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June 19, 2017
Fresh Science and Fresh Talent: The SLAS Tony B. Academic Travel Awards
Fresh Science and Fresh Talent: The SLAS Tony B. Academic Travel Awards

Since SLAS was founded in 2010, SLAS Tony B. Academic Travel Awards have provided funding to enable 337 students, post-docs and early career professionals from around the world to participate in SLAS International Conferences and Exhibitions.

June 5, 2017
Making N-of-1 Medicine a Reality
Making N-of-1 Medicine a Reality

An SLAS Technology Special Issue captures a dramatic suite of advances in personalized and precision medicine. These new technologies address the treatment plans of individual patients with the hope of turning terminal illnesses into chronic issues. SLAS Technology Co-Guest Editor Dean Ho, Ph.D., found himself boiling down all of personalized and precision medicine (PPM) to one word during an SLAS-sponsored panel presentation held at InnovFest Unbound Singapore 2016. “When the moderator asked us to come up with one word to describe PPM, I said actionability,” he says.

May 29, 2017
Bridging the Gap: Bringing 3D Cell Culture and Phenotypic Drug Screening Together
Bridging the Gap: Bringing 3D Cell Culture and Phenotypic Drug Screening Together

What happens when several scientific disciplines join forces to tackle one of the biggest challenges in drug discovery and development? You get “a fast-moving field with a lot of innovation and a lot of exciting research,” says Richard Eglen, Ph.D., of Corning Life Sciences, former SLAS president and a guest editor of the June 2017 SLAS Discovery Special Issue on 3D Cell Culture, Drug Screening and Optimization.

May 22, 2017
SLAS Education: Moving with the Times and the Targets
SLAS Education: Moving with the Times and the Targets

The educational priorities of SLAS members are a bit like shifting sands. There was a time when the Zymate 1 transformed the analytical laboratory which led to incredible advances in laboratory automation.  Decades later scientists using cutting edge technology mapped the human genome. Since then, topics like 3D cell culture, gene-editing, personalized medicine and super resolution microscopy have risen to the top of many great minds.

May 15, 2017
The Lab Man Interviews SLAS2017 Student Poster Competition Winners
The Lab Man Interviews SLAS2017 Student Poster Competition Winners

Each year at the SLAS International Conference and Exhibition, students, graduate students, post-doctoral associates and junior faculty have the opportunity to share their achievements, gain valuable exposure and win a cash prize in the SLAS Student Poster Competition. The entries are many, the work strong and the job of selecting the top three difficult. Poster judges evaluate a presenter's ability to explain key concepts, respond to questions and demonstrate enthusiasm for their work. The top three student poster authors receive cash awards of $500 each.

May 8, 2017
SLAS2017 Student Poster Winners: Courageous Young Minds
SLAS2017 Student Poster Winners: Courageous Young Minds

Undaunted by international travel or speaking before world-class professionals, these forward-thinking student scientists share how the SLAS Student Poster Award boosts self-confidence, builds connections to potential collaborators and advances life sciences research.

May 1, 2017
The Lab Man Explores SLAS Journals
The Lab Man Explores SLAS Journals

SLAS Discovery Editor-in-Chief Robert M. Campbell, SLAS Technology Editor-in-Chief Edward Kai-Hua Chow and SAGE Publishing Marketing Manager Beth Berry talk about exciting opportunities for the recently renamed journals. The editors address how SLAS journals are meeting evolving scientific educational needs for life sciences researchers across disciplines and geographic areas. Berry provides an overview of tools available to SLAS journal authors to increase their discoverability, readership and citations.

April 24, 2017
Service and Support Ensures Success for SLAS Journal Authors
Service and Support Ensures Success for SLAS Journal Authors

Every year, the outstanding scientific achievements of over 500 life sciences professionals from around the globe are published in the official journals of SLASSLAS Discovery (Advancing Life Sciences R&D) and SLAS Technology (Translating Life Sciences Innovation). The success and satisfaction of these authors and co-authors are important priorities for the SLAS community and our publishing partner, SAGE Publishing.

April 17, 2017
Beyond the Bench: Translating Life Sciences Innovation
Beyond the Bench: Translating Life Sciences Innovation

If you want to commercialize new scientific technologies, SLAS is a fertile starting point. Positioned at the intersection of life sciences discovery and technology, the Society and its diverse membership offer unparalleled opportunities to spark creative cross-disciplinary collaborations. 

April 10, 2017
Liquid Biopsy: New Technology Uses a Microfluidic Vortex to Isolate Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) from Blood Samples
Liquid Biopsy: New Technology Uses a Microfluidic Vortex to Isolate Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) from Blood Samples

Early in her career, Elodie Sollier-Christen, Ph.D. was trying to decide whether to study medicine or engineering when she learned about lab-on-a-chip concepts and recalls, “I found these concepts really exciting and I thought they would be the future of medicine.” Fast forward to 2017. The now chief scientific officer for Vortex Biosciences earned the 2017 SLAS Innovation Award winner for her presentation, “Classification of Large Circulating Tumor Cells Isolated with Ultra-High-Throughput Microfluidic Vortex Technology,” built from those early interests.

