What to Pack for AGBT 2013: Sunblock, Flip-flops, and Data !

agbt 2013Sequencing experts around the world are honing their slide decks, performing their last data analyses, and checking weather forecasts for a small island in Florida. It can only mean one thing: AGBT 2013 is almost upon us!

As a sponsor of this year’s Advances in Genome Biology & Technology conference, we are especially looking forward to our annual pilgrimage to Marco Island for the leading next-gen sequencing meeting. We hope to meet many of you in our suite (lanai #180) for a personalized one-on-one demo of the new DNAnexus, our latest cloud-based solution designed for bioinformaticians working with genomic data.

The new DNAnexus is currently open for beta testing. Sign up for a free account now, upload some sample data before the meeting, and we’ll sit down with you at the conference to show you the new product using your own data. It’s a great opportunity to see how our tool with its features will perform in your lab! If you’re among the first 100 people to use the code AGBT13 when you sign up, we’ll double your storage and analysis capacity during the beta testing period.

We also will have some brief talks and events in our suite, so even if you don’t have a chance to upload data ahead of time, please stop by to learn more about the new platform. We’ll have drinks and snacks as well, so feel free to come by for a friendly visit even if you don’t need a new sequence analysis tool!

Here’s the lineup:

Thursday – Feb 21
10:35am – 11:00am
Command-line Interface: The Greatest Typing Experience Since the Gutenberg Printing Press
Andrew Carroll, Ph.D., Scientist, DNAnexus

5:20pm – 5:45pm
App Building & Workflows: Your Programs + the Cloud = Accelerated Results
Vince Ramey, Ph.D., Scientist, DNAnexus

5:45pm – 6:45pm
Happy Hour – drinks, appetizers & music

Friday – Feb 22
10:35am – 11:00 am
App Building & Workflows: Your Programs + the Cloud = Accelerated Results
Vince Ramey, Ph.D., Scientist, DNAnexus

3:40pm – 4:00pm (At the Islands Ballroom)
DNAnexus Talk
Meet the new DNAnexus: An Extensible Genomics Cloud Platform Built for the Bioinformatician
Andreas Sundquist, Ph.D., CEO & Co-founder, DNAnexus

4:05pm – 4:30pm
Command-line Interface: The Greatest Typing Experience Since the Gutenberg Printing Press
Andrew Carroll, Ph.D., Scientist, DNAnexus

We also want to take this opportunity to announce the winner of our “Free four-day AGBT conference badge” giveaway: Franck Rapaport from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Franck works with Ross Levine and Nicholas Socci performing sequence data analysis for acute myeloid leukemia in both clinical and research settings. He is also an author on one of the posters presented at the conference (poster #309: “Comparison of RNA-seq normalization and differential expression analysis methods using SEQC data”), so be sure to check it out and say hi. Congratulations, Franck! We look forward to meeting Franck and all the other AGBT attendees next week and hope to introduce many of you to the new DNAnexus.

Need a Lucky Break? DNAnexus Is Giving Away a 4-Day AGBT Badge

agbt 2013 meetingIt’s hard to believe January has already arrived — and that means scientists throughout the genomics community have their eyes on next month’s Advances in Genome Biology & Technology (AGBT) meeting in Marco Island, Fla.

For some people, that entails booking flights and checking the sunblock supply. For others, though, the next few weeks will be spent in a last-ditch effort to get into the wildly oversubscribed conference. If you’re one of those people, we have an opportunity for you: join our contest to win a prepaid AGBT badge.

AGBT is far and away one of the most important scientific meetings of the year, and DNAnexus is proud to be among the sponsors this year. We are honored to be supporting an event that has consistently maintained high standards for scientific talks, posters, and social events for more than a decade.

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(Source: Marco Island Marriott)

As a sponsor of the conference, we are able to purchase a full, four-night registration — but instead of giving it to one of our employees, we are instead choosing to give it away to a deserving scientist who has no other chance to attend this meeting. This giveaway is not tied to what we do and has no strings attached from DNAnexus; it’s just an opportunity for us to recognize someone for truly innovative and compelling research.

Any scientist working at a university or other research institution may enter. Simply send a short note from your workplace email to agbt13@dnanexus.com with the following information:

  1. Name and mailing address
  2. Brief description of your research (no more than 400 words)
  3. A sentence or two on why you should be selected to attend the conference

Deadline for submissions: January 23. The entries will be judged by our founders: Andreas Sundquist, Arend Sidow, and Serafim Batzoglou. The winner will be informed by January 25 and publicly announced in February. Stay tuned and connect with us socially (Twitter, Google+, etc.) to find out who wins and what we’ll have in store at AGBT.

And if you’ve already gotten your AGBT badge, please let your colleagues who weren’t so lucky know about this contest. We’re looking forward to spending four days in Florida listening to the best genomics research going on — and we can’t wait to help a lucky scientist come too!

The fine print: Award includes a full conference badge and four nights of lodging. The winner is responsible for transportation to and from the meeting and all other expenses. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest is not open to DNAnexus employees or consultants. Applicants must be over the age of 18. This contest is not affiliated with or sponsored by the AGBT conference.