So the World Vaccine Congress is over for its 14th year! With 80+ speakers, 40+ sponsors and over 60 sessions of scientific, corporate development and future-looking content, it was a busy few days!
Opening with Dr Gregory Poland from the Mayo Clinic talking about the future of vaccinology, right from the start the focus was on what will be achieved in the future and how to get the industry to where it needs to be. We then continued through the day with sessions from regulatory and government representatives, leading biotechs and non-profit professionals. In the evening we enjoyed a drinks reception at the beautiful Sequoia in Georgetown, which was kindly sponsored by DSM.
Day two opened with plenary sessions from FDA and NIH around the regulatory considerations for the use of adjuvants and adenovirus vectors respectively, before going into a number of sessions on new vaccine candidates and sessions on new technologies which was followed by plenary sessions around the hot topic of influenza. Once the sessions finished, the delegates were transported back to the 1920’s at the VGXI pre-awards drinks reception before sitting down for the 7th annual ViE Awards and Gala Dinner, where we honoured the best of the last 12 months in 13 hotly contested categories. You can see the full list of winners here.
Day three opened with a big pharma panel including representatives from Novartis, Sanofi Pasteur, MedImmune and Merck which delved into where big pharma is going over the next 12 months. The rest of the morning saw the delegation split once again to look at new vaccine candidates or new technologies. Those who lasted until the end saw a great presentation on dealing with the anti-vaccine movement and then information on the IOM’s new SMART tool.
With that we closed the congress and now are busy planning for another year. In 2015 things will be changing to make sure there is more space for specific content. For more information on this, please see www.terrapinn.com/vaccine and make sure you get April 7-9 in your diary.