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International Stem Cell Community Day

On April 4, 2017 the first international Stem Cell Community Day will take place in Hamburg, Germany.

Experts from academia and industry will discuss the status quo, perspectives, and challenges in stem cell cultivation for research and therapy, according to the event’s motto: “Bioprocessing Technologies in Stem Cell Research – Challenges and Chances for Commercialization”.

Key note speakers are Steve Oh, PhD, from the Bioprocessing Technology Institute in Singapore, Dr Stefan Braam, CEO of Pluriomics (Netherlands), and Todd McDevitt, PhD, principal investigator at the Gladstone Institutes (USA).

Attendees can expect a comprehensive programme including talks, a poster exhibition with final awarding, as well as hands on demonstrations of instruments and consumables for stem cell cultivation. Dr. Robert Zweigerdt from the Hannover Medical School (Germany) will be the scientific chairman.

The Stem Cell Community Day is organised by the leading life science company Eppendorf AG. “The commercial use of stem cell-based technologies requires reliable methods for the large-scale production of stem cells in consistent quality. We are very excited to bring together international experts and learn about the latest findings and trends in this exciting new field,” comments Dr. Karl Rix, Vice President Marketing, Portfolio & Support Bioprocess, Eppendorf.

The event will take place at the Hotel Crowne Plaza Hamburg – City Alster. The conference language is English. Registration is open until March 29, 2017. Poster abstracts can be submitted until March 10, 2017.

For registration, the full programme, and further information, click HERE.

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GPC Training Academy

PolyRMC, a Tulane University R&D centre active in the fundamental and applied polymer fields, is hosting its semi-annual GPC Training Academy on May 9-11, 2017. The educational course is hosted in conjunction with Advanced Polymer Monitoring Technologies and other industry partners, and it takes place at Tulane University in New Orleans. The course teaches attendees the background and fundamentals of GPC as well as the latest GPC methods including multi-detection using light scattering and viscosity. The course’s schedule includes a two-day overview of methods and techniques and a half day of hands-on sessions.

World-renowned GPC experts lead the course, and attendees regularly receive one-on-one Q&A opportunities to discuss specific applications with instructors. Additionally, participants can review individual results and challenges throughout the course, which is ideal for quality control personnel, scientists, engineers, technicians, and R&D and analytical departments.

The early registration fee for the course is US$1,800, and the deadline is Friday, April 14, 2017. The full registration price is US$2,100. Students and collegiate faculty members receive a 25% registration discount, groups of two or more from the same organisation receive a 10% discount on each registration, three to five participants from the same organization receive a 25% discount and groups of more than five should contact Dr. Curt Jarand at cjarand@tulane.edu. Online registration is available here.

Since 2010, the Tulane-PolyRMC GPC Training Academy has held more than a dozen courses and has trained more than 125 scientists and engineers. More than 80% of attendees are industry participants and the remainder are from government and academic institutions. PolyRMC’s GPC Training Academy has an educational goal to provide an objective view of all the tools and techniques available for polymer characterisation with a GPC focus. For more information on PolyRMC’s GPC Training Academy, visit http://www2.tulane.edu/sse/polyRMC/polyrmc-gpc-academy.cfm

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Third Global Endotoxin Testing Summit

The third annual Global Endotoxin Testing Summit, hosted by Lonza, takes place from June 5-7 in Annapolis, MD & Pickering Beach, DE, USA.

The event brings together QC directors, lab managers, key opinion leaders, users and regulators to discuss current issues within the endotoxin detection industry. This provides the opportunity to:

Exchange with scientists and researchers on endotoxin testing technologies and complex assay solutions
Learn from the speakers and experts about industry trends, user needs and regulatory requirements
Experience an exclusive natural event and take part in the conservation of the Atlantic horseshoe crab

Hot topics for discussion include endotoxin testing basics, regulatory guidance updates, data integrity and, of course, low endotoxin recovery. An event highlight will be a visit to a Horseshoe Crab Sanctuary Beach to save crabs that have been stranded on shore. In collaboration with the Ecological Research and Development Group, a non-profit wildlife conservation organisation whose primary focus is the conservation of the world's four horseshoe crab species, participants will have the chance to meet and learn from the ancient species so important to our industry. 

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