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Marina del Rey, California

MdRThe 62nd meeting of BEST will be held  13-14 October 2021

Marina del Rey's proximity to LAX airport makes travel easy, and its coastal location on the upscale Los Angeles Westside is an ideal home base for a Southern California getaway. Visitors are within a short drive to LA’s popular tourist attractions—the world-famous Santa Monica Pier is right next door! And after a busy day of exploring, there’s no better place to come back to your waterfront hotel, which offers sparkling harbor views.

IMPORTANT UPDATES: Due to the ongoing issues with COVID, we have made some changes to the meeting format. These include:

  • The Scott Murphy Award Lecture will occur during the 30th Anniversary Celebration Virtual Symposium on Saturday, 06 November, 2021. The administrative reports will be given during the lunch on the 1st day, Wednesday.
  • Both the Conventional Components and Clinical Transfusion Studies unopposed sessions will be held on the 1st day, Wednesday. The opposing Donor Studies and Cellular Therapy sessions will be held on the 2nd day, Thursday.
  • The BEAM Meeting will be held virtually on a later date to be announced.
  • The Main Meeting on day 2 will end one hour earlier than usual.
  • We will be holding the BEST Dinner onsite at the Marriott Marina del Rey rather than at an offsite venue. The dinner menu may be viewed HERE.

For those unable to attend, we will be holding the meeting virtually via Zoom simultaneously during the sessions, and recording these sessions as well. If you are attending onsite, you also invited to register to view the Zoom session. Advance registration for each Zoom session is required, whether you are joining onsite or remotely. Registration links are in the agenda below. 

Los Angeles County has announced an updated vaccine and mask requirement which is summarized HERE. You should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination if you plan to attend the meeting in person.

Meeting venue:

Marina del Rey Marriott
4100 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, California 90292
Phone: +1 310-301-3000

Venue Website

BEST has secured a room block at a highly discounted rate of $249 a night. Please make reservations at the link HERE to access the special rate. The rate is currently available from 12-15 October. The last date to book is September 21, 2021 at 5:00pm Pacific Time.

Preliminary Agenda

Wednesday, 13 October 2021
07:00 - 18:00 BEST Registration open
08:00 - 08:15 Welcome Session
08:15 - 12:45
(break 10:00-10:30)
Conventional Components Team Meeting (Session is unopposed)
Zoom Registration Link
12:30 - 12:45 Intermission
12:45 - 13:30 Box Lunch, includes the Administrative Session
Zoom Registration Link
13:30 - 13:45 Intermission
13:45 - 18:00
(break 15:30-16:00)
Clinical Transfusion Studies Team Meeting (Session is unopposed)
Zoom Registration Link
18:30 - 22:30 BEST Dinner: Marina del Rey Marriott Bayview Ballroom

Thursday, 14 October 2021
07:00 - 12:00 BEST Registration open
08:00 - 12:30
(break 10:00-10:30)
Team Meetings (simultaneous sessions)
• Cellular Therapy Zoom Registration Link
• Donor Studies Zoom Registration Link
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch
(BEAM Meeting will be held virtually at a later date to be announced)
13:45 - 14:45 BEST Main Meeting Zoom Registration Link
• Team Reports
• Special Discussions
  BEST Executive Team Meeting (to be held virtually at a later date to be announced)
17:00 BEST Executive Team Dinner (by invitation only, details pending)