Immunity for Health 2022

On October 20th 2022 in Antwerp, Belgium, Flanders Vaccine is happy to host its seventh edition of Immunity for Health.

This year the theme is “ONE HEALTH: cross pollination between human and veterinary immune interventions“.

The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated how an emerging human infectious disease caused by a zoonotic pathogen can have a huge impact on public health, but also on the society as a whole and on global economies. Once again we have been confronted with the important link between human, animal and environmental health.

Knowledge on host-pathogen interactions and the pathogenesis of coronaviruses in animals was instrumental for the accelerated development of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.  Since long, vaccines are used to protect poultry against Infectious Bronchitis Virus (IBV) an avian coronavirus.  This illustrates the great value of cross-sectoral collaboration and mutual learning between the human and animal health sector.

source: WHO

At Flanders Vaccine we endorse the “One Health” principle, bridging veterinary and human medicine. As part of our wider commitment to the One Health approach, we want to encourage and facilitate mutually beneficial collaboration between the two sectors to drive vaccine and immunotherapeutic development and improve human and animal health.

The aim of Immunity for Health 2022 is to stimulate the mutual learning that can take place between professionals working in the field of human and animal health.

We will take a look at successful technologies and advances in veterinary vaccine – and immunotherapy development and identify unique opportunities for applications in the human sector and vice versa. Differences and similarities in regulatory aspects in both sectors will also be addressed.

Renowned experts in the field will share their latest scientific data with us. Research groups and sme’s will be given the opportunity to share their innovative ideas, technologies or new products with the audience during the pitch sessions.

We are excited to announce the first speakers for Immunity for Health 2022:

? Jarne Elleholm, CEO of Stonehaven Incubate – bringing human innovations to animal health, as the Opening Keynote Speaker

? Mahesh Kumar, Senior Vice President, Global Biologics R&D at Zoetis Inc. as a speaker of the session “Veterinary vaccines and insights for human applications”

? Arno Roos, Veterinary Referral Centre Korte Akkeren, Gouda, The Netherlands, as a speaker in the session ”Immunotherapy in animal and human healthcare”

? Federica Cavallo, Professor Immunology, University of Torino, Italy, as a speaker in the session “Immunotherapy in animal and human healthcare”

More news is coming soon!