4Bio Summit: Europe

The European summit featuring tracks on qPCR, dPCR/NGS, Microfluidics and Gene Editing


November 27 - 28, 2018
Registration from 8 am


Rotterdam, Netherlands
Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam

4Bio Summit: Europe
Date: November 27 - 28, 2018
Venue: Rotterdam, Netherlands
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4Bio Summit: Europe


4Bio Europe will feature the most cutting-edge research and technology developments in the fields of qPCR/dPCR, NGS, microfluidics and gene editing. Scientific advancements coupled with cost reductions in these four areas of research have contributed to the improved diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of disease.

With similar and shared methods and applications across the four main themes of the meeting, 4Bio Europe will provide a multi-disciplinary forum in which to discover crossover in your research, attend the latest cutting-edge talks that appeal to you most, and also network with your peers and discover solutions to the whole spectrum of your research all in one location.


Pre-conference workshop: Expression biomarkers


26th Nov 2018


Rotterdam, Netherlands
Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam

Pre-conference workshop: Expression biomarkers

Expression biomarkers - how to measure, validate and quality control the workflows in compliance with guidelines

Hosted by Mikael Kubista

Professor, Czech Academy of Sciences; Chairman
of the Board, and Founder, TATAA Biocenter, Sweden

Target audience: Quality managers at medical and diagnostic laboratories, Laboratory personnel at medical and diagnostic laboratories, Pathologists, Biobank personnel, Managers and researchers coordinating or performing biomarker studies and trial.

Entrance qualifications: Basic molecular biology or similar

Description: During 2015 The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released Specifications and the European Committee for standardization (CEN) Technical Specificationsabout the pre-examination process for DNA, RNA and proteins from several sample types including fresh frozen tissue, formalin fixed tissue, blood and serum/plasma. The specifications are based on results from the FP7-funded project SPIDIA. TATAA Biocenter was partner of SPIDIA and contributed to the drafting of the new guidelines. These are of great value for reliable and robust sample handling and preparation in a standardized way to ensure measured data are of high quality and comparable across laboratories. The new guidelines are particularly relevant for accredited laboratories, and also for research and discovery based work, were procedures needs to be standardized and data compared. This course presents the new Specifications and brings them into context for smooth implementation in your laboratory procedures.

The course contains:

  • Background about standardization and the pre-analytical process.
  • Introduction to the new ISO Specifications and CEN Technical Specifications.
  • What to consider about the workflow of sampling, storage, transportation and extraction of nucleic acids and proteins.
  • What to consider about the workflow of sampling, storage, transportation and extraction of nucleic acids and proteins.
  • General information and considerations of RNA, DNA and protein extraction.
  • How to do quality assessment of RNA, DNA and proteins

Post-conference workshop: NGS library construction and quality control


29th Nov 2018


Rotterdam, Netherlands
Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam

Post-conference workshop: NGS library construction and quality control

NGS library construction and quality control - finding the right approach, kit and provider in the jungle

Hosted by Filip Stern

NGS project manager
Filip has worked in the field of NGS for several years, both within the academic and the private sector. Currently he is responsible for NGS activities at TATAA Biocenter and has been both developing and validated NGS methods/library preparations. He has experience from a broad range of different NGS applications throughout various collaborations


This course gives an introduction to Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and its many applications. The course will focus on considerations for the NGS experiment design, the different sequencing platforms, quality control of samples, library preparation techniques, and quantification of libraries for sequencing.

Introduction to NGS:

  • The history of DNA sequencing
  • What are the advantages with NGS? Disadvantages?
  • What is coverage, index, multiplexing, depth etc...


  • DNA - Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS), targeted resequencing etc.
  • RNASeq - Expression analysis, Splice variants detection etc.
  • Metagenomic sequencing
  • Epigenetic sequencing
  • miRNA

Sample preparation and quality control:

  • Which starting material can be used for NGS?
  • Which quality controls are included in the experimental workflow?
  • How to choose the right library prep protocol.


