We recently attended the 11th annual Sequencing, Finishing and Analysis in the Future (SFAF) meeting, hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory and held in Santa Fe, NM, also known as “The City Different.” With an emphasis on genome sequencing, assembly, and applications of NGS, it was an action-packed three days of meetings, demos, poster presentations, and networking.
On the afternoon before SFAF started, QIAGEN Bioinformatics hosted a successful workshop for 30 attendees, which provided hands-on training on our Microbial Genomics Pro Suite. This user-friendly, scalable solution includes CLC Genomics Workbench and a series of plugins, enabling microbiologists to fully optimize the microbial genomics and metagenomics analytical workflow. Our session included an introduction to the capabilities of the solution, including metagenomics workflows, pathogen typing, and outbreak analysis. Resources for this training are available on our website and include an explanatory video, entitled “Introduction to Metadata Handling for CLC Microbial Genomics Module.”
SFAF 2016 was a wonderful event, bringing us the chance to strengthen existing relationships and meet researchers who are using our solutions on fascinating projects. It also brought us the opportunity to discuss benchmarks for our microbial genomics solution. We are looking forward to following up with our new contacts — some of whose work we hope to feature on this blog and share with you in the not-too-distant future.