Collaborate at ASHG 2017

The most exciting new feature of the show floor is the addition of Networking Lounges and Educational Theaters. They are located next to each other in three of four quadrants in the Exhibit Hall and called CoLaboratories: built especially for collaboration.

Each CoLaboratory, CoLab for short, is categorized by high-level themes so attendees can easily find the kind of session that appeals to them:

  • Clinical: features programming regarding clinical applications in research or for physicians, programming geared towards genetic counselors, and any topics related to diseases and treatments.
  • Laboratory: covers anything related to the laboratory: equipment, sequencing, technology, workflows, etc.
  • Data: focuses on big data and software applications for genetics professionals.

CoLab Session (30 minutes; several slots available daily in each theater)

ASHG invites exhibitors to program 30-minute mini-sessions. Exhibitors could present:

  • Product theaters
  • Patient perspectives
  • Best practices
  • Q&A with a rock-star scientist on your staff or someone affiliated with you

The sky is the limit in these sessions; make them memorable!

Fee: $1,500 per slot

CoLab Industry Challenge (45 minutes; one per day in each theater)

One timeslot per day allows the sponsoring exhibitor to lead a thought-provoking discussion in a CoLab Challenge: engage the audience with a challenge or question and then brainstorm a solution. Your Challenge session will feature a 10-15 minute presentation outlining the problem statement, mitigating factors, and an expert’s perspective/solution, then a challenge or question posed to attendees, who discuss for the remaining 10-15 minutes.

Time slots are exclusive in that they do not compete with ASHG’s official scientific sessions except daily poster sessions, during which your audience is likely already in the hall.

Fee: $2,000 per slot

Networking Lounges

Still chatting after the sessions end? No problem. We’ve got a networking lounge right next door where you can carry on the conversation.

What’s Included in the CoLab:

  • 50” screen
  • data projector with laptop connection *
  • microphone
  • A/V tech
  • seating for 30 attendees

*Remember you only have 30 minutes, so don’t be too reliant on slides.

CoLab Theater Schedule

(last updated 9/8/2017)

Clinical CoLab #115
Wednesday Sponsor Topic Thursday Sponsor Topic Friday Sponsor Topic
10:30-11 Color Family History is not the Whole Story: Unexpected Findings from Color Genomics 10:30-11 Agilent Technologies Seamless CGH Diagnostic Testing - With GenetiSure Dx Postnatal Assay 11:45-12:15 Shire Medical Affairs Newborn Screening in Lysosomal  Storage Disorders: Clinical Utility and the Road Ahead

Industry Challenge





Shire Medical Affairs Newborn Screening in Lysosomal  Storage Disorders: Clinical Utility and the Road Ahead

Industry Challenge


1:45-2:15 OMIM Getting the Most out of OMIM: Tips and Tricks for the Least to Most Experienced Users 1:45-2:15 Illumina Human WGS on the NovaSeq Platform with Nextera DNA Flex 1:30-2 ASHG Stretching Ourselves: Broadening the Reach of Genetic Counselors
2:30-3:00 Fabric Genomics Rapid Whole Genome Interpretation for Genetic Diseases in NICU and PICU Patients 2:30-3:00 Thermo Fisher Scientific

New Disease Research Database Tool to Facilitate Designing Gene Panels for Clinical Inherited Disease Research

3:15-3:45 Centogene AG

Disruptive innovations in the NGS Panel Diagnostics – CentoCloud®, CentoDx Plus™ & CENTOGENE’s NGS Panel Genomics

3:15-4:00 DNA Genotek Optimizing Sample Integrity for Human Genomics and Microbiome Research.      
Data CoLab #159
Wednesday Sponsor Topic Thursday Sponsor Topic Friday Sponsor Topic
10:30-11 NCBI Five Comon Tasks with NCBI's Genome Browser, The Genome Data Viewer 10:30-11 WuXiNextCODE Mining 100,000 Whole Genomes Live, at Full Resolution, with GORdb 11:45-12:15 GENALICE A Practical Guide to Ultra-Fast and Accurate Rare Disease Analysis: From Rapid Paediatric Sequencing to Migration of the World's Largest Whole Genome Rare Disease Cohort to Human Assembly GRCh38

Industry Challenge


WuXi NextCODE The Sandbox AND the Toys: What Applications would you like WuXi NextCODE to Provide to make TCGA's Multiomics Data most Directly and Immediately useful to you?



