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Sep 14 2022

Cancer Drug Discovery Seminar – Opportunities and Challenges


Pivot Park and Oncode present a Cancer Drug Discovery Seminar – Opportunities and Challenges. 

During this in-person event, we are bringing together academic researchers from the Oncode Institute and industrial experts in the field of (immune-)oncology. Several experts in cancer drug discovery will present about topics such as: best practices for (early) target identification and validation, hit finding, and further downstream hit-to-lead activities.  

Furthermore, there will be a tour to Pivot Park Screening Centre and the opportunity to network with Oncode and industry attendees. The event will take place at Pivot Park life sciences campus in Oss. 

Practical Information
Date: 14 September, 2022
Location: Pivot Park, Life Sciences campus in Oss
Format: In person
Target audience: Oncode Investigators and researchers who are interested in drug development. 

Programme and registration
You can find the preliminary programme here
Registration is possible on our community platform.
Note that you need to register for this event again even if you have registered in the past.

Providing information and creating awareness in drug discovery & development processes, technologies, and necessary steps involved.
Connecting companies based at Pivot Park and beyond with Oncode researchers to start collaborative projects.

The discovery and development of first-in-class drugs often begins with the identification of a new drug target, such as an enzyme linked to a disease process. Once a new target has been identified, various strategies are used to validate the target and to support decisions toward initiating an extensive drug discovery program and later, conducting a proof-of-concept trial in humans. This process is usually time and resource consuming and require specific expertise compared with scientific discovery research. Hence, often newly identified drug targets originate from academic research with the biopharma industry typically leading drug discovery and development, including the optimization and selection of drug candidates, preclinical safety studies and clinical trials. 

This event has been designed to support academic scientists and funders of translational research in identifying and prioritizing therapeutic targets and development activities along with defining a critical path to reach scientific goals in line with goals towards licensing, partnering with industry or initiating clinical development programs. Speakers from academia and Industry will showcase examples of drug discovery and development approaches, capabilities, and challenges to explore synergistic expertise. 

Contact Information
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12:00 - 13:00

Pivot Park Captains' Dinner

10 years ago, Pivot Park opened its doors to the world. Thanks to your commitment, support and confidence, we have been able to grow it into the successful and innovative biopharmaceutical campus it is today.

Now it’s time to celebrate!

We are therefore delighted to invite you – along with all your fellow CEOs at Pivot Park – to a special night out featuring inspiring art, a wonderful dinner and lots of opportunities to network and exchange ideas.

Erwin Wurm | Am I a House?

For the first time, the artist shows a cross-section of his work, from Narrow Furniture to One Minute Sculptures, within the walls of a historic building. Villa Constance, a former home that today houses Museum Jan Cunen, is not only a location but also part of the conversation. Because what exactly is a house?


The development of medicines in Oss began one hundred years ago. It was then that the foundations were laid for what would become a flourishing pharmaceutical sector in the Netherlands, leading to groundbreaking discoveries such as insulin and the anti-conception pill.

Today, the entire chain is still represented in Oss, from early-stage research to the commercial scale production of medicines. Working in Oss, we focus on the health of people all over the world. Employees at dozens of companies large and small put their heart and soul into new medicines, products and services that will improve lives worldwide. Together, our strength lies in our combination of broad knowledge about the development of medicines and a thorough understanding of the requirements of high-quality production.

This shared past and common values stimulate strong bonds among everyone who works in pharmaceuticals in Oss. We build on qualities, expertise and networks that go back decades. And with a wide variety of pharmaceutical companies, suppliers and scientific institutions all located nearby, we offer an attractive business climate and an excellent basis for international collaboration.

We are proud to work together to create a better and healthier future for all, a collaboration that in turn fuels growing employment: today, most pharmaceutical jobs in the Netherlands are in Oss. Here we connect talent and companies and stimulate entrepreneurship, while our expert employees are our most important asset. Their drive ensures that Oss has an influence on health all over the world.

Pharma in Oss offers endless opportunities to startups and talent in a city and region that is a joy to live and work in. We are committed to collaboration and sustainable and successful entrepreneurship. Oss’s pharmaceutical companies are intrinsically competitive while also being committed to quality and safety. This, plus their focus on new health solutions and contemporary technology, makes us a leader in our pursuit of a better life for people worldwide.