Beckman Coulter Life Sciences Mobile Demo Lab Highlights ASCB Conference Plans
Indianapolis (December 12, 2013) A demonstration van on wheels, presentation of the inaugural ASCB Kaluza Prize and an exhibit offering innovative cell research technologies are the high points for Beckman Coulter Life Sciences at this year’s annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), which convenes December 14-18 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
Beckman Coulter Life Sciences activities at the conference will be highlighted by the Discovery in Motion tour mobile demonstration lab. Located adjacent to the convention center on Julia St. from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and in booth 235 Sunday through Tuesday, the lab is outfitted with a Mobile Education Center, a great place for researchers, educators, students and the public to enjoy a “hands-on” experience with instruments including a multi-laser/multi-color Gallios flow cytometer, a Vi-CELL XR cell viability analyzer, a Biomek 4000 automated workstation, which interfaces with analysis equipment to automate cell biology methods, the PA 800 plus pharmaceutical analysis system, as well as with particle analyzers and market leading centrifuges.
The five-thousand dollar ASCB Kaluza Prize, awarded to honor research by a graduate student member of the ASCB and presented by the Society and Beckman Coulter, takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday the 15th in the Great Hall, as part of a program featuring the Keith R. Porter Lecture by Timothy J. Mitchison of Harvard Medical School. Beckman Coulter support for the award celebrates excellence and is partly intended to heighten interest in the sciences at a time of declining math and science performance by students in the United States. Nine ASCB Beckman Coulter Distinguished Graduate Student Achievement Prize winners will receive travel awards to attend the 2014 ASCB annual meeting in Philadelphia. The presentation will be the culmination of the first competition evaluated in keeping with the guidelines from the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which the ASCB endorsed in June.
Booth 235 will feature the latest cell research instrumentation and chemistry from Beckman Coulter Life Sciences including a Gallios flow cytometer, an automated stem cell workstation and a DelsaMax system, which uses light scattering to analyze particle size and zeta potential. A full range of single and multi-color, CD and non-CD antibodies will be among the chemistry solutions features. Experts will be on hand in the booth and in the Discovery in Motion demo van to discuss how these products might be used in various targeted applications.
“We’re delighted to be partnering with the Society in recognizing the research achievements of these early career researchers,” said Mario Koksch, vice president of Beckman Coulter Life Sciences’ Flow Cytometry Business Unit. “This meeting is a great platform for the award and for our company, with its long history in cell research and industry leading platforms and chemistries.”