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May 2003
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The Laboratory Robotics Interest Group
Mid Atlantic Chapter

May 2003 Meeting

The Ninth Annual Technology Exhibition & Presentations

Date:  Monday, May 19, 2003        
Place:  Hilton East Brunswick, 3 Tower Center Boulevard, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816, Tel: 732-828-2000,
Itinerary: Exhibits and Presentations - 3:00 to 9:00 pm

Door Prizes:
Protedyne --- set of Henckels steak knives
LRIG --- Rosewood Pens
Design Systems --- Hand Crafted Art Pottery in the Mission Style (a Bill Clark original!)
LRIG --- Laser Pointers
BIOPHILE --- I-Cybie robotic Laboratory Retriever
LRIG --- Photon Keyring Lights
Meso-Scale Discovery --- T-Shirt to the first 50 attendees
Meso-Scale Discovery --- Canvas Carryall to the second 50 attendees
Novagen --- 10 Golf Balls Sets
Molecular Devices --- two $50 Best Buy gift certificates
Millipore --- four "Millipet" stuffed animals
Xyntek --- Pinpoint Oxford long sleeved shirt by Van Heusen
Xyntek --- Portfolio
Biacore --- four Canvas Carryalls
Caliper --- two Golf Shirts
We are accepting door prizes from exhibitors and attendees! Please contact Andy Zaayenga.

Registration:   We have an on-line registration service at <>.  
There will be drawings from the members who register on-line for prizes donated by LRIG and exhibitors.
You must register on-line to win the door prizes!

Agenda:   An exciting day is planned with technology exhibits in the main hall. Oral Presentations will be featured in the seminar areas throughout the day. Over one hundred exhibitor booths of laboratory automation hardware and software will exhibit, demonstrating their latest products and services. Extensive hors d'oeuvre, courtesy of the exhibitors, will be available as well as cash bars. The proceeds from this exhibitor funded meeting are used to pay for various costs of running the group throughout the year. In this way the LRIG can operate without collecting dues. Please support the group by attending this informative and entertaining meeting. Last year Exhibition was extremely successful with over 700 attendees and we hope to surpass that turnout. For more information contact Andy Zaayenga, .

There are rooms at the Hilton and nearby hotels for attendees who wish to stay overnight.  Parking is paid for by the LRIG - just tell the attendant that you were attending the LRIG meeting.

Donations for the door prize drawings are gratefully accepted. Open career positions at your company may be posted on the job board.

There is no fee to attend the meeting.

The Menu!

A highlight of the annual exhibition is the food and refreshments. From 4:00 to 6:00 PM there are buffets of vegetable crudite and cheese, as well as butler served cold and hot hors d'oeuvre. At 6:00 PM dinner is presented featuring sushi, roast beef carving board, pasta, and Middle Eastern style grilled vegetables. A cash bar is available throughout. Coffee and tea is served at 7:30 PM.

The food is free to attendees and sponsored by all of the exhibitors - thank you!


bulletAcumen Bioscience / TTP LabTech
bulletAdvent Design
bulletAmerican Chemical Society
bulletAmersham Biosciences
bulletApogent Discoveries
bulletApplied Robotics
bulletAssociation for Laboratory Automation
bulletAxon Instruments
bulletBD Biosciences Discovery Labware
bulletBeckman Coulter
bulletBio-Tek Instruments
bulletBioMedTech Laboratories
bulletBMG Labtechnologies
bulletBrooks-PRI Automation
bulletCarl Zeiss MicroImaging
bulletCaliper Technologies
bulletCell & Molecular Technologies
bulletCell Signaling Technology
bulletCorning Life Sciences
bulletDataCentric Automation
bulletDesign Systems
bulletDiscovery Partners
bulletDOT Scientific
bulletDynamic Devices
bulletGenomic Solutions
bulletGreiner Bio-One
bulletGuava Technologies
bulletHamamatsu Photonic Systems
bulletHamilton Company
bulletHorizon Specialty
bulletHudson Control Group
bulletJouan Robotics
bulletKendro Laboratory Products
bulletLEAP Technologies
bulletMarsh Bio Products
bulletMeso Scale Discovery
bulletMettler-Toledo AutoChem
bulletMJ Research
bulletMolecular BioProducts
bulletMolecular Devices
bulletNalge Nunc
bulletNational Instruments
bulletParker Hannifin
bulletPerkinElmer Life & Analytical Sciences
bulletPierce Biotechnology
bulletPopper & Sons
bulletRNAture / Hitachi Chemical
bulletRTS Life Science
bulletSias Xiril
bulletSociety for Biomolecular Screening
bulletSPEX CertiPrep
bulletST Robotics
bulletStructural Bioinformatics
bulletThermo Electron - Drug Discovery
bulletTitertek Instruments
bulletTitian Software
bulletTradeWinds Direct
bulletV&P Scientific

