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September 2015

Summit Brings Together Peptoid Experts from Around the World to the Molecular Foundry

The Ninth Peptoid Summit included over 130 participants, representing 10 countries and 15 states. The two-day event, held on August 6-7, represents the growing interest in a field pioneered by the summit's organizer, Ron Zuckermann, who also directs the Molecular Foundry's Biological Nanostructures Facility.

The Peptoid Summit is a friendly gathering of students, post-docs, and PI’s investigating new directions in bio-inspired polymer research. Peptoids are a highly designable polymer system, allowing unprecedented control over the their exact chemical structure. This is leading to advances in a wide range of fields, from biomedicine to materials science. 

Co-chaired by Professor Kent Kirshenbaum from NYU, the summit featured a wide range of topics that included:  new synthetic methods; computation and modeling; control of chain conformation; combinatorial discovery technologies; therapeutic, vaccine and diagnostic applications; sequence-defined polymers; protein mimetic materials; and nano/materials science.

More information can be found on the meeting's website.