Join the world’s premier virtual stem cell event October 12–16, 2020

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The Gibco 5 Days of Stem Cells virtual event connects you to the latest stem cell techniques, research breakthroughs, and esteemed scientists from around the world - all from the comfort of anywhere.

The 5-day virtual agenda is packed full of incredible insights in the form of:

  • Leading scientific presentations from thought leaders around the world
  • Scientific poster sessions
  • Behind-the-scenes virtual training demos 
  • Hundreds of key stem cell tools and resources
  • A global network of researchers

Looking at the present and future state of stem cell innovation, we’ll share developments, discoveries and cutting-edge content connected to a wide variety of stem cell applications, including disease modeling, cell and gene therapy, 3D modeling and much more.

You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in the Gibco Stem Cell Challenge to earn points towards free prizes* and an event certification. Learn more

It's time to celebrate the science once more with our acclaimed, annual online event. It's all happening October 12-16, 2020.

Registration is FREE!

This year’s agenda will feature cutting-edge research from thought leaders across the globe. Visit the 2020 Speakers page to learn more about the following presentations.

Keynote presentations

Heart disease in a dish: human iPSC-derived multicellular cardiac organoids
Jarmon Lees, St. Vincent's Institute of Medical Research
A high-throughput functional screen reveals human embryonic stem cell self-renewal signals
Jean Lu, Genomics Research Center, Academia Sinica
Personalized Immuno-Neuroscience and Glio-Immunology: Towards Human Culture Models of Innate Responses In The Brain
Julien Muffat, The Hospital for Sick Children & University of Toronto
Human iPSC-Based Disease Modeling and Therapeutic Development
Yanhong Shi, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
A human stem cell based model for retinoblastoma
Lauren Steenpass, Institute of Human Genetics, University Hospital Essen


Addressing the Needs of 3D Suspension Culture Systems Through the Optimization of a New PSC Medium
Michael Akenhead, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Stem cell therapies for skin regeneration in animal models, Costa Rica experiences
Silvia Castro Piedra & Johan Morales Sanchez, Costa Rica Institute of Technology
Optimization and Standardization in Stem Cell Manufacturing for the Fight Against COVID-19
Donna Chang, Hope Biosciences
Rotea: A Versatile Cell Therapy Workflow Instrument for Cell Isolation, Washing, and Concentration
Carl Dargitz, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Modelling disorders of the brain through patient-derived stem cells
Thomas Durcan, McGill University
Optimizing Stem Cells Workflows to Build Better Disease Models
Omar Farah, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Using iPS-derived cells to generate a functional human liver through 3D bioprinting
Ernesto Goulart, University of Sao Paulo
In vitro models of human neurogenesis
Larisa Haupt, Queensland University of Technology
Personalized cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease
Kwang-Soo Kim, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Epigenetic regulation of human naïve pluripotency
Ritu Kumar, Weill Cornell Medicine
Differentiation of iPSCs in 3D: Leveraging Suspension Cultures for Scale and Efficiency
David Kuninger, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Insulin-Producing Islets to Combat Diabetes from Stem Cells
Jeff Millman, Washington University School of Medicine
Development of a robust and scalable culture platform for expansion and neural induction of human pluripotent stem cells in suspension culture
Cláudia Miranda, Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences (iBB), University of Lisbon
Using Stem Cells in Cartilage Repair and Tissue Engineering
Laila Montaser, Menoufia University
Characterization of human iPSC-derived neurons by transcriptomics and proteomics for drug discovery
Naomi Okugawa & Dirk Walther, Biogen
Transitioning from Discovery and Development to Manufacturing–Challenges and Opportunities
Rupa Pike, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Human stem cell derived cardiomyocytes for healthcare translation: compound screening and tissue engineering
Soong Poh Loong, National University of Singapore &Ternion Biosciences
Advanced Tools for Knock-in Genome Editing in iPSCs
Matt Poling, Thermo Fisher Scientific
New enabling technologies for 3D quantitative cellular biology using High-Content Screening
Nick Radio, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Organoid models of Glioblastoma
Richa Singhania, Weill Cornell Medicine
Advancing pluripotent stem cell technologies for research and therapy of blood diseases
Igor Slukvin, University of Wisconsin
Understanding human pluripotent states and their applications
Thor Theunissen, Washington University School of Medicine
Molecular dynamics associated with development of human GABAergic interneurons
Zhexing Wen, Emory University School of Medicine
iPSC-Based High Throughput Platforms for Screening Novel Therapeutics for Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson’s Disease
Jiayin Yang, Cell Inspire Therapeutics