Hall Layout

A map of the exhibit hall may be found at:  (PDF format)  (Microsoft Powerpoint format)

Booth assignments by company -
Booth assignments by booth -

Exhibitors - Click here for Exhibitor Information


Time Edison Room Woodbridge Room
3:00 - 3:30 PM IQ?Technology: A Universal, Homogeneous, Method for High-Throughput Screening of Kinase and Phosphatase Activity

Sherri Z. Millis, PhD - Pierce Biotechnology

Automated Detection and Classification of Systematic Errors in Array Experiments

John Elling, Datect Inc.

3:30 - 4:00 PM A Data Management Architecture for Archiving, Retrieval, Transfer and Report Generation in High Throughput Laboratory Operations

John P. Helfrich, NuGenesis Technologies Corporation

Autopurification of Nucleic Acids

Thomas E. Strader, Promega Corporation

4:00 - 4:30 PM Cell Signaling Technology & ctivation-State?Antibodies: Innovative Tools for Therapeutic Discovery

Christopher Bunker, Ph.D., Cell Signaling Technology

A New Technology Platform for Drug Discovery

Al Akowitz, PhD, Meso Scale Discovery

4:30 - 5:00 PM Simultaneous Measurement ?Multiplexing - of Multiple Assays using Small Biological Sample Volumes

Geoff Alms, Ph.D. Applications Scientist for Upstate USA.

Advancing Research Through the Integration of Discovery Data

Eric Kaldy, IDBS

5:00 - 5:30 PM Automating Genomics and Proteomics Applications

Edward M. Alderman, Ph.D.

XLfit 3 SDK: Powerful Curve-fitting and Statistical Software Development Package to Create Applications that Suit Your Discovery Data Needs

Dennis Curran, IDBS, Inc.

5:30 - 6:00 PM Integrated Tube- and Plate-Based Sample Management System for Maximum Flexibility and Discovery Process Control

W. Steven Fillers, Ph.D.; TekCel, Inc.

6:00 - 6:30 PM The Parallab?Workstation Technology a fully automated, integrated workstation for high-throughput nanoliter volume reactions

Chris Abbott Brooks-PRI Automation, Inc.

Automated Sample Preparation/Concentration of Biological Samples prior to Analysis via MALDI-TOF Mass Spectroscopy

Kirby Reed, Gilson, Inc.

6:30 - 7:00 PM Improving Luciferase Genes for Use as Genetic Reporters

Erika Hawkins, MSc Promega Corporation, Madison, WI

ORIGEN?Technology: A highly sensitive electrochemilunescence detection technology providing an effective format for a variety of assay applications

Irene C. Griff, Ph.D.; IGEN International, Inc.

7:00 - 7:30 PM Automation of a High Throughput Assay for Determination of Plasma Protein Drug Binding

Tim Blankenship ?Advanced Life Science Specialist ?Millipore Corp.

Secondary Screening In The Drug Discovery Process: Biacore Contribution To Smarter And Faster Lead Selection

Jaymie DeWitt, Biacore, Inc.

7:30 - 8:00 PM Structure Based Drug Discovery using Advanced Computational Methods

Jeff Hudson, Structural Bioinformatics

GeminiChemistry:- automating Rapid Analog Synthesis in solution using a Tecan Genesis Robot.

John Brohan. Traders Micro Montreal
Rejean Fortin Medicinal Chemistry Merck Frosst, Montreal

8:00 - 8:30 PM The Discovery Data Explosion: A Lab to Enterprise Data Storage, Retrieval and Transfer Solution for Drug Discovery through Manufacturing in the Biopharmaceutical Industry

John P. Helfrich NuGenesis Technologies Corporation

8:30 - 9:00 PM    

Click here to see the expanded agenda and abstracts in PDF format.
Click here to see the expanded agenda and abstracts in Microsoft Word format..


The first class Hilton Hotel is located at the crossroads of New Jersey's major arteries at Exit 9 of the NJ Turnpike, just outside New Brunswick. It's central location is just 25 minutes from Newark Int'l Airport, 45 minutes from New York City and less than an hour from Philadelphia. Easy access to all surrounding business areas and attractions makes the Hilton East Brunswick the perfect location for business, pleasure or meetings. 

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