Vaccine Technology VII

An ECI Conference Series

June 17-22, 2018
Fairmont Tremblant
Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

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Final Program with Posters     

Poster Size:  1.2 m x 1.2 m (4 ft by 4 ft)

Vaccine Special Issue for Vaccine Technology VII

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About This Conference

Building on the strong momentum established at the Vaccine I-VI meetings, our goal is to gather key leaders in the field to discuss progress and technological challenges facing vaccine development and manufacturing for global needs.

The meeting is organized by scientists from academia and industry in an intimate setting, and differentiates itself from commercial conferences by providing very high quality, cutting-edge scientific content.  This format is an outstanding opportunity for exchange of ideas among scientists from diverse backgrounds and with a representation from different regions of the world.  Many national and international organizations including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as the vaccine industry have supported the previous meetings in this series.  We will frequently update our website to inform about confirmed speakers, workshops, abstract submission and registration information.

We are developing a strong scientific program, the draft of which will be available shortly.  Following the input from our Scientific Committee, we will organize keynote talks and technical sessions around current and upcoming major issues in vaccine technology.

We invite anyone interested in this conference and in the advancement of vaccine technologies to better deliver vaccines where needed to contact one of the co-chairs of the conference.

Amine Kamen
Charles Lutsch
Nathalie Garcon
Tarit Mukhopadhyay

Confirmed Speakers- 

  • Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele–Former Director of the WHO Vaccines and Immunization Department
  • David Robinson–CMC Vaccines Development and Surveillance at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Barney Graham–Vaccine Research Center of the NIH, USA
  • Michael Hughton–Dept. of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, Lika Shing Institute, University of Alberta, Canada; Canada Excellence Research Chair in Virology
  • David Kaslow–Essential Medicines, and Director, the PATH Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access, USA
  • Jean Haensler–Antigen & Adjuvant Design, Production and Characterization Research Department, Sanofi Pasteur, Lyon, France
  • Jerome Kim–General International Vaccine Institute, Seoul, South Korea
  • John Bell–Professor, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada


Workshop 1:  Innovations in Global Health


  • David Robinson, Gates Foundation
  • Torey de Rozario, Gates Foundation
  • Tarit Mukhopadhyay, University College London

Vaccines have proven to be one the most successful public health initiative of the 20th century, averting millions of deaths and increasing life opportunities. However, their impact is yet to be fully felt globally due to issues of cost, distribution and manufacture. Innovations in vaccine technology are required to ensure that all person have access to vaccines, irrespective of wealth and that WHO targets for immunization are met.

Significant investment has been made into vaccine technologies by many partners to advance the Global Health agenda, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  This workshop will highlight some of the research of the Foundation.

Specifically, this workshop will

  • Provide an overview of current research
  • Give examples of funded projects
  • Share best practises and advice for the application process
  • Outline future funding opportunities

Workshop 2:  Advanced Technologies, Equipment and Instrumentation for Vaccine Manufacturing


  •  Charles Lutsch, Sanofi-Pasteur, France
  • Laura Palomares, IBT, UNAM, Mexico

The drive for the next generation of safe and highly effective vaccines has emphasized the need for the implementation of improved processing and monitoring technologies using cutting-edge strategies for the accelerated development and cost-effective manufacturing of novel vaccines. This workshop will focus on updating the community on new technologies and approaches (e.g., platform technologies, single-use technologies, intensification & streamlining of manufacturing processes, continuous processing, automation, process analytical technologies, new analytical methods and potency assays as well as delivery systems and devices).

Workshop 3:  Genomics and Systems Biotechnology in Vaccine Development


  • Wei-Shou Hu, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Gautam Sanyal, Vaccine Analytics, USA

This workshop aims to serve as a forum to discuss applications of genomics, proteomics, cellomics and systems biotechnology in vaccine development. It will include a wide range of topics from antigen selection to process development that are linked by a common thread of genomics. We welcome short presentations, particularly sharing of ideas, results, successes, disappointments and learnings.

