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DISCOVERY Global User Symposium 2020

Roche and Labroots are pleased to announce the first-ever global DISCOVERY user symposium. This two-day event will take place November 12-13, 2020 and will focus on advancements in tissue research. This event is a peer to peer meeting, allowing you to hear from fellow researchers about their work with the DISCOVERY product portfolio.

Our virtual symposium allows you to participate in a global setting with no travel or cost to you. This virtual symposium also offers increased reach for the global DISCOVERY community with a high degree of interaction through live-streaming video and chat sessions.

Register Now to access the following beginning on November 12th:

  • Attend presentations from fellow researchers on their latest research
  • Join our live Q&A to chat with our speakers
  • View webinars on demand after the event
  • Visit our virtual lab to explore our technology
  • Visit Roche exhibits and chat with Roche staff about our research solutions
  • Ask the Experts – Connect with our DISCOVERY experts for helpful tips on creating your protocols and to get answers to technical questions about the DISCOVERY portfolio.

 

DISCOVERY products are for research use only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.


Speakers
  • Research Leader, Roche Sequencing Solutions
  • Staff Scientist
  • Former Scientist at NovoVita Histopath Laboratory, Currently Laboratory Director at StageBio
  • Professor of Pathology Anatomy and Cell Biology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College / Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Research associate, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Gilead Sciences, Foster City, CA Jan., 2011 - current Associate Scientist I (2011-2013), Biologics and Target Biology Associate Scientist II (2014-2015), Biomarker / Biology Core Support
  • Professor Emeritus of Pathology, University of Arizona; Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor Emeritus, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a division of Roche
  • DISCOVERY Reagent & Training Lead, Companion Diagnostics (CDx) & DISCOVERY, Roche Tissue Diagnostics

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Speakers

  • Nelson Alexander, PhD
    Research Leader, Roche Sequencing Solutions
    Biography

      Nelson Alexander received his Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the University of Arizona, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Looking to have a more direct impact on patient care, he joined Roche Tissue Diagnostics (RTD) in 2007 where he has held multiple roles in R&D, as well as Research & Early Development. During his time at RTD Nelson became very interested in the interface between tumor heterogeneity and sampling bias. Nelson currently lead a research team within Roche Sequencing Solutions that is pioneering a new sampling process that enables the evaluation and quantification of tumor diversity at the genomic, transcriptomic, and cellular levels from entire solid tumors.

    • Srabani Bhaumik, PhD
      Staff Scientist
      Biography

        Srabani Bhaumik is a Staff Scientist in the Strategic Applications and Innovation Lab at Roche Tissue Diagnostics. Her R&D experiences includes molecular imaging, molecular pathology, small animal imaging, MRI contrast media imaging, reporter gene imaging, regenerative medicine and in-vitro assay development in oncology. Her current work is focused on fluorescent multiplexing (mIF) assay development on Roche automated IHC/ISH instruments, image acquisition and image analysis on multiple platforms. She was the technical lead for the development and launch of the fluorescent RUO 5-Plex assay on Roche Discovery platform. She has successfully developed complex fluorescent multiplex assays on various oncology samples including 3D cell spheroids and cytology. Prior to Roche, she worked at General Electric Global Research, where she focused on the MultiOmyx platform to explore immune oncology biomarker.

      • Sara Eglitis, MS, QIHC
        Former Scientist at NovoVita Histopath Laboratory, Currently Laboratory Director at StageBio
        Biography

          Sara Eglitis is a former scientist at NovoVita Histopath Laboratory, a CRO in Boston, MA specializing in a wide ranging of histopathology services including immunohistochemistry and digital image analysis. She is now Laboratory Director at StageBio.

        • Charalambos C. Solomides, MD
          Professor of Pathology Anatomy and Cell Biology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College / Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
          Biography

            Charalambos Solomides began his career in medicine at the Rheinishe Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn, Germany, where he attended Medical School. Following graduation in 1988 with a Degree in Medicine he successfully completed his medical doctorate thesis in 1991, and graduated from the same university with a Doctorate of Medicine (Dr. Med.). Following 2 years in clinical research at Albany Medical College in NY, USA (1991-1993), he enrolled in the Residency Pathology Program of Temple University Hospital (TUH) in Philadelphia (1993). He completed his Residency in Pathology in 1998 and a Fellowship in Cytopathology 1999 at Thomas Jefferson University. He joined the faculty at TUH, Department of Pathology in 1999 as Assistant and later as Associate Professor of Pathology and Director of Cytopathology (2004). In 2009 he joined the Department of Pathology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia where is currently The Warren R. Lang Professor of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology and Director of Cytopathology and the Immunohistochemistry Lab. His special interest is in Cytopathology and Lung Pathology. Charalambos has published over 70 publications in peer reviewed journals and 2 book chapters.

