CYTO 2019 Highlighted Continued Expansion of Flow Cytometry Applications

July 17th, 2019 / Molly Frazier

From immunophenotyping extracellular vesicles to imaging, diversity of uses was impressive

CYTO 2019 Highlighted Continued Expansion of Flow Cytometry Applications

The Luminex team thoroughly enjoyed this year’s CYTO meeting — that’s the annual meeting of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry — held at the elegant waterfront convention center in Vancouver. As usual, this conference offered a diverse and jam-packed schedule of talks and posters about the latest technological and biological advances related to flow cytometry.

Through its recent acquisition of the flow cytometry portfolio from Millipore, Luminex’s Seattle-based team made the quick trip to Vancouver to update conference attendees on our Guava® and Amnis® products via booth demonstrations and tutorial sessions. We’d like to thank the many scientists who took time out of a busy meeting schedule to visit our booth and attend those tutorials. It’s always great to see old friends and make new ones!

Our tutorials focused on two topics. The first was using high-sensitivity flow cytometry for immunophenotyping extracellular vesicles. Host Haley Pugsley, a senior scientist at Luminex, spoke about the Amnis® CellStream® benchtop flow cytometer, which incorporates unique time-delay integration and camera technology for this application. Our second tutorial centered around ultra high-content imaging. Two Luminex speakers, Senior Software Manager Neil Bauersfeld and Director of Software and Algorithms R&D Vidya Venkatachalam, introduced a pair of software modules that add important image acquisition and analysis functionality to the Amnis product line.

Elsewhere in the conference, hot topics included exosomes and other extracellular vesicles, informatics and big data, and high-parameter immunophenotyping. It was wonderful to see that flow cytometry continues to be embraced by new disciplines for many interesting applications; this is driving innovation through demand for systems to cover a broader range of experimental conditions. Scientists and developers alike are clearly pushing the boundaries of how each system can be used, and that’s a promising sign of continued development for the entire field.

When we weren’t laser-focused on flow cytometry, we had the chance to enjoy beautiful Vancouver and the wealth of great cuisine this city has to offer. If you had the opportunity to attend CYTO 2019, we hope you had as much fun as we did! We’re already looking forward to next year’s event in Philadelphia.

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