  • Which platforms are available?
  • How do they work?
  • Which platform is suitable for my experiment?

2018 Sponsors @ 4BIO: Europe

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Postilion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam

Beursplein 37, 3011 AA Rotterdam,
The Netherlands

Beurs World Trade Center Rotterdam2 900

• A non-stop high-speed train runs between Rotterdam and Schiphol (Amsterdam airport) every 20 minutes. The journey time is 20 minutes. Cost €22 Euros
Located in the city centre (surrounded by shops, architecture, museums, restaurants and the Port of Rotterdam)
Walking distance from the international train station
• Rotterdam - The Hague airport with flights to at least 30 international destinations is a short taxi ride
• A large number of parking facilities can be found in the area
• A wide variety of hotels are within walking distance. (Details will be sent to you in your welcome letter when you register)

Pricing and Registration


3 for the price of 2 offer
Discount applied automatically when registering 3 places at once.
Not applicable for solution provider companies or compatible with any other offers or discount codes.

The conference fee includes:

All 4 conference streams
Lunches and refreshments
Access to exhibition room
All networking forums
Conference workbook
e-documentation pack

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Poster Presentations

Poster presentation sessions will take place in breaks and alongside the other breakout sessions of the conference. Your presentation will be displayed in a dedicated area, with the other accepted posters from industry and academic presenters.

We also issue a poster eBook to all attendees with your full abstract in and can share your poster as a PDF after the meeting if you desire (optional).

Whether looking for funding, employment opportunities or simply wanting to share your work with a like-minded and focused group, these are an excellent way to join the heart of this congress.

In order to present a poster at the forum you need to be registered as a delegate. Please note that there is limited space available and poster space is assigned on a first come first served basis (subject to checks and successful registration).

We charge an admin fee of €100 to industry delegates to present, that goes towards the shared cost of providing the poster presentation area and display boards, guides etc. This fee is waived for those representing academic institutions and not for profit organisations.

Submission instructions

We will require the form (downloadable below) to be submitted by the 9th of November. This is the formal deadline however space is another limiting factor so early application is recommended. Therefore please contact us with any questions you have as soon as possible.

2018 Sponsors



Our sponsorship packages offer a wide range of attendance options to suit your budget and business needs in order to maximise return on investment.

If there is any other way you would like to sponsor or increase branding for your company at the event, please get in touch and we will be able to offer you a bespoke service.

Twenty Minute Prearranged One-to-One Meetings

Select which delegates you would like to meet in a series of prearranged twenty-minute one-to-one meetings, held during breakout sessions from the main conference agenda. Our conference team will be available at the sessions to ensure all your meetings take place on time.

Pre or Post Event Workshops

Host your own half or full day pre or post event workshop to a dedicated audience around a subject of your choice. Global Engage will assist with the marketing of your workshop to provide a guaranteed audience

Pre-Event Marketing & Branding

Market to our event database and / or increase brand awareness through taking a poster position or sponsoring one of the refreshment breaks, lunches, drinks receptions or poster sessions. This can be supplemented by branding options such as placing your logo on the attendee lanyards or conference bags.


Showcase your technologies and products throughout the conference in the dedicated exhibition areas where all refreshment breaks and lunches take place, as well as the networking drinks reception at the end of day one.

Speaking Opportunities

Options include:
30-minute speaker presentations
Chairing / panellist positions during a 30-minute panel discussion
Hosting a 1-hour workshop within the conference program

Sponsorship Opportunities

For further details please contact us.

Contact us about sponsoring 4BIO: Europe

For details on attendees, packages and new opportunities, please contact us who will quickly provide everything you need to assess the conference for yourself.

Media Partners

  • AllSeq
  • Bentham Science
  • Biocompare
  • Swiss Biotech Association
  • International Journal of Biometrics
  • International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials
  • Pharma Journalist
  • PharmaVOICE
  • Pink Medico
  • Technology Networks
  • 247 Updates