Sponsor Benefit

Dear Potential Sponsor,

On behalf of the Microarray and Gene Expression Data Society (MGED), we invite you to join our community effort by becoming a corporate sponsor. As you may know, the MGED Society is an international organization of biologists, computer scientists, and data analysts that aims to facilitate the sharing of microarray and other high-throughput data generated by functional genomics and proteomics experiments.

Our focus is on:

  • Establishing, maintaining and improving standards for annotating and exchanging microarray and other high-throughput biomedical data,
  • Facilitating the creation of microarray databases and related software implementing these standards,
  • Promoting the sharing and integration of high quality, well-annotated data within the life sciences community.

The MGED Society is a nonprofit public benefit organization. We incorporated as such in the state of California on May 7, 2002. Permanent charity status was approved by the US Internal Revenue Service in June, 2007. Our major achievements to date include:

  1. Creation of the Minimum Information About a Microarray Experiment (MIAME) standards (Nature Genetics (2001), 29, 365-371). These standards have been adopted by numerous journals and authors as the expected level of information required for publication.
  2. Development of the MAGE-ML XML data exchange format (Genome Biology (2002), 3, Research 0046.1-0046.9). Also, MGED has supported the development of associated software toolkits to enable researchers to make use of these standards.
  3. A long history of successful international meetings (MGED 1- MGED 10), workshops, tutorials and programming jamborees that have educated thousands of researchers worldwide. Our meetings focus not only on  topics related to data standards but also provide attendees with an understanding of and introduction to cutting edge technologies, tools and research. In 2007, the annual meeting (MGED 10) was held September 3rd through 5th in Brisbane, Australia (please visit http://www.mged.org/Meetings/  for more information about previous meetings). In 2008, MGED 11 (http://www.mged.org/mged11/) will be held in Riva del Garda, Trentino, Italy from September 1st-5th, 2008.  Because MGED meeting attendees are an users of microarray and other high-throughput technologies from all over the world, these conferences provide excellent opportunities for vendors to meet potential clients from Europe as well as other locations.

A long-term goal is to extend our mission to other functional genomics and proteomics high throughput technologies. More information on our work and goals can be found at the Society’s web site: http://www.mged.org

We hope that you will agree to become a corporate sponsor, with a donation of $5000 for 2008.

Official sponsorship of MGED includes:

  1. The fee to the annual meeting will be waived for one of your company´s representatives.
  2. Your company's logo will be printed in the meeting abstract book (Please note: a graphics file needs to be provided two months in advance of meeting).
  3. The MGED meeting will have a space available for you to place corporate literature and to highlight your products. A exhibitor's booth at our annual meeting will be made available to your company at 1⁄2 price. Corporate sponsors will be granted first refusal to booths.
  4. Sponsors are recognized by the MGED board members during presentations at meetings. The work of MGED and the adoption of standards by your company can make your products easier to use, more compatible with other technologies and more readily adopted by end users.
  5. Sponsor representatives are encouraged to work with MGED to drive the improvement of standards, software and related tools.
  6. Your company logo will appear on the home page and workgroup pages at the MGED Society web site (www.mged.org).

If you feel that our efforts are more valuable than $5,000, we heartily agree, and would be interested in discussing more substantial donations targeted toward specific activities. We also have opportunities for financing our other activities, primarily Programming Jamborees, where we perform two functions. First, we write MIT-license, open-source software (this means that any group can use this software for any purpose, but need not return their modifications to us). Second, we run tutorials that explain how to use MAGE-ML and associated technologies.

Sponsorship payment should be made by check, made out to the "MGED Society". The check may be sent to the current MGED Society treasurer at

Ronald Taylor, Ph.D.
1400 South Grant Street
Kennewick, WA 99338

Please note: assuming that your organization agrees to sponsor MGED, in subsequent years this letter and annual invoices for subsequent years of sponsorship will be sent out in November for January 1 payment. If you chose not to sponsor in subsequent years, you can simply return the invoice marked as such. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the MGED treasurer at:

Ronald Taylor, Ph.D.
1400 South Grant Street
Kennewick, WA 99338
Day phone (509) 372-6568
Cell phone (509) 372-4720


Chris Stoeckert, President, the Microarray and Gene Expression Data Society

Ronald Taylor, Treasurer, the Microarray and Gene Expression Data Society

Helen Causton , Secretary, the Microarray and Gene Expression Data Society

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