From July 28th to August 1st, The University of Michigan Department of Chemistry played host to a new scientific conference that seeks to bridge the growing needs of the biopharmaceutical industry with the an emerging area of academic research focused on an area of research known as ‘gas-phase structural biology’.
The new conference is called Advancing Mass Spectrometry for Biophysics and Structural Biology (or AMS for short), and featured 47 oral presentations and 69 posters contributed from an international group of 116 scientists representing 9 different countries.
Brandon Ruotolo, Associate Professor in the UM Chemistry Department, served as conference organizer and chair for the 2017 meeting.
The first AMS meeting covered a range of topics concerned with the development of new mass spectrometry tools capable of rapidly capturing the 3D structures and stabilities of large biomolecules present within complex mixtures at low levels.
Such technologies are of growing importance to the biopharmaceutical industry, a sector that is producing an ever increasing number of therapeutics based on large protein vehicles, an endeavor that currently represents a $60 Billion research investment in that industry.
The 2019 AMS meeting will take place in Amherst MA, at the University of Massachusetts.
More information about the meeting can be found here.