Sponsored Workshops – Sunday 10 June

By registering to attend SPEC 2018 conference, you are entitled to attend the sponsored workshop. Please see below for more information on the workshops. These workshops will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 10th June and are on a first come first served basis. You can register for your preferred workshop by logging back into your SPEC registration account. If you have any questions regarding these workshops, or need help booking your space, please email us spec2018@conferencepartners.com.

Sponsor: Perkin Elmer
Location: Meeting Room 3
Time: 13:00 – 14:30

Workshop Title: FTIR for point-of-care diagnostic screening

PerkinElmer is proud to partner with BeamLine Diagnostics (http://www.beamlinediagnostics.com/) for this two parts workshop. 

Part I: Why your choice of a FTIR should not  only be about signal-to-noise – Olivier Savard  (PerkinElmer Infrared Application Specialist)

There are more and more interest for fast and affordable clinical screening at point of care and FTIR is often the preferred choice.  This spectroscopy technique is well understood, new FTIRs are robust, small, low maintenance and have improved specifications.    There are many small FTIRs available on the market, but are they all the same?  What should you consider when investing in a FTIR for your research?  Is the FTIR flexible enough to allow your custom sample accessory to work properly?  How about method transfer between multiple instruments?  Is water vapour and CO2 variation are going to affect my results?  Do I want to develop my own software or use one that already exist?

Come learn and discuss these critical choices which could affect your research in short and long term when you choose your next FTIR.

Part II: Spectrum Two in Action: Cancer Diagnostics with BeamLine – Dr. Katherine Willetts (Co-founder and COO of BeamLine Diagnostics)

BeamLine Diagnostics is developing a beside biopsy screening system using benchtop, room-temperature ATR-FTIR spectroscopy. Initially focussing on gastrointestinal tract cancers, BeamLine has already gathered proof-of-concept data for Barrett’s oesophagus screening and is currently running ‘in-clinic’ trials in both Barrett’s and colonic polyp screening using the Perkin Elmer Spectrum Two. Ease of use and minimal disruption to clinical workflows are important considerations when using spectroscopy in clinical situations. BeamLine has worked to optimise the measurement process, including introduction of bespoke software, so that spectroscopy can be utilised point-of-care by non-specialists.

Topics covered:

–       BeamLine’s application of ATR-FTIR spectroscopy in clinical diagnostics

–       Technical and practical considerations for using ATR-FTIR in a clinical setting

–       Integration of BeamLine Solas software with Spectrum Two

–       Solas demo

If time permits, attendees will have to possibility to try the SpectrumTwo, ATR and the different infrared software platforms

Sponsor: Agilent
Location: Meeting Room 2
Time: 13:00 – 16:30

Workshop Title: Biomedical FTIR Imaging Thought Leaders Workshop.

Time Name Affiliation Talk Title
13:00 – 13:30 Dr. Mustafa Kansiz Agilent Technologies,
Melbourne, Australia
FTIR Imaging – Principles, Applications and Latest Developments
13:30 – 14:15 Prof. Rohit Bhargava Beckman Institute,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, IL, USA
Infrared spectroscopic imaging for all-digital molecular histopathology
14:15 – 15:00 Prof. Klaus Gerwert Biophysics Department,
Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany
FTIR-based Imaging provide classification of cancer and brain tissue
15:00 -15:15 Coffee Break / light refreshments
15:15 – 16:00 Prof. Peter Gardner Manchester Institute of
Biotechnology, The University of 
Manchester, UK
Infrared spectral pathology for cancer screening. Using H&E stained tissue sections on glass to minimise disruption to the workflow
16:00 – 16:30 Dr. Marko Toplak SOLEIL Synchrotron,
IR beamline, Paris, France
Orange, Spectral Orange and QUASAR connecting the dots of machine learning with hyperspectral data processing

Sponsor: WITec

Location: Meeting Room 3

Time: 15:00 – 16:30

Workshop Title: 3D Confocal Raman Imaging: New Perspectives and Tools for Biomedical Research Applications The workshop will give a detailed introduction to the principles of 3D confocal Raman imaging and highlight its potential for life sciences and biomedical research. To specifically address the challenges of these fields of application, WITec has developed and will present a new microscope tailored to their preferred experimental setup. The ability to combine Raman imaging with other high-resolution techniques provides a more comprehensive understanding of a sample, and therefore correlative Raman microscopy technologies will be discussed in detail during the seminar as well.

Time Name Affiliation Talk Title






Dr. Miriam Boehmler

WITec, Ulm, Germany

New perspectives in 3D confocal Raman Imaging for Biomedical Research



Prof. Klaus Gerwert Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany

Raman Imaging in Bladder Cancer and Parkinson Disease



Dr Adrian Knowles


Current trends in Raman Imaging: New tools for research and development



Q&A / Discussion


At the SPEC WITec booth customers can see live demos of the novel inverted confocal Raman imaging microscope alpha300 Ri. The ability to view and investigate samples from below is a great advantage when working with aqueous solutions and oversized samples. Studies in life sciences, biomedicine and pharmaceutics in particular will benefit from the consistency and flexibility provided by the geometry of the alpha300 Ri. 3D confocal Raman imaging is a versatile and powerful technique to chemically characterize samples nondestructively and without labeling.

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