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By Walter T. Marlowe

Walt MarloweOn behalf of the entire AAPS community, greetings from the 2016 AAPS National Biotechnology Conference (NBC) and vibrant downtown Boston. Many from Boston would call it the “City of Champions,” but as a New York Giants fan, I will respectfully disagree!

Thank you for joining me at this year’s premier biopharmaceutical technology conference.

NBC gathers scientists from industry, government, and academia for three days of educational offerings and discussions specifically geared toward the biotechnology sector of the pharmaceutical sciences. This year, attendees are able to attend one conference organized into four meeting themes:

  • Biomarkers
  • Formulation and Manufacturing
  • Drug Delivery; and
  • Immunogenicity

Our submitted abstracts showcase the breadth and depth of the research being presented, as well as the global reach of AAPS.

The 2016 NBC program consists of a plenary session, 19 symposia, 13 dialogue and debate sessions, 9 sunrise sessions, almost 200 contributed paper poster presentations, 3 topics in transition, and a late-breaking symposium. The popular BioTalk and Mentoring Breakfast sessions also return this year.

New for 2016 is a timely Zika virus session titled The Zika Virus: The Threat, Vaccine Challenges, and World Response. This session includes speakers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, the exposition hall hosts over 115 major companies featuring new technologies

Monday’s plenary session is designed to stimulate discussions for the entire week and features:

  • Jeffrey Carroll, Ph.D.—Assistant professor in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program and the Department of Psychology at Western Washington University. His scientific interest is in the understanding the systemic effects of Huntington disease (HD), especially metabolic changes, which he studies using a mouse “knock-in” model of HD.
  • Jeffrey P. Sutton, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.—President, CEO, and institute director of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Sutton holds the Friedkin Chair for Research in Sensory System Integration and Space Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is also a tenured professor of medicine and director of the Center for Space Medicine. He will talk about biotechnology issues of the Mars missions.

In addition to the outstanding professional development and opportunities to build deeper professional relationships at the conference, I encourage you to take advantage of this amazing city! AAPS Foundation manager Meghan Gerardo, a New England native, recently outlined a number of unique features of this historic, yet modern, metropolis.

Follow the AAPS Blog for updates about all of the exciting research and events surrounding the 2016 AAPS National Biotechnology Conference, and follow our Facebook and Twitter (@AAPSComms) accounts for live posts, pictures, and more, with the hashtag #2016NBC!

I look forward to seeing you all here in Boston!

Walter T. Marlowe, M.B.A., C.A.E, is the AAPS executive director.