SLAS Ignite

SLAS Ignite

SLAS Ignite underscores the Society’s foundational commitment to collaboration, enabling scientists, academic researchers and business development professionals to build relationships as potential strategic partners. Together, SLAS facilitates connections that result in pioneering new research, new products, innovative breakthroughs and commercialization opportunities for all involved.

SLAS Ignite programming features academic collaboration presentations showcasing the latest research partnerships between academia and industry, panel discussions focused on entrepreneurship, career development and diversity and the celebration of the SLAS Ignite Award given to the best start-up company featured on Innovation AveNEW at the SLAS International Conference and Exhibition and SLAS European Conference and Exhibition.

SLAS Hosts Innovation AveNEW at ELRIG Drug Discovery 2021

SLAS is now taking applications for an Innovation AveNEW section of the ELRIG UK Drug Discovery 2021 event at ACC Liverpool, UK on 19-20 October. Ten spots are available and one company will be selected to participate in Innovation AveNEW at the SLAS2022 International Conference and Exhibition in Boston or SLAS Europe 2022 in Dublin. Other benefits include:

  • Full conference registration
  • Travel and accommodations paid by SLAS
  • Complimentary on-demand access to SLAS entrepreneurial workshop
  • Opportunity to record an episode of the SLAS New Matter podcast 

This is a rewarding opportunity for start-ups and emerging life sciences and technology companies to gain additional visibility for their innovative ideas. 

The deadline to apply for the ELRIG UK 2021 Innovation AveNEW has been updated to 1 October.

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BioSpain 2021 Innovation AveNEW companies named!

SLAS is excited to announce the six companies that will be participating in the BioSpain 2021 Innovation AveNEW session, 29 September – 1 October:



Flomics Biotech

DIVERSA Technologies

Celtarys Research

BBD BioPhenix USA LLC - Biobide USA

Learn More About BioSpain 2021

Key to the SLAS Ignite program is providing life sciences start-up companies with invaluable market access, user feedback and business counsel through its investment in Innovation AveNEW.

Innovation AveNEW is a specially designated area of the annual SLAS Conference and Exhibition floor that provides an opportunity for emerging and start-up companies to actively engage with exhibition attendees and purchasing decision-makers from more than 40 countries, while SLAS covers the costs of exhibition fees, travel and lodging.

Twice a year innovative start-up and emerging companies can showcase their products to thousands of life sciences researchers. And now, we are adding a benefit to Innovation AveNEW companies that will further support the business counsel aspect of the program.

SLAS is seeking companies or individuals whose business model is to provide business consulting services to life sciences start-ups. We are asking accepted consultants to provide 10 complimentary hours of service, if selected by an Innovation AveNEW winner. If the consultant provides additional, billable hours to the Innovation AveNEW company, a nominal royalty will be paid to SLAS for this time.

Individuals or companies interested in being considered for this service should complete the following application for an opportunity to connect and consult with start-up companies.


Innovation AveNEW is a program designed for start-up or emerging companies in the life sciences and technologies space. Interested companies must align in some fashion with the area of life sciences and technology and while not required, an established relationship with a university, bioscience incubator or research institution is preferable. The company’s products and/or services must be available for sale/distribution within the year of their conference participation.

Companies selected for Innovation AveNEW are given the opportunity to elevate the promotion of their new company, product or service. This specially designated area of both the SLAS International Conference and Exhibition and SLAS European Conference and Exhibition connect start-ups and emerging companies to purchasing influencers and decision-makers from around the world — at no cost. Innovation AveNEW companies pay no fees and are rewarded with access to a global audience, business consulting and can opt-in to compete for the SLAS Ignite Award.

Innovation AveNEW companies who opt-in to compete for the SLAS Ignite Award are judged on a combination of key concepts, including their marketing plan, market presence and potential; funding prospects; plan for growth and the existence of a balanced company leadership, among other qualities, for a chance to win $5,000.

View SLAS2021 Digital Innovation AveNEW Companies

View SLAS Europe 2021 Innovation AveNEW Companies

The SLAS Ignite Award recognizes the best start-up or emerging company exhibiting within Innovation AveNEW, the specially designated area for start-ups and emerging companies within the SLAS International Conference and Exhibition and SLAS European Conference and Exhibition.

Companies selected for Innovation AveNEW, and who opt-in to compete for this prestigious award are judged by an SLAS panel on a combination of key concepts, including their marketing plan, market presence and potential; funding prospect; plan for growth and the existence of balanced company leadership, among other qualities. The winning company takes home a $5,000 cash prize.

Past SLAS Ignite Award Winners

2021: Artificial, Inc.
2021 Europe: Hopstem Biotechnology Co., Ltd (China)
2019: SEED Biosciences (Switzerland)
2020: Correlia Biosciences (USA)

View SLAS Ignite Award Guidelines

The Ignite Showcase 2021 was a special event featuring the announcement of the 2021 Ignite Award winner, and the collaborations, entrepreneurship and startups that have made a splash this past year.

This year’s showcase introduced the company receiving the 2021 Ignite Award as well two panels discussing the motives and challenges of starting and scaling a start-up;Driving Entrepreneurial Success and Launching and Growing a Startup in the Time of a Pandemic. Additionally, an interactive discussion on the concerns of early start-ups and important questions to ask.

View Ignite Showcase Recording

SLAS Ignite Short Course

This workshop provides team members across all levels in an organization with a validated tool to define, clarify and understand the value of an innovation effort to both their customers and their business and gives teams the confidence required to commit fully to their goals.

This workshop is part of the pre-conference Short Course program offered at the annual SLAS International Conference and Exhibition.

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SLAS Ignite introduced Academic Collaboration Presentations at SLAS2018 to foster scientific innovation through collaboration. Developed specifically for academic researchers and industry scientists, SLAS Ignite Academic Collaboration Presentations enable research institutions to showcase their capabilities and latest research to a diverse audience of prospective collaboration partners. Likewise, industry professionals responsible for partnerships and contract relations can meet with prospective partners from academia.

Together, SLAