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Droplet Digital PCR

Scientific Conference Series

Droplet Digital PCR provides absolute quantification of target DNA or RNA without the need for a standard curve, providing orders of magnitude greater precision and sensitivity than real-time PCR.

By partitioning reactions into droplets using the QX200 Droplet Digital PCR system, researchers can now:

  • Differentiate germline copy number variations
  • Accurately quantify rare alleles in an excess of wildtype background DNA
  • Precisely quantitate nucleic acids
  • Analyse miRNA expression
  • Quantify single cell gene expression
  • Detect genome editing events

See how the QX200 Droplet Digital PCR System enables exploration of complex genetic landscapes, discovers and validates new disease associations, and redefines a new era of molecular research.

London event coming soon.

Past Events

Thank you to everyone who attended the events in Pisa, Minsk, Berlin, Milano or Bari. We received some fantastic feedback:

“Source of inspiration for future studies and collaborations”
“Good speakers, nice opinion exchange”
“Interesting issues well explained”
“The speakers explained the potential of this technology”

How useful did you find the meeting? 
Score 4.11/5 (average across all events)

2nd September - Swiss Integrative Center for Human Health SA, Passage du Cardinal 13B, CH-1700 Fribourg

Agenda - 02 September
08:45Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:10Dr. Gertrud Heimbeck, Bio-Rad Laboratories
Satellite Session: Basics of Droplet Digital™ PCR: Technology & Applications (for new users)
09:50Welcome and Start of Plenary Session
10:00Dr. Jean-Marc Brunner
Presentation of SICHH competence center
10:15Dr. Marco Bianchi, Bio-Rad Laboratories
Droplet Digital™ PCR: Applications and New Developments
11:00Dr. Geoffrey Cottenet, Nestlé S.A.
Novel Approach for the Quantification of GMOs
11:20Dr. Philipp Couttet, Novartis
ddPCR in Translational Investigative Safety
11:50Dr. Miguel Waterhouse, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg
Simultaneous analysis of Minimal Residual Disease and Hematopoietic Chimerism for Relapse Prediction using Digital Droplet PCR
12:20Lunch Break
13:30ddPCR at Microsynth: from R&D to validated assay
Dr. Sergey Yakushev, Microsynth
14:00Dr. Pia Scheu, Bio-Rad Laboratories
Roundtable Discussion and Troubleshooting Session (for Users only)
15:00End of Meeting


26th September - Tulip Inn, Antwerpen, Potvlietlaan 2, 2600 Antwerpen, Belgium

Agenda - 18 September (This is a draft agenda that will be updated soon)
9:30-10:00Arrival and coffee
10:00-10:30Seven years into droplet digital PCR, an overview
Caroline Weydert, Bio-Rad
10:30-11:00Liquid biopsy in breast cancer: clinical applications and challenges
Françoise Rothé, Institut Jules Bordet, Brussels
11:00-11:30Validation, implementation, and accreditation of ddPCR assays in clinical diagnostics
Koen Jacobs, AZ Sint-Lucas, Ghent
11:30-12:00Coffee Break
12:00-12:30Optimized (pre) Analytic Conditions and Workflow for ddPCR Analysis of cfDNA from Patients Suspected of Lung Carcinoma
Remco De Kock, Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven
12:30-13:00Effective duplex and multiplex data analysis and management using Roodcom WebAnalysis
Rogier Nell, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden
14:00-14:30Searching in the dark: environmental DNA based monitoring of the mysterious European weather loach (Misgurnus fossilis)
Rein Brys, Institute for Nature and Forest
14:30-15:00HiBiT tagging of endogenous genes, an explorative study
Marc De Raeymaeker, Galapagos
15:00-15:30Future perspectives in droplet digital PCR
Koen De Gelas, Bio-Rad
15:30-16:30Open to interested attendees


18th September - EMBL Heidelberg, Advanced Training Centre (ATC), Courtyard Seminar Room.
Meyerhofstr. 1, 69117 Heidelberg

Agenda - 18 September
09:30Start of Registration and Welcome Coffee
10:00Satellite Session - Basics of Droplet Digital PCR Technology & Applications (for registered beginners)
11:00Introduction (Plenary Session)
11:15Droplet Digital PCR: Technology & Applications (advanced)
11:45Using ddPCR to precisely and accurately quantify of Hepatitis B Virus covalently closed circular (ccc) DNA
Herr Dr. Thomas Tu, Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Sydney
12:15Reference materials in R&D and diagnostic. Development and use with ddPCR
Frau Dr. Eileen Stroh, SensID GmbH
12:45Lunch Break
13:45CHO Residual DNA Detection with ddPCR
Herr Dr. Jan Michel Falcke, Sanofi
14:15Factors that influence the limit of detection
Dr. Frank Bizouarn, Bio-Rad
14:45Conclusions and End of Plenary Sessions
15:00Coffee Break
15:20Troubleshooting Session for QX Users - Meet the Experts


18th September - MED CAMPUS Graz, Neue Stiftingtalstraße 6, 8010 Graz, HörSaal 5

Agenda - 18 September
08:00Start of registration and welcome coffee
08:45The Power of Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR) - Introduction to the Method and Applications
Dr. Pia Scheu Bio-Rad Laboratories
09:45ddPCR as complementary tool in molecular pathology
Dr. Karl Kashofer; Medical Universitiy of Graz, Diagnostic and Research Institute of Pathology
10:30Detection of EGFR mutations in lung cancer using Droplet Digital PCR
Prof. Martin Filipits; Medical University of Vienna, Institute of Cancer Research
11:15Break, Snacks will be available
11:45Product demonstration, held by one of our product specialists
12:30Laboratory visit

For further information please contact:
Dr. Pia Scheu: [email protected] or Mag. Christof Fleischer: [email protected]


3rd October - The Magdalen Centre, Oxford Science Park, 1 Robert Robinson Ave, Oxford OX4 4GA

Agenda - 3 October
10:00-10:30Bio-Rad Flow Overview
10:30-11:00Andy Riddell, Flow Cytometry Science Technology Platform Head at The Francis Crick Institute
11:00-11:30Mr. Franz Ketzer, Institute of Physiological Chemistry, Ulm University
11:30-12:00Dr Michael Blundell, Product Manager Flow Cytometry antibodies, Bio-Rad
12:15-12:45Single -cell ATAC-Seq: Speeding up single-cell genomics research
12:45-13:15The use of Flow Cytometry and ddPCR in the CAR-T workflow
13:45-14:30Bio-Rad ddPCR Overview
14:30-15:00Dr Alasdair Allan, Genome Engineering Specialist, MRC Harwell Institute
15:00:15:30Dominic Owens, WIMM, University of Oxford: Microhomologies are prevalent at Cas9 induced larger deletions
15:30-16:00Close and question


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