Diagnostics-4-Future Conference 2018

Nov. 28th, 2018 – Steigenberger Inselhotel, Konstanz


Cancer diagnostics

Therapy monitoring

Multiresistant pathogens

Lifestyle & diagnostics

The „Diagnostics-4-Future Conference“ is an international meeting-point for users and providers in diagnostics and neighbouring areas. Based on questions in medical care, clinics and laboratories, innovative solutions for new diagnostics are discussed including research and development. The focus is on solutions for rural areas (point-of-care). Organizer is the international competence network for diagnostics DiagNET.

Participation is free of charge due to the support of the Interreg V-Programme.


Characteristics of the conference


Initiator is the competence network DiagNET, where companies, research institutions and clinics work on new diagnostic. DiagNET is the only cross-border network for diagnostics in Germany, Switzerland and Austria

Practical orientation

The discussed matters are highly user-orientated (physicians, clinicians, laboratories, medical centers). Medical needs and compatibility with user processes (clinical routine) is a key factor of the conference.

Patient orientation

Especially patient-oriented solutions regarding health-care in rural areas, like the Lake Constance area are addressed (e.g. point-of-care-testing).


The conference connects partners from Europe with the 4-country region around Lake Constance (Germany, Switzerland, Austria & Liechtenstein).

Intended audience

The conference brings together companies, laboratories, clinics, research institutions and health insurances / economists – in diagnostics and neighbouring areas like pharma, biotech and medical technology.

The „Diagnostics-4-Future Conference“ is part of the project „DiagNET – diagnostics of the future“ which is funded by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund within the scope of the program „Interreg V Alpenrhein-Bodensee-Hochrhein„. The lead partner and funding recipient is BioLAGO e.V.


Conference language: English

09.00 Registration, welcome coffee & networking
09.30 Welcome and introduction
DiagNET‘ – an international platform for advanced diagnostics
Dr. Jörg Schickedanz, BioLAGO / QIAGEN Lake Constance GmbH (D)

Session 1: Diagnosing cancer – challenges and progress

Chair: Prof. Dr. Klaus P. Schäfer, BioLAGO

09.40 Keynote
The promise and predicaments of Personalised Medicine
Prof. Dr. Orla Sheils, Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, University of Dublin (IRL)
10.05 NAVIFY Tumorboard – a solution for data driven personalized healthcare
Dr. Edith Schallmeiner, Roche Diagnostics GmbH (D)
10.25 Using liquid biopsies to guide treatment decisions in advanced prostate cancer
Dr. Amin El-Heliebi, Medical University of Graz (A)
10.45 The Her2 phenomenon in circulating tumor cells from breast cancer
Dr. Siegfried Hauch, QIAGEN (D)
11.05 Plenary discussion
11.15 Coffee break & poster sessions (submit your ideas!)

Session 2 – Part 1: Diagnostic concepts enabling efficient antibiotic therapies

Chair: Dr. Simone Günther, EMC² Lake Constance

11.45 Therapeutic drug monitoring of antibiotics in critically ill patients: significance, challenges and possible approach
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Krüger, Clinic Konstanz (D)
Dr. habil. med. Johannes Zander, Labor Dr. Brunner (D)
12.05 Keynote
Diagnostics of tuberculosis-2018 and beyond: how to win the battle over multi-drug-resistance?
Dr. Harald Hoffmann, Medical & Proxy Director, synlab MVZ Gauting (D)
12.30 The role of POC-testing to fight antibiotic resistance: what will be possible in 5 years from now?
Prof. Dr. med. Peter Luppa, Klinikum rechts der Isar der Technischen Universität München (D)
12.50 Conference lunch & poster sessions (submit your ideas!)

Session 2 – Part 2: Managing diagnostics of multiresistant pathogens

Chair: Dr. Dieter Ulrich, CSEM SA

13.45 Keynote
Fast and reliable MRE detection right from the swab – fiction, science or science fiction?
Dr. Oliver Nolte, Center for Laboratory Medicine St. Gallen (CH)
14.10 Fighting multi-resistant hospital pathogens in the Netherlands – a role model for Europe?
Prof. Dr. med. Marc Bonten, Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention, University of Maastricht (NL)
14.30 Plenary discussion Session 2 Part 1+2
14.45 Snacks, networking & poster sessions (submit your ideas!)