The following posters will be presented by Thermo Fisher Scientific R&D scientists:

3D Midbrain Floor Plate Model for Differentiation of PSC-derived Dopaminergic Neurons
Richard Josephson
Cracking the differentiation potential: biological models to advance stem cell research
Jamuna KS
Creation and characterization of T cell-derived iPSC banks derived using reagents and workflows optimized for cell therapy manufacturing​
Chad MacArthur
Development of a new 3D pluripotent stem cell suspension culture medium with a simplified protocol that yields highly efficient spheroid nucleation and robust expansion
Michael Akenhead
Development of a Robust Next Generation Feeder-Free Pluripotent Stem Cell Medium
Lauren Sangenario
Development of feeder-free PSC culture system enabling translation and clinical research
Lauren Sangenario
Establishing and functional characterization of 3D neural spheroid models from monolayer expanded NSCs​
Jonathan Sagal
Facilitated genome editing in human iPSC to advance disease modeling and screening​
Erik Willems
Scaled expansion of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC) in suspension culture followed by high-yield factor-driven generation of induced neuronsfrom 3D PSC spheroids
Michael Derr

When attending the event, you will be able to visit the Training Center to access a variety of virtual training opportunities, including:

Self-guided virtual laboratories:

  • Pluripotent stem cell culture
  • Cell culture basics
  • Transfection basics
  • Protein expression basics

Live behind-the-scene training demonstrations given by Thermo Fisher Scientific R&D scientists:

  • Pluripotent stem cell picking
  • Routine passaging
  • Generating Central Nervous System (CNS) neurons
  • Designing the genome editing strategies for stem cells
  • Single cell sorting of genome edited iPSC pools
  • Transfection using the Invitrogen Neon Transfection System
  • Characterization assays for human induced pluripotent stem cells
  • 3D neural organoid formation from induced pluripotent stem cells
  • Cancer spheroid formation using Thermo Scientific Nunclon Sphera Microplates

eLearning modules:

  • Thawing induced pluripotent stem cells using Gibco StemFlex Medium
  • Gene editing in pluripotent stem cells
  • Innovation in stem cell suspension–Gibco StemScale PSC Suspension Medium
  • Neural organoid generation from pluripotent stem cells

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Participate in the Gibco Stem Cell Challenge

Attend the virtual event and complete daily challenges to earn points towards different Gibco enamel pins. Each day will feature different challenges and a new pin, giving you the opportunity to earn a total of five pins.

Featured pins include:

  • Day #1—Gibco lab coat pin
  • Day #2—Gibco stem cell pin
  • Day #3—Gibco 6-well plate pin
  • Day #4—Gibco EasYflask pin
  • Day #5—Gibco sustainability pin

Virtual event

*No purchase necessary. This promotion is available only to attendees of 5 Days of Stem Cells who participate and earn 1,500 points daily during the event between October 12-16, 2020. Qualifying attendees will be eligible to earn one new Gibco enamel pin each day. Participants may receive a maximum of five pins. The pins are available to eligible participants no later than October 16, 2020 or until gift supplies are depleted, whichever comes first. The estimated value of one pin is $2.00 USD. Healthcare professionals may not participate in this promotion. Government Officials may not participate in this promotion. The term Government Official includes anyone who acts in an official capacity for or on behalf of a government entity, department or agency. By registering, you warrant that you are not prohibited by employment, contract, or law from accepting a gift from Life Technologies. Offer void where prohibited, licensed or restricted by federal, state, provincial, or local laws or regulation or agency/institutional policy. Other restrictions may apply.