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Innovation and Application at SLAS2019

By Sabeth Verpoorte, Ph.D.

For academics like me, September brings beginnings – students arriving for study and new experiences as they prepare for various careers. There is an overwhelming feeling of anticipation felt by each of us as we wonder about what important discoveries may lie ahead.

For the SLAS community, it is also about this time of year that we are filled with anticipation at what may unfold at the upcoming SLAS International Conference and Exhibition. Who will be selected as podium presenters in the 10 tracks? What new products will be showcased at the Exhibition? Who might I meet this year that may be the perfect collaborator on my current projects? The possibilities are endless.

SLAS2019 is set for Feb. 2-6 in Washington, DC, and I’m confident it will be another stellar event for the life sciences discovery and technology community. Registration opened this month, and numerous SLAS regulars have already secured their spot. They don’t need to know the scientific program specifics; they simply trust the program will once again meet – or exceed – expectations. But members who prefer to wait to register until the full scientific program is revealed can still obtain significant discounts if they register by Oct. 31.

As always, the SLAS Scientific Program Committee has done a great job in their selection of the keynote speakers, and I look forward to hearing what these two world-class researchers have to share with us. Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D., of Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA) tells us about inroads made in her field of oncofertility in her presentation, “Bench to Bedside to Babies.” Eran Segal, Ph.D., of the Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel) provides expertise in computational and systems biology in his presentation, "Personalized Medicine Approaches Based on the Gut Microbiome." Both speakers are working in areas that are at the cutting edge of health and life sciences today, areas in which research is enabled by the kinds of developments in which our SLAS community is involved.

The keynoters bookend a conference filled with outstanding education, access to innovative technologies and amazing peer networking. Plus, we’ll have even more opportunities for emerging companies to be recognized through SLAS Innovation AveNEW, and even more SLAS Ignite programming to promote academic-industrial interaction and collaboration. There still are numerous ways to contribute to SLAS2019 – just follow the links below. I look forward to welcoming you at SLAS2019!

Oct. 15 – SLAS Ignite Collaboration Presentation abstracts due

Oct. 16 SLAS Innovation AveNEW applications due

Oct. 29 SLAS2019 Student Poster Competition abstracts due

Oct. 31 – SLAS2019 member registration discount deadline

Dec. 17 – SLAS2019 early bird registration discount deadline

Jan. 21, 2019 – SLAS2019 poster abstracts due

Feb. 1, 2019 – SLAS2019 advance registration discount deadline

Feb. 3, 2019 – SLAS New Product Award applications due



September 24, 2018