SLAS2018 Conference Chair

Saturday, February 3
0:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Michelle Arkin

Associate Professor, Pharm Chem; co-Director, Small Molecule Discovery Center
University of California - San Francisco

The Small Molecule Discovery Center is a research ‘colaboratory’ that works with academic and biotech investigators to develop small-molecule probes and drug leads. Dr. Arkin’s lab is particularly focused on chemical biology of allosterically regulated enzymes and protein-protein interactions to address mechanisms of neurodegeneration, and cancer. Michelle is as an investigator in the NCI’s Chemical Biology Consortium and the Tau Consortium, an editor of the NIH’s Assay Guidance Manual, and board president of the Academic Drug Discovery Consortium. Prior to UCSF, Michelle was one of the first employees at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, where she served as project leader for new drug targets in cancer and immunology and associate director of cell biology. She was closely involved in two drug programs currently in humans (vosaroxin, an experimental anticancer agent, and lifitegrast, approved by the FDA in 2016).

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Tim Spicer

Assistant Professor and Director of HTS and Discovery Biology
The Scripps Reseacrh Institute, Scripps Florida

Tim Spicer, is an Associate Director and Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Therapeutics and joined Scripps Florida in 2005. Tim has more than 27 years of experience in drug discovery, including 10 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Tim is currently the director of HTS and discovery biology and co-directs the screening center at Scripps. He supervises HTS assay development & related efforts including technology development for which he has NIH funding on the 3 year award for the “Advanced Development and Validation of 3 Dimensional Spheroid Culture of Primary Cancer Cells using Nano3D Technology”. He has authored >90 drug-discovery related publications and is an inventor on 3 patents, including clinically relevant antiviral compounds.

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