April 3, 2017
Cancer Metabolism: It's a Brave New World
Cancer Metabolism: It's a Brave New World

Mention cellular metabolism to most people and visions of Krebs cycle diagrams and glycolysis come to mind. While some may think of metabolism as a linear pathway, Raymond Gilmour, Ph.D., Discovery Research, Eli Lilly and Company, believes nothing could be further from the truth. He says there are many dynamic interactions within metabolic pathways and “it’s only following the advent of genomic and metabolomic technologies that we’re beginning to understand the detailed regulation of cancer cell metabolism.”

March 27, 2017
How to Use SLAS to Find People Who Can Help You
How to Use SLAS to Find People Who Can Help You

The life sciences field is incredibly dynamic and for most in the SLAS community it is often difficult to stay current with topics of interest. When you want help or information or just somebody who’ll toss around ideas with you, one of your most valuable resources can be SLAS. It’s a point of pride and a practical fact – SLAS is a portal to thousands of knowledgeable, uniquely experienced and friendly professionals who value their connections to other SLAS members.

March 20, 2017
Beautiful Cell Colonies Take Grand Prize in 2016 JALA & JBS Art of Science Contest
Beautiful Cell Colonies Take Grand Prize in 2016 JALA & JBS Art of Science Contest

Fernanda Ricci, screening scientist at IIT@SEMM (Italy), submitted the grand prize-winning image in the 2016 JALA & JBS Art of Science Contest. The image surfaced during her work on the Journal of Biomolecular Screening manuscript, “Open Access to High-Content Clonogenic Analysis.”  Enjoy this article on past winners and submit your image by April 21 for the 2017 SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology Art of Science Contest.

March 13, 2017
Redefining Drug Development with Digital Health and Nanomedicine
Redefining Drug Development with Digital Health and Nanomedicine

As the first SLAS Endowed Fellowship draws to a close, SLAS Innovation Award Finalist Dean Ho and his team of researchers at UCLA introduce a landmark advance in personalized and precision medicine in the challenging area of combination drug therapy.

March 6, 2017
Refreshed for Success: The 2017-2021 SLAS Strategic Plan
Refreshed for Success: The 2017-2021 SLAS Strategic Plan

It was my great pleasure to succeed Richard Eglen and begin service as the 2017 SLAS President during SLAS2017 in Washington, DC. Our Society owes great thanks to Richard, Alastair Binnie and Michael Snowden who completed their terms of service as members of the SLAS Board of Directors. Also in DC, we welcomed new Board members Alan Fletcher, Cathy Tralau-Stewart and Steve Young and look forward to their fresh perspectives and leadership contributions.

February 23, 2017
Three Named SLAS2017 New Product Award Winners
Three Named SLAS2017 New Product Award Winners

By The Lab Man
(AKA SLAS Director of Education Steve Hamilton)

Congratulations to Analytik Jena US, Avidien Technologies and infinitesimal for taking home honors in the SLAS2017 New Product Award Competition.

January 30, 2017
Driven and Dedicated: Fletcher, Tralau-Stewart and Young Join SLAS Board of Directors
Driven and Dedicated: Fletcher, Tralau-Stewart and Young Join SLAS Board of Directors

With a tremendous wealth of life sciences experience spanning the globe, three new leaders join the SLAS Board of Directors with dreams for the Society and a willingness to do the hard work to achieve them. Alan Fletcher, Cathy Tralau-Stewart and Steve Young join the 2017 SLAS Board of Directors for three-year terms of service beginning at SLAS2017. They join six current members to guide the strategic direction for the six-year-old Society.

January 24, 2017
Making Micro-Volume Biology Work: Tools, Techniques and Secrets
Making Micro-Volume Biology Work: Tools, Techniques and Secrets

The field of microfluidics has been evolving rapidly in the past few years. From the perspective of someone looking for technologies to improve high-throughput screening and compound profiling, the state of microfluidic applications is more interesting and attractive than ever. So says SLAS2017 Session Chair Daniel Sipes, M.S., director of automation technologies at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF), San Diego, CA. 

January 16, 2017
Meet SLAS CEO Vicki Loise
Meet SLAS CEO Vicki Loise

The new year has arrived and so has SLAS CEO Vicki LoiseLoise is an experienced non-profit management veteran who most recently served as vice president at Kellen, a global association management firm headquartered in Illinois. Throughout her career, she’s brought innovative leadership and success to many different membership organizations, including most recently, the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM).

December 26, 2016
Responsive Design: The 2016 SLAS Annual Report
Responsive Design: The 2016 SLAS Annual Report

In the natural world, in politics, in business, in life sciences discovery and technology – the only thing that stays the same is the fact that nothing stays the same.