Wednesday, 14th March 2018

18:00-19:30 Welcome and Opening                                                                           M Hacker and T Pieber

Key Note: “Lost in translation? Challenges and Opportunities for
Molecular Imaging and Theranostics in the Era of Precision Medicine”
                      R Hicks (Melbourne) 

19:30-open  Welcome Reception

Thursday, 15th March 2018


08:30-10:30 Liquid Biopsy vs. Tissue Probes vs. Molecular Imaging

Moderator Kick-off M Hacker, L Kenner (Vienna)
Liquid Biopsy  A Babayan (Hamburg)
Tissue  K Elenitoba-Johnson (Philadelphia)
Molecular Imaging  B Pichler (Tübingen)
Moderated Discussion

10:30-11:30 Coffee 

11:30-13:30 Next-Generation Biomarkers (CBmed Biomarker Conference)

Moderator Kick-off W Wadsak, M Brehme (Vienna/Graz)
Innovations in Biobanking – how can imaging data contribute? K Zatloukal (Graz)
Molecular Imaging and Omics – a perfect match? J Czernin (LA)
Digital Biomarkers – Patient data mining & precision medicine S Schulz (Graz)
Interactomics – network analysis in biomarker research U Stelzl (Graz)
Moderated Discussion

13:30-14:00 Rapid Fire Session (10x scientific abstracts; 3min each)
14:00-15:30 Lunch plus Moderated (tbd) Posters


15:30-17:00 Standardization and Quality in Biospecimens (CBmed Biomarker Conference)

Moderator Kick-off S Narath (Graz)
The Needs for Standardized Preanalytics in Biobanking H Haslacher (Wien)
Standardized preanalytics in biomarker research U Oelmüller (Qiagen)
The Role of Mass Spectrometry in Quality Assessment and Analytics  A Jacan (Graz)
Moderated Discussion

17:00-18:30 Fireside Round Table: Education in Molecular Diagnostics

What is needed to breed the next generation of experts
in molecular diagnostics?
Moderators: K Nikolaou (Tüb)
and J Czernin (Los Angeles)

Representatives of main organizations:
C Herold (RAD), O Wagner (Lab Med), R Kain (Pathology), M. Hacker (NUK),
M Mitterhauser (LBI Applied Diagnostics),  M Sibilia (MOL-BIO), B Pichler (Tüb) 

19:00                                                                                         Heuriger Abend – Symposium Dinner

Friday, 16th March 2018                                                                                     

08:30-10:30 New therapeutic approaches.

Moderator Kick-off B Pichler (Tübingen)
Tracers to target the Immune system R Schibli (Zurich)
Targeting the Immune system–clinical perspective H Salih (Tüb)
Imaging the Immune System – II tbc
Emerging Immuno-therapies tbc
Molecular Targeted therapies & Imaging tbc
Moderated Discussion

10:30-11:30 Coffee


11:30-13:30 What scientists usually do not consider:
Socioeconomic challenges in biomarker development and patient care

Moderator Kick-off M Zeitlinger (Vienna)
Cost effectiveness aspects of biomarker development J Simon (Vienna)
Precision medicine: mapping the ethical challenges  A Buyx (Kiel)
Demonstrating the value of diagnostics to health systems: lessons learnt
from a cost-effectiveness evaluation in prostate cancer (PROMIS study)
M Soares (York)
The role of biomarkers in future medicine – the paradigm of
predictive medicine and its ethical challenges
M Langanke (Greifswald)
Moderated Discussion

13:30-14:00 Summary and Closing Remarks                        M Lim (Philadelphia)
14:00-15:30 Farewell Lunch