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virtually August 26-27, 2021
The International Society of Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids (IS3NA)

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On Demand Presentations Available Through October 31.

Phosphates Run the World: Chemical Biology and Applications of

Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids

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The International Society of Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids (IS3NA) is an international nonprofit organization with hundreds of members globally with the aim of bringing together all who are interested in each aspect of research related to nucleosides, nucleotides, oligonucleotides and nucleic acids.

Through our biannual meeting, the International Roundtable (IRT), IS3NA supports the advancement of understanding the impact of nucleic acids in a plethora of cutting-edge scientific questions, ranging from the origins of life to the development of novel therapeutics.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we were unable to meet in person for our regularly scheduled IRT meeting planned for 2020.  As it's vitally important to keep our community connected despite being physically apart, we are pivoting to an online symposium in 2021.  

 Join Us Virtually August 26-27, 2021!   


Keynote Presentation

Therapeutic Nucleosides and Evolution of Oligonucleotide Synthesis 

Kelvin K. Ogilvie C.M.,Ph.D.,D.Sc.,F.C.I.C.,HCol., Senator(r) 


Ogilvie is a leading expert on biotechnology, bioorganic chemistry and genetic engineering. He was part of the BioLogicals team that developed the “Gene Machine” (1980), an automated process for the manufacture of DNA, which made it possible to build DNA sequences in a matter of hours rather than in months. He is the author of 12 patents including one for Ganciclovir, a drug used worldwide to fight infections that occur when one’s immune system is weakened.  He was President of Acadia University and served in the Canadian Senate from 2009 to 2017.

Organizing Committee


Mano Manoharan, PhD

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Masad J. Damha, PhD, FCIC

McGill University

Jean-Jacques Vasseur, PhD

Université de Montpellier, France

Suzanne Peyrottes, PhD

Université de Montpellier, France

Katherine Seley-Radtke, PhD

University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Prof. Dr. Piet Herdewijn

KU Leuven

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