Events and meetings

BioSpa-8 and CytationWorkflow for Automated Live Cell Imaging Applications

In recent years, impressive progress has been made towards our understanding of the biological mechanisms of immune-and cancer cell interactions. Development and proper use of specialized instrumentation for imaging and quantification of cell-based assays is critical for obtaining reproducible and meaningful data.

BioLab at OICR is organizing a free educational seminar on the BioSpa™ 8, an automated incubation system that integrates with Cytation imagers to quantify cell behavior in real-time while cells remain undisturbed inside the incubator.

The system can process up to eight microplates and allows walk-away automation and analysis of images, providing continuous monitoring of biological processes that are difficult to achieve with endpoint assays.

The full range of cell-based applications, from proliferation, wound-healing, cytotoxicity, viability, apoptosis to cell-cell interactions, chemotaxis/migration, or drug screenings, can be run on the BioSpa™8 system.

Date and Location

Wednesday, November 12, 2019 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
661 University Avenue,
West Tower, Suite 510

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Automation Meets Cell Separation: Primary Cell Isolation for Drug Discovery

A deep understanding of the interactions and phenotypes of immune and tumour cells within the tumour microenvironment is key to developing future immune-based cancer therapy strategies. In recent years, impressive progress has been made towards developing effective methods for separation and isolation of viable cells from tissues and tumors, essential for use in any in vitro assays.

Join us at BioLab, OICR, for a free educational seminar on the Miltenyi Biotec’s recently developed automated and Ficoll-free solutions for primary immune cell and PBMC isolation from various starting materials to ensure the the best fit for every drug discovery program.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of automation in cell separation
  •  Get to know new technologies for more efficient cell processing

Date and Location

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 |11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
661 University Avenue, West Tower, Suite 510

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Terry Fox Research Institute’s, Ontario Node Research Symposium

Thursday, December 12, 2019  in the MaRS Auditorium
(conference facility/lower level).


  • Professor Tim Willson,
    Structural Genomics Consortium, University of North Carolina:  Building a complete kinase inhibitor set for known kinases
  • Professor Craig Crews,
    Yale University:  Protac technologies, drug triggered protein degradation
  • Professor Jakob Glanville,
    Biodistributed:  New approaches in phage display technology


Rima Al-awar (OICR), Liliana Attisano (Donnelly Centre), Sheela Abraham(Queen’s), Fred Dick (Western University), Roman Melynk, (SickKids), Lisa Porter (University of Windsor)

Novel Cancer Targets and Emerging Therapies


Rapid Fire Talks 
The top 10 postdoc abstracts submitted will be given a unique opportunity to showcase their work

Poster Session & Reception
Thursday, December 12th (5 – 6:30 p.m.)
The Heritage Atrium, MaRS

For additional information on the TFRI Symposium, please contact