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Getting Started on SLAS Innovation AveNEW

The annual SLAS International Conference and Exhibition is regarded as the world’s premier exhibition for emerging and differentiated life sciences technologies, products and services. Participants travel from around the world to explore what more than 300 technology providers have to offer and to learn how to apply the latest scientific advancements in their research efforts. It’s this high level of interest and demand that motivates so many of the world’s leading life science companies to coordinate their new product launches with the SLAS Exhibition.

By Scott Atkin

Some of the most intriguing and promising new technologies and applications can come from small, relatively unknown, entrepreneurial start-up companies. Recognizing the unique value these emerging technology companies bring to our membership, SLAS offers a program specifically to provide a showcase for early stage ventures at our annual Exhibition. It’s known as SLAS Innovation AveNEW.

Every year, applications are seriously reviewed by a panel of SLAS volunteers who consider each applicant’s technical merit and commercial feasibility; the strength of their business plan and management team; and their potential impact on the field of life sciences discovery and technology. If selected, SLAS brings these promising new companies and their products to the annual SLAS International Exhibition, providing travel, hotel rooms, exhibit space on SLAS Innovation AveNEW and one-on-one counsel from experienced life sciences business advisors -- all at no cost. 

Forty-eight companies (eight each year since SLAS was founded) have been given this opportunity to meet and impress thousands of potential collaborators and purchasing decision-makers from more than 40 countries. Some SLAS Innovation AveNEW companies have grown quite considerably over the years and become regular exhibitors. To name a few –Click Bio, Creoptix, Dispendix, Elemental Machines, Mimetas, SAMDI Tech and SiO2.

SLAS Innovation AveNEW also has created a meaningful first step into SLAS volunteer teams for some company leaders. For example, Neil Benn of ZIATH, Josh Kangas of Quantitative Medicine and Michael Scholle of SAMDI Tech all subsequently served as SLAS Innovation AveNEW judges. Benn also provided leadership to SLAS Technology as guest editor of a special issue and as a member of the editorial board; and Michael Scholle currently is serving as a guest editor for an upcoming special issue of SLAS Discovery. Scholle also mentors one of the SLAS-sponsored F.I.R.S.T. teams. Burkhard Schaefer of BSSN Software is an editor of SLAS LabAutopedia, and before that, he was an SLAS Innovation Award program judge and member of the SLAS Technology Editorial Board. In addition, all of these emerging thought-leaders have published peer-reviewed research reports in the SLAS journals. Their energy and insight is important, appreciated and fueling future success for our scientific community.

READ more about some SLAS Innovation AveNEW superstars right here in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine:

New Products Taking Center Stage in Life Sciences Discovery and Technology

Anti-Leaching Solutions Featured on SLAS2016 Innovation AveNEW

Joshua Kangas: Building an Engine for a Start-up Business

From Employees to Employers: Three SLAS Members Talk About Starting their Own Businesses

APPLY for one of the eight coveted spaces on SLAS Innovation AveNEW in 2018 (Feb. 3-7 in San Diego, CA) before Oct. 16; or share this link with promising new companies you may know.


Editor’s Footnote:  Learn more about SLAS President Scott Atkin.

July 31, 2017