breast Cancer

  • Dave Cescon Clinician Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre


• Discussing liquid biopsy based MRD approaches in breast cancer where currently no testing surveillance paradigm exists following curative intent
• Knowledge gaps & limitations of interventional platforms going forward
• Cut off strategies and sensitivity – understanding surrogate measures and response

2:35 pm Exosomes: New Standard In Multi-Analyte Liquid Biopsy Testing

  • Johan Skog Chief Scientific Officer & Vice President, ExosomeDx, a Bio-Techne Brand


  • Exosomes are abundant and stable packages of biomarkers (RNA, DNA and proteins) that enable clinical diagnostics.
  • Exosome based diagnostics, like the ExoDx™ Prostate Test, are used every day to help physicians and patients make informed decisions
  • Exosomes are optimal sources for multi-omics analysis

3:05 pm ctDNA as a Response Biomarker in Solid-Tumor Oncology: Toward Routine Use in Drug-Development

  • Diana Merino Vega Director, Oncology Translational Medicine Strategy & Portfolio, AstraZeneca


  • Review the role of ctDNA as a biomarker of therapeutic response – challenges and opportunities
  • Highlight key decision points where ctDNA is uniquely positioned to add value in drug development
  • Evaluate scenarios to showcase how the routine use of ctDNA enables stronger and faster decisions by predicting response to therapy in solid tumors

3:35 pm Afternoon Networking Break


Explore the exhibition hall to find out more on harnessing the latest in liquid biopsy assays for in-depth biomarker analysis & propelling pipelines forward

4:05 pm Multi-Cancer Early Detection Through Multi-Biomarker Class Liquid Biopsy Testing


  • Multi-cancer early detection (MCED) testing when used as a complement to standard of care (SOC) screening has the potential to increase the number of cancers detected before onset of symptoms
  • The Exact Sciences MCED test is being designed to help detect many types of cancer with a single blood test, including those with no SOC screening
    Explore avenues of collaboration with the

4:35 pm Can Molecular Response Help Predict Clinical Outcome for TKI Treatment in Lung Cancer?


• Model: Lung cancer, Phase 3 study, with comparator arm, and treatment with tyrosine kinase inhibitors
• 3 approaches utilized to examine molecular response either via difference from baseline or via ratio to baseline with arbitrary cut off, and various ways to integrate variant calls from ctDNA
• Correlation with clinical outcome (OR and PFS)
• In one case there is good correlation between molecular response and clinical outcome and in the other not so much

5:05 pm How are Currently Available Techniques Expediting Trial Timelines?

  • Arnab Basu Medical Oncologist, O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham


• Liquid biopsy has the potential to impact many areas of oncology, starting with treatment selection to screening for cancers
• Logistical and technical challenges remain that may limit aspects of ctDNA utilities
• The utilization of liquid biopsy technologies from feasibility concepts to test implementation in clinical practice is continuously evolving

5:35 pm Afternoon Chair’s Closing Remarks

  • Diana Merino Vega Director, Oncology Translational Medicine Strategy & Portfolio, AstraZeneca

5:40 pm Drinks Reception Hosted by Bio-Techne