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Meet the Expert Session

Saturday, 6 April 2019, 15:45 - 16:45 h, Room: Davos 1. This session allows delegates to personally meet the expert. The format is designed to facilitate informal discussions, allowing participants to present their questions and gain new insights. Topic: To spin or not to spin: the human trials associated with development of a novel immunotherapeutic approach

The word trial has 3 definitions in the Oxford English Dictionary. Here we will discuss two of them: Trial: A test of the performance, qualities, or suitability of someone or something (i.e. clinical trial of a new drug); Trial: A person, experience, or situation that tests a person's endurance or forbearance. (i.e. the trials and tribulations of living and working in the UK under the threat of Brexit). Having made the unexpected observation that soluble peptide would ‘switch off’ autoimmune disease in experimental models in the early 1990s, we looked for the best way to take this through to the clinic for the benefit of patients. Sound advice from a trusted drug developer led to the establishment of a spinout company (Apitope International NV). The trials of working with a foot in both academia and industry and the tribulations of testing a novel therapeutic approach through clinical trials will be discussed.


Beckman Coulter Lunch Symposium

Sunday, 7 April 2019, 12:30 - 13:30 h, Room: Davos 1, free lunch bags provided to participants, free registration required at the Beckman Coulter booth #101 or at

Topic: Far-out’ flow cytometry: CytoFLEX LX with the 808nm laser
The Imaging and Cytometry Core Lab is in the Bioscience Technology Facility, University of York that serves a multidisciplinary Department of Biology as well as external users through our open access approach. As such, samples come from many varied user types that span the breadth of biology and beyond!
This presentation, will illustrate how cytometry and the need for improved sensitivity is vital, look at how best to approach difficult samples types and how we are using the CytoFlex for a wide variety of applications using both wet antibodies and dry pre-formulated DURAClone antibody panels, whilst the utilisation of the 808nm ‘far-out’ infrared laser for live dead discrimination and detection of antibodies conjugated to infrared probes is also opening up new possibilities.


Thermo Fisher Scientific Lunch Symposium

Monday, 8 April 2019, 12:00 - 14:30 h, Room: Schwarzhorn, lunch buffet provided to participants, free registration at the Thermo Fisher Scientific booth #104, number of participants is limited, first come first served

Topic: Detecting Rare Events: T cell antigen specific response in HIV patients