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Diabetes Drug Discovery and Beyond


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The Diabetes Drug Discovery and Beyond meeting will not only cover progress on promising pre-clinical and early clinical phase diabetes drug candidates. But this year, we will also highlight emerging therapeutic targets that probe how the underlying defects in metabolic diseases are connected. Some presentations will cover obesity, other metabolic disorders and cardiovascular disease in the context of diabetes and energy homeostasis.


Targets for New Diabetes Therapies

1:30 pm Chairperson’s Remarks

Claire Steppan, Ph.D., Associate Research Fellow, Diabetes, Pfizer


Targeting Diabetes via Glucocorticoid Modulation: The Identification of Advanced 11b-HSD-1 Inhibitors

Jeffrey RoblJeffrey A. Robl, Ph.D., Executive Director, Metabolic Diseases R&D, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Preventing excess glucocorticoid tone in metabolically active tissues such as the liver and adipose may be  beneficial in addressing glucose homeostasis and hyperglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes. We have optimized a series of triazolopyridine based inhibitors resulting in the advancement of BMS-770767 to phase 2 clinical trials. The discovery of BMS-770767 will be presented as well as a description of its development  properties, pharmacokinetics, and pre-clinical pharmacology profile.

2:10 Dyslipidemia Targets and Diabetes

Rebecca Taub, M.D., CEO, Madrigal Pharmaceuticals

This talk will defining diabetic dyslipidemia and discuss how elevated VLDL, triglycerides and fatty liver might contribute to diabetic CV disease. Novel dyslipidemia mechanisms to treat diabetic dyslipidemia including THRbeta agonists will also be covered.

2:40 Effects of PF-04620110, a Novel Diacylglycerol Acyl-Transferase 1 (DGAT1) Inhibitor on Healthy-Obese Volunteers and Type 2 Diabetic Subjects

Claire Steppan, Ph.D., Associate Research Fellow, Diabetes, Pfizer

Inhibition of DGAT1, the terminal enzyme in the synthesis of triglycerides (TG), has been proposed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2DM). We sought to examine the effects of a potent and selective DGAT1 inhibitor, PF-04620110, on vitamin A absorption, TG, glucose, insulin and total amide glucagon like peptide-1 (GLP-1) levels in both healthy-obese volunteers and Type 2 Diabetic subjects. The results of these studies will be presented.

3:10 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

3:45 Pharmacological Manipulation of Diacyl Glycerol Acyl Transferase 1 Using Pre-Clinical Models

Shirly Pinto, Ph.D., CVD - Atherosclerosis Team Lead, Merck Research Laboratories

4:15 Targeting the Ileal Brake with an Oral Mimetic of RYGB

Jerome J. Schentag, PharmD, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University at Buffalo

Reports of putative cures of T2D by RYGB surgery has led to a search for oral
mimetics of these beneficial properties. T2D is controlled even before weight loss occurs, and even more surprisingly, it now seems clear that beneficial effects occur after RYGB even in patients without obesity. As an oral mimetic of RYGB surgery, Brake™ specifically targets the ileal Brake. When taken once daily, oral Brake™ treatment elicits the full range of hormonal mediator outputs and controls hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and obesity. There was resolution of hepatic steatosis and NAFLD as added benefit.

4:45 Beneficial and Adverse Effects of Glucokinase Activators on Glucose Metabolism in Rat Liver Cells

Gabriel Baverel, Ph.D., CEO and CSO, Metabolomics, Metabolys, Inc.

Using a metabolic flux approach, we show the potential beneficial and adverse effects of three gluco-kinase activator drug candidates for type2 diabetes. We report the gluco-kinase activators’ effects on glucose utilization and production, glycogen synthesis and degradation, lactic acid and triglyceride accumulation and on the citric acid cycle during glucose metabolism in rat liver cells. Our work illustrates the advantage of metabolic flux analysis for predicting early during the drug development process, both the efficacy and safety of very small amounts of antidiabetic drug candidates.

5:15 Connecting Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Diabetes

James Dykens, CEO, Eyecyte Therapeutics

Mitochondrial dysfunction contributes via bioenergetic and oxidative mechanisms to a host of degenerative and metabolic diseases, including diabetes. Mitochondrial Ca2+ dynamics alter insulin release, while production of free radicals yields dysregulation of glycolysis. Importantly, xenobiotic therapies for diabetes, e.g., biguanides and thiazolidinediones, directly undermine mitochondrial function thereby lowering blood glucose, albeit via an untoward mechanism. The latter results from cell culture conditions that model diabetes and anaerobic poise, not normal aerobic physiology.

5:45 End of Day

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Next-Generation Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors

Strategies for Tackling Rare Genetic Diseases

Understanding CRISPR: Mechanisms and Applications

Autoimmunity – Small Molecule Approaches

NK Cell-Based Cancer Immunotherapy

Medical Dermatology Therapeutic R&D and Technical Innovation



Targeting Histone Methyltransferases and Demethylases

Targeting the Ubiquitin Proteasome System

Targeting the Microbiome
– Part 1

GPCR-Based Drug Discovery - Part 1

Advances in Gene Editing and Gene Silencing – Part 1

Gene Therapy Breakthroughs

Antibodies Against Membrane Protein Targets – Part 1

Targeting Cardio-Metabolic Diseases

Targeting Ocular Disorders


Targeting Epigenetic Readers and Chromatin Remodelers

Kinase Inhibitor Discovery

Targeting the Microbiome
– Part 2

GPCR-Based Drug Discovery - Part 2

Advances in Gene Editing and Gene Silencing – Part 2

Translating Cancer Genomics

Antibodies Against Membrane Protein Targets – Part 2

Metabolomics in Drug Discovery

TRAINING SEMINAR: Data Visualization


Monday, September 19
8:00 - 11:00 am

(SC1) Immunology Basics for Chemists

(SC4) Medical Dermatology Therapeutic R&D and Technical Innovation - Part 1

Monday, September 19
2:00 - 3:00 pm

(SC5) GPCR Structure-Based Drug Discovery

(SC6) RNA as a Small Molecule Drug Target

(SC7) Using IP Landscape Studies to Improve Your Confidence

(SC8) Medical Dermatology Therapeutic R&D and Technical Innovation - Part 2

Monday, September 19
3:30 - 6:30 pm

(SC9) Targeting of GPCRs with Monoclonal Antibodies

(SC12) Introduction to Gene Editing

Monday, September 19
7:00 - 9:30 pm

(SC13) Convergence of Immunotherapy and Epigenetics for Cancer Treatment

Wednesday, September 21
7:00 - 9:30 pm

(SC14) Cancer Metabolism: Pathways, Targets and Clinical Updates

(SC15) Introduction to Allosteric Modulators and Biased Ligands of GPCRs

(SC16) Functional Screening Strategies Using CRISPR and RNAi