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Join us for the 10th annual GenoFest!

Friday, October 7, 2022, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building 
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It’s back! After a three-year COVID hiatus, the UMN Genomics Center is thrilled to be bringing the genomics research community together to celebrate our 10th annual GenoFest. This event was established in 2011 (as "IllumiFest") to celebrate the arrival of the UMN’s first short-read next-gen sequencer, and has evolved into an annual open house at which we provide updates on emerging trends in genomics technologies, future plans for our core facility, and application solutions for UMN researchers.  

This year, the event is organized as a combination of UMGC presentations, including a main presentation by our Director, Dr. Kenny Beckman, technology presentations, lunch, a genomics resource fair with ~15 tables hosted by field experts, and networking opportunities.

This event is free and open to the public – any researchers and support staff who are interested in learning more about the UMGC and the genomic resources available to support their research are encouraged to attend. 

We hope you will join us in-person or virtually on Friday, October 7, in CCRB, for the reboot of our signature fall event!

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Genomics Resource Fair (10:00 AM - 2:30 PM)
Registration is not required for the fair. Researchers are welcome to stop by the CCRB atrium at any time and sign in at the main CCRB entrance. 

Presentations (morning and afternoon)
Advanced registration is required for in-person participation and is limited to 125 attendees. Registration can be for morning or afternoon presentations or both. Optional lunch will be available for in-person presentation attendees. Morning coffee will be available. 

In-person Registration   Virtual Registration

Presentation Agenda

Morning Program (9:00 AM - 12:30 PM)
9:00 AM - Coffee & Check In
9:30 AM - Kenny Beckman, UMGC Director - "The evolution of genomics (and the UMGC) in the third decade"
10:15 AM - Daryl Gohl, Innovation Lab - "Developing synthetic standards for improving NGS-based measurements"
10:35 AM - UMGC staff (Fernanda Rodriguez, Aaron Becker, Elyse Froehling, John Garbe)
11:30 AM - Lunch*

Afternoon Program (12:30 PM - 2:30 PM) Abstracts
12:30 PM - Logan Silber, Illumina - "Illumina Technology Update"
1:00 PM - Chris Black, PacBio -"Exploring Diverse Applications of PacBio HiFi Sequencing"
1:30 PM - Brandon Blakey, Nanopore  -"Exploring Applications with Nanopore Sequencing"
2:00 PM - Resource Fair*
2:30 PM - Adjourn

*Indicates times for presentation attendees to attend the Genomics Resource Fair that is open to everyone from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM. 

Genomics Resource Fair

We anticipate ~15 tables hosted by field experts will be available to share their technical knowledge and expertise. Registration is not required for the fair. Researchers are welcome to stop by the CCRB atrium between 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM and sign in at the main CCRB entrance. 

We would like to thank the above participating companies who helped us offset the logistical expenses to host GenoFest. 

Location and Parking

GenoFest is hosted in the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building (2231 6th
St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455) located on the East Bank of the University of
Minnesota. Check-in will be available at the main entrance. 

For parking near CCRB, we suggest parking in the Maroon and Victory daily lots ($6/day without in/out privileges) located across the street. 

Additional transportation options:
The Metro Green Line (Light Rail) and select campus buses have stops near CCRB. A variety of detailed campus maps can help you navigate to CCRB.

Thank you to our presenter level sponsors!

GenoFest Key Sponsors Illumina PacBio ONT

For GenoFest related questions, please contact Shea Anderson (