FAST Congress  

Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s Second Annual
Physiologically-Relevant Cellular Tumor Models for Drug Discovery
In vitro Models of Tumor Microenvironment for New Cancer Target and Drug Discovery
November 18-19, 2014 
Part of the Second Annual FAST: Functional Analysis & Screening Technologies Congress

Traditional drug screening relies on monolayer cell culture, which is not always predictive of natural physiological state. This is especially problematic in cancer drug discovery, where simple cell cultures are not predictive of complex tumor microenvironment that consists of various cell types that interact in 3-dimensional structures. As the cost of drug development rises, there is increasing pressure for more predictive in vitro models for functional analysis and compound characterization. Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s Second Annual Physiologically-Relevant Cellular Tumor Models for Drug Discovery meeting will focus on the latest advances in 3D cellular tumor models and complex co-culture systems for functional analysis studies and compound screening/characterization.

Topics Include:

  • 3-dimensional tumor models
  • Multicellular tumor spheroid models
  • Tumor microenvironment models
  • In vitro co-culture cellular assays
  • Stem-cell-like cancer cell culture
  • Functional analysis of novel tumor models
  • Applications in drug screening, and understanding drug penetration and resistance

Deadline for priority consideration is April 18, 2014. 

All proposals are subject to review by the Scientific Advisory Committee to ensure the overall quality of the conference program. Please note that due to limited speaking slots, preference is given to abstracts from those within pharmaceutical and biomedical companies, regulators, and those from academic research centers. Additionally, as per CHI policy, a select number of vendors/consultants who provide products and services will be offered opportunities for podium presentation slots based on a variety of Corporate Sponsorships. 

To submit a proposal for consideration, please click here.

For questions or suggestions about the meeting, please contact: 
Julia Boguslavsky,
Executive Director, Conferences
Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI)

For sponsorship and exhibit sales information, please contact:
Ilana Quigley
Manager, Business Development
Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI)
Phone: (+1) 781-972-5457

For media and association partnerships, please contact:
James Prudhomme
Senior Marketing Manager
Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI)
Phone: (+1) 781-972-5486

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