Bio-Trac – First Annual Symposium

September 27, 2018
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I spent the afternoon yesterday at the First Annual BioTrac Symposium. The topic was Multiplex Immunofluorescence in Immune OncologyThe speakers were very knowledgeable and spoke about Opal staining, multispectral image acquisition, and the immunophenotyping analysis with AI. It was fascinating. There are hands-on workshops today.

The training was done by Bio-Trac – a company that specializes in Biotechnology training through a schedule of sessions listed on their site, or customized training workshops for government agencies, private industry, and academic institutions. The workshop yesterday was well run, with breaks for lunch and throughout the day, as well as a reception in the evening.

Mark Nardone, the Director of Bio-Trac Training programs, was on hand to facilitate throughout the day at the Bioscience Education Center at the Montgomery County – Germantown campus. MedImmune and PerkinElmer were sponsors.

Technologies Discussed: Optimization and troubleshooting of Opal staining, multispectral image acquisition with Polaris™ scanner, immunophenotyping analysis using InForm and HALO software

Speakers: Dr. Janis Taube, Keynote, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute; Nicolas Brieu, PhD, Definiens; Stephen Hewitt, MD, PhD, NIH/NCI; Cliff Hoyt, MS, PerkinElmer; Edwin Parra, MD, PhD, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Jaime Rodriguez-Canales, M.D., MedImmune; Lorenz Rognoni, PhD, Definiens; Houssein Abdul Sater, MD, NIH/NCI; Kurt Schalper, MD, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine; Adam Smith, Indica Labs, Inc.; Michael Surace, PhD, MedImmune

You’ll find a full write-up of the day on

~ gina

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