Here’s the latest for the meeting


The abstract submission deadline to have your work considered for poster presentation is March 30! Don’t miss the opportunity to share your research with hundreds of scientists working in the fields of in vitro tissue culture and biotechnology. Submit your research today!

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Grow with the Flow: Flow Cytometry for Genome Sizing, Editing, and RNA Targeting

In continuation of the inaugural Flow Cytometry workshop, this year’s Grow with the Flow workshop will focus on various topics for targeting and gene editing with plant specific applications. Experts will present and be available for discussions on genome sizing, genome editing, and RNA targeting. In addition, presentations on technology updates and Flow Cytometry best practices will be discussed. During the workshop live demonstration will be provided. Following the workshop, experts will be available to answer questions on the capabilities of the technology and the equipment in addition to any other relevant information at the exhibition hall during the rest of the conference. Advanced registration is recommended. Register today!



SIVB believes in that both work AND play are important parts of our annual meeting.  To that end, the Local Organizing Committee has been working hard preparing a number of special events for your enjoyment while in St. Louis. Details for each event are included and require advanced registration, so make sure to go online and reserve your space today!

TUESDAY’S EVENING EVENT: Horses, History and Fun: A Special Evening at the Anheuser Busch Grant’s Farm

Have you ever wanted to meet one of the World Famous Clydesdale horses in person? Then this is your chance!  Join us on Tuesday evening, June 5, at Grant’s Farm, the 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family (of Anheuser Busch-fame) and named for US President Ulysses S. Grant who originally worked a portion of the land. It was ranked in 2004 as a top attraction nationwide by the U.S. Family Travel Guide Zagat Survey® and two time winner of the TripAdvisor.  Our special private event would include your chance to meet the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale horses, Deer Park rides, and meet-and-greets with the animals on the farm followed by a fun and casual down home barbecue buffet plus a chance to taste a number of different Anheuser Busch beers. This entertaining evening will cost $89 per person and will include transportation, entertainment/activities, hospitality bar, and a barbecue dinner. Tickets are available now, so don’t forget to purchase yours today.


R&D Innovation Tour at MilliporeSigma Tour – Wednesday, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Plans are underway for a scientific tour on Wednesday, June 6 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm to visit the MilliporeSigma Laclede Innovation Center in St. Louis. This is the R&D location where the world’s first targeted nucleases (ZFNs) were developed and manufactured for academic and commercial research starting in 2008.The site continues to function as an innovation hub for genome editing covering CRISPR technology, cell engineering services (Cell Design Studio), and genome editing R&D specializing in toxicology applications.  Beyond genome editing, the Laclede site houses a diverse collection of R&D groups covering genomics, CHO-based therapeutic antibody production, analytical chemistry, and protein assay development. The tour will start with a short 5-10 minute presentation, followed by a guided walk around the facility to see various R&D labs. The tour will offer multiple different expert scientists to guide you through the Center and give participants a choice of which area in which they are most interested. The cost for this tour is $35 and includes the tour, bus transportation, and a boxed lunch. Registration is available on our website!


The Heart of Biotechnology Tour: Wednesday Afternoon Plant Scientific Tour

Plans are underway for a special tour on Wednesday afternoon, June 6, from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, that will take you into the heart of the industrial, academic, and non-profit biotech community. Stops will include Monsanto’s Chesterfield Agricultural Campus, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, KWS Gateway Research Center, and BRDG Community College. Advance registration is required to attend this tour and registration is limited.  The cost for this tour is $35 and includes tours of all 4 facilities, bus transportation, and a boxed lunch. Registration is available on our website!

First stop will be at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the largest independent, nonprofit plant science research institute in the world. The Center provides state-of-the-art facilities to outstanding plant scientists who, in collaboration with partners from around the globe, are uncovering new knowledge about plant biology that will lead to more productive and sustainable food and bioenergy crops. The approx. 45-minutetours will include visits to the Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Facility, Bellwether Foundation Plant Phenotyping Facility and Integrated Plant Growth Facility/Greenhouse complex. TheDanforthCenter’s Core Facilities accelerate discovery by providing Center scientists, their collaborators and outside users with access to cutting-edge technology with which to expand and attain their research endeavors.

Next you will visit the KWS Gateway Research Center and BioResearch and Development and Growth (BRDG) campus of St. Louis Community College. As KWS’ latest North American research facility, the KWS Gateway Research Center is built to strengthen their position in the global plant research community and is an integral part of the KWS network of breeding stations and research activities. Research in the KWS Gateway Research Center includes a combination of basic research and product development, supported by existing facilities in BRDG Park as well as by an excellent infrastructure and a top-quality science platform. At KWS you will get a tour through the offices and laboratories at the GRC including the general setup. This will allow you to get an idea of the KWS culture.

St. Louis Community College distinguishes BRDG Park as one of the only research parks to have an on-site biotech workforce development and training program. The St. Louis Community College’s Center for Plant and Life Sciences bio-technician training program, which has been recognized for excellence by the Missouri Biotechnology Organization (MOBIO), creates unlimited and innovative opportunities for collaborations between academia and industry. At the college, you will receive a walking tour of their facilities and presentation of their Biotechnology program and how it fits into the growing bioscience industry in St. Louis. This will include an overview of their CRO and internship program and how they are working with the start up companies in BRDG Park.

Last stop is Monsanto’s State-of-the-Art Chesterfield campus where you will be treated to a special Agricultural Tour. There you will see how Monsanto is collaborating with farmers and partners to develop innovative solutions. During the tour you will visit their Welcome Center and explore campus areas for Genotyping, Entomology, Transformation, Growth Chambers, Greenhouses, Microbials, as well as their Technical Discovery Center and the Climate Corporation. While there you will have the opportunity to ask questions about who they are, why they do what they do, and the innovation driving agriculture today.



The Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch will be the official hotel of the 2018 In Vitro Biology Meeting.  Experience a welcoming, contemporary environment at this downtown hotel, which is a modern retreat for all your St. Louis adventures and business pursuits. Stay right next to the tallest monument in the US and its newly transformed Arch museum, grounds and scenic riverfront. Take a tour of the Anheuser Busch Brewery or catch a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium. You can experience the best St. Louis restaurants and bars right in the hotel, including their signature restaurant, RED Kitchen, which serves seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine created from local ingredients and purveyors; Ruth’s Chris Steak House where you can savor aged Midwestern corn-fed prime steaks topped with fresh butter; or watch the game of the week, eat delicious St. Louis BBQ and sip local craft beer at Brewhouse Historical Sports Bar. Guests who book their hotel as part of the 2018 SIVB Meeting room block will also receive complimentary in-room internet.The special rate provided to SIVB is $169 plus tax per single/double occupancy. Make your reservation now

And don’t forget to check out the program for updates as they become available