Digital PCR Conference: Technologies and Tools for Precision Diagnostics



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Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is an invaluable tool for nucleic acid detection and quantification. As a staple in diagnostics labs, PCR has continued to evolve with scientific need, the latest iteration being digital PCR (dPCR). dPCR increases sensitivity, specificity, and in many cases allows higher throughput. Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s Fourth Annual Digital PCR conference will continue to highlight the importance PCR advances for clinical diagnostics. As always, this event gathers technology providers, early adopters, and platform newcomers to network and discuss digital PCR’s capabilities, limitations, and future applications. This year, key focus will be placed on the technology behind dPCR, interfacing between dPCR and NGS, and emerging technologies and areas of study. Other topics to be addressed include solutions for processing difficult samples and increasing sample throughput, working with extracellular DNA, and guidelines and best practices for digital detection.

Program Advisors

Jim Huggett, B.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D., Science Leader, Nucleic Acid Metrology, Molecular & Cell Biology, LGC
N. Somanath Bhat, Ph.D., Acting Senior Research Scientist, Bioanalysis Group, Department of Industry and Science, National Measurement Institute, Australia


TECHNOLOGY CONSIDERATIONS: FROM CHIPS AND DROPLETS TO MULTIPLEXING

Introduction Crystal Digital PCR

Rémi Dangla, Ph.D., President and Co-Founder, Stilla Technologies

Development of Novel Microfluidic Devices for Biochemical and Biological Analysis

Anup Singh, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Biological Science and Technology, Sandia National Labs


VALIDATION AND REFERENCE STANDARDS USING dPCR

Digital PCR for DNA Reference Materials

N. Somanath Bhat, Ph.D., Acting Senior Research Scientist, Bioanalysis Group, Department of Industry and Science, National Measurement Institute, Australia

Enumeration and Measurement of KRAS Using dPCR

Jim Huggett, B.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D., Science Leader, Nucleic Acid Metrology, Molecular & Cell Biology, LGC


DIGITAL PCR DATA ANALYSIS

Data Analysis of Droplet Digital PCR with Generalized Linear Mixed Models

Oliver Thas, Ph.D., Professor, Biostatistics, Ghent University (Belgium) and University of Wollongong (Australia)


INTERFACING NGS AND dPCR

Digital PCR for Patient Monitoring and Stratification in Clinical Trials

Reinhold Pollner, Ph.D., Director, Clinical Trial Assay Development, Genoptix, Inc., a Novartis company

Challenges and Strategies for Accurate Quantification of NGS Libraries with Digital PCR

Peter Schweitzer, Ph.D., Director, Genomics Facility, Institute of Biotechnology, Cornell University


MINORITY TARGET DETECTION: CELL-FREE DNA

Tracking Circulating Tumor DNA using Picoliter Droplet-Based Digital PCR

Valerie Taly, Ph.D., Group Leader, UMR S1147, University of Paris Descartes, CNRS


ABSOLUTE QUANTIFICATION: INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Applications of Digital PCR in Clinical Microbiology

Randall T. Hayden, M.D., Director, Clinical and Molecular Microbiology; Member, Pathology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Digital PCR Quantification of Proteins

Stephen Bustin, Ph.D., FSB, Professor, Molecular Medicine, Postgraduate Medical Institute, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University


COPY NUMBER VARIATION: GENETIC TESTING

Copy Number Analysis of SMN1 and SMN2 Using Digital PCR

Katia Sol-Church, Ph.D., Head, Research Scientist Lab, Nemours Biomedical Research, Alfred I Dupont Hospital for Children




For more details on the conference, please contact:
Samantha Lewis
Conference Producer
Cambridge Healthtech Institute
T: (+1) 781-972-5461
E: slewis@healthtech.com 

For exhibit & sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
Sherry Johnson
Manager, Business Development
Cambridge Healthtech Institute
T: (+1) 781-972-1359
E: sjohnson@healthtech.com
 


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