ETPN2024 Program

ETPN2024 is an in-person event including keynotes, plenary sessions about current and future trends in Nanomedicine & disruptive healthtech, and their clinical translation.

Building on the great success of previous editions, this event places a special emphasis on showcasing the innovative work of emerging talents in our field, providing them with a platform to shine, network and contribute to our dynamic community.

ETPN2024 is the place to be for our community to disseminate, collaborate, and shape the future of Nanomedicine in Europe!

ETPN2024 program at a glance!

Day 1 – Monday, June 10, 2024

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08:00 - 09:00

Main Room - Salone PIO XII

Registration (for ETPN members only)

For ETPN Association General Assembly 2024

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09:00 - 10:30

Main Room - Salone PIO XII

ETPN Association, General Assembly (part 1)

By the ETPN Bureau & Secretariat

For ETPN members only.

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10:30 - 11:00

Il CORTILE

Coffee break

By the ETPN Bureau & Secretariat
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11:00 - 12:30

Main Room - Salone PIO XII

ETPN Association, General Assembly (part 2)

By the ETPN Bureau & Secretariat

For ETPN members only.

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12:30 - 14:00

Il CORTILE

Lunch & networking

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14:00 - 16:00

Main Room - Salone PIO XII / Aula III & IV

ETPN Association, General Assembly (part 3)

The ETPN Members' forum

For ETPN members only.

NEW! ETPN Academy Session 1: “Career Development in Nanomedicine”

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Join us for an exclusive session dedicated to students, focusing on career development in nanomedicine. This is an invaluable opportunity to learn from distinguished professionals who have navigated diverse career paths in academia, industry, and clinical settings.

Speakers:

  1. Lorena Diéguez, PhD
    • Head of Medical Devices Research Group, INL
    • Expertise: Nanomedicine research, clinical translation, entrepreneurship and European projects.
  2. Furio Gramatica
    • Director, Development & Innovation at Fondazione don Carlo Gnocchi.
    • Clinical applications of nanomedicine and health technologies, healthcare innovation
  3. Maria-Teresa Valero Grinan
    • Professor at the University of Granada
    • Expertise: Academic career, research in nanomedicine, and technology transfer.
  4. Marco Monopoli, PhD
    • Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, RCSI
    • Expertise: Education & training in nanomedicine, career guidance for young scientists.

Session Format:

  • 10-minute presentations: Each speaker will share their career journey, focusing on pivotal decisions, challenges, and opportunities in nanomedicine.
  • Open Q&A: An interactive session where students can ask questions and seek advice directly from the panelists.

Objectives:

  • Provide insights into various career pathways in nanomedicine.
  • Offer practical advice on navigating career challenges and opportunities.
  • Encourage networking and mentorship among emerging talents and established professionals in the field.

Don’t miss this chance to gain valuable guidance and connect with mentors who can help shape your future career in nanomedicine.

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16:00 - 16:30

Il CORTILE

Coffee break

OPEN TO ALL ETPN2024 ATTENDEES
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16:30 - 17:00

Main Room - Salone PIO XII

ETPN2024 Official Opening ceremony

  • Prof. R. Schiffelers (ETPN Chairman)
  • Dr. M. Bedoni (Fondazione Don Gnocchi)
  • Prof. G. Tosi (UNIMORE)
  • Dr. Rudy Alexander Rossetto – President of Order of Biologists of Lombardy Region
  • Dr. Emanuele Monti –  President of the IX Commission of Lombardy Region- Social Sustainability, Housing, and Family
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17:00 - 18:00

Main Room - Salone PIO XII

KEYNOTE #1 Prof. Cristina Messa

Scientific Director of Fondazione Don Gnocchi

Former Italian Minister of Research

"Translation in health science through nanomedicine"

Topic to be announced soon.

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18:00 - 20:30

Il CORTILE

ETPN2024 Welcome Cocktail

OPEN TO ALL ETPN2024 ATTENDEES

Day 2 – Tuesday June 11, 2024

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08:00 - 09:00

Main Hall

Registration (open to ETPN2024 attendees)

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09:00 - 10:00

Main Room - Salone PIO XII

KEYNOTE #2 Prof. Elena Cattaneo

Centre for Stem Cell Research of the University of Milano Senator for life of the Italian Republic

"From Evolution to #Nanomedicine: the inspiring journey of #Huntington disease research"

Elena Cattaneo is Full Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Milan. Her research laboratory focuses on Huntington’s disease. Utilizing in vivo methodologies, human embryonic stem cells, and genome editing techniques, the laboratory endeavors to comprehend how the mutant gene influences neuronal cell physiology. Additionally, the lab strives to develop novel pharmacological, genetic, and cellular interventions to delay or mitigate the onset and progression of the disease. Cattaneo has authored over 200 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and actively participates in public dissemination efforts and events aimed at raising awareness. In 2013, she was appointed Senator for Life by the President of the Italian Republic, Honorable Giorgio Napolitano, in recognition of her scientific achievements.

