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Innovative Approaches For Therapy Development Against Inflammatory Bowel Disease: An Expert Discussion

Unravelling IBD Therapeutics

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a complex condition with poorly understood mechanisms, and unknown causality. Despite its rapidly growing prevalence worldwide, IBD has a large, unmet therapeutic need, with a remarkably high failure rate of new drugs to enter the market. Increased understanding of the immunopathology of IBD has resulted in the development of novel therapies such as vedolizumab or ustekinumab, and the investigation of new agents including Janus kinase inhibitors, anti-mucosal vascular addressing cell adhesion molecule-1 agents, anti-interleukin-12/23 monoclonal antibody and sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor-1 selective agonists.

In this roundtable discussion, a panel of experts from pharma, biotech, and academia discuss challenges in the diagnosis and treatment of IBD, sharing their perspectives on current approaches towards the disease, and consider paradigm shifts happening within IBD drug development.

Key discussion points:

  • The definition of IBD: one, a few, or many diseases?
  • Current approaches against IBD, their successes and failures
  • What we can expect from human phenotypic models in IBD drug development
  • Taking steps towards personalized therapies, using biomarkers, genomics, transcriptomics, and phenomics
  • The most promising novel therapeutic approaches

Meet the panel

Gijs van den Brink, M.D., Ph.D
Roche, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Immunology, Infectious Disease and Ophthalmology

Prof. dr. Willem Bemelman

Amsterdam UMC, Professor Gastroenterology Endocrinology Metabolism, Professor, CCA - Cancer Treatment and Quality of Life, Professor, Surgery


Jos Joore, Ph.D
Jos is a biotech entrepreneur with over 30 years’ experience in bio-business and R&D. As co-CEO and co-founder of MIMETAS, Jos closed deals with most of the top-50 pharmaceutical companies, secured series A and B investment rounds, offering human organ-on-a-chip disease models for drug discovery and development. He is also co-founder and chairman of Pepscope, a company offering predictive drug testing based on endogenous kinase activity profiling in tissues using targeted mass spectrometry. Previously, he has held managerial positions in innovative biotech companies, including Pepscan, SkylineDx and Kreatech. Jos is co-author and co-inventor on over 50 peer-reviewed publications and patents. He holds a master’s degree in Biology, a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and a master’s degree in Business Marketing.


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