THERACAT Conference / 1st July

As part of the actions included in the Grant Agreement, the THERACAT coordinator (IBEC) with the support of all project partners, organised the THERACAT Conference. The event was held in Barcelona, Spain, on the 1st of July 2022, the day after the THERACAT Final Meeting, also held in Barcelona.
The key audience of the THERACAT Conference were PhD students and PIs from the THERACAT Project, as well as other members of the scientific community interested in the subject of bio-orthogonal catalysis for cancer therapy and drug delivery.
THERACAT Conference included a series of short talks from some of the ESRs, two lectures from supervisors, two lectures from invited external speakers, and a poster session.
In line with the objective of promoting new collaborations and interactions among participants, several informal moments were scheduled during the conference (coffee breaks, lunch, and dinner) to promote spaces for exchanging opinions, sharing knowledge, and weaving connections.


Schedule Activity
09:00 – 09:30 Reception and coffee
09:30 – 09:45 Welcome and general introduction
Lorenzo Albertazzi, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)
09:45 – 10:30 Artificial Metalloenzymes for in vivo Catalysis: Challenges and Opportunities.
Thomas Ward, Universität Basel (BAS)
Chair: África Gálvez Flores
10:30 – 11:15 ESR talk 1
Design of targeted PLGA-SO3 nanoparticles encapsulating PARP and PD-L1 inhibitors for BRCA-mutated breast cancer therapy.
Daniel Rodriguez, Tel Aviv University (TAU)
ESR talk 2
Exploring bioorthogonal approaches to activate PROTACs.
Stephen Croke, University of Edinburgh (EDI)
Chair: África Gálvez Flores
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break and ESRs posters
11:45 – 12:30 ESR talk 3
Elucidating the Stability and functionality of Single-Chain Polymeric Nanoparticles in Biological Media and Living Cells.
Linlin Deng, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TUE)
ESR talk 4c
Super-Resolution Microscopy at Catalytic Single-Chain Polymeric Nanoparticles: towards single particle structure & function. 
Emmanouil Archontakis, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TUE)
Chair: Melissa van de L’Isle
12:30 – 13:30 Design principles for precision nanomedicines
Giuseppe Battaglia, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia IBEC)
Chair: Alis Olea
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:30 Invited speaker talk
Clemens Meyer, Rijksuniversiteit Groninger
Chair: Melissa van de L’Isle
15:30 – 16:15 ESR talk 5
Developing single-chain polymeric nanoparticles for bio-orthogonal catalysis.
Anjana Sathyan (TUE), Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TUE)
ESR talk 6
Michela Vargiu, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (GRO)
Chair: Alis Olea
16:15 – 16:45 Coffee break and ESRs posters
16:45 – 17:30 Bioorthogonal Prodrugs
Asier Unciti-Broceta, University of Edinburgh (EDI)
Chair: Emmanouil Archontakis
17:30 – 17:45 Concluding remarks
Lorenzo Albertazzi, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)
20:15 Conference dinner at Ca La Nuri




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Conference VENUE · 1st July:

Sala Dolors Aleu
Parc Científic de Barcelona (PCB)
C. Baldiri Reixac, 4-8
08028 Barcelona





We have selected some hotels located near the Parc Científic de Barcelona (PCB) where the conference will take place.

Arenas Atiram Hotel (****)
Capitán Arenas, 20, Barcelona / +34 932 800 303
10% Discount code applicable to the web rate: IBEC22

Tres Torres Atiram Hotels Barcelona (***)
Carrer de Calatrava, 32, Barcelona
(+34) 934 177 300
10% Discount code applicable to the web rate: IBEC22

Hotel Liceo Madanis (***)
Riera Blanca, 10, Barcelona / (+34) 934 470 006
Ask for the IBEC rate (100 € /night breakfast included)

NH Barcelona Les Corts
Travessera de les Corts, 292 / (+34) 933 220 811
Ask for the Parc Científic rate (98€ + IVA)