Session 3: Lifestyle & Diagnostics

Chair: Dr. Michael Steinwand, BioLAGO

15.30 Keynote
Diagnostic needs in diabetes and obesity management
Prof. Dr. med. Bernd Schultes, eSwiss Medical & Surgical Center (CH)
15.55 Connecting personalised lifestyle medicine activities in the Lake of Constance health region
Prof. Dr. Dieter Stoll, University Albstadt-Sigmaringen/ NMI at University of Tübingen (D)
Otto Knes, SwissAnalysis AG (CH)
16.15 Panel discussion
Lifestyle biomarkers for personalized therapy: vision or reality?

  • Prof. Dr. Britta Renner, University of Constance (D)
  • Prof. Dr. med. Bernd Schultes, eSwiss Medical & Surgical Center (CH)
  • Dr. Dietmar Plonné, MVZ Humangenetik Ulm (D)
  • Prof. Dr. Dieter Stoll, Albstadt-Sigmaringen University / NMI University of Tübingen (D)
  • Otto Knes, SwissAnalysis AG (CH)

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Klazine van der Horst, Bern University of Applied Sciences (CH)

17.00 Outlook: Diagnostics 2030 – new concepts in health care
Prof. Dr. Frank T. Hufert, MD, Institute for microbiology and virology, Medical University Brandenburg (D)
17.20 Closing words, networking apéro & poster session (submit your ideas!)

Call for posters

Take the chance to submit an abstract (PDF) for the poster session to showcase your achievements to leaders and hidden champions in diagnostics from different European countries. Posters will be selected in advance of the conference by the organizing committee. More details follow soon…

4 reasons for attending

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    Summary of medical needs and diagnostic trends
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    Experts as on hand conversation partners
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    Impulses for new solutions and future collaborations
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    International exchange and networking

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Paricipation is free of charge due to the support of the Interreg V-Programme

Program committee

Overview of the commitee members from industry, science and medicine:

Prof. Dr. Klaus P. Schäfer, BioLAGO – the health network (Chairman)
Prof. Dr. med. Markus Dettenkofer, Klinikum Radolfzell / Gesundheitsverbund Landkreis Konstanz
Dr. Simone Günther, EMC² Lake Constance
Otto Knes, SwissAnalysis AG
Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang Krüger, Clinics of Constance / Gesundheitsverbund Landkreis Konstanz
Prof. Dr. med. Peter Luppa, Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry, Technical University Munich
Dr. Axel Mündlein, Vorarlberg Institute for Vascular Investigation and Treatment
Dr. Oliver Nolte, Center for Laboratory Medicine St. Gallen
Dr. Tobias Paprotka, Eurofins GATC Biotech GmbH
Prof. Dr. Dieter Stoll, University Albstadt-Sigmaringen / Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen
Dr. Dieter Ulrich, CSEM SA

Organized by


Funded by

Landkreis Konstanz

Medical & scientific partners

Universität Konstanz
Geundheitsverband Landkreis Konstanz
Chemical Biology
Hochschule Furtwangen

Industry partners

Labor Dr. Brunner

Cluster & association partners

health tech cluster
human technology styria
Kompetenznetzwerk Ernährungswirtschaft

Venue & travel information

Steigenberger Inselhotel

Auf der Insel 1
78462 Konstanz

Google Maps & Routenplaner

The conference will take place in Constance at the Steigenberger Inselhotel, a former Dominican monastery which is located on a small private island directly on the shores of Lake Constance. Situated in the southernmost part of Germany Constance it is the largest city in the 4-country-region of Lake Constance linking Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein.

Get your tickets today!

Paricipation is free of charge due to the support of the Interreg V-Programme

Contact & organizing committee

BioLAGO e.V. – the health network
Byk-Gulden-Str. 2
D-78467 Konstanz
www.biolago.org | www.diagnet.org

Michael Statnik
Project Manager DiagNET
Phone: +49 7531 92 15 25 2

Dr. Michael Steinwand
Board member BioLAGO
Phone: +49 7551 838411