 

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10:00 - 10:30

Main Room - Salone PIO XII

Poster session : 1-min flash presentation on stage!

Selected abstracts on Topics: Drug Delivery, Cell & Gene Therapy, Extracellular Vesicles

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10:30 - 11:00

Il CORTILE

Coffee break & Poster exhibition

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11:00 - 12:45

Main Room - Salone PIO XII

SESSION #1 Nano-enabled Cell & Gene Therapy

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INVITED SPEAKERS:

  • Dominik Witzigman (NanoVation Therapeutics): “Breaking the delivery barrier: Next-generation lipid nanoparticle technologies for nucleic acid delivery to extrahepatic tissues.”

  • Prof. Giovanni Tosi (Universita degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia UNIMORE) : “Innovative RNA Delivery Systems: Pioneering Nanomedicine Advances in Italy.”

SELECTED SPEAKERS:

  • Miss Fanny Joubert (Seda Pharmaceutical Development Services): Investigation of the Influence of the Manufacturing Process of Lipid-Based Formulations on Intracellular Delivery of siRNA
  • Professor Guendalina Zuccari (University of Genoa, Italy): Extracellular Vesicles as Emerging Drug Carrier: Moving Forward Novel Therapeutic Strategies for Neuroblastoma
  • Dr Javier Plou (CIC nanoGUNE): CAR T Therapy Monitored by Raman Spectroscopy: Temporal Trajectories of Therapeutic Response
  • Dr Ilaria Tonazzini (Nanoscience Institute, National Research Council (CNR) – Pisa): Nanocarriers to Treat and Monitor Angelman Syndrome Neurodevelopmental Disorder

 

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12:45 - 14:00

Il CORTILE

Lunch & networking

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14:00 - 15:00

Main Room - Salone PIO XII

WORKSHOP “Regulatory Challenges in Nanomedicine: Insights from the NANOSPRESSO Project”

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  • Dr. Mariona Estape Senti (UMC Utrecht): Introduction to the NANOSPRESSO Project and Initial Achievements
  • Olivia Lewis (Utrecht University): PhD Research on Regulatory Science within the NANOSPRESSO Project
  • Joyce Hoek (Utrecht University): Regulatory Challenges,notably in the context of local compounding
  • INTERACTIVE SESSION with the audience
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15:00 - 16:00

Main Room - Salone PIO XII

SESSION #3 Nanomedicine trends… in 2044!

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  • Dr. Anna Abbadessa (Center for Research in Molecular Medicine and Chronic Diseases (CIMUS), IDIS Research Institute, University of Santiago de Compostela): Dynamically Crosslinked Injectable Hydrogels Based on Antibody-Nanoconjugates Enabling Cell Instruction Against Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Dr. Gil Gonçalves (University of Aveiro): Paving the Way for Lithium Neutron Capture Therapy (LiNCT)
  • Dr. Alice Gualerzi (IRCCS Fondazione Don Gnocchi): Blood Derived Extracellular Vesicle as Parkinson’s Disease Biomarker for the Monitoring of Neurodegeneration and Rehabilitation
  • Dr. Sofia Rodrigues Teixeira (Tyndall National Institute): Enabling Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer Using a Novel Electrochemical Sensing Platform
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16:00 - 16:30

Il CORTILE

Coffee break & Poster exhibition

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16:30 - 17:30

Main Room - Salone PIO XII / Aula III & IV

SESSION #4 European projects in Nanomedicine

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  • Dr. María Teresa Valero Griñán (Genyo – Nanochembio): TARGETOF (H2020-MSCA-IF-895664): Affinity Capture Nanodiagnostic Devices for EV Biomarker Detection
  • Professor Rosario M. Sanchez Martin (GENYO, University of Granada): diaRNAgnosis – A Novel Platform for the Direct Profiling of Circulating Cell-Free Ribonucleic Acids in Biofluids
  • Professor Marcos Garcia-Fuentes (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela): Radiotherapy-Activated Immunomodulatory Niches (EuroNanoMed3 RAIN Project)
  • Ms. Susanne Resch (BioNanoNet Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (BNN)): PHOENIX-OITB – Developing and Upgrading Innovative Nanopharmaceuticals from Bench to Clinics
  • Juliana de Souza (CIDETEC): FORCE REPAIR – Smart and Multifunctional 3D Printable Pro-Regenerative Biological Matrix for Treating Chronic Wounds