Workshop 4:  Analytical Tools in Vaccine Development

Organized by:

  • Nathalie Garcon, Bioaster, France
  • Manon Cox, NextWaveBio, USA

This workshop aims to serve as a forum to discuss new approaches to analytical methods taking advantage of the emergence of new technologies from omics to micro/microfluidics in vaccine development. It will touch on a large array of topics, from real time monitoring of antigen production to vaccine safety and immunogenicity evaluation. This workshop will aim at a sharing of ideas, successes, failure and vision of the way forward.

It is the intent of the organizers that this series of workshops will also provide a forum to visionary developers and producers from academia, industry, governmental and regulatory agencies to discuss successful case studies and share elements of best practices in emerging fields.

Conference Organization

Conference Chairs:

Amine Kamen, McGill University,
Tarit Mukhopadhyay, University College London,
Nathalie Garcon, Bioaster,
Charles Lutsch, Sanofi Pasteur,

ECI Representative:

John Aunins, Seres Therapeutics, Inc.

Poster Session Chairs:

Yvonne Thomassen, Intravac, Netherlands
Ernesto Chico, CIM, Cuba
Marc Aucoin, University of Waterloo, Canada

Scientific Committee:

Paula Alves (IBET)
Barry Buckland (BiologicsB)
Fred Cassel (PATH)
Leda Castilho (University of Rio de Janeiro)
Manon Cox (Protein Sciences)
Tony D’Amore (Sanofi-Pasteur)
Martin Friede (WHO)
Francesc Godia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Florian Krammer (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
Gary Kobinger (Laval University)
Lakshmi Krishnan, (National Research Council of Canada)
Linda Lua (University of Queensland)
Laura Palomares (UNAM)
Richard Peluso (Merck)
Hari Pujar (Moderna Therapeutics)
Udo Reichl (Max Planck Institute)
David Robinson, (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
Amadou Alpha Sall (Institut Pasteur de Dakar)
Brian Ward, (Medicago, Inc.)
Xuefeng Yu (CanSincoBiologics, Inc.)

Abstract Submission

Detailed session descriptions are available in the Preliminary Program above.  Please use these descriptions to pre-select up to two sessions where you believe your work fits best.

Abstracts (one page maximum) that include specific results and conclusions to allow a scientific assessment of the proposed oral presentation are invited.  Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically using the template provided at: THIS LINK.

Oral abstract submission deadline:                Closed
Poster abstract submission deadline:            Closed

Poster Size:  1.2 m x 1.2 m (4 ft by 4 ft)

Abstracts of all presentations will be made available to conference participants prior to the start of the conference.

Note:  Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available and thus all submissions for oral sessions will be considered for both oral and poster presentation.

Awards will be presented for the overall best poster and for the top three student posters.

Vaccine Special Issue

As was the case with previous ECI conferences on Vaccine Technology, submissions are invited to a special issue of the journal Vaccine to be published in the first quarter of 2019.  All authors of papers presented at Vaccine Technology VII are invited to submit their original work by December 15, 2018 at the latest.  More information will be provided at a future date.

Major Sponsors

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Sponsorship Levels

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Conference Venue

The Fairmont Tremblant Hotel, which made its official debut in February 1997, is located at the base of Mont Tremblant in the magnificent Laurentian region of Quebec.  The concept for Fairmont Tremblant hotel originated with the vision of a modern chateau situated in harmony with its natural surroundings and the colorful pedestrian village.  Architects and designers worked together to combine modern conveniences and a warm décor that reflected the mountain life.  The architects drew inspiration from 19th-century Quebec seigneury, whose grant Provencal-style residences dominated the merchant squares overlooking the outskirts of the village.

Embedded in the mountainside, the village of Mont Tremblant features French-inspired architecture that evokes the charm of old Quebec City, with pitched rooftops, corrugated shingles, old-fashioned chimneys and a U-shaped design opening onto a public square – a meeting place and public crossroads for the villagers.

