Free Webinar: Microbiome Analysis at Strain-Level: Study Design for Pre-Clinical and Clinical Drug Development

April 3, 2019 | 1:00 pm CDT   View the Replay 

About the Conference

Arrowhead Publishers is pleased to announce the return of its 6th Annual Translational Microbiome Conference to Boston on April 21-23, 2020, taking place at the Westin Copley Place. As the official conference of The Microbiome Coalition (TMBC), the Arrowhead Translational Microbiome Conference was the first microbiome conference in the field to focus exclusively on the hurdles and challenges to commercial success in the space.


Once again, the conference will bring together the leading microbiome companies working to successfully commercialize microbiome-based diagnostics, therapeutics, adjunct therapies and direct-to-consumer services and products across a range of therapeutic areas, from gut to skin and beyond. Expanding on this core focus year on year, we continue to offer informative, hands-on workshops, panels sponsored and directed by industry to focus on your concerns and tightly curated content that goes beyond the usual infomercials to provide tangible and useful insights to how your peers are addressing their commercial approach to the space.


Entering its 6th year in 2020, the meeting will continue to focus and build on the challenges and hurdles that companies working in the microbiome space will have to recognize and navigate in order to successfully commercialize their products. With a broad focus spanning multiple disease states (oncology, dermatology, inflammatory disorders, among others) attendees will have the opportunity to hear the leading companies discuss the work they have underway and how they are meeting these challenges head-on to apply recent discoveries to a variety of disease processes, restoration of health and improved outcomes.


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Why Attend?

  • Partnering Software & Meetings

  • Easily schedule meetings with our partnering system in order to maximize your time at the event. Schedule one-to-one meetings in advance and stay connected after the event.
  • Industry-Leading Speaking Faculty

  • Our tightly curated content provides tangible and useful insights to how your peers are addressing their scientific, clinical and commercial approach to the space.
  • Network With Industry Colleagues

  • One-to-One meeting space, breakfasts, extended breaks, luncheons and receptions provide attendees with multiple opportunities to connect with colleagues in the space.
  • 20+ Exhibitors/Service Providers

  • Meet with and/or re-connect with exhibitors and service providers and learn about the latest tools and resources driving the field of microbiome science.

Consumer Track Agenda Announced for 4th Annaul Translational Microbiome Conference

Consumer track focuses on challenges and progress insights for companies creating microbiome-based consumer products and services

MINNEAPOLIS, March 6, 2018– Arrowhead Publishers released a parallel consumer track agenda for the 4th Annual Translational Microbiome Conference, April 18-20 in Boston. The conference is designed to bring together scientists at the forefront of microbiome research with pioneering business leaders at companies innovating microbiome-based medical solutions. The consumer track focuses on issues and learnings around direct-to-consumer product and service development, with an eye toward helping companies successfully (and efficiently) navigate from research and product innovation through regulation, commercialization and marketing.

“Microbiome research is delivering medical advancements across oncology, dermatology, inflammatory disorders, mental health and many related fields,” said John Waslif, Managing Director of Arrowhead Publishers. “The consumer track at our 4th Annual Translational Microbiome Conference provides a forum for companies to share best practices and process solutions. People want to take control of their health with access to the same science that’s making headlines in leading hospitals and medical labs, and we want to help speed the path to commercialization.”
As recent discoveries illustrate the many essential roles the human microbiome plays within the human ecosystem, scientists are discovering specific variables within the microbiome can profoundly impact a variety of conditions and diseases. To support exploration of translational consumer applications, consumer track presentations and discussion topics are broadly applicable, spanning multiple disease states and addressing issues common to companies in this space.

Consumer track sessions include:
Probiotic Hygiene and Care Response
Robin Temmerman, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Chrisal, N.V.
Resistance of microbes to antibiotics and disinfectants is growing quickly, and allergies to chemical ingredients in cleaning and personal care products are on the rise. Rapid evolution in microbiological research has led to promising new probiotic hygiene technologies in the form of cleaning and personal care applications. For the past 15 years, Chrisal has invested to develop product solutions to widespread hygiene problems like biofilm, smell and infections. Dr. Temmerman will discuss the technology, mechanisms and benefits of probiotic hygiene and care.

Probiotic Home: The Future of Clean
John Howell, Industry Technology Specialist HHC, Novozymes
Consumers are increasingly aware of the microbiota surrounding them, and its integral role in their healthy lifestyle. They may not yet think of microbiota as a solution to what they spill on the floor. Yet, microorganisms, or probiotics, are nature’s oldest and most reliable cleaning crew. They work overtime to break down organics, for a deeper and longer-lasting “probiotic clean” than conventional chemicals. While the technology has long been used industrially, this concept has just recently started to resonate with consumers for application in their home environment. Mr. Howell will share several industrial and domestic cleaning scenarios in which microorganism-containing products are currently used, and he’ll predict future consumer cleaning habits and products that will selectively reinforce the microbiome of the home.

Panel Session: The Future of Probiotic Hygiene
Moderated by Joe Rubino, R&D Director for Reckitt Benckiser, panelists will include Matt Franken, Chief Executive Officer of Aunt Fannies; Robin Temmerman, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Chrisal N.V. and other industry experts.

