Hundreds from academia and industry convened in Music City to discuss the growing trend, and need, in academic drug discovery. The Academic Drug Discovery Consortium (ADDC) held its inaugural conference at the newly opening opening Music City Center. Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery hosted and organized the three-day event. Simultaneously, Life Science Tennessee, a statewide non-profit aimed at growing the life sciences industry across the state, gathered its members for an annual conference and Venture Forum.
Discussions at the conferences centered around funding for academic centers, the importance of ongoing drug discovery, challenges facing the industry, and how to overcome challenges. Participants were able to talk with exhibitors, schedule one-on-one partnering sessions with other conference-goers, and view more than 100 poster abstracts detailing current research efforts across the country. Click the picture below to view a slideshow from the conference or click here to watch a short highlight video.