Call for Speakers 2024

Day 1: Tuesday, 28 May 2024

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Day 2: Wednesday, 29 May 2024

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Speaking proposal 2024

Last updated on 01.02.2024.

RESOLVE Project: an innovative platform to characterize EVs for liquid biopsy

CNR NANOTEC - Institute of Nanotechnology, Lecce (Italy) / ITALY

Precision medicine allow to tailor the clinical approach, depending on the makeup of patients’ DNA and expression issues. Liquid biopsy and the chance to use selected biomarkers from biological fluids, could strongly contribute to the improvement of an increasingly patient-oriented method. Among the most important effectors of cellular interplay, Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) are on the rise for their multiple roles, encompassing physiological functions, cancer progression and invasiveness modulation, neurodegeneration. RESOLVE platform by means of the integration of electrochemical sensing and microfluidic tools for the characterization of subpopulation of EVs will provide researchers and clinicians a new approach with features of ease-of-use, plug-n-play, sample-in/answer-out operation mode. Finally, RESOLVE will enable non-invasive liquid biopsy through a cost-effective, disposable and customizable system.

TITAN Project: microfluidic and sensing tools for immunotherapy

CNR NANOTEC / ITALY

Immunotherapy with genetically engineered T cells has achieved some spectacular success in clinical trials addressing tumors. A key need is the widespread availability of small-scale bioreactors providing in-process monitoring. TITAN platform aims to the continuous sampling of critical quality attributes, to quickly recognize deviations from the desired range and take appropriated corrective actions. Parameters to verify and related tools include: bacterial contamination; counting cells by microfluidic and electrical detection; ratio live/dead cells on a capacitive sensor; cytokines production identified by electrochemical methods; T-cell function tests through the production of spheroids into droplet microfluidic devices. The integration of sensors, microfluidics and control system has been achieved through the development of TITAN platform using microcontroller and Labview interface as user-friendly management.

Microfabrication of thin film sensor arrays: unveiling the potential of direct atomic layer processing (DALP)

Atlant 3D / DENMARK

Here we will present the potential of a novel microfabrication method: Direct Atomic Layer Processing (DALP). Developed by Atlant 3D, DALP utilizes spatial atomic layer deposition (ALD) for precise control in 3D manufacturing of thin films directly on microfluidic chips. This technology simplifies the integration of sensors into microfluidic systems. We showcase a variety of sensors (interdigitated Pt temperature and capacitive sensors, a piezoelectric ZnO pressure sensor, and a TiO2 electrochemical sensor) fabricated using DALP. These sensors are created with the same machine in an automated process. This innovation has the potential to significantly advance 3D microfabrication, enhancing the prototyping, development, and integration of new microfluidic technologies.

Micropatterning of Mussel-Inspired Materials: Empower selective functionality

Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) / GERMANY

Surface-modification platforms that are universally applicable are vital for the development of new materials, surfaces, and nanoparticles. Mussel-inspired materials (MIMs) are widely used in various fields because of their strong adhesive properties and post-functionalization reactivity. However, conventional MIM coating techniques have limited deposition selectivity and lack structural control, which has limited their use in microdevices that require full control over deposition. To overcome these limitations, we developed a micropatterning technique for MIMs using multiphoton lithography, which does not require photomasks, stamps, or multistep procedures. This method enables the creation of MIM patterns with micrometer resolution and full design freedom and paves the way for innovative applications of MIMs in various multifunctional systems and microdevices, such as microsensors, MEMS, and microfluidics.

Microfluidics for automated C. elegans embryo extraction

Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics / GERMANY

C. elegans is a model organism for understanding numerous biological processes. At present embryos are extracted from C. elegans by hand. Automated Microfluidics offers an alternative to extracting C. elegans embryos due to its precision control. Automated embryo extraction via Microfluidics would enable large-scale, genome-wide biophysics studies which are at present unfeasible due to the time-consuming embryo extraction process.

Submit your proposal for 2024

Date, time & venue

  • Tuesday, 28 May 2024: from 9:00 to 18:00. / Wednesday, 29 May 2024: from 9:00 to 17:00
  • WISTA Management Conventions. Rudower Chaussee 17, 12489 Berlin, Germany.

Fees

  • Academic talks: Free of charge for up to 25 minutes including Q&A.
  • Product Demos: Speakers will be charged 880,-€ (VAT excluded) for up to 30 minutes including Q&A.
  • There is no submission fee.

Format

    • All oral presentations are in-person only. There is no virtual or hybrid option for attendees.
    • There will be no poster sessions.

    Language

    The conference language is English.

    Submission deadline

      There is no set deadline to submit a speaking proposal until all open slots are filled.