11–14 September 2018

Congress Center Basel

Microfluidics and microenvironment workshop

Friday 14 September 2018

10.45 – 17.15

Innovation Forums

Microfluidics and microenvironment workshop and CSEM with their partners Toolpoint for Lab Science join forces to organize the Basel Microfluidics and Microenvironment Workshop at Basel Life. This Forum builds up from the experience of two successful years to provide critical technological insights and latest updates from the global microfluidics industry for applications in the life sciences.
The focus of this year’s forum will be on the preparation of microphysiological systems in a microenvironment for boosting the relevance of in-vitro assays towards in-vivo outcome. This includes developments related to organ or model organism on a chip, droplet microfluidics or bioprinting.
The forum brings together scientists, entrepreneurs and managers in these fields, from both industry and academia, to exchange ideas and to promote innovation applicable to bio-pharmaceutical development, in particular to antibiotics R&D.

Ralf Dümpelmann (, Switzerland)
Marc Creus (University of Basel, Switzerland)
Helmut Knapp (CSEM SA, Alpnach, Switzerland)

Welcome and introduction of and CSEM
Marc Creus (University of Basel, Switzerland)
Ralf Dümpelmann (, Switzerland)
Helmut Knapp (CSEM SA, Alpnach, Switzerland)

The enemy within: use of a novel human bladder organoid model to probe host/pathogen interactions in chronic urinary tract infection
Jennifer L. Rohn (Chronic UTI Group, Centre for Nephrology, University College London, London, United Kingdom)

Organs on chips: advanced human cell models as novel tools for safety & efficacy testing and more
Adrian Roth (Roche, Basel, Switzerland)

Novel functional analysis techniques for accurate phenotype characterization of human iPSC-derived neurons
M. Fiscella
MaxWell Biosystems AG, Basel, Switzerland

How micro-technologies enable to capture the full potential of new micro-physiological systems – examples of technology transfer
Vincent Revol (CSEM, Alpnach, Switzerland)

Automatable organoid cultures for geno-phenotypic screenings
S. Hoehnel1, N. Brandenberg1,2
1SUN Bioscience, 2Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

Multi-tissue systems in a scalable and automation-compatible format
O. Frey
InSphero AG, Schlieren, Switzerland

Towards more relevant in-vitro models: A breathing lung-on-chip
N. Hobi1,2, J.D. Stucki1,2, A. Hugi2, S. Guggisberg1, N. Roldan2, G. Raggi1,2, A. Stucki2, S. Schweizer2, T. Geiser3,4, O.T. Guenat1,2,5
1AlveoliX AG, 2Organs-on-Chip Technologies, University of Bern / ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, 3Department of Biomedical Research, University of Bern, 4Division of Pulmonary Medicine, University Hospital of Bern, 5Division of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Engineering complex bioarchitectures to biomimic nature: A step closer to the development of artificial organs
Marc Thurner (RegenHu, Villaz-St.Pierre, Switzerland)

Understanding the unique cellular microenvironment: how emerging technologies are enabling a new approach to research and medicine
M. Gilligan
Blacktrace, Royston, United Kingdom

Panel discussion

Shanghai 2

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