          • Faruk Erdem Kombak, MD
            Research associate, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
            Biography

              Faruk Erdem Kombak is a research associate in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York. He has been working in Precision Pathology Biobanking Center of this institution since September 2019. He was born in Turkey, in 1986 and completed his medical degree in Istanbul University, Turkey, in 2010. He finished his anatomical pathology residency in Marmara University, Turkey, in 2016. He worked as attending pathologist in Turkey for 3 years. In his current position; he performs histological and immunohistochemical assessment for clinical trials/scientific projects as well as multiplex immunohistochemistry and tissue microarray construction.

            • Vivian Barry, MS
              Gilead Sciences, Foster City, CA Jan., 2011 - current Associate Scientist I (2011-2013), Biologics and Target Biology Associate Scientist II (2014-2015), Biomarker / Biology Core Support
              Biography

                Vivian Barry is a Senior Scientist in the Pathobiology group at Gilead Sciences.  She began her career in molecular biology and immunology research areas at DNAX and Genentech.  She eventually ventured into histopathology research and became the manager of the immunohistochemistry team at Arresto Biosciences in 2008.  Vivian joined Gilead in 2011, with the acquisition of Arresto, and has been managing the IHC/Pathology group at Gilead since that time.  Over the years, she has focused on building the histopathology lab and has introduced various machinery and techniques to enhance the delivery of high quality IHC and CISH data.  Her team focuses on target validation in both human tissues and animal models, assists in determining mechanism of action of therapeutics and small molecules, and is involved in IND-enabling studies.  She collaborates with investigators across Gilead’s departments; these projects include virology, immunology, oncology, and fibrotic diseases.  Vivian received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at the University of San Francisco, and has recently received her MBA from the Golden Gate University, San Francisco.

              • Thomas M. Grogan, MD
                Professor Emeritus of Pathology, University of Arizona; Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor Emeritus, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a division of Roche
                Biography
                  Dr. Thomas Grogan, MD, is professor emeritus at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He is the founder and chief scientific advisor emeritus at Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a division of Roche, a leading international healthcare leader based in Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Grogan grew up in unusual circumstances, as the son of a CIA officer father and a steel-willed mother, whose three sons experienced childhoods filled with peril in several foreign countries. He graduated from the University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in biology, and earned his medical degree with honors from the George Washington University School of Medicine. During his time in medical school, Dr. Grogan studied tropical medicine in Cebu, the Philippines. He did his internship and residency in the U.S. Army at Letterman Hospital in San Francisco and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He was a post-graduate fellow in hematopathology at Stanford University. A founding member of the International Lymphoma Study Group, Dr. Grogan has authored more than two hundred and fifty scientific papers and holds eighteen patents. His clinical practice contributions have been recognized in the Best Doctors in America, published by Woodward/White, Inc.) continuously from 1991 until his retirement in 2017. Chief among his innovations is the automation of cancer pathology testing technology that enables physicians to accurately identify the genetic characteristics of their patients' disease and manage their personalized treatment. Dr. Grogan has also been recognized for his medical and business accomplishments with many prestigious awards, including American Cancer Society Gift of Life Award (2003), Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2002), Tom Brown Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award (2002), University of Arizona Outstanding Technology Innovation Award (2004). Dr. Grogan is a husband, father and grandfather, and he lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife of fifty-two years, Cande, who was a successful restaurateur.
                • Mark Hellewell, PhD
                  DISCOVERY Reagent & Training Lead, Companion Diagnostics (CDx) & DISCOVERY, Roche Tissue Diagnostics
                  Biography
                    Mr. Hellewell has been with Roche Tissue Diagnostics (RTD) for 8 years where he has held several positions within the company. He began his career with RTD UK where he held sales and applications positions. In 2016 he relocated to Tucson, AZ to take up a global role with customer support for RTD. In 2107 he joined the DISCOVERY International Business team as Global Reagent and Training Lead, where he manages their reagent portfolio and global DISCOVERY training activities for customers and RTD personnel.
                  Ask the Experts

                  Bring your toughest challenge or simplest questions to our DISCOVERY portfolio experts.  The team will be available by Live Chat during the conference hours.  Our technical support team will be ready to assist with questions on DISCOVERY  installation, protocol development and even offer multiplexing suggestions for your most challenging projects.  Just look for the Ask the Expert "Kiosk" during the Symposium.

                  Speakers Roundtable

                  Join a Zoom "Virtual Roundtable" with the Symposium speakers on both Nov 12 at 14.30 (EDT) and Nov 13 at 18.30 PDT.  Speakers will field questions from symposium attendees in a moderated session.  A great chance to "speak live" with colleagues on their groundbreaking research.

                  Virtual Exhibits

                  Come learn the latest developments in Roche's Research portfolio.  There will be "Exhibit booths" for

                  • DISCOVERY product portfolio featuring the latest in research applications for  IHC/ISH and mRNA protocols.  Our partner ACD Biotechne will also have a companion exhibit featuring their mRNA portfolio for reseachers.
                  • Pharma Services providing a wide range of expertise in the research phase of companion diagnostic development
                  • Digital Imagining, featuring the DP200 for Researchers.
                  • Sequencing Portfolio featuring the AVENIO Milisect Tissue dissection system

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