Postponed - Annual Scientific Meeting

Corona virus / COVID-19

We are very sorry to inform you that after careful consideration, we have decided to cancel the Annual Scientific Meeting that was planned for April 20-21 in the Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam. We were looking forward to this meeting as much as you, but most partner institutes have already published travel restriction policies or banned attendance of scientific meetings. Given the current stage of the Covid-19 virus, more and tighter restrictions are likely to follow. We concluded that it is not responsible to continue with the meeting and bring over 500 researchers together.

We hope you understand our decision and we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please know that we are working very hard to find a new date for this event later in the year (September/October) and we hope that you will join us then.

We will keep you informed and as soon as we have more information about a new date, we will let you know immediately.

If you have any questions, please contact Mariëlle Harlé via

The scientific committee
Ruud Delwel Oncode Investigator
Laura Heitman Oncode Investigator
Hugo Snippert Oncode Investigator
Karin de Visser Oncode Investigator
Oncode organizing committee
Yuva Oz

Yuva Oz

Business Development

Over 17 years of experience in Molecular Biology, Yuva completed her MSc. degree at EMBL Heidelberg and conducted her PhD research on the topic of Chromatin and Biomedical Genetics at Hubrecht Institute as a Marie-Curie fellow. Interested in clinical aspects of the research, she joined to oncology specialized clinical research organization SMS-oncology, gaining experience both in clinical trial management (early phase paediatric and adult trials) and Business Development aspects. At Oncode, she is driving the industry engagement programme to enable new alliances and collaborations between Oncode and biopharma to fast-forward research and innovation. Furthermore, working closely with Oncode Investigators, she supports technology, clinical and IP assessments for efficiently translating fundamental research into clinical benefit. She is the founder and designer at Art 4 Science, a scientific visualization – graphic design company.

Business Development
Ester Frische

Ester Frische

Research Manager

Ester is a biomedical scientist by training with experience in both an academic and a biotech environment. She obtained her PhD in the lab of Hans Bos at the UMC Utrecht. She studied signalling routes in cancer biology and continued this line of research at Galapagos in Leiden. In 2010 Ester moved into scientific project management and is managing director of since 2015. She has been involved with Oncode Institute since its early days and supported the founders in developing the scientific strategy. In her current role as Programme Manager, Ester supports the Scientific Director and Research Management Committee and is responsible for all programmes directly related to supporting research and the link to the clinic. This includes managing dedicated funds for clinical proof of concept projects and large equipment and technology applications.

Research Manager
Mariëlle Harlé Meeting & Event Coordinator
Elize Brolsma

Elize Brolsma

Project Communication Manager

Elize is part of Oncode’s communication team. She has over 10 years of experience in the com-munication industry, both for commercial and non-profit organisations. After obtaining her bache-lor and master degree in communication at Utrecht University, Elize worked as a communication professional at a research institute, PR agency, law firm and internet company. She has a strong focus on external communications and Public Relations. At Oncode - together with her colleagues - Elize produces the monthly newsletters for Oncode Investigators & Researchers and the Oncode digital magazine. She publishes content for the Oncode website and is responsible for all social media channels. She enjoys discussing science with researchers and support them in their outreach.

Project Communication Manager


Below you can find the preliminary programme for this event. You can also download it here.

Monday April 20, 2020


Registration desk open. Coffee / tea


Welcome and session I


Session II


Lunch including visit information market


Drug repurposing programme


Session III


Convenience break + changing rooms


Breakout session

Session 1: Get funding: Convey your scientific vision through compelling narrative

Session 2: From Nature papers to patient impact

Session 3: Active data management planning

Session 4: Careers


Drinks and bites

End of conference day 1

Tuesday April 21, 2020


Registration desk open. Coffee / tea


Session IV


Session V


Lunch including visit information market


Session VI


Clinical programme


Surprise act




Keynote Vishva Dixit


Award ceremony


Drinks, networking


End of conference day 2 and OI dinner

Breakout sessions

We will also be organizing breakout sessions with the following topics:

Session 1: Get funding: Convey your scientific vision through compelling narrative

You are an excellent scientist with brilliant ideas seeking funding. So why you? Why now? What difference are you making? How will you make it happen?

Our team of experts has extensive experience in getting projects granted. They will share the key to convincing reviewers with your scientific vision and provide you with actionable essentials of crafting a successful funding proposal. This session is for anyone in search of an impactful framework to capture the attention of your reviewers and win their support.

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Session 2: From Nature papers to patient impact

Breakthroughs in oncology are characterised not only by exceptional innovation, but also by the conscious decision-making during translation that involves a multidisciplinary expertise. Although novelty and strong scientific evidence are key for innovations to reach patients, the reformative preclinical and clinical development processes are among various actors involved.

During this breakout session, we will gather an engaging panel with Markwin Velders – our new Entrepreneur in Residence, (ex-Kite Pharma), Nico Stam from Acerta Pharma and Daniela Couto from Biogeneration Ventures to bring their perspective on Breakthroughs in oncology. Steered by Angus Livingstone, in this interactive discussion we will gain insight into the process and key indicators of true clinical impact and ask question what are the thresholds in the process of translation. We will learn about inspiring experiences and cases shared by our speakers that shows how value creation has served as the “golden compass” to many biomedical innovators for achieving great patient benefits, and the scientific world for which they serve.

After the meeting you are invited to connect with speakers for more in depth discussions.

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Session 3: Active data management planning

A data management plan (DMP) can be compared with the checklist that airplane pilots use before, during and at the end of each flight: it makes sure that you do not forget essential steps and that you base important decisions on well-informed choices1.

Biomedical research projects are becoming more and more data-intensive, with both data volume and complexity increasing. To ensure the proper use and re-use of data produced in the lifetime of a project, and preferably beyond, a data management plan should be created before the start and updated regularly during the research project.

Creating and maintaining a DMP is becoming obligatory for research funders. This means most researchers need active data management planning in their projects, or risk not being funded. In this session experts will explore what DMPs are, why they are needed and give advice on how to quickly start data management planning for your research.

1 Based on DTL’s “Why make a DMP”

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Session 4: Careers

What do I want after my PhD or postdoc? How do I discover what my dream job is and get it? What opportunities are there for me outside of science?

Whether you want to pursue an academic career or you want to move out of science, it’s helpful to get advice on what your possibilities are. During this breakout session, you will hear from people that once worked in the lab about how they developed their career and what advice they have for you.

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For more information, please contact Mariëlle Harlé.

Mariëlle Harlé Meeting & Event Coordinator

About the location

The Van Nelle Fabriek can be reached via public transportation. Bus 38 from the central station has a stop on a short walking distance. Alternatively, it is a 12-minute bike ride with an OV Bike from the Central station. Parking spots are also available.

The program will accommodate most people to be able to commute. We will not provide hotel accommodation but please find here a list of affordable hotels in Rotterdam provided by Erasmus.

Van Nelle Fabriek
Van Nelleweg 1
3044 BC Rotterdam

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