Wine and proteomics at Proteomlux

Juliet and her baby boy, WilliamI’d like to introduce myself — I am Juliet Evans and I work in the sales team at Nonlinear Dynamics. As I have young family, I do not travel often, so it was a real pleasure to attend Proteomlux, the International Conference on Proteomics in Plants, Microorganisms and Environment.

Most of my work involves telephone calls and emails, so it was lovely to meet some of the scientists face-to-face at last. I work in a team with my colleague, Agnès Corbin, and we attended this meeting in Luxembourg together.

The meeting was part of the European Action Cost FA0603 and was, in essence, a gathering of European Plant Proteomics scientists. There were some very interesting presentations and posters — it was pleasing to see citations of our Progenesis SameSpots and Progenesis LC-MS software peppered throughout both. One thing was clear: 2D is very much alive-and-kicking in the field of Plant Proteomics. In fact, the first invited speaker, Prof Peter Roepstorff, was quite passionate that this should remain the case!

I gave a commercial presentation, based upon the many positive scientists’ statements from our Progenesis LC-MS users. The message behind my talk was our quantify, then identify workflow in Progenesis LC-MS.  Treating Quantification and Identification as 2 separate processes adds a new and powerful dimension to label-free quantification.  It makes absolute sense to quantify on MS1 first, otherwise, you are losing a lot of valuable data.

Die CoqueWe caught up with many of our customers and gave them the latest news – Agnès demonstrated our new Progenesis SpotCheck 2D technology, with its ‘gold standard’ for monitoring technical variation within and across labs.  Our other big news is that our fractionation workflow in Progenesis LC-MS is imminent.

Before the conference dinner, afloat on the Moselle, we enjoyed a visit to the cavernous St Martin wine cellar. Here, we were treated to a very entertaining tour and given the story of how Crémant is made. The protocols were absolutely stringent, particularly impressive as the process involves a living organism. Hopefully, one day we’ll have the same levels of reproducibility in our proteomics research. That is what we are striving for at Nonlinear Dynamics; it is at the core of our company ethos and is why we are cofounders of the Fixing Proteomics campaign.

If you would like to try our technology or learn more, please get in touch and we shall be happy to help.