Christopher McNary, RainDance
Technologies President and Chief Executive Officer, will discuss the impact
of new transformational tools shaping life sciences research during a panel
session at the 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta on May 20, 2009.
The session, Transformational Tools: How New Research Technologies Are Changing
the Rules of the Game, will review how the accessibility and power of these
new tools are empowering individual scientists to conduct research that was
formerly infeasible, unaffordable, or threatening to the research status quo.
In his remarks, McNary will discuss how exciting new technologies are enabling
researchers to rethink the way they design experiments and approach discovery,
permitting the achievement of previously unattainable breakthrough science.
He will cite that the capabilities of his company’s RainStormTM microdroplet-based
technology platform can be applied across a wide range of biomedical research
applications. For example, McNary will describe how a researcher can collect
a heterogeneous group of cells of interest, such as a cancer sample, break it
down into homogeneous collections of primary cells such as tumor and stem cells,
capture and interrogate these as single cells, and perform scientific analyses.
This capability will help make exciting strides in understanding the fundamental
biology of complex disease.
In addition, McNary will explain how the RainStorm platform also is being applied
in collaboration with sanofi-aventis to develop game-changing high-throughput
screening methodologies for drug discovery. This work will accelerate the discovery
process by enabling pharmaceutical companies to make better and faster decisions
about what compounds should be pulled through their development pipelines. McNary
will review how these new workflows minimize experimental unknowns, permit simple
sample manipulation, and generate accurate measurements at levels unimaginable
only a few years ago.
McNary and the other chief executives on the panel also will describe the radical
innovations, new perspectives, and diverse disciplines underlying these new
technologies, as well as challenges to development and commercialization.
To learn more, visit the RainDance Technologies Website at www.raindancetech.com,
or call 781-861-6300.
For more information about the 2009 BIO International Convention, visit http://convention.bio.org/.