Early Life Microbiome: Connections between Nutritional Composition, Gastrointestinal Tract and the Brain
Maciej Chichlowski, Ph.D., PMP, Principal Scientist, Mead Johnson Nutrition (RB)
Optimal development of the microbiome is an emerging health benefit that’s likely to grow in consumer awareness and demand over time. Intestinal microbiota plays a role in metabolic, nutritional, physiological and immunological processes in the human body, and nutrition can affect gut microbiota colonization. Our research demonstrates that functional properties of early nutrition could benefit the microbiome and health. For instance, our studies have shown that early life diet with milk fat globule membrane and prebiotics promote immune, gut, and brain development and function.

Using Live Bacteria for Topical Skin Application: Regulatory Issues
Ingmar Claes, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Yun Probiotherapy
A growing body of data supports the importance of the skin microbiome in its role as a protective barrier against external influence. Products with live beneficial bacteria, or live biotherapeutic products (LBP’s), present the potential to improve symptoms of a multitude of skin disorders. Yet, safety of probiotic strains is of critical importance during the in vitro screening phase. By building up the safety documentation and quality controls in the production of products, Yun Probiotherapy was able to overcome EU regulatory issues and begin marketing their LBP line to consumers.

“Research in the microbiome presents tremendous potential to provide more effective treatments, cures, therapies and supplements,” said Waslif. “As investment opportunities are growing in this area, many companies are rapidly pursuing potential translational solutions. Therefore, sharing key learnings in this space can lend greater efficiency to the development and availability of new pharmaceutical offerings.”

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Great conference, high-quality talks. Congrats on organizing such an event!

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Computational Biologist , Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

It was a fantastic conference, and I truly got a lot out of hearing from and speaking with the diverse range of speakers and attendees. It’s really a great event and I’m glad to have been a part... Read More

Elliot Friedman
Technical Director, PennCHOP Microbiome Program , University of Pennsylvania

An excellent meeting where the excitement and challenges in microbiome research are presented. Well balanced in translational microbiome research, ethical issues, and investment opportunities and... Read More

Seyoum Ayehunie
VP of Immunological Systems , Mattek

A great diversity of subjects and depths were covered so both experts and new-comers had sessions they could gain insights from. The mix of subjects brings the field together and helps build the... Read More

Dale Pfost
CEO , Microbiome Therapeutics

This is an excellent conference to get updated in the field and at the same time connect with other players in this exciting field.

Morten Isaksen
CEO , Bio-Me

It’s the perfect blend of science and industry. A diverse and amazing group of people in one of the fastest-growing and most promising fields.

Stephen Skolnick
Founder , Mood Nutraceuticals

This is my third year attending the conference and it gets better every year. The diverse topics, great speakers, with latest research findings and targeted workshops and panel discussion. Would... Read More

Ying Chen
Research & Development Manager , Reckitt Benckiser

My second experience with such a meeting, but night and day difference! Very informative and of high standard

Pinaki Panigrahi
Professor , University of Nebraska Medical Center

An excellent meeting where the excitement and challenges in microbiome research are presented. Well balanced in translational microbiome research, ethical issues, and investment opportunities and... Read More

Seyoum Ayehunie
Vice President of Immunological Systems , Mattek

Great mix of microbiomics science, pharmaceutical development and networking

Tarik Alhmaud
Physician , University of New Mexico

For someone with a nascent interest in the microbiome, this conference has been an extremely transformative experience

Dalton Price
Founder and Executive Director , YouResearch

Very well organized and focused group

Gerardo Toledo

The conference was educational both in terms of exposing me to the current microbiome-related science as well as the several aspects of running a business in this field

Sneha Jani
Ph.D. Student , Texas A&M University

Overall, it was a great conference. As a student, some of the business discussions were above my head, but I had a really great experience

Anand Kumar
PostDoc , Los Alamos National Lab

I'm a Research Associate at a startup and was able to gather lots of information that will inform establishment of our NGS core

Conference Attendee

A great immersion into the microbiome space with competent speakers and engaging attendees

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Good mix of topics and speakers

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Broad spectrum, background for profound understanding

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Liked the diversity of presenters and attendees, presentation length was good and well-run

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Really appreciated the equity and range in gender, expertise, and age of speakers

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Great representation of topics and perspectives

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Developed a number of new relationships

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Diverse audience and speakers—scientist and business aspects

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Very informative and exciting conference, learned a lot and fostered new ideas. Really glad I came!

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Great panel, great speakers, crowd was ideal size

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The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116 USA
Phone: 617-262-9600

A guest room block will be available for attendees, exhibitors and speakers. More information coming soon.


Who Should Attend


Academic Institutions, Bioscience Companies, Pharma Companies, Diagnostics Companies and Investors

Job Titles:

VPs, Directors, Heads, Scientists, Professors in following areas: 

  • Microbiome / Microbiota basic research

  • NGS (Next Generation Sequencing)

  • Molecular Diagnostics

  • Autoimmune Disease Therapeutics

  • Infectious Diseases

  • Metabolic disease, Obesity, Diabetes

  • Genotyping

  • Genomics

  • Genomic Profiling

  • Biomarkers

  • Immunology Innate or Adaptive Immunity

  • Bioinformatics

  • Data Management

  • Data Analysis

  • Molecular Biology

  • Diagnostic & Clinical Applications

  • Prenantal Diagnostics

  • Vaccines

  • Microbiology

  • Food / Nutrition Science

  • Gut-Brain Axis Researchers

  • Venture Capitalists

  • Biotech Entrepreneurs

  • Academic Licensing or Tech Transfer Officers

  • Business Development / In-Licensing

  • FDA regulation

  • Clinical trials

  • Epigenetics

  • Metagenomics

  • High-Throughput Technologies

  • Data Analysis

  • Data Storage

  • Cloud Computing

  • Statistical Genomics

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