Addressing the challenges of high-throughput SARS-CoV-2 testing

Discover how leading laboratories are implementing and scaling up SARS-CoV-2 testing

Date & Time

September 29, 2020 | 8 am PDT (5pm CEST)

Webinar Description

It is now widely recognized that high-throughput sample testing is critical for effective control of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. As a result, laboratories worldwide are rapidly scaling up their sample testing capabilities; however, meeting the unprecedented level of sample throughput, while maintaining quality and accuracy, is not without challenge.

Join this webinar, to learn from two pioneers of high-throughput sample testing - Biogazelle and UgenTec - who will share tips and best practice experiences of setting up and optimizing SARS-CoV-2 testing workflows.
In this webinar you will:

  • Hear how Biogazelle are integral to Belgium’s national SARS-CoV-2 testing strategy - one of the most comprehensive in Europe
  • Learn effective strategies for setting up, validating, and further enhancing high-throughput SARS-CoV-2 testing workflows - built on experience gained from running over 200,000 samples
  • Discover how FastFinder from UgenTec enables enhanced testing efficiency and data analysis insights across the entire testing workflow
  • Understand the considerations and advantages of implementing automated workflows - from sample prep and RNA extraction to RT-qPCR
  • Hear how Twist’s Synthetic SARS-CoV-2 RNA Controls deliver confidence in results

Following their presentations, both speakers will join a roundtable discussion to provide further insights into high-throughput testing for Covid-19.
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James Grayson

Lead Field Applications Specialist, Americas

James is a Scientist and Automation Engineer with over 10 years of experience in the automation of Laboratory Workflow. James joined UgenTec in August 2019 as the Technical and Applications lead for the Americas and Australia helping to support customers and grow the UgenTec team and business in new markets. Prior to joining UgenTec, James was the Head of Molecular Workflow Automation at Siemens Healthineers, working to capture Voice of Customer Workflow needs and develop customized solutions.

Jo Vandesompele

CSO / Founder

Jo Vandesompele is co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Biogazelle, a Contract Research Organization specializing in high-value genomics applications to support pharmaceutical research, clinical trials and diagnostic test development. He is also professor in Functional Cancer Genomics and Applied Bioinformatics at Ghent University, Belgium. He obtained a Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering (1997) and a PhD in Medical Genetics (2002). He is author of more than 250 scientific articles in international journals, including some pioneering publications in the domain of RNA quantification and non-coding RNA. His H-index is 66, with 33 000 citations (Web of Science, January 2020).
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