MaxWell User Meeting 2021

In-Vitro 2D & 3D Neuronal Networks Summit (MaxWell User Meeting)

Every Cell Has A Story To Tell – Everyone Has An Experience To Share



We are excited to announce that we are organizing the first Maxwell Biosystems User Meeting this April!

This interactive virtual event is open to everyone interested in Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Bioengineering! We prepared an exciting scientific program, with very interesting speakers, covering a wide range of topics, from iPSC-derived neurons to retinal and brain organoids. Whether you are an expert in microelectrode array technology, a newcomer in the field, or just wondering what the technology can be used for, there will be something for you to learn. We want to bring scientists from all over the world together and foster scientific exchange and collaboration.

The event will take place over two days: the first day will be open to everybody and the second day is exclusive for MaxWell users. Join us and connect with scientists in the field of in-vitro 2D and 3D neuronal networks worldwide!


Thursday, April 22, 2021 – Friday, April 23, 2021


Registration is now closed. If you would like to watch the replays, please follow this link.

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Program (CET time)

Day 1 – Open to all

Morning9:00 - 11:35 (CEST) | 16:00 - 18:35 (JST) | 3:00 - 5:35 (EDT) | 0:00 - 2:35 (PDT)
09:00 – 09:05 –Dr. Marie Obien, VP Marketing & Sales at MaxWell Biosystems, Host of the Meeting
Opening Remarks
09:05 – 09:15 –Dr. Urs Frey, CEO of MaxWell Biosytems
Welcome Address
09:15 – 09:45 –Dr. Kenta Shimba, Prof. Yasuhiko Jimbo Lab, University of Tokyo, Japan
Studying Axon Conduction with conventional and High-Density MEAs
09:45 – 10:15 –Prof. Nael Nadif Kasri, Radboud University Medical Centre,
Department of Human Genetics, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition
and Behaviour, Netherlands
Combined Micro-electrode Array Recordings with Transcriptomics of Human-derived
Neurons to Unveil Mechanisms Underlying Neurodevelopmental Disorders
10:15 – 10:30 –Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:00 –Prof. Andreas Hierlemann, Bio Engineering Laboratory, D-BSSE. ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Development of HD-MEAs and Applications
11:00 – 11:30 –Panel Discussion Invited Panelists are Dr. Kenta Shimba, Prof. Nael Nadif Kasri,
Dr. Bruno Buisson, Dr. Silvia Ronchi and Dr. Carsten Pfeffer
Functional Characterization of Human iPSC-derived Neurons - Technologies and Challenges
11:30 – 11:35 –Closing Remarks

Afternoon 15:30 - 18:35 (CEST) | 22:30 - 01:35 (JST) | 9:30 - 12:35 (EDT) | 6:30 - 9:35 (PDT)
15:30 – 15:35 –Dr. Marie Obien, VP Marketing & Sales at MaxWell Biosystems, Host of the Meeting
Opening Remarks
15:35 – 15:45 –Dr. Urs Frey, CEO of MaxWell Biosystems
Welcome Address
15:45 – 16:15 –Martina de Gennaro, Group of Prof. Botond Roska,
Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel,
University of Basel, Switzerland
Morphological, Functional, Transcriptomic Correlation of Retinal Organoids
to the Human Retina
16:15 – 16:45 –Ana Rita Gomes, Group of Prof. Joaquim M. Sampaio Cabral,
Department of Bioengineering and IBB and Associate Laboratory i4HB, Instituto Superior
Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Modelling Rett Syndrome with Human Patient-Specific Forebrain Organoids
16:45 – 17:00 –Coffee Break
17:00 – 17:30 –Dr. Silvia Benito-Kwiecinski, Group of Prof. Madeline Lancaster,
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, England
An Early Cell Shape Transition Drives Evolutionary Expansion of the Human Forebrain
17:30 – 18:00 –Prof. Kenneth Kosik, Neurobiology Lab, UC Santa Barbara, USA
Intrinsic Network Activity in Human Brain Organoids
18:00 – 18:30 –Panel Discussion
Invited Panelists are Martina de Gennaro, Ana Rita Gomes, Dr. Silvia Benito-Kwiecinski,
Prof. Kenneth Kosik, Dr. Tal Sharf
Current Advancements in Brain Organoid / Spheroid Research and Applications
18:30 – 18:35 –Closing Remarks

Day 2 – Exclusive to MaxWell Users

09:00 - 09:05 –Dr. Marie Obien, VP Marketing & Sales at MaxWell Biosystems, Host of the Meeting
Opening Remarks
09:05 – 09:40 –Dr. Urs Frey, CEO of MaxWell Biosystems
Dr. Marie Obien
, VP Marketing & Sales at MaxWell Biosystems
MaxWell Biosystems Presentation
09:40 – 10:25 –Panel Discussion
10:25 – 10:55 –Dr. Mojtaba Bandarabadi, Prof. Mehdi Tafti Lab, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
In-vitro Generation of Sleep Spindles and Slow Waves Using Thalamo-Cortical
10:55 – 11:40 –“Tips & Tricks” Discussion
11:40 – 11:50 –Closing Remarks
11:50 – 12:30 –Networking Session
Breakout Rooms

16:00 - 16:05 –Dr. Marie Obien, VP Marketing & Sales at MaxWell Biosystems, Host of the Meeting
Opening Remarks
16:05 - 16:20 –Dr. Urs Frey, CEO of MaxWell Biosystems
Summary of MaxWell Biosystems Presentation
16:20 – 16:40 –Q&A Session
16:40 – 17:15 –Showcase
17:15 – 17:45 –Dr. Pierre Yger, Institut de la Vision, France
Spyking Circus - Fast and accurate spike sorting for thousands of channels
17:45 – 18:15 –“Tips & Tricks” Session
18:15 – 18:30 –Closing Remarks
18:30 – 19:10 –Networking Session
Breakout Rooms

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