Biophysical Society Annual Meeting: Thanks and goodbye!

Matthew O’Bannon

Since late last week, some of us from Quartzy have been in New Orleans for the 61st annual meeting of the Biophysical Society—a professional scientific organization founded in 1958 that promotes the development of the biophysics field. This was our third trip to BPS, which this year featured more than 4,000 poster presentations, 500 speakers, 200 exhibits, and 20 symposia. We had a blast chatting with scientists from around the world, and loved hearing about the latest and greatest in biophysical research—though we can’t claim to fully understand it all.

While at BPS, we were able to provide each poster presenter and platform speaker (more than 3,000 total!) with free networking cards that contained their contact information and abstract. The cards were our gift to the scientific community to aid the dissemination of research, in keeping with our mission to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery. Once scientists picked up their cards, they were able to distribute them during their presentations to network with their peers. While many expressed gratitude for the cards, one particular attendee returned to our booth to excitedly explain how he’d gained several postdoc interviews using his networking cards.picmonkey-collageThis year, we also hosted a small happy hour for the first time. It was fun to share a drink and a bite with some current and potential Quartzy users, learn more about their research, and preview the new version of our lab management platform (soon available to everyone!) while hearing their feedback. We appreciate everyone who took time out of their packed BPS schedules to attend our event and have fun with us.hrcollageBy the end of the conference, nearly 1,500 scientists visited our booth! It was an awesome experience to show off our updated platform to current users, and to spread the word of our time- and money-saving benefits to attendees previously unfamiliar with Quartzy. We’re grateful for everyone who stopped by to grab their cards and chat with us. And a big thanks goes out to the Biophysical Society for hosting us once again.

After filling up on gumbo and beignets, we’re headed back to San Francisco. Hope to see you again next year at BPS!

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Matthew O'Bannon

Matt graduated from Purdue with a BS in biochemistry. This bio isn't long enough for him to list his extensive experience in

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