Friday, December 16, 2011

Big Blue Bear Looks in on ASCB 2011

What is that animal peeking into the lobby of the Colorado Convention Center…a bear? Yes, it is! The 40-foot high blue bear is the creation of artist Lawrence Argent and since it was installed in 2005 has become an icon in the Mile High City.

Big Blue Bear

From December 3 - 7, the city of Denver welcomed more than 4,000 scientists for the annual American Society of Cell Biology. The theme of this year's meeting was "The science of life, the life of science". Highlights included symposia presented by leading cell biologists, thousands of posters featuring fresh research, member-organized special interest groups and an exhibition full of suppliers demonstrating the latest technology and techniques for today's modern lab.

BioTek's booth featured a Synergy H1 Hybrid Multi-Mode Microplate Reader, an Epoch Micro-Volume Spectrophotometer System and an EL406 Combination Microplate Washer Dispenser. The EL406 is often used throughout cell-based assay workflows to automate processes such as cell dispensing, media aspiration, media exchanges, cell washing and reagent addition. Although meeting attendees had to bundle up with snow on the ground and temperatures as low as -7° F, the nearly continuous Denver sunshine was enjoyable to all.

Next year's event will move to San Francisco, a historically favorite ASCB location, and take place from December 15 - 19.

By, BioTek Instruments, Jason Greene, Senior Product Marketing Manager

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