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.