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Membership Demographics

From the SLAS database (reflects members and e-members in all categories):

  • 69% are from the U.S. and Canada / 31% are from throughout the rest of the world
     
  • 47% have doctorate degrees / 17% have master degrees / 22% have bachelor degrees
     
  • Top three fields/areas of interest identified include liquid handling (30%), pharmacogenomics (22%) and information technology for the laboratory (11%).
     
  • Top two work sectors identified include drug development (44%) and technology provider or integrator (39%).
     
  • Top five job titles identified include scientist/engineer/researcher (31%), manager/dept. head (9%), president/ceo (8%), administrative (8%) and vice president (5%).
     

From a 2015 survey of Journal of Biomolecular Screening (JBS) readers:

  • The top four areas of drug discovery in which readers work are biochemical assays/screening (85%); phenotypic/cellular assays (76%); target validation (47%); label free/biophysical assays (41%).
     
  • The top two job titles are lab director or department manager (41%) or scientist (38%).
     

From a 2010 survey of Journal of Laboratory Automation (JALA) readers:

  • 30% have MA/MS / 29% have BA/BS / 25% have PhD / 10% have PhD and MD
     
  • When asked to describe "the nature of their organization," 28% said biotechnology; 24% said pharmaceutical and 12% said academic institution.
     
  • Areas of responsibility reported

    66% automation technology
    50% research and development
    33% high-throughput
    29% engineering
    27% laboratory management
    21% applications
    20% analytical chemistry
    18% biochemistry
    15% software/informatics
    13% informatics IT
    13% discovery
    11% corporate management


Purchasing Priorities

SLAS members and e-members make significant annual investments in technology (particularly automated systems, robotics, instrumentation, hardware, software and labware) that support automated research initiatives in their laboratories. For examples, see the exhibitor directory at The SLAS Market Place.
 

Purchasing Power

According to research conducted in 2010 for the Journal of Biomolecular Screening (JBS):

  • What is your most usual involvement in your organization's purchasing decisions?
    45% approval/authorize purchases; 42% recommend/specify brands/suppliers; and 10% are involved in some other way.
     
  • In the next 12 months, which of the following does your organization plan to do?
    53% purchase equipment; 41% recommend equipment purchases; 61% review possible new equipment.
     

According to research conducted in 2010 for the Journal of Laboratory Automation (JALA):

  • 63% report "taking action" (multiple answers) as a result of seeing ads in JALA.
     
  • For which of the following products/services do you have any level of purchasing involvement (eg. approve, recommend, select or any other involvement) for your organization?

    63% robotics
    50% pipettors
    41% reagents/consumables (including plates, tips, vials, filters,etc.)
    38% workstation accessories; 34% microplate dispensers
    33% laboratory workstations
    30% microplate washers
    29% motors/pumps
    28% LIMS software
    27% spectroscopy instrumentation
    23% microplate processors
    22% cooling instrumentation
    22% luminescence instrumentation
    20% stirring systems
    18% ultrasonic instrumentation
    17% heating instrumentation
    15% compound libraries
    15% laser instrumentation
    12% microimaging instrumentation
    11% evaporation instrumentation
     

  • Approximately what is your laboratory's/department's research budget for its current fiscal year?

    22% $2.5 million or more
    7% $1-2.49 million
    7% $750,000 to $999,999
    1% $500,000 to $749,999
    5% $250,000 to $499,999
    1% $100,000 to $249,999
    7% less than $100,000
    4% None
    39% Don't know