Translation of New Therapy (TNT) Radiotheranostics Kick-off

“Radiotheranostics: Navigating Developmental, Commercial, and Clinical Hurdles” – September 9, 2024

This full day session lays the groundwork for understanding the current challenges faced during discovery, development, and commercialization of new radiotheranostic agents. Identifying promising targets, designing effective imaging diagnostics and radionuclide therapy, and translating them into clinical practice is a multi-faceted process with unique hurdles.

This workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn from senior leaders in the field who have achieved remarkable success and maintain a robust pipeline of innovative radiotheranostics. You will have the chance to hear firsthand about their challenges, success stories, and engage directly with these experts by presenting your own unique cases or issues for interactive discussion.

Don’t miss this chance to enhance your understanding, forge new connections, and propel your radiotheranostics work to new heights.


Part 1 – 10:00AM – 1:00PM: Academic and Industry Challenges
10:00-10:05: Introduction
10:05-10:25: Clinician Perspectives to Drive Radionuclide Theranostic Innovation
10:25-10:45: Radionuclide Theranostics: Expanding the Physician’s Therapeutic Arsenal
10:45-11:45: Supplying the Source: Isotope Production for Radiotheranostic Success
11:45-12:25: Bridging the Gap: Aligning Preclinical Targets with Clinical Realities
12:25-1:00: Theranostics: What’s Next?

Part 2 – 1:00PM – 6:00PM: Posters & Breakouts
1:00-2:00: Lunch & Poster Session
2:00-2:15: Introduction to Breakouts
2:15-4:15: Breakouts Based on First Talks – 6 breakouts
4:30-5:00: Lessons Learned/Breakout Recap 
5:00-6:00: Cocktail Reception


10:00 - 10:05: Introduction

Introduction by Translation of New Therapy (TNT) Interest Group chairs Jeff Kovacs, Giacomo Pirovano, and Marty Pomper

Jeff Kovacs

Jeff Kovacs, PhD
Vice President Oncology
Aktis Oncology

Giacomo Pirovano, PhD
Director of Discovery Strategy and Business Development
Evergreen Theragnostics


Martin Pomper, MD PhD
Effie and Wofford Cain Distinguished Chair in Diagnostic Imaging
UT Southwestern

10:05 - 10:25: Clinician Perspectives to Drive Radionuclide Theranostic Innovation

This session delves into the invaluable insights of clinicians who administer radionuclide theranostics. By understanding their perspectives on real-world challenges, unmet needs, and desired improvements, researchers can align their efforts with clinical demands. This cross-disciplinary dialogue aims to catalyze the development of more clinically translatable and impactful theranostic agents.


Speaker: Richard L. Wahl, MD

Professor of Radiology;
Professor of Radiation Oncology
Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Wahl is a leader in the use of PET scans to diagnose human cancers and other diseases and was among the first to harness the power of the immune system to precisely target radiation therapy to cancers, a technique that has become known as radioimmunotherapy. He has been at the forefront of efforts to combine quantitative data from multiple kinds of scans to form so-called fusion images that can help physicians more precisely diagnose and characterize cancers.

10:25 - 10:45: Radionuclide Theranostics: Expanding the Physician's Therapeutic Arsenal

This session highlights the growing role of radionuclide theranostics in personalized medicine. Emerging radiopharmaceutical agents and clinical applications of this transformative approach to combining therapy and diagnostics will be explored.


Speaker: Tim Heffernan, PhD

Vice President, Oncology Research
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Heffernan is a cancer biologist and translational researcher who has a passion for identifying innovative solutions to complex problems. He aims to address the challenges in oncology drug discovery and development through patient-centered research that integrates the best of academic, industrial and clinical science.

10:45 - 11:45: Supplying the Source: Isotope Production for Radiotheranostic Success

Reliable supply of medical isotopes is crucial for radiotheranostic advancement. This session examines innovations in isotope production methods and cyclotron technologies to meet growing demands. Experts discuss strategies to scale up manufacturing, ensure consistent quality and specific activity, and distribute isotopes efficiently to facilitate broader clinical adoption of radiotheranostic therapies.

Cathy Cutler

Speaker: Cathy Cutler, PhD

Chair, Isotope Research and Production Department
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Dr. Cutler’s research focuses on developing production and separation methods for high specific activity radioisotopes, creating a suite of diagnostic and therapeutic agents tailored for individual needs, which has been funded by the DOE, NIH, NSF and public foundations. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the development and evaluation of radiopharmaceuticals, utilizing bioinorganic and radioanalytical chemistry to develop and evaluate radiopharmaceuticals for both diagnosis and therapy.  

11:45 - 12:25: Bridging the Gap: Aligning Preclinical Targets with Clinical Realities

This session explores strategies to bridge the divide between preclinical research and clinical realities. Experts will discuss strategies to reconcile divergences between preclinical models and patient populations, addressing factors like biodistribution, dosimetry, and therapeutic windows. The goal is to identify key considerations for accelerating the development of clinically relevant radionuclide theranostics.

Speaker: Riccardo Canevari

Chief Executive Officer
Radiopharm Theranostics

Mr. Canevari has broad and deep experience across specialty pharma, oncology and radiopharmaceuticals. He was most recently Chief Commercial Officer of Novartis company Advanced Accelerator Applications, one of the leading radiopharmaceutical and nuclear medicine companies globally. He was responsible for global commercial strategy and country organisations in ~20 countries across North America, Europe and Asia. He was lead for Lutathera in-market growth strategy and execution to build a blockbuster asset and lead on the prelaunch plan for Lu-PSMA 617 in metastatic prostate cancer. 

12:25 - 1:00: Theranostics: What's Next?


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Lunch and Posters

Enjoy a boxed lunch while browsing insightful posters showcasing the latest innovations from our abstract submitters and industry partners. Discover new ideas, make valuable connections, and gain inspiration from leaders in your field.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Breakout Sessions

Led by the Speakers and TNT Leadership, these breakout sessions will build upon the insights shared during the presentations in Part 1. 

These breakout sessions are designed to encourage participants to delve deeper into specific challenges, share their unique perspectives, and collectively explore potential solutions. Attendees will have the chance to collaborate with peers, industry experts, and academic researchers, leveraging the diverse expertise within the group.

The goal of each breakout session is to develop a  whitepaper article from the discussion to be published in Molecular Imaging and Biology.

Breakout Session 1: 2:15–3:15 PM
A) How to Build a Program End to EndB) Breaking Through the Slog: Access to the Right Isotopes for Development and TranslationC) Combining Theranostics with Other Oncology Modalities
Breakout Session 2: 3:15–4:15 PM
A) Clinical Theranostics: The Cutting Edge 2025B) How to Pick Winners in Early Preclinical DevelopmentC) Next Generation Radionuclide Therapeutics
4:15–4:30 PM: Break / Reception Bar Opens
4:30–5:00 PM: Breakout Recap

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Cocktail Reception

Cap off an insightful day by interacting with other attendees and WMIS members while enjoying a refreshing cocktail.