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InSphero launches new webinar series, starting with virtual SOT 2020 sessions

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February 26, 2020

InSphero launches new webinar series, starting with virtual SOT 2020 sessions

As the coronavirus epidemic prompts cancellations of scientific meetings around the world, we have been working on alternative methods to keep you informed of advances in 3D cell-based assay technology, new approaches for experimental program design, and the latest data produced using our drug discovery and safety platforms.  In this blog, our CEO Jan Lichtenberg describes InSphero’s plan B:  a new webinar series starting with our virtual SOT 2020 sessions.

Our liver team was just putting the finishing touches on their presentations and posters when we heard that SOT 2020 was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. While we applaud the decision of SOT leadership to put the health and safety of members first and join public health efforts to slow the community spread of this new virus, we can’t help but be disappointed.

Like you, we rely on SOT and other scientific meetings to learn and share the science and technologies that help drive biomedical research forward. Rather than wait until 2021, we will be hosting a series of scientific webinars to share our latest breakthroughs with you – and learn more about the challenges you face when applying 3D cell technologies in drug discovery and safety testing. We’ll kick this online program off next week, starting with two webinars on topics we planned to present in Anaheim. We invite you to register for our free “virtual SOT” sessions and together let’s keep the conversation going.

Virtual SOT 2020 Webinar Series

Topic:  NAFLD & NASH Discovery
Time: Wednesday, March 18, 4 PM CET
Title: Redefining NASH Drug Discovery: A New Approach to Complex Disease Modeling

Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a progressive disease that takes years to develop in humans and involves an intricate interplay of multiple liver cell types, impaired liver functionality, and disrupted signaling. Senior Application Scientist Dr. Sue Grepper, who has written numerous blogs and co-authored articles about NAFLD and NASH, will provide an overview of our versatile platform for screening/testing NASH therapies using pathophysiologically relevant, disease-tunable 3D in vitro human models, and present the latest data generated using our 3D InSight™ Human Liver NASH model.

Virtual Poster: Establishment of a 3D Human NASH Model for High-throughput Drug Efficacy Testing. (You will be able to request this poster after the webinar.)

Topic:  Investigative Toxicology
Time: Thursday, March 19, 4 PM CET
Title: Transforming Mechanistic Toxicology with 3D Human Liver Microtissues

InSphero CSO and Toxicology Professor Armin Wolf and Liver Toxicology Team Leader Dr. Monika Kijanska will introduce a framework for mechanistic toxicology investigations, based on a suite of causality assays developed for our 3D InSight™ Liver Toxicology Platform. Armin and Monika will discuss how to design experimental programs that help validate relationships between events that trigger toxic responses and identify adverse outcome pathways implicated in drug induced liver injury, and present example data generated using our liver toxicology platform

Virtual Poster: Novel 3D Liver Microtissue Reactivity Assay Reveals Causal Link between Glutathione Status and Cytotoxicity. (This poster will be available for download after the webinar.)


Coming Soon to a Computer Near You

We’ll keep you posted as we plan additional webinars to cover presentations we’ve been working on other upcoming meetings that have been cancelled or delayed, such as AACR 2020, as well as other topics of interest to our partners and the biomedical research community.  If you have any suggestions or special requests, please contact our team.  Looking forward to hearing your feedback.

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Dr. Jan Lichtenberg is CEO and Co-founder of InSphero AG. An engineer and expert in laboratory automation with 20 years of experience in the life sciences, Jan earned his PhD in Microtechnology and Microfuidics at the University of Neuchêtel.

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