8:30 am
Morning Coffee & Networking

8:55 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

Uncovering Bifunctional Molecules that Induce Post-translational Modifications

9:00 am Bifunctional Modalities for Repurposing Protein Function

  • Amit Choudhary Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

9:30 am Expanding the Scope of Induced Proximity


  • Induced Proximity has a multitude of potential applications for drug discovery
  • Post-translational modifications dominate cell signalling and are often misregulated in disease
  • Chemical biology technologies enable us to control PTMs for therapeutic benefit

10:00 am Writing & Erasing O-GlcNAc from Target Proteins in the Cell


  • Over 15% of the cellular proteome is modified by O-linked N-acetyl glucosamine (O-GlcNAc), a post-translational modification (PTM) that consists of a single sugar attached to serine or threonine residues of nuclear, cytosolic and mitochondrial proteins
  • Due to the ubiquitous nature of the modification, O-GlcNAc has been implicated in numerous biological processes, including immune response, cancer progression, neurodegenerative disease, and diabetes
  • We have now developed a cellular approach for writing and erasing O-GlcNAc from target proteins in the cell. The method uses a nanobody fused to an O-GlcNAc writer or eraser to control O-GlcNAc levels on the desired target protein

10:30 am
Scientific Poster Session & Morning Break

Investigating Non-Small Molecule Approaches to Target Proteins of Interest

11:30 am Covalent Immune Proximity Induction Strategies for Translational Chemical Biology


  • To explore the molecular requirements and physical properties governing immune function, we have developed new classes of proximity-inducing molecules
  • These molecules use covalent chemistry to enforce immune receptor binding interactions
  • Discussing current progress in the use of covalent immune recruiting molecules to modulate antibody-dependent eradication of cancer and mechanistic insights into key factors governing anti-tumor potency and efficacy

12:00 pm TNB-486: An anti-CD19xCD3 T-cell Engager with a Better Therapeutic Window


  • TNB-486 is a novel anti-CD19xCD3 bispecific T-cell engager for the treatment of B-NHL
  • Preclinical data shows targeted lysis of CD19+ cells with minimal cytokine release, dose dependent clearance of CD19+ tumor cells in vivo, and favorable pharmacokinetics
  • TNB-486 has a better therapeutic window than first generation TCEs targeting CD19

Predicting & Leveraging Protein-Protein Interactions for Novel Discovery of Proximity- Inducing Drugs

12:30 pm Exploiting Cell Surface Interactions in Drug Development


  • Nature’s cell surface PPI machine: ordered, structural, and functional
  • Cell surface protein interactions are much more than dimerization
  • What can complex multi-protein interactions at the cell’s surface tell us

1:00 pm
Networking Lunch

2:00 pm Drugging the Undruggable: Lessons Learned from Protein Phosphatase 2A

  • Goutham Narla Professor of Internal Medicine and Human Genetics, Division Chief of Genetic Medicine, The University of Michigan


  • Small molecule mediated reactivation of tumor suppressor proteins
  • Allosteric approaches to promote reassembly of protein complexes
  • The role of serine/threonine phosphatases in human cancer

2:30 pm Combining Machine-Learning & Molecular Modeling in Predicting Protein-Protein Interface


  • Recent advancement in machine-learning provides new tools for predicting protein interface
  • Challenges still exist in accurately modeling weak protein-protein interactions from unbound, apo structures
  • Combination of machine learning and molecular modeling can potentially lead to a promising solution for interface modeling

Revealing Therapeutic Opportunities offered by Novel Targeted Protein Stabilization Strategies

3:00 pm Creating Small Molecule Stabilizers of the 14-3-3 Phosphoprotein Regulators & Their Disease-Driving Client Proteins


  • The 14-3-3 family of adaptor proteins regulate thousands of phosphoprotein clients, many of which play critical roles in diseases of unmet medical need
  • The identification of molecular glues stabilizing protein-protein interactions is facilitated by a detailed structural, biochemical and biophysical understanding of the interaction
  • Ambagon Therapeutics is a leader in developing a modular approach to molecular glue discovery, utilizing a significant data set of the interactions between 14-3-3 adaptor proteins and their phosphoprotein clients

3:30 pm
Afternoon Break

4:00 pm Ushering in the Novel Modality of Targeted Protein Stabilization (TPS)


  • Stablix mission and overview of TPS
  • Harnessing DUBs for RESTORAC development
  • What are the therapeutic applications and opportunity space in TPS?

Assessing Drug Delivery Systems for Better Targeting

4:30 pm Entropically Leveraged Reactions for Targeted Drug Delivery

  • Binghe Wang Regents Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, Georgia State University


  • Enrichment-triggered prodrug activation
  • Targeted drug delivery
  • Receptor-mediated drug activation

5:00 pm
Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of 2nd Induced Proximity-Based Drug Discovery Summit