PetaGene PetaSuite: Reducing the Size and Cost of NGS Data Storage and Tansfer





1:45-2:15 Genomenon Faster, Comprehensive Variant Curation for Whole Genome Sequencing 1:45-2:15 DNASTAR Combined NGS Analysis for Genomic Variation, Gene Expression and Gene Regulation 1:30-2 MediSapiens Clinical Data Curation - The Foundation of Discovery in Genomic Studies
2:30-3:00 Microsoft Genomics Discovery in the Cloud 2:30-3:00 Color Genomics How to Achieve Robust Detection of Structural Variants with NGS Data      
3:15-3:45 Genomenon Mining the Genomic Literature for Evidence-based Panel Design 3:15-3:45 Advaita Bioinformatics Take Back Your Omics Data Interpretation: How to Maximize Insights from Every Experiment      
      4:00-4:30 Fabric Genomics National Genome Sequencing Efforts and Large-Scale Cohort Analyses using the VAAST Suite of Tools      
Laboratory CoLab
Wednesday Sponsor Topic Thursday Sponsor Topic Friday Sponsor Topic
10:30-11 Roche Sequencing SeqCap Epi: Enabling Lower Inputs and New Applications for Targeted Methyl-seq Analysis 

10:30-11     11:45-12:15 PacBio CRISPR/Cas9 Enrichment and Long-read WGS for Structural Variant Discovery



Thermo Fisher Scientific Fast and Simple Fluorescent RNA Quality Assessment



ASHG Duty to Re-Contact: Do we need to Reconsider?

Industry Challenge


1:45-2:15 MNG Laboratories Advances of Carrier Testing; the Expanding Role of Exome Use in Reproductive Medicine 1:45-2:15 Roche Sequencing Production-scale Automation of KAPA HyperPlus Library Preparation Kits from Diverse Sample Types 1:30-2    
2:30-3:00 AJHG Meet AJHG Editors: David Nelson, Sara Cullinan, and Sarah Ratzel 2:30-3:00 AJHG Meet the Editor, Bruce Korf      
3:15-3:45 ASHG ASHG’s Training and Development Committee presents the Trainee Paper Spotlight 3:15-3:45 New England BioLabs NEBNext Direct Custom Ready Gene Panels: Shifting the Paradigm for Targeted Sequencing      
      4:00-4:30 Thermo Fisher Scientific Pan-ethnic High Throughput Sequence and Structural Variation Detection Using Microarray Technology      

How are CoLab Sessions and Challenges promoted?

  • Online Schedule of Events on meeting website
  • Official ASHG 2017 Mobile App
  • One promotional email highlighting the theaters and all sessions within, sent by ASHG, in September to pre-registered attendees
  • Signage in Exhibit Hall

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ASHG will contact you once your application is submitted for programming confirmation and with an invoice. Once your CoLab is programmed and your invoice received, payment will be due two weeks after that date.

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CoLabs Cancellation Schedule

Before June 9  No fee
June 9-August 4 50% of CoLab fee penalty
After August 4   100% penalty and session may be in print

CoLab Terms and Conditions

CoLab session and industry challenge fees are due within two weeks of assignment. ASHG will supply all details for payment at time of assignment. If fees are not received within two weeks of assignment, the session/industry challenge will be cancelled.

CoLab sessions and industry challenges are available on a first-come, first-served basis. ASHG must approve topics and speakers for each session/industry challenge. ASHG cannot guarantee topic exclusivity but will work with the sponsor on the best time slot for their session. ASHG reserves the right to reject proposed sessions in part or in whole, with or without giving cause.

CoLab sponsors are not permitted to present any CME/CE-accredited education or activity.

Admission to CoLabs will be by official ASHG 2017 scientific or exhibitor badges obtained upon registration. CoLab speakers must be badged as scientific or exhibitor attendees. Any logistics related to the sponsor’s speakers (housing, registration, transportation, etc.) will be handled by sponsor; ASHG will not make any arrangements.

Sessions and industry challenges may not run more than five minutes over the allotted time; if they do, ASHG will stop the presentation at that time.

CoLab sponsors agree to comply with all ASHG 2017 exhibitor and exhibit hall rules, regulations, terms, and conditions found at, the Exhibitor Service Kit, these CoLab guidelines, terms, and conditions. If a sponsor or any of its representatives violates these, ASHG may cancel the session with full penalty and reserves the right to limit or prohibit future CoLab session participation at future events.