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2017 Academic Drug Discovery Colloquium

2017 ADDC Save the Date 

The focus of the second collaboration between ASPET and the Academic Drug Discovery Consortium (ADDC) will explore a critical domain to innovation – how to obtain funding.

Pharmaceutical companies have steadily decreased their research ranks for years. Recognizing a potential crisis in the making, governments have responded to the evolving R&D landscape by creating new mechanisms to fund research focused on identifying novel therapies for untreated patients. This phenomenon has occurred on a national scale and at the level of individual states and even some metropolitan regions now have funding instruments. A single investment can trigger the invention of a new treatment, support the education of the next generation of scientists and build economies in meaningful and lasting ways.

If you are interested in academic drug discovery and would like to build your network of collaborators, learn firsthand how other scientists have successfully developed their programs and explore the funding options available to launch and sustain a treatment discovery program, you will want to attend.

Abstract submission deadline:  Friday, July 21, 2017
Advance registration deadline:  Thursday, September 28, 2017


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Colloquium Registration Rates


On or before
Sept. 28

On or after
Sept. 29

Member of ADDC or ASPET



Non-member (non-profit)



Non-member (for-profit)



Trainees (student/postdoc)



NIH Federal Employee Registration Only



NIH Federal Employee Registration and Meals



Registration Fees Include

Colloquium registration fees include access to all keynotes, scientific talks, and poster sessions as well as all food functions listed in the final Colloquium schedule.  Colloquium pre-registrants will be given unlimited access to make appointments for the Friday partnering sessions.

*No government funds will be used to purchase meals/refreshments at this event. 

Cancellation Policy

All registration fees are non-refundable.

Special Accommodations

Please contact us at meetings@aspet.org or (301) 634-7060 if you require any special accommodations related to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Organizers and Hosts

Colloquium Organizers

Michael W. Wood, PhD
Neupharm LLC
Program Committee Chair, ASPET

Janet Clark, PhD
Director for Fellowship Training, National Institute of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health

Michelle Arkin, PhD
University of California, San Francisco, School of Pharmacy
President, Academic Drug Discovery Consortium

Stephen Frye, PhD
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Vice President, Academic Drug Discovery Consortium

*No government funds will be used to purchase meals/refreshments at this event. 

Colloquium Hosts


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Program and Abstracts


Thursday, October 12
8:00 am – 6:30 pm
Colloquium scientific program to include keynote presentations, short talks, and poster presentations.

Friday, October 13
8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Partnering meetings with Program Directors



Bryan Roth - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“Profiling GPCRs: New Targets for Old Drugs and New Drugs for Old Targets”  

Carlos A. Zarate National Institute of Mental Health
“Experimental Therapeutics for Treatment-Resistant Depression” 


Julian Blagg - Cancer Research UK
“Funding Cancer Drug Discovery in the United Kingdom”

Craig Crews - Yale University
“Targeting Protein Degradation”

Chuck Cywin – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
“First in Man: Advancing Academic Research through the Blueprint for Neurotherapeutics”

Duncan Holmes - Glaxo SmithKline
“Partnering with Government-Funded Laboratories”

Donna Huryn - University of Pittsburgh
“p97 allosteric inhibitors:  Partnership with the Chemical Biology Consortium”

Ann Mills-Duggan - Wellcome Trust
“Seeding Drug Discovery”

Amy Newman – National Institute on Drug Abuse
“Translating Addiction Research for Patient Benefit”

Barbara Slusher and Jonathan Powell - Johns Hopkins University
“Glutamine Antagonists as Novel Targets for Immunotherapy”

Sriram Subramaniam – National Cancer Institute
“Frontiers in Cryo-EM”

Jim Wells - University of California, San Francisco
“Antibodies Targeting the Cell Surfaceome”

Joe Wu - Stanford, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Topic: hESC/hiPSC cardiac cells for cell therapy, drug screening, predictive toxicology and for studying disease mechanisms

Call for Abstracts 

ADDC and ASPET are seeking abstracts describing research related to academic drug discovery for presentation as scientific posters during the colloquium.  There is no fee to submit an abstract, however, all accepted for presentation must be prepared to display a poster on Thursday, October 12, defend your research during the poster presentation periods on Thursday, October 12, and to register for the colloquium at the published rates.

We are longer accepting abstracts for the 2017 Academic Drug Discovery Colloquium.  Abstract acceptances will be sent by ASPET by August 4th for abstracts submitted by the July 21, 2017 deadline. For abstracts submitted by August 18, 2017, notification will be sent out by August 25, 2017.

Individual Partnering Meetings  

A series of partnering sessions will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 with the primary purpose of enabling access to representatives of government programs focused on fostering academic drug discovery.   A list of representatives will be posted and pre-registrants will be sent a link through which to secure in advance a seat at the small group appointments of interest to them.

Travel Information


Natcher Conference Center
The ASPET/ADDC Colloquium will be hosted at the Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) on the main campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD.

NIH Security
NIH is a government facility and thus subjected to security measures. All attendees must go through security at the NIH Gateway Center.  Visitors will be required go through metal detectors and to show one (1) form of identification (a government-issued photo ID-driver's license, passport, green card, etc.) and to state the purpose of their visit.  Please allow 15 minutes to go through security.

We encourage you to visit NIH Visitor’s information page for additional visitor information.


There are three major airports that service the Washington, D.C. area: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA, 20.8 miles from NIH), Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD, 27.6 miles from NIH) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI, 35.5 miles from NIH).

Amtrak services the area from Washington-Union Station (code: WAS, 11.2 miles from NIH).  The Metrorail red line has stops inside Union Station and on the NIH campus (Medical Center).

The Natcher Conference Center is conveniently accessible via Metrorail’s Red Line, Medical Center stop. 

Visit NIH visitor information to get specific driving directions and parking information.

Visitor parking is available at NIH for $12 per day, however parking is extremely limited.  It is recommended that you take public transportation.


For out of town attendees, we have reserved a block of room at the Bethesda Court Hotel for $189 plus tax a night.  This rate is available until September 11, 2017.

You can make reservation by calling 301-656-2100 or online at https://reservations.travelclick.com/99683?groupID=1971447.  No login or attendee code is required to make online reservations.

Bethesda Court Hotel
7740 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 656-2100

The Bethesda Court Hotel is conveniently located 2 blocks away from the Metrorail’s Red Line. You can take the Red Line one stop to the Medical Center stop at NIH.


Interested in sponsoring the Colloquium?

Opportunities are available to partner with ASPET and ADDC to support the Colloquium.  Contact Michael Wood and Matt Hartman at drugdiscoverycolloquium@gmail.com.

Gold Level Supporters:

  • Millipore Sigma

Silver Level Supporters:

  • Lilly (This activity is supported by an educational grant.)


  • Pfizer
  • Janssen Research & Development
  • Waters Corporation

As of 5/30/2017 

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