Ncardia Workshop 2017

We are proud to invite you to our first Ncardia Application Workshop, taking place at BioCampus Cologne, November 29 - December 1st, 2017.

This is a three day workshop from Wed, Nov 29 - Fr, Dec 1, noon to noon. It includes daily speaker sessions followed by live demonstrations in the afternoon. The speakers, coming from both Pharma partners and key academia labs, will highlight the use of Ncardia's human iPSC-derived products within their fields of profession. The demonstrations will showcase the performance of our cells in applications such as MEA, contractile cell force measurement, impedance analysis and calcium transient measurement as well as fatty acid metabolism and optogenetics.

We would be delighted to invite you to join our workshop/networking dinner in Cologne's historical old town on Wednesday, November 29.
Register now as seats are limited. Please register using the registration form below.
The whole Ncardia team is looking forward to welcoming you to Cologne!

Final Agenda:

(download pdf version here)

Wednesday, November 29

12:00 PM

Arrival at Ncardia/ BioCampus - LUNCH

1:00 PM

Stefan Braam, PhD (Ncardia)

1:25 PM

Prof. Michael Schneider, PhD, MD (Imperial College London)
MAP4K4 mediates human cardiac muscle cell death: Human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes for target validation and drug development” 

1:55 PM

Mohamed Kreir, PhD (Janssen Pharmaceutica)
“In vitro cell-based assays to predict drug-induced seizure liability using hiPSC derived neurons (hiPS-neurons)” 

2:20 PM

James Hynes, PhD (Luxcel Biosciences) 
“Cardiomyocyte function characterised through combined analysis of metabolic flux, beat rate and cellular oxygenation and its application in vitro ischemia reperfusion modelling” (Mito-/Cytotoxicity)

2:45 PM

Coffee break

3:30 PM

Live Demonstrations

7:00 PM



Thursday, November 30

8:45 AM

Arrival at Ncardia/ BioCampus

9:00 AM

Said El Haou, PhD (Metrion)
“Validating human iPSC cardiomyocytes for CiPA cardiac safety testing – from electrophysiology to phenotypic assays”

9:25 AM

Liudmila Polonchuk, PhD (Roche)

9:50 AM

Stephane Bedut, PhD (Scientific service provider in site at VWR Catalyst)
“High throughput optical recording of voltage and calcium signals of human ips-derived cardiomyocytes for drug screening and cell lines charcterization” 

10:15 AM

Coffee Break

10:45 AM

Silvia Cainarca, PhD (Axxam)
“iPSC-derived cells going high throughput: new strategies for ion channels drug discovery”

11:10 AM

Christian Holz (Molecular Devices)
“Phenotypic assays for compound effects using imaging-based morphological characterization of 3D neuronal cultures and calcium transients in beating cardiomyocytes”

11:35 AM

Linn Schneider, PhD (Bayer HealthCare) & Benjamin Wolters, PhD (Ncardia)
“Opening the optogenetic toolbox for iPSC-derived Cardiomyocytes” 

12:00 PM

Lunch Break

1:00 PM

Prof. Christine L. Mummery, PhD (Leiden University Medical Center)

KEYNOTE: “Advancing disease modeling using hiPSC”

1:40 PM

Caroline Archer, PhD (AstraZeneca)
“Validation and Utility of Human iPS-Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells as an in vitro Vascular Model”

2:05 PM

Prof. Philipp Sasse, PhD (University of Bonn) 
“The enlightened heart: Optogenetic methods to investigate and treat cardiac arrhythmia”

2:30 PM



Coffee Break

3:30 PM

Live Demonstrations

4:45 PM

Shuttle Bus to Hotel


Friday, December 1

8:45 AM Arrival at Ncardia/ BioCampus 
9:00 AM

Thomas Licher, PhD (Sanofi) 

9:25 AM

Georg Rast, PhD (Boehringer Ingelheim) 
“hiPSC-Derived Cardiomyocytes: Diversity In A Dish"

9:50 AM


10:10 AM Coffee Break
10:40 AM

Live Demonstrations

12:00 AM



Live Demonstrations:

  • Fatty acid metabolism / oxygen consumption rate (OCR) - Luxcel/BMG Labtech 
  • Cardiac contractile force measurement
  • HTS calcium / voltage sensitive dyes - Hamamatsu (FDSS)
  • MEA + optogenetics - Axion (Maestro + Lumos + Xpress.4U)
  • Impedance + optogenetics- Nanion (CardioExcyte96 +Sol + Xpress.4U)
  • Impedance /+MEA - Acea (xCELLigence RTCA Cardio /ECR)


The workshop will take place at the BioCampus in Cologne from November 29 - December 01, 2017



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