Friday, September 30, 2011

Blue Skies over Vienna for Planet xMAP 2011


This week the city of Vienna, Austria welcomed 500 attendees for Luminex's Annual Planet xMAP Europe.  With blue skies and average temperatures of 75F, a positive buzz could be felt throughout the historic Hofburg Congress Center. The Hofburg venue itself is breathtaking with its 18 wings, 54 staircases, 19 courtyards and 2,600 rooms. On top of that, a program full of stimulating talks and posters presented by researchers from around the world all utilizing Luminex technology made for two spectacular days. As Vienna boasts 660 museums, many housing some of the world’s most important art collections, this year’s theme "The Art of Multiplexing" was very appropriate. With xMAP now being utilized in everything from pathogens detection, clinical immunology and human genetics to protein research, clinical microbiology and nucleic acid research, this theme also rings true from a scientific perspective. BioTek was one of 21 event sponsors showcasing various products that assist in xMAP workflow development. The ELx50, ELx405 and EL406 Microplate Washers were on display as three levels of sample processing automation for magnetic or polystyrene bead assays.  Next year's 10th Anniversary event will move to Monaco and take place at Monte Carlo's Grimaldi Forum on October 10 - 11.   

Planet xMAP

By, BioTek Instruments, Jason Greene, Product Manager

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