Cambridge Healthtech Training Seminars

Cambridge Healthtech Training Seminars 

August 5-6, 2015

DAY 1 9:00-5:15 pm • DAY 2 8:30 am-12:00 pm

(TS3) Introduction to Cell Culture

Timothy W. Fawcett, Ph.D., Director, The BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc.; Founder, BioSciConcepts 

This 1.5-day Intro to Cell Culture Training Seminar is a lecture-based course intended for the beginner who is thinking about culturing animal cells for the first time or for intermediate cell culturists wanting to know more about how animal cell culture works and how to improve their process. Attendees will learn about most of the critical aspects of cell culture from equipment maintenance and media selection to cell growth and cryopreservation. Participants will have ample time to ask specific questions and get worthwhile answers.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Introduction to Cell Culture
  • Equipment use and decontamination
  • Biological safety cabinets and CO2 incubators
  • Contamination prevention and types of contamination
  • Cell Culture Media I and II
  • Cell verification maintenance and storage
  • Cell types, microscopy and confluency
  • Transfection technology
  • Clonal isolation of animal cells
  • Primary culture and animal cell attachment and signaling
  • Growth curves, growth strategies for growing animal cells in culture

Instructor Biography:

Timothy FawcettTimothy Fawcett, Ph.D., has been in the biotechnology business for over 30 years. Trained as a biochemist, he has held senior positions in both academics and industry and has been a mentor to many young scientists throughout his career. For the last 13 years, Dr. Fawcett has been the Director of the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland (BTI), a non-profit institute located in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also the Founder and Director of BioSciConcepts, a social venture of BTI that provides hands-on training for professional scientists in cell culture, baculovirus-based expression, as well as topics such as molecular biology, PCR and real-time PCR. BioSciConcepts is an internationally recognized provider of expertise in cell culture and the biological sciences and has provided consultation services to several small and large biotechnology companies. Dr. Fawcett has a deep knowledge of biotechnology and has experience in most of the technical aspects of the workflow.

Each CHI Training Seminar offers 1.5 Days of instruction with start and stop times for each day shown above and on the Event-at-a-Glance published in the onsite Program & Event Guide. Training Seminars will include morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, as applicable, and lunch is “on your own”.

Each person registered specifically for the training seminar will be provided with a hard copy handbook for the seminar in which they are registered. A limited number of additional handbooks will be available for other delegates who wish to attend the seminar, but after these have been distributed no additional books will be available.

Those not attending a full training seminar, but who are registered for other tracks on those days of the conference, may participate in the training seminar sessions. We ask that those joining the seminars while they are in progress enter the room only during scheduled break periods to avoid disrupting the class in progress.


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