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EI Innovate 2020: From Identification to Intervention

Developing solutions to global issues with EI’s advanced capabilities and expertise in genomics and bioinformatics - improving global food security, environmental management, conservation, health and disease targeting.

Start date:

17 November 2020

End date:

19 November 2020

Time:

09h30 - 15h30

Venue:

Virtual (Via Zoom and Meeting Mojo)

Registration deadline:

08 November 2020

Cost:

£10

About the event.

About the event

Following last year’s success, we are hosting EI Innovate again this year to explore opportunities for collaboration and innovation with external organisations. Having worked with agri-food, biotech and med-tech sectors, we have a wealth of experience in collaborating with others on developing potential solutions to industrial and societal challenges.

Going virtual this year, EI Innovate will showcase EI’s expertise and capabilities across 3 select areas :

  1. Disease identification and monitoring – how genomics and bioinformatics are used for disease identification and monitoring, from COVID-19, to AMR to agricultural pathogens.
  2. Finding a needle in a haystack – Identifying specific targets in health and disease with long read RNA and single cell sequencing.
  3. Accelerating plant breeding with next generation genetics, genomics and epigenetics.

We will be sharing examples of existing collaborations and use it as a chance to explore new opportunities. There will also be a chance for participants to promote their work with lightning pitches, and participate in 1-to-1 meetings to network further. We anticipate this to be a great interactive experience, hope to see you all there.

Who is this event for?

EI Innovate brings together a range of sectors to discuss current advances and challenges in their field; from academic researchers to businesses in agri-food, biotech and med-tech sectors, The event is relevant for organisations involved in:

  • Plant breeding and plant biotech
  • Development of public health diagnostics tools and techniques
  • Identification of therapeutic targets for human disease characterisation
  • Development of digital healthcare & diagnostics for precision medicine

It will also be of interest to:

  • Repositories of biological materials
  • Funders of life science innovation and adjacent technologies
  • Developers of instrumentation, tools, products and services

What will you get out of the event?

  • Find out about specific areas of EI’s expertise and technological platforms
  • Make new contacts and discuss potential ideas for collaboration
  • Discuss the latest advances and solutions within these fields
  • Learn about how to access EI’s capabilities from genomics pipelines, bioinformatics tools and high-performance computing to training courses.

Programme.

EI Innovate provides an opportunity to engage with cutting-edge technologies developed at EI. By showcasing existing projects and collaborations, this event will demonstrate how EI’s expertise and capabilities can be accessed through collaborative projects, training, or contract research for real life applications.  

Breakout sessions will enable discussion about specific challenges or opportunities within the respective fields. Along with networking appointments so that potential new collaborations can be explored.  

Event Themes:

  • Day One - Disease identification and monitoring – how genomics and bioinformatics are used for disease identification and monitoring, from COVID-19, to AMR to agricultural pathogens 
  • Day Two - Finding a needle in a haystack – Identifying specific targets in health and disease with long read RNA and single cell sequencing. 
  • Day Three  - Accelerating plant breeding with next generation genetics, genomics and epigenetics.  

For further information on the above themes, please click here

Day 1 - 17 November 2020

Time

Topic

09:30 - 09:45

Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

09:45 - 10:00

Talk 1: Dr Richard Leggett

10:00 - 10:15

Talk 2: Dr Rose Davidson, University of East Anglia

10:15 - 11:00

Q&A and Panel Discussion

11:00 - 12:30

Facilitated discussions in breakout rooms

12:30 - 13:30

Break

13:30 - 15:30

1:1 Meeting (with Meeting MoJo)

Day 2 - 18 November 2020

Time

Topic

09:30 - 09:45

Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

09:45 - 10:00

Talk 1: Dr Iain Macaulay, Earlham Institute

10:00 - 10:15

Talk 2: Prof Elizabeth Tunbridge, University of Oxford

10:15 - 11:00

Q&A and Panel Discussion

11:00 - 12:30

Facilitated discussions in breakout rooms

12:30 - 13:30

Break

13:30 - 15:30

1:1 Meeting (with Meeting MoJo)

Day 3 - 19 November 2020

Time

Topic

09:30 - 09:45

Welcome and introduction from the Chair

09:45 - 10:00

Talk 1: Prof. Anthony Hall, Earlham Institute

10:00 - 10:15

Talk 2: TBC

10:15 - 11:00

Q&A and Panel Discussion

11:00 - 12:30

Facilitated discussions in breakout rooms

12:30 - 13:30

Break

13:30 - 15:30

1:1 Meeting (with Meeting MoJo)

Session Descriptions.

Please see below for detailed session descriptions for each of the three days. 

Day One - 17 November 2020
Disease identification and monitoring – how genomics and bioinformatics are used for disease identification and monitoring, from COVID-19, to AMR to agricultural pathogens 

Outbreaks of infectious diseases have devastating impact including loss to life and economic downturn. EI is at the forefront of developing pipelines, automation and data management that are key for the development of rapid and accurate detection and diagnostics of infectious diseases of people, animals and plants.  This session will enable participants to learn about EI’s capabilities in disease detection and diagnostics, including human gut diseases such as sepsis or necrotising enterocolitis (NEC), airborne agricultural pathogens, foodborne bacterial infections including Salmonella and Listeria, and covid-19. It will provide examples of how working with EI can advance the development of solutions for disease diagnostics and monitoring. 

Day Two - 18 November 2020
Finding a needle in a haystack – Identifying specific targets in health and disease with long read RNA and single cell sequencing. 

Genomic tools allow insights into functional consequences of genetic variation, however identifying targets/pathways in health and disease can be challenging due to discrepancy in a mixed-cell population. EI is at the forefront of developing the laboratory workflows, bioinformatic pipelines and data management that are key to narrowing down specific therapeutic targets. In this session, we focus on long-read RNA and single-cell sequencing to pinpoint the cells and genes critical for animals and humans in health and disease. Participants will gain insight into EI’s single cell and/ or long read RNA advancement, with applications range from cancer and cardiac disorder, to antimicrobial resistance and bacterial evolution. 

Day Three - 19 November 2020
Accelerating plant breeding with next generation genetics, genomics and epigenetics.  

Plant genomics has revolutionised the agricultural industry by providing a greater understanding of desirable traits; resulting in a more targeted approach to plant breeding practices and facilitating crop improvement. EI is at the forefront of developing pipelines, automation and data management, these approaches are important in enhancing productivity of key agricultural crops and drive sustainable agricultural practices. This session will explore the latest developments including a tool for wheat breeding, a complex genome assembly platform for crops, computational systems that enable advancement in agricultural practices, insights into crop pests and the importance of utilising genebanks for crop improvement. 

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Registration deadline: 8 Nov 2020 - 23:45

Participation: Open to all