Location & dates EMBL Heidelberg, Germany 5 - 7 Feb 2020
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Pre-Conference Workshop

The following optional pre-conference workshop will be hosted by the conference sponsor FortéBio and will take place before the EMBL Conference: Expanding the Druggable Proteome with Chemical Biology

Let’s discover the future-oriented ELISA alternative today

Date: Wednesday, 5 February 2020, from 11:45 to 12:45
Venue: Courtyard room B, EMBL Advanced Training Centre

Presenter: Dr. Helge Schnerr, Marketing Manager EMEA, Forté


The majority of drugs directed against the druggable proteome are small molecules. However, for several years in a row 8 of the Top-10 pharmaceuticals are biologics.


Traditional methods for analyzing the kinetics of biomolecular interactions such as ELISA are often cumbersome and may require rigorous sample preparation. In addition, ELISA may not provide the information required for the confident understanding of the mechanism of action of a drug molecule.

In contrast, Biolayer-Interferometry (BLI) provides an easy to use the real-time label-free system.


Characteristics of BLI systems:

  • Fluidics-free approach
  • Ready-to-use biosensors
  • Crude sample tolerance

Analyze affinity, kinetics, and active concentration in real-world samples in confidence every day.


Benefits of BLI assays:

  • Unprecedented throughput
  • Shorted run times
  • Low maintenance

Detect interactions of a diverse range of biomolecules.


Examples of BLI performance:

  • Protein-protein interactions
  • Protein-small molecules interactions
  • Combined assays


Join the workshop to discover BLI for your research.  Several examples demonstrate the development improvement of new therapeutics against the druggable proteome.

All conference participants will receive an email with a registration link. 

Participation in the workshop is first come - first served.