Chris De Savi

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As Vice President, Head of Drug Discovery at Kymera Therapeutics, Chris is responsible for medicinal and computational chemistry, lead discovery (biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology), pre-clinical development (DMPK and Toxicology) and proteomics. His team contributes to all drug discovery phases at Kymera from project inception through to clinical candidate discovery and beyond. Prior to joining Kymera, Chris was head of chemistry at Blueprint Medicines, a precision medicine company specialized in kinase drug discovery and development. Chris has deep experience in leading discovery research groups and project teams in both global pharmaceutical and biotech companies. He has directly contributed to the invention of 9 clinical candidate drugs for oncology and inflammation disease – most recently BLU-945, a EGFR T790M/C797S triple mutant inhibitor for the treatment of lung cancer, AZD4573, a selective CDK9 inhibitor for the treatment of haematological malignancies and AZD9496, an oral, selective estrogen receptor degrader for the treatment of ER+ breast cancer. He co-discovered Barasertib (AZD1152), a selective Inhibitor of Aurora B kinase for the treatment of AML. He is an author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and patents in the fields of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery and a PhD qualified chemist who has previously held academic positions at Queens’ College Cambridge and University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

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Are We Keeping Up With Antimicrobial Resistance?

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Are We Keeping Up With Antimicrobial Resistance?

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses a major threat to human health.

There were an estimated 4.95M deaths associated with bacterial AMR in 2019, including 1.27M deaths attributable to bacterial AMR.

Lower respiratory infections accounted for more than 1.5M deaths associated with resistance in 2019, making it the most burdensome infectious syndrome. The six leading pathogens for deaths associated with bacterial antimicrobial resistance are Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Breakthrough Medicines 2021

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Breakthrough Medicines 2021

It has been a momentous year of innovation for drug discovery while the world is still facing the deadliest pandemic in its history. Below is highlighted some of the most impactful breakthrough medicines. These approved or emerging treatments will have a profound positive and meaningful impact on human lives.

Some of these medicines such as the COVID-19 vaccines and new oral anti-virals have been discovered at an unprecedented pace. The vaccines from both Pfizer BioNTech SE and Moderna also represent novel technologies to treat disease using messenger RNA (mRNA) to teach our cells how to make a protein that will trigger an immune response inside our bodies. A gargantuan global effort. Amazing innovation.