AGBT 2015

We look forward to seeing you in Marco Island, Florida, this year. You can find all of the activities we have planned for AGBT 2015 on this page. Bookmark it and check back often—additional details will be added as the conference date approaches.

Workshop and workshop registration: Leading innovations in cancer research

Saturday, February 28 
12:00–1:00 p.m.
Palms Ballroom, Marco Island Marriott
Lunch will be provided.

Space is limited, so register today.


Join us and learn about Ion Torrent™ technology innovations with impact in cancer research and more. Our speakers include:

Alan Williams, PhD

Continuing the evolution of Ion Torrent™ next-generation sequencing technology

Alan Williams, PhD
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Robert P. Sebra, PhD,

Finding unexpected genetic heroes using a 25k-plex amplicon research panel and high-throughput, accurate sequencing with automated workflows

Robert P. Sebra, PhD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

P. Mickey Williams, PhD

NCI-MATCH: A national precision medicine study

P. Mickey Williams, PhD
Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

David Guttery, PhD

Targeted sequencing of cell-free DNA using the Ion AmpliSeq™ Cancer Hotspot and custom DNA research panels

David Guttery, PhD
University of Leicester

Thermo Fisher Scientific and its affiliates are not endorsing, recommending, or promoting any use or application of Life Technologies™ products presented by third parties during this seminar. Information and materials presented or provided by third parties are provided as-is and without warranty of any kind, including regarding intellectual property rights and reported results. Parties presenting images, text, and material represent they have the rights to do so. 

Suite Talks and suite hours

Visit our suite to attend one of our Suite Talks and hear directly from R&D scientists and others about their latest projects using Ion Torrent™ sequencing technology innovations.

Ion Torrent™ Suite

Lanai Suite 193, Marco Island Marriott

Wednesday, February 25 
3:00–5:00 p.m.
7:00–9:00 p.m. (with drinks 8–9 p.m.) 
Thursday, February 26 
8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
5:00–7:30 p.m. 
Friday, February 27 
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
5:00–7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, February 28 
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 

Come to the suite to tell us which sequencing persona you are and get a free persona T-shirt.

Wear your persona T-shirt to our workshop and you’ll qualify for a chance to win an Apple Watch™ device.*
* Terms and conditions apply

Thursday, February 26

10:00–10:15 a.m.

You want to put what where? Ion AmpliSeq™ technology, automation, any sample

Mark Andersen, PhD, Senior Director

R&D, Molecular Biology, Thermo Fisher Scientific

5:30–5:45 p.m.

An avalanche of data: long reads and a speedy workflow with isothermal amplification

Adam Harris, PhD, Associate Director
R&D, Molecular Biology, Thermo Fisher Scientific

11:30–11:45 a.m.

Pimp your informatics - customize variant calling parameters, Ion Reporter™ workflows, and command-line, open source informatics pipeline

Simon Cawley, PhD, Senior Director
R&D, Software and Informatics, Thermo Fisher Scientific

6:30–6:45 p.m.

Seeking and finding: accurate, high throughput genomics to characterize rare variants

Patrice Milos, PhD,  President and CEO
Claritas Genomics

Friday, February 27

10:30–10:45 a.m.

Less than 1 ng? No extraction? No problem with Ion AmpliSeq™ technology

Mark Andersen, PhD, Senior Director 
R&D Molecular Biology, Thermo Fisher Scientific 

6:30–6:45 p.m.

How low can you go? Detecting low-frequency events

Simon Cawley, PhD, Senior Director
R&D, Software and Informatics, Thermo Fisher Scientific

5:30–5:45 p.m.

Got blood? CTCs, cfDNA, and germline nucleic acids with the LiquidBiopsy™ Platform and a single Ion 318™ Chip

Jason Johnson, Senior Director
Product Management, Collection to Detection, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Ion Torrent™ software demonstrations

Thursday, February 26
5:15–7:15 p.m.
Hilton Marco Island
Dinner will be provided

Learn how to build your own Ion AmpliSeq™ panel or simplify your data analysis with Ion Torrent™ software solutions. Catch the shuttle bus from the front of the Marco Island Marriott to the Hilton Marco Island for these hands-on demonstrations:

Ion AmpliSeq™ Designer: A powerful free Web-based tool for targeted amplification primer design

Francisco G. Hernandez-Guzman, PhD, MBA, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) continues to dramatically change the speed and cost at which sequencing data become accessible for genetic analysis, the study of human health, and a variety of biotechnology applications. Within NGS, applications like targeted sequencing have emerged as leading technologies for the focused study of genes and other interesting genomic areas. The goal of this software demonstration will be to familiarize the audience with Ion AmpliSeq™ Designer, a free Web-based tool developed to assist in primer design. The demo will guide the participants through the basic steps of generating a primer library that can be used for targeted amplification sequencing. Concepts like gene selection, targeted amplicons, multiplex primer pools, and amplification panels will be covered in the demonstration.

Ion Reporter™ Software: An integrated tool for analyzing, annotating, and interpretive reporting of NGS data

Carl Dowds, PhD, Thermo Fisher Scientific

As next-generation sequencing (NGS) becomes more common, the increased adoption and number of applications to which it is applied generates an ever-increasing amount of data to analyze. A common bottleneck for getting pertinent information from this data lies in the bioinformatic processing and interpretive analysis necessary to generate meaningful results. To ease this bottleneck, Ion Reporter™ Software has been developed to allow push-button informatics to algorithmically analyze, richly annotate, powerfully and flexibly filter down to variants of interest, and generate a meaningful and concise report. The goal of this demonstration will be to introduce the latest features of the Ion Reporter™ Software, and demonstrate the simplicity of streamlining routine analysis of DNA variants and documentation of their biological meaning.

For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

Ion Lounge

Friday, February 27
9:30 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
Presidential Suite, Marco Island Marriott

Join us for music, snacks, and drinks at the Ion Lounge! Ask a Thermo Fisher Scientific representative for a ticket at the Ion Torrent™ Suite**.

** We apologize in advance as we are unable to host at the Ion Lounge those considered health care providers (including MDs and PhD-MDs), due to industry regulations.
Ticket required for entry.