NEW! ETPN Academy Session 2

 “The Big Picture”: The Diverse Applications of Nanomaterials for Healthcare.

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Join us for an introductory session designed to provide students and beginners with a broad overview of nanomaterials in healthcare. This session will explore the transformative potential of nanotechnology in medicine.

Speaker:

Francesca Re, PhD

  • Position: Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Nanomedicine
  • Affiliations: School of Medicine and Surgery, Nanomedicine Center (NANOMIB), Milan Center for Neuroscience (NeuroMI), University of Milano-Bicocca

Objectives:

  • Introduction to Nanomaterials: Understand what nanomaterials are and their basic properties.
  • Healthcare Applications: Discover how nanotechnology is used in drug delivery, diagnostics, and regenerative medicine.
  • Future Possibilities: Learn about emerging trends and future directions in nanomedicine.

Key Takeaways:

  • Broad Perspective: Gain awareness of the diverse applications of nanomaterials beyond your specific PhD or postdoc focus.
  • Foundational Knowledge: Build a solid understanding of nanomaterials and their medical applications.
  • Vision for the Future: Get inspired by the future potential of nanomedicine.

This session is perfect for those new to the field, providing a comprehensive overview and opening up a world of possibilities in nanotechnology for healthcare.

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20:30 - Midnight

DAZI MILANO

ETPN2024 Gala Evening at Dazi!

Join us at the stunning DAZI Milano for our Gala Evening, a perfect mix of elegance and networking. Amidst the historical grandeur of Piazza Sempione, engage in lively conversations, enjoy delectable finger food, and unwind to smooth tunes. It's an ideal setting for forming meaningful connections within the nanomedicine community. Don't miss this blend of Milanese charm and scientific camaraderie at ETPN2024.

Day 3 – Wednesday June 12, 2024

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08:30 - 09:30

Main Hall

Registration (open to ETPN2024 attendees)

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09:30 - 10:15

Main Room - Salone PIO XII

Poster session : 1-min flash presentation on stage!

Topics: Advanced Fabrication and Characterisation Techniques, Nanomedicine against Cancer, Photothermal Therapy, Regenerative Medicine

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10:10- 10:30

Main Room - Salone PIO XII

Sponsor talk

Dr. Stéphane Malzan – Business Development Director (EMEA)

Title to be confirmed.

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10:30 - 11:00

Il CORTILE

Coffee break & Poster exhibition

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11:00 - 12:30

Main Room - Salone PIO XII / Aula III & IV

SESSION #5 BROKERAGE event: Nanomedicine in Horizon Europe & Beyond.

Matchmaking session on European funding opportunities: pitch your odeas and meet your future collaborators.

NEW! ETPN Academy Session 3

Basics of Characterization and Preclinical Testing in Nanomedicine

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Join us for an insightful session focused on the essentials of characterization and preclinical testing in nanomedicine. This session is designed for students and researchers who are beginning to navigate the translational research landscape.

Speakers:

  1. Dr. Mario Salmona
    • Position: Senior scientist of Nanobiology Unit, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri
    • Topic: “Basics of Preclinical Testing”
    • Duration: 25-30 minutes
    • Details: Dr. Salmona will discuss the foundational aspects of preclinical testing, including the importance of rigorous validation and testing methods before clinical trials.
  2. Dr. Luigi Calzolai
    • Position: Senior Researcher, Joint Research Centre of European Commission
    • Topic: “Basics of Characterization”
    • Duration: 25-30 minutes
    • Details: Dr. Calzolai will cover fundamental techniques and methods used in the characterization of nanomaterials, providing essential knowledge for researchers starting in this field.
  3. Dr. Marzia Bedoni
    • Position: Head of Nanomedicine and Clinical Biophotonics Unit, Fondazione Don Gnocchi; ETPN WG Leader for Clinical Translation
    • Topic: “Interdisciplinary Aspects in Nanomedicine”
    • Duration: 25-30 minutes
    • Details: Dr. Bedoni will explore the interdisciplinary nature of nanomedicine, emphasizing the integration of various fields to achieve successful translation from research to clinical applications.