18AA rustic fairmont_tremblantChasse-galerie sur le Mont Tremblant, a Quebec legend, tells the tale of a group of lumberjacks desperate to return home to their families after spending months in the Laurentian forests.  Visited one night by a mysterious stranger with a flying canoe, they boarded the craft and he expelled an enchanted command creating colorful sparks that propelled the canoe into the air.  As they passed over Mont Tremblant, they slowed their rhythm and lit a lantern to light up the night.  This inspired Fairmont Tremblant hotel’s rustic interior design.

Fairmont Tremblant, 3025 Chemin de la Chapelle, Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada J8E 1E1   Tel: (819) 681-7000 Fax: (819) 681-709

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Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights), all meals (with the exception of Tuesday dinner on your own), drinks, and taxes from dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Friday. The hotel will bill Incidental fees (faxes, laundry, etc.) to your personal account.


The conference fees are:

Register on or before May 15, 2018 Register after

May 15, 2018

Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional**) US $2,638.00 US $2,838.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $2,145.00 US $2,345.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to US $1,605.00 US $1,805.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (A guest badge will be issued and this fee Includes all conference meals.) US $790.00 US $790.00
Note: If a guest/accompanying person shares the bedroom and is not on the meal plan, there is no charge and no badge will be issued.  Note that there are no partial meal plans.

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI ( for pricing.

Conference Registration

You will need a login name and password to register for ECI conferences through our online system. If you have been a recent participant at an ECI conference or have submitted an online application or request for information about an ECI Conference, you may already have an account with us. If you know your login information, please use it.

If you are not certain if you already have a login and password, please click on automated password retrieval and enter your e-mail address before creating a new account. If we do not have a valid email address on file for you, a pop up window will appear stating that no records were located. Click “OK” and then follow the instructions to create a new account.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email

Pre-and Post-Conference Reservations

If you are planning to arrive early (before June 17) or to stay after the conference (night of June 22, 23, or 24, you MUST make hotel reservations directly with the hotel.  Use the appropriate form on THIS PAGE to make your reservations.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email

Special Notes for Payment

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis and late registrants may be housed in a nearby hotel.

All participants are encouraged to register before May 15, 2018.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date.  Hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.  Should you need a signed receipt, please contact Kathy Chan (

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. The participant must pay any additional costs for special meal requests to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment must be made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

              • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
              • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
              • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
              • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
              • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations may be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund if ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

Should you have specific questions regarding your registration, please contact Kathy Chan (


Airport transfers from/to Trudeau International Airport in Montreal

Bus transportation will be available from Trudeau Airport to the conference hotel on Sunday, June 17.

The cost of this service will US$ 40 one way, US$75 round trip.

Departure times will be determined after all arrival flight information has been collected to minimize wait times at the airport.  Attendees will be contacted directly by ECI after they complete their conference registration to sign up for transfers and provide flight information.  The transfer time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.  Further details will be provided to attendees once they have booked their transfers.

Return transfers from the conference hotel to Trudeau Airport will also be available on Friday, June 22. Departure times will be based on the flight information collected.

If you’ve completed the conference registration, an email has been sent to you with instructions.

If you have not registered, you will have the option to add transportation when you register.

Note: We must receive your transfer request and flight information no later than June 4.

Your transfer departure times will be confirmed 1-2 weeks prior to the conference.

If you will be arriving on Saturday, June 16, please let us know. If enough attendees are arriving on this date a shuttle on Saturday may be arranged in the evening.

If you would like to arrange transfers for Saturday, June 16, please provide the following information to Kathy Chan:

  1. Full name (given and family)
  2. Arriving flight information (City of origin, airline, flight number and arrival time) on Saturday, June 16
  3. Mobile phone number including country code
  4. Email address to be used for confirmations

Final Program/Posters

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General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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