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Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences


Gateway to Translation Webinar Series

Welcome to our  Gateway to Translation (G2T) series of webinars. Each month, CATS is hosting an online webinar featuring speakers from across the translational sciences landscape. We are showcasing some of the latest upcoming research, technology and development in pharma, medtech and biotech sector outside of Academia. Webinars take place on the second Wednesday of each month and a video recordings of previous talks (but not Q&A sections) are available below. Webinars are free to attend for everybody*, but registration is required. Links for registration will be posted on this website ahead of each event. Please, check regularly for the updates.

*Soon after attending our webinar, you will receive a very short questionaire regarding your satisfaction with the event. Please send this back to us, your feedback is extremely important in improving our future events!


Upcoming Events:


Previous Events:

Medical Device Classification

Date: Wednesday 14 July 2021, 4-5pm

In this webinar, Ms Tara Fahy, Regulatory Affairs/Quality Consultant at Med-Di-Dia Ltd., Ireland (the Irish subsidiary of Global Regulatory Services Ltd.) talked about how to establish medical device classification through regulatory pathways to achieve successful commercialisation. The event was chaired by our Industry Expert in Residence Dr John Pritchard.

You can watch a recording of the seminar below.

3D Printing of Medicines for Personalised Treatment & Other Applications

Date: Wednesday 9 June 2021, 4-5pm

Dr Alvaro Goyanes Goyanes, Co-founder and Director of Development from London-based start-up FabRx Ltd., talked about the 3D printing of medicines - an emerging technology with interesting implications not only for prototyping of drugs and drug/excipients combinations, but also for the treatment of rare diseases and for personalised medicine. This event was chaired by Dr Ronan Daly, Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology of Manufacturing and Head of the Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing Research Group at Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. 

You can watch a recording of the seminar below.


PROTACs in Drug Discovery

Date: Wednesday 12 May 2021, 4-5pm

Two scientists from Selvita, Dr Anna Karawajczyk (Head of Computational Chemistry) and Dr Tom Coulter (Integrated Drug Discovery Director), discussed the design of PROTACs in the Drug Discovery Process, from a medicinal chemistry and from a computational chemistry perspective. This event was chaired by Dr Catherine Lindon, Group Leader in Department of Pharmacology and Molecules & Cells Theme Lead in School of Biological Sciences.

You can watch a recording of the seminar below.

Translating RNA Biology to Therapies

Date: Wednesday 14 April 2021, 4-5pm

In this webinar, Dr Stuart Peltz, CEO of PTC Therapeutics Inc. discussed the development of therapeutics based on RNA biology, especially in relation to the treatment of rare diseases. The webinar was chaired by Prof Anne Willis OBE, co-director of CATS and the Director of the MRC Toxicology Unit.


Hitting the Right Starting Points for Drug Discovery Program: Biophysical Screening Methods

Date: Wednesday 10 March 2021, 4-5pm

In this webinar, assay experts from Domainex (Cambridge, UK) - Dr Jana Wolf (Team Leader), Dr Alec O'Keeffe (Scientist) and Dr Catherine Stace (Director of Business Development) described state-of-the-art biophysical screening technologies and discussed how the various features and benefits compare when choosing an appropriate platform. This webinar was chaired by our new Industry Expert in Residence: Dr Trevor Perrior.

You can watch a recording of the seminar below.

Evaluating the Utility of Machine Learning and AI in Antibiotic Drug Discovery

Date: Wednesday 13 January 2021, 4-5pm 

Prof Finn, CEO of Oxford Drug Design (Originally InhibOx - spin out from the University of Oxford), as well as Founder of Affinity Drug Design Ltd. discussed the use of machine learning and AI in drug discovery process. This event was chaired by Professor Andres Floto, Co-director of the Cambridge Centre for AI in Medicine (CCAIM).

You can watch a recording of the seminar below.


Beyond Screening: CRISPR as a Validation Tool

Date: Wednesday 9 December 2020, 4-5pm

In this webinar, Dr Paul Russell (Senior Scientist at Horizon Discovery Ltd.) discussed the role of CRISPR in Target Validation.

You can watch a recording of the webinar below.


Human Tissue in Drug Discovery: Scientific, Technical & Regulatory Perspective

Date: Wednesday 11 November 2020, 4-5pm 

In this webinar, Dr David Bunton discussed the role and potential of using human tissue in drug discovery process. Dr Bunton is CEO of Reprocell Europe Ltd., Founder and former CEO of Biopta Inc., as well as Chairman of the Precision Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre.

You can watch a recording of the webinar below.


Cancer Beware: How to apply high throughput cell panel screening to advancing drug development

Date: Wednesday 14 October, 4-5pm

In this seminar, Dr David Sorrell, Manager of Horizon Discovery Ltd., discussed high throughput cell panel screening and how to apply this technology to advancing drug development.

You can watch a recording of the webinar below.


Discovering new drugs – what you should know when translating early research

Date: Wednesday 9 September, 4pm-5pm

In this talk of the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences' (CATS) Gateway to Translation (G2T) series of webinars and online events, Dr Andy Merritt, Associate Director and Head of Chemistry at LifeArc, delivered the webinar about the process of discovering new medicines.

You can watch a recording of the webinar below.


Exploring the world of genomic and health data - an entrepreneurial journey

Date: Wednesday 12 August, 4pm-5pm

CATS Expert in Residence (EiR) Adrian Alexa discussed his experience in entrepreneurship within the field of genomic and health data. Adrian’s area of expertise lies in data science, bioinformatics and software development. More information about our Expert in Residence programme can also be found here.

You can watch a recording of the webinar below.