On June 5, 2019, System Biosciences (SBI), a leading provider of exosome research tools and services, announced that the 2nd Annual Exosome Research Festival – ExoFest™ 2019 – will be held June 6, 2019 at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall, from 8:30 am to 5 pm. ExoFest is a one-day meeting to bring together scientists with an interest in exosome and extracellular vesicle research. This year’s symposium is co-organized by SBI and Dr. Lynn Pulliam and Dr. Sharanjot Saini of the UCSF Veterans Affairs Medical Center. “We are excited to bring together leading experts in the field of exosome research for our second annual ExoFest conference, where we’ll celebrate the latest exosome discoveries and share information about new tools and techniques, which is a core focus of our work at SBI.” Once thought to be little more than a way for cells to off-load waste, exosomes (small extracellular vesicles ranging in size from 30 – 200 nm) are a rapidly expanding area of study in basic research, biomarker discovery, and therapeutic delivery. These extracellular vesicles function as signal carriers and tissue re-shapers through their cargo of RNA, proteins, and lipids, and are involved in a wide range of healthy, as well as pathogenic processes such as cancer, inflammation, immunity, CNS function, and cardiac cell function. Exosomes are found in a wide range of biofluids, including serum, plasma, ascites fluid, urine, saliva, and tissue culture media, and are considered a rich source of material for biomarker discovery, for example in liquid biopsy diagnostic development.
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