BioLegend at IMMUNOLOGY 2019™

Immunologists will soon be gathering for one of the largest immunology-focused conferences of the year. The American Association of Immunologists holds an annual meeting, with this year’s taking place May 9-13 in our hometown, San Diego. The conference is a chance for researchers to gather, collaborate, and learn about the latest scientific findings. Given its importance, BioLegend has served as its top platinum sponsor since 2008. In addition, this year marks an important milestone as we move into our new 8-acre campus, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and amenities, allowing us to employ over 1,000 employees in a single location.

Aside from that, let’s go over some of the biggest events, products, and promotions that we’ll be featuring at IMMUNOLOGY 2019™!
 

 

 
Meet the Experts!
We’ll be at booth #901, where you can talk to any member of our team. If you’d like to get deeper into the science, seek out one of our exhibitor workshops where we’ll discuss spectral flow cytometry and the benefits of TotalSeq™, our oligonucleotide-conjugated antibodies for proteogenomics studies. Each workshop will give away three $50 Amazon gift cards, so be sure to attend! We’ll also have a number of presenters at poster sessions, covering topics ranging from signaling pathways and novel antibody clones to new LEGENDplex™ kits. And, if LEGENDplex™ sparks your interest, be sure to get a hands-on demo with our new cloud-based software to help with your multiplexing analysis.

 
BioLegend Supports the Research Community
As a supporter of immunologists everywhere, we also sponsor several AAI Awards, including the AAI-BioLegend Herzenberg Award, named in honor of Leonard Herzenberg who made innumerable contributions to the fields of flow cytometry and immunology. Winners of this award have made outstanding contributions to B cell research. This year’s award recipient is Frederick W. Alt, Ph.D. of HHMI, Boston Children’s Hospital. Alt’s lab focuses on B cell antigen receptor repertoires. We also sponsor the AAI-Lefrançois-BioLegend Award, in honor of Leo Lefrançois, to provide a travel award to an outstanding graduate student or post-doc in the mucosal immunology research field. This year’s winner is Scott M. Anthony, Ph.D. of the University of Iowa. His work focuses on resident memory CD8+ T cells.

Frederick W. Alt, winner of this year’s AAI-BioLegend Herzenberg Award. Image from HHMI.
 
Purple Perks
It wouldn’t be a conference without giveaways and promotional items, so make sure you stop by our booth! You’ll be able to spin the wheel for prizes like our Rock the Synapse T-shirt, a Plexy Plush doll, Starbucks gift cards, and more! And, you can learn more about our additional promotions, like our Make the Switch campaign, where you can win a Nintendo Switch™ with the purchase of recombinant proteins, like cytokines or growth factors. You can also pick up some groovy stickers to help decorate your MojoSort™ magnet for cell separation.

 

 

 
If you visit the BioLegend booth, you’re sure to leave with lots of swag.
Festivities
In addition to the Service Appreciation Reception (by invitation only), we’ll be sponsoring the IMMUNOLOGY 2019™ Gala, which will take place on the USS Midway Museum. The Midway is an iconic naval craft carrier that was in service from 1945 to 1992. It now serves as a museum that houses a variety of restored naval aircraft, helicopters, and more. We look forward to seeing you out there!

The USS Midway is an impressive sight and will host the IMMUNOLOGY 2019™ Gala. Image from Visit California.
San Diego Fun Facts
As you visit our hometown, we hope you enjoy the conference and sights that San Diego has to offer. Here are some fun facts to get you excited for your trip:
  • The film “Some Like It Hot”, starring Marilyn Monroe, was filmed at the Hotel del Coronado in 1958.
  • Balboa Park is actually larger than New York’s Central Park and houses 17 different museums, many of which offer free admission.
  • San Diego produces more avocados than any other city in the country.
  • In 1969, Ronald Reagan was the first person to drive across the newly opened Coronado Bridge.
  • San Diego has inspired a number of songs, including: Bing Crosby’s “Where the Turf Meets the Surf,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Balboa Park,” and Eric Clapton’s “The Road to Escondido.”
 
Contributed by Ken Lau, Ph.D.
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