Drug Discovery Digital 2020 - Connect - Learn - Discover

Multiplexed image-based drug screening in patient biopsies for personalized treatment discovery and systems medicine

Wed14  Oct03:30pm(30 mins)
Conference Hall
Prof Berend Snijder


The cellular and molecular systems that determine drug responses in cancer are complex, highly individual, and incompletely understood. As a result, identifying effective treatments for individual patients is still often challenging, particularly in relapsed disease. Collectively, this endangers lives, burdens healthcare systems, and prevents new therapies from reaching clinical approval. To address these problems, we are developing Pharmacoscopy, a platform that allows to measure hundreds of ex vivo drug responses in small patient biopsies by immunofluorescence, automated confocal microscopy, single-cell image analysis, and machine learning. In this talk I will present: 1) Results from an interventional clinical trial, showing that the approach identifies treatments associated with improved clinical responses for patients suffering aggressive hematological malignancies; 2) How we can use deep learning to discover and quantify new cellular phenotypes, and morphologically detect malignant cells leading to improved clinical outcome. And 3), how, when combined with biopsy-centric multi-OMIC measurements and matched health data, the approach allows to identify the molecular and cellular systems that govern treatment response individuality.

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