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A glittering cast for the 3rd symposium dedicated to Chemical Biology

01/18/2023
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The 3rd international symposium dedicated to Chemical Biology was held last January 12th and 13th at Institut Curie. The 2023 edition drew a prestigious crowd, with world reknowed speakers.
PSL Chemical Biology Symposium 2023

A driving force in this discipline applied to the study of cancer, the Research Center had the opportunity to take stock of the latest breakthroughs alongside the world’s greatest specialists. The challenges are great and expectations are high in this sector that holds so much hope in the development of innovative cancer treatments.

Chemical Biology is a field of research that studies living organisms using chemical tools.

It is very useful to us at Institut Curie in understanding the full potential of cellular plasticity: this ability of tumor cells to gain certain properties of stem cells that encourage resistance to treatment, recurrence and spread of disease. It is a field of investigation that’s essential if we are to offer groundbreaking therapeutic options.

Explains Raphaël Rodriguez, Head of the Chemical Biology team (CNRS UMR3666 / Inserm U1143) at Institut Curie and winner of the Tetrahedron Prize 2019.

The symposium perfectly illustrated the potential of Chemical Biology in oncology, both in understanding mechanisms and in therapeutic innovation. Due to the high quality of its research teams, Institut Curie is an international leader in this field.

Adds Prof. Alain Puisieux, Director of the Institut Curie Research Center.

Renowned speakers

Institut Curie was a visionary in organizing and hosting the first international meeting in 2016. The 2023 edition, organized jointly by Institut Curie, Chimie ParisTech - PSL, Sorbonne Université, Inserm and CNRS, drew a prestigious crowd, with Prof. Jack Szostak, researcher at the University of Chicago and winner of the 1987 Nobel Prize in chemistry and researcher at the University of Strasbourg, and Prof. Laura Kiessling, researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA, and winner of the Tetrahedron Prize 2017, among the most highly anticipated speakers.

It is a real pleasure to take part in this scientific meeting, which I am attending for the second time. Chemical Biology is a field that’s now essential, at the intersection of two disciplines - chemistry and biology - and a big driver of new ideas that will be essential for development of future therapies, including against cancer.

Indicates Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn.

Prof. Laura Kiessling emphasized the high quality of the program :

All the speakers are pioneers in their field. This meeting gives a very broad vision of what is happening in the world of Chemical Biology and highlights the very specific and promising subjects. It is also a wonderful opportunity to launch new collaborations. And it is all the more exciting to do it in the home of Marie Curie!

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Jack Szostak au PSL Chemical Biology Symposium 2023
Pr Jean-Marie Lehn au PSL Chemical Biology Symposium 2023
Raphaël Rodriguez au PSL Chemical Biology Symposium 2023