Objectives:

  • Introduction to Characterization: Learn the fundamental techniques and methods used in the characterization of nanomaterials.
  • Preclinical Testing Overview: Understand the basics of preclinical testing, including the importance of rigorous validation and testing methods before clinical trials.
  • Interdisciplinary Aspects: Explore the interdisciplinary nature of nanomedicine and its implications for successful translation from research to clinical applications.

Key Takeaways:

  • Foundational Knowledge: Gain essential knowledge about characterization techniques and preclinical testing procedures.
  • Practical Insights: Understand the critical steps and challenges in moving from bench to bedside in nanomedicine.
  • Broadened Perspective: Appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of nanomedicine and how different fields come together in preclinical testing.

This session is ideal for those new to the field, providing a comprehensive overview and preparing you for more advanced studies and research in nanomedicine.

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12:30 - 13:30

Il CORTILE

Lunch & networking

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13:30 - 14:00

Meeting point in UNIMI Hall

TRANSFER TO MARIO NEGRI INSTITUTE

We are delighted to announce a special addition to our program for the afternoon of Wednesday, June 12th. To conclude ETPN2024’s final day, we will facilitate a transfer from the Università degli Studi di Milano (UNIMI) to the prestigious Mario Negri Institute, a leading pharmacological research center in Milan. The sessions held there will not only offer crucial scientific exhanges and closing discussions but also a lab tour for interested attendees.

You won’t lose your flight  : For those concerned about travel schedules, please note that the institute is conveniently located en route to Malpensa Airport, ensuring an efficient departure for our international guests. Join us for this unique opportunity to explore cutting-edge research and innovation firsthand. More info about the ETPN2024 main places and venues here.

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14:30 - 16:00

MARIO NEGRI INSTITUTE

SESSION #6 Preclinical validation in Nanomedicine

Tackling the main challenges in preparing clinical development of innovative nanomedicine products, from characterization to animal models. CLICK FOR DETAILS

INVITED SPEAKERS

  • Dr. Paolo Bigini (Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri): From Nanomaterials to Nanodrugs: Technological Development and Biological Validation
  • Dr. Luigi Calzolai (Joint Research Centre of European Commission): Title to be provided


SELECTED SPEAKERS

  • Dr. Sjoerd Hak (SINTEF Industry): mRNA-LNP Ex Vivo Interactions with Human Whole Blood
  • Dr. Catarina Leite Pereira (i3S/INEB – Instituto Nac. Engenharia Biomédica): Recapping Osteosarcoma: An In Vitro On-Chip 3D Tool for Disease Understanding and Identification of Novel Druggable Targets
  • Dr. Giulio Fracasso (University of Padova): Preclinical Evaluation of a Ferritin Nanosystem Loaded with a Topoisomerase I Inhibitor Showing High Efficacy and Low Toxicity
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16:00 - 16:30

MARIO NEGRI INSTITUTE

Coffee break

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16:30 - 17:30

MARIO NEGRI INSTITUTE

SESSION #7 Pitch me up!

CLICK FOR DETAILS / Selected short talks from great Nanomedicine & Healthtech innovations currently in translation to the clinic.
  • Mr. Robin Oliveres (Inside Therapeutics): NanoPULSE: A Microfluidics-Based Active Micromixer for Improved Organic Nanoparticles Synthesis
  • Dr. Maryam Abedi (CIC nanoGUNE): Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease Using Microscopy Images of Human Dried Blood Plasma
  • Dr. Marisa Juanes (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela – TraffikGene): TraffikGene: A Versatile Platform for Nucleic Acid Delivery Based on Amphiphilic Peptide Carriers
  • Mrs. Eilien Heinrich (Fraunhofer Institute for Microengineering and Microsystems IMM): Nanomedicine Against Infectious Diseases
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17:30

MARIO NEGRI INSTITUTE

ETPN2024 Closing ceremony

Highlights and Best Poster Award ceremony! Don't miss it
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10:30 - 11:00

Register for ETN2024 Now!

Secure your spot at ETPN2024! Register now to join the forefront of nanomedicine innovation. Early bird tickets are available, as well as massive discounts for students and ETPN members.

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