Best Science for the most neglected: Where do we stand 10 years on?

[December 4 – 5, 2013]
DNDi Ten Year Anniversary Event
Institut Pasteur, Paris, France



5 DECEMBER, 2013


Session Notes

Opening Session

oderator: Dr Pierre-Etienne Bost,Chair of DNDi Scientific Advisory Committee, formerly Institut Pasteur, France [Video]

Opening Addresses:

  • Prof. Christian Bréchot, President, Institut Pasteur, France [Video]
  • Prof. Marcel Tanner, Director, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Chair of DNDi Board of Directors, Switzerland [Video]
  • Dr Claire Rieux, Vice President, Médecins Sans Frontières, France [Video]
  • Dr Rhona MacDonald, Senior Editor, PLOS Medicine, UK [Video]

Keynote Presentation: Reflecting on ten years of progress in the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria

  • Prof Michel Kazatchkine, UN Secretary General Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia & Senior Fellow, Global Health Program, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland [Video]


10 Years of Portfolio Building for Neglected Diseases: a PDP Experience

Chair: Dr Tim Wells,
Chief Scientific Officer, Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), Switzerland [Video] Overview Presentation: The Origins of DNDi

  • Yves Champey, Consultant and former Chair of DNDi Board of Directors, France [Video]

Perspectives Presentation:

10 Years of Portfolio Building for Neglected Diseases: A DNDi Experience

  • Prof. Simon Croft, Dean, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, formerly Director of Research and Development, DNDi, UK [Video]
  • Dr Shing Chang, Consultant, and former Director of Research and Development, DNDi, USA [Video]
  • Dr Graeme Bilbe, Director of Research and Development, DNDi, Switzerland [Video]


Main Progress and Key Challenges in Drug Discovery for Infectious Diseases in the Past Decade

Chair: Prof. Alan Fairlamb, Professor of Biochemistry and Wellcome Principal Research Fellow, College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, UK [Video]

Keynote Presentation:

Progress and Challenges in Infectious Diseases Drug Discovery 

  • Prof. Dyann Wirth, Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Diseases, Harvard University and The Broad Institute [Video]

Panel Discussion:

  • Dr James McKerrow, Director, Center for Discovery and Innovation in Parasitic Diseases, University of California, San Francisco USA [Video]
  • Prof. Philippe Sansonetti, Director, Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis, Institut Pasteur, France [Video]
  • Dr Gerald Spaeth, Head of Laboratory, Molecular Parasitology and Signaling Unit, Institut Pasteur, France [Video]
  • Dr Nick Cammack, Senior Vice President and Head of the Tres Cantos Medicines Development Campus at GSK, Spain [Video]
  • Q & A [Video]
Breakthroughs and Challenges in Clinical Development

Chair: Prof. Nick White, Professor of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Thailand [Video]

Keynote Speech: Dr Elias Zerhouni, President, Global R&D, Sanofi, France [Video]

Panel Discussion:

  • Dr Lance Gordon, Director for Neglected Infectious Diseases in the Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA [Video]
  • Prof. Ogobora Doumbo, Director, Malaria Research and Training Centre, University of Bamako, Mali [Video]
  • Dr Leonard Sacks, Associate Director for Clinical Methodology, CDER, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USA [Video]
  • Dr Jaideep A. Gogtay, Chief Medical Director, Cipla Ltd, India [Video]
  • Q & A [Video]
The Future of Research on Neglected Diseases

Ms Ellen ‘t Hoen, Consultant, medicines law and policy, The Netherlands [Video]
Keynote Speech:
Dr Philippe Douste-Blazy, Chair of the Executive Board, UNITAID, France [Video]

Panel Discussion:

  • Dr Charles Clift, Senior Consulting Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House, UK [Video]
  • Dr Line Matthiessen, Head of Infectious Diseases and Public Health Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, Belgium [Video]
  • Dr Christophe Paquet, DTO/SAN Santé et protection sociale, Agence Française du Développement (AFD), France [Video]
  • Dr Joanne Liu, International President, Médecins Sans Frontières, Switzerland [Video]
  • Dr Bernard Pécoul, Executive Director, DNDi, Switzerland [Video]
  • Q & A [Video]
Awards Ceremony

Awards Ceremony for “Project of the Year” and “Partnership of the Year [Video]

Closing Session

Closing Remarks by the Representative of the French Government: Mr Djillali Annane
, Conseiller Recherche et Eduction de la Ministre des Affaires Sociales, France

Closing Remarks:
Prof Marcel Tanner, Chair DNDi Board of Directors, Director Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland [Video]