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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

18:00-19:30 Welcome and Opening                                                          M Hacker (Vienna) and T Pieber (Graz)

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  (5′) M Hacker, L Kenner (Vienna)
Liquid Biopsy (35′)  A Babayan (Hamburg)
Tissue (35′)  K Elenitoba-Johnson (Philadelphia)
Molecular Imaging (35′)  B Pichler (Tübingen)
Moderated Discussion (10′)

10:30-11:30 Coffee 

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

Moderator Kick-off (5′) W Wadsak (Vienna), M Brehme (Graz)
Innovations in Biobanking – how can imaging data contribute? (25′) K Zatloukal (Graz)
Molecular Imaging and Omics – a perfect match? (25′) J Czernin (Los Angeles)
Digital Biomarkers – Patient data mining & precision medicine (25′) S Schulz (Graz)
Interactomics – network analysis in biomarker research (25′) U Stelzl (Graz)
Moderated Discussion (15′)

13:30-14:00 Rapid Fire Session (10x scientific abstracts; 3min each)
14:00-15:30 Lunch plus Moderated Posters                                              M Hacker & W Wadsak (Vienna)


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

Moderator Kick-off (5′) S Narath (Graz)
The Needs for Standardized Preanalytics in Biobanking (35′) H Haslacher (Wien)
Standardized preanalytics in biomarker research (35′) U Oelmüller (Hilden)
The Role of Mass Spectrometry in Quality Assessment and Analytics (35′)  A Jacan (Graz)
Moderated Discussion (10′)

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 (Tübingen)
and J Czernin (Los Angeles)

Fireside Faculty:
K Elenitoba-Johnson (USA), M. Hacker (AT), R Hicks (AUS), B Pichler (GE), M Sibilia (AT)

19:00                                                                                         Heuriger Abend – Symposium Dinner

Friday, 16th March 2018                                                                                     

08:30-10:30 New therapeutic approaches.

Moderator Kick-off (5′) B Pichler (Tübingen)
Translational Immunology – Tackling barriers in science and bureaucracy (35′) H Salih (Tübingen)
Tracers to target the Immune system (20′) R Schibli (Zurich)
Targeting the Immune system–clinical perspective (20′) M. Bergmann (Vienna)
Novel KIT Technologies for Targeted Radionuclide Therapies and Imaging (20′) J Simecek (Garching)
Moderated Discussion (20′)

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 (5′) M Zeitlinger (Vienna)
Cost effectiveness aspects of biomarker development (25′) J Simon (Vienna)
Precision medicine: mapping the ethical challenges (25′)  A Buyx (Kiel)
Demonstrating the value of diagnostics to health systems: lessons learnt
from a cost-effectiveness evaluation in prostate cancer (PROMIS study) (25′)
M Soares (York)
The role of biomarkers in future medicine – the paradigm of
predictive medicine and its ethical challenges (25′)
M Langanke (Greifswald)
Moderated Discussion (15′)

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