BioConnect Ireland Networking Event: RCSI

RNA Therapeutics - advances and opportunities

Kindly hosted by

Royal College of Surgeons

RNA based therapeutics have the potential to treat diseases such as cancer and rare genetic disorders by turning on and off the production of dysfunctional proteins in affected cells. However, RNA is inherently unstable, potentially immunogenic, and typically requires a delivery vehicle for efficient transport to the targeted cells. Historically, these issues have hindered the clinical progress of RNA-based drugs. However, recent advances (and significant investment) in the field has resulted in several promising candidates enter late stage clinical testing.

This event will provide a general overview of the progress RNA therapeutics are making towards becoming viable therapeutic options in the clinic,  the approach to drug discovery within the RNA therapeutics field, the different types of RNA therapeutics in development and the potential for medical devices to reduce the challenges associated with RNA therapeutic delivery.


2.30 Registration

3.00 Welcome and Introduction


Mads Aaboe Jensen  Principal Scientist, Drug Discovery & Alliance RNA Therapeutics Research, Roche Innovation Center Copenhagen RNA Therapeutics – A Large Pharma perspective

Prof. David Henshall & Prof. Fergal O’Brien  Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland RNA Therapeutics - A translational research perspective

Aiden Flanagan Principal Development Engineer, Boston Scientific RNA Therapeutics – A Medical Device Industry perspective 4.30 Open Mike Session (3-minute presentations)

4.30 Open Mike Session (3-minute presentations)

4.45 Q&A

5.00 Network Reception


BioConnect Ireland is an informal, open and independent networking organisation for individuals in the biotechnology, life science and medical device sectors in Ireland, North and South.  It was founded to promote forward-thinking interaction and exchange between all the stakeholders in academia, industry, government agencies, trade, professional services and financial organisations.  BioConnect Ireland runs free open meetings on a quarterly basis on topics of general interest to the life science community.  It is funded by contributions from annual sponsors – currently RTF Recruitment and Enterprise Ireland.

BioConnect Ireland is sponsored by:

Enterprise Ireland and The RFT Group


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