Analytics going viral - Tools to meet the needs of viral vector analysis

Event Details

Start Date
Wed, 07 Jul 2021 14:00
End Date
Wed, 07 Jul 2021 17:30
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KTN is pleased to announce an afternoon event to discuss the current state of the art, challenges and potential solutions around analysis of adeno-associated virus and lentiviral vectors.

The event will include contributions from speakers representing companies, academia, RTOs and others. In addition, there will be an opportunity for solution providers to provide a short two-minute video to be shared with attendees in a video gallery. Two of the submissions will be selected by the organising committee for plenary display. The final session will be a panel discussion to revisit the issues raised in the preceding presentations.

Confirmed speakers and panelists:

  • Farzin Farzaneh, Chief Scientific Officer, ViroCell Biologics
  • Julia Leach, Senior Scientist – Analytical, CPI
  • Peng Wang, Scientist II, Lonza
  • Yuan Zhao, Principal Scientist / Section Head, NIBSC
  • Mike Baker, Senior Director, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies
  • Alan Dickson, Professor of Biotechnology, University of Manchester

After the plenary sessions there will be an opportunity to set up 1:1 video calls with other attendees.

Organising committee:

  • Karen Wilkinson, KTN
  • Marcel Kuiper, KTN
  • Joanne Flannelly, University of Manchester / BioProNET2
  • Alan Dickson, University of Manchester / BioProNET2
  • Rebecca Horlock, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies
  • Daniel Petit, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies
  • Robert Forbes, University of Central Lancashire / FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies
  • Julia Leach, CPI
  • Lee Dunham, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

Draft Agenda

14:0014:10 Welcome and KTN update Karen Wilkinson KTN

Session 1: Challenges for viral vector analytics. Chair: Mike Baker (FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies)

14:1014:25 lentiviral vector analysis; state of the art and challenges” Farzin Farzaneh Chief Scientific Officer, ViroCell, Professor of Molecular Medicine, King’s College London

14:2514:40 AAV viral vector analysis; state of the art and challenges” Peng Wang Scientist II, Lonza

14:4015:55 Current and future regulatory expectations for AAV and lentiviral vector analytics” Yuan Zhao NIBSC

14:5515:15 Q&A

Session 2: Exploration of novel tools and solutions. Chair: Julia Leach, CPI

15:1515:20 Two selected videos from analytics solution providers (SME/​academia) TBC

15:2015:35 Future direction analytical capabilities” TBC

15:3515:45 Q&A

15:4516:00 Break, novel solution videos

Session 3: Round table discussion led by Prof Alan Dickson (UoM)

with participation from Farzin Farzaneh (ViroCell/​KCL), NIBSC (Yuan Chao), CPI (Julia Leach), Mike Baker (FDB), solution provider (TBC)


  • Key challenges
  • Learnings from other biopharmaceuticals
  • Novel technologies
  • Future regulatory expectations
  • Next steps

16:4517:30 1:1 video networking, novel solution videos