Digital PCR Conference: Technologies and Tools for Precision Diagnostics

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 of 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.

Additional topics may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Minority target detection
  • Copy number variation
  • Absolute quantification
  • Emerging technologies and areas of study
  • New uses for digital PCR
  • Application areas including:
    o Cancer
    o Infectious diseases
    o Genetics
    o Forensics
    o Agriculture
  • Interfacing NGS and PCR
  • FDA approval of PCR-based tests
  • Data analysis and integration
  • Technological considerations:
    o Development
    o Droplet formation
    o Multiplexing
  • Single cell analysis methods
  • Working with cfDNA and extracellular DNA
  • Alternative splicing
  • Sample prep and tissue samples

Scientists who wish to present their knowledge and expertise to their colleagues are asked to click here to submit an abstract.  Remember to specify the conference that you are interested in and please provide your full contact information.

Deadline for submission is April 10, 2015. 

All proposals are subject to review by the Scientific Advisory Committee to ensure the highest quality of the conference program. Please note that due to limited speaking slots, preference is given to pharmaceutical and biotech companies, regulators and those from academia. Additionally, vendors/consultants who provide products and services to these biopharmaceutical companies are offered opportunities for podium presentation slots based on a variety of Corporate Sponsorships. 

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

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

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