From February 3rd to 7th I was in Porto to join a training school on oligonucleotide therapy development organized by COST action DARTER (Delivery of antisense RNA therapeutics, CA17103). The training school comprised all topics that are needed to be able to design antisense therapies, to test these properly (in cell culture and model organisms) and to set up clinical trials. In special academia/industry sessions we learned about collaborations, perspectives in industry and transitions between academia and industry.
On Thursday evening, we enjoyed a nice networking dinner with Port wine and typical Portuguese food like Bacalhau (dried codfish).
All in all, the training school was very well organized and I learned a lot about the development of antisense therapies.