The microbiome meeting

Understanding Microbiome Standards and Research

Nutrition and the Microbiome

Update on C. difficile

Other applications of FMT

Manufactured microbial based therapies

Regulating the human gut microbiome


SESSION 1: Beginner’s Guide to the Human Gut Microbiome

Moderator: Sabine Hazan, MD 

Microbiome 101 

Speaker: Neil Stollman, MD (UCSF / East Bay Center for Digestive Health)

Objective: Become familiar with the human gut microbiome and its role in health

Making sense of metagenomics

Speaker: Andreas Papoutsis, PhD (Progenabiome)

Objective: Understand methods used to study the composition and function of the gut microbiome

Disease associations (cause or consequence)?

Speaker: Sabine Hazan, MD (Progenabiome)

SESSION 2: Principals guiding research, regulation and product development

Moderator: Howard Young, PhD

Connecting the dots: how scientists elucidate mechanisms of microbial influence

Speaker: Howard Young, PhD (NIH)

Objective: Understand principals guiding investigations around human immune and gut microbial interactions 

Taming the Wild West: Developing Standards for Microbiome Research and Product Development

Speaker: Scott Jackson, PhD (NIST)

Objective: Describe the importance of standards for microbiome measurements to support research investigations and clinical/commercial translation of microbiome science.

Microbiome Based Therapeutics: Opportunities and Challenges

Speaker: Zain Kassam, MD (Finch)

Objective: Gain insight into how industry is working to develop treatment options and the complexities of trial design in this space. 

WORKING PRESENTATION: Microbiome Therapeutics: Thinking outside the box

Speaker: Thomas Borody, MD (CDD Australia)

SESSION 3: Clostridiodes difficile

Moderator: Neil Stollman, MD 

Evidence of efficacy and safety of FMT for C.difficile infection 

Speaker: Colleen Kelly, MD (Brown)

Objective: Review evidence from randomized controlled trials of FMT in C.difficile

Pharmacology of FMT

Speaker: Alexander Khoruts, MD (University of Minnesota) 

Objective: Describe mechanisms driving the therapeutic effects of FMT

Challenges Around Clinical Trials in C. difficile 

Speaker: Paul Feuerstadt, MD (Yale)

Objective: Describe unique challenges to conducting clinical trials of microbiome-based therapies in C.difficile 

SESSION 4: Expanding Applications of FMT

Moderator: Colleen Kelly, MD

Next Up: Manipulating the Microbiome to treat IBD 

Speaker: Jessica Allegretti, MD (Brigham and Womens, Harvard)

Objective: Review dysbiosis in inflammatory bowel disease and evidence from randomized controlled trials of FMT in the IBD population 

Microbiota and the Metabolic Syndrome: New Horizons and New Opportunities 

Speaker: Mazen Noureddin, MD (Cedars Sinai)

Objective: Describe the evidence for how gut microbes influence metabolism and drive features of the metabolic syndrome, including nonalcoholic steatohepatitis 

Implications of the Gut Microbiome in Cancer and Therapeutic Potential

Speaker: Yinghong Wang (MD Anderson Cancer Center)

Objective: Describe how gut microorganisms impact the metabolism of cancer therapies and how microbial manipulation may transform patient care

Bacteriotherapy to Fight Infection:  FMT in Chronic Urinary Tract Infections and MDROs

Speaker: Sahil Khanna, MD (Mayo Clinic)

Microbiota Transplant for Autism

Speaker: James B. Adams, PhD (Arizona State University)

Objective: Review Phase 1 clinical trial of microbiota transplant for children with Autism

Panel Discussions,  Announcements, and more! 

★ Hootenanny at Malibu Ranch (special band TBD)

The Malibu Ranch Hootenanny on Saturday night will be the bash you don’t want to miss! We will be transported to the good ol’ days before we were even thinkin’ about microbiomes. We will enjoy dinner, libations, music, games, good times and a special live band who is sure to get everyone dancin’! 


★ Catering by Malibu Farm

Sunday brunch will be catered by everyone’s favorite local eatery, Malibu Farm. They pride themselves on their local, organic, and fresh ingredients, that are super simply prepared with “no secret ingredients” and “no fake food”. This outstanding brunch will definitely please our taste buds and our microbiomes too! 


Villa Graziadio at Pepperdine University

Room block at Villa Graziadio at Pepperdine University. 



Sheraton Agoura Hills

30100 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301   •   (818) 707-1220

Discounted Group Rate of 189 USD/night can be booked via the link below.

Malibu Beach Inn

22878 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265   •   (800) 462-5428

The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu

23033 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265  •  (310) 526-6158

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Santa Monica

1707 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401   •   310-395-3332

Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica

501 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401   •   (310) 260-1100

Viceroy Santa Monica

1819 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401  •  (310) 260-7500


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Making a hiring decision to address all the needs of your business takes forethought, patience and insight. You may find yourself asking whether you should focus more on sales or technical experience throughout the process, but the truth is, both are integral to success.

In fact, research shows that sales experience is more important long term, while technical expertise is more important short term. Let’s go into more detail.

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This “new” idea of Talent Branding has been kicked around for years. Some say it’s the overall look and feel of the company (including on-line); others say it’s the internal pulse on how people like or dislike the organization, and some even say it’s complete nonsense.

Our findings are that it is so important that your company’s livelihood might just depend on it. People can dictate the success or failure of an organization, so it’s safe to say that the attraction of the right talent to an organization is the catalyst for the final outcome, whatever that may be, for the overall company. The best recruitment, then, marries talent to brand.

Molecular Instrument Sales

Clinical Diagnostics Sales / Molecular Capital Equipment Sales – Infectious Disease

The Company:

An industry leader in the business of Infectious Disease diagnostic instruments and reagents, this company is in search of its next President’s Club Award winning Sales Specialist in their Michigan territory.

The Opportunity:

This position is responsible for selling clinical capital equipment in the Large Hospitals and reference laboratories in the assigned territory. The primary responsibilities for this position will be to grow the already current base of existing customers while continuing to maintain the current customer base.

The qualified candidate will be rewarded handsomely for their effort, as the total package will include a base and commission plan, company car allowance, computer, mobile telephone, paid vacation and access to a company 401k program.