What a ConFirenze! Explore. Dream. Discover.

When I heard that IMSC was in Florence I stuck my hand up to be on the exhibition booth.  It’s a city I’ve wanted to visit for years.

Ironically, we were so busy I didn’t get to look around!  Myself and my colleague, Mark Bennett, were attending for Nonlinear and, from the opening reception, we had a lot of interest in Progenesis.

This varied from researchers in nuclear physics to researchers analysing skin for anti-malarial research.  Progenesis really does cover a large breadth of scientific research, it’s strength being the ability to seek out differences without identification.

Quantify, then identify, is fundamental in the Progenesis workflow.

Mark Bennett demonstrating Progenesis to interested researchers Mark Bennett demonstrating Progenesis to interested researchers

In addition to busy ‘booth traffic’ and demonstrations, we had a workshop on the Thursday lunchtime.

Three speakers gave interesting accounts of how Progenesis QI and Progenesis QI for proteomics have helped them in their research:

Progenesis3 –Three personal accounts showing the power of Progenesis QI

  • Untargeted metabolomics using Progenesis QI for small molecules: Developing ion-chromatography-mass spectrometry for the investigation of cancer metabolism –James S.O. McCullagh, University of Oxford, UK
  • Metabolomic profiling of reactive metabolites in toxicology by MSE and Progenesis –Emilien Jamin, Toxalim (Research Centre in Food Toxicology) Toulouse university, INRA, France
  • Novel strategies for discovery of cardiovascular biomarkers in human plasma – Donald JL Jones, Leicester Cancer Research Centre, RKCSB, University of Leicester, UK

All three talks were engaging and we had good attendance.  The speakers had questions for each other and were engaged in conversation long after the workshop had finished.

Don Jones, Emilien Jamin and James McCullagh in conversation post workshop Don Jones, Emilien Jamin and James McCullagh in conversation post workshop

The workshop was so uplifting for me, it’s great when you hear customers picking out things that they really like in your product.

Don’t worry if you missed these presentations, we recorded the whole session, soon to be released!

If you’d like to be notified about these recordings, please email us and we’ll inform you when they become available.

So then it was on to the conference dinner, it completely exceeded expectations (which were not low).

We gathered at the Villa Viviani, located on the hill of Settignano, with a perfect view of Florence, which sits nestled in a natural bowl, just as the sun was setting.

The villa was home to Mark Twain for a time and one of my favourite quotes of his, “Explore. Dream. Discover.” seemed particularly apt for the conference and the wonderful evening.

It was so beautiful to stand there, listening to the live band and watching the dusk progress, an unforgettable memory.

Later, we were participants in an Italian birthday song game that had us up and down out of seats non-stop.  The next day my legs were really aching!

The sun setting over Florence at the gala dinner The sun setting over Florence at the gala dinner

Finally, we all dispersed home, the Progenesis researchers we spoke to heading back to their labs all over the globe.

It was a great Confirenze!!  Now I have to go back to Florence and see it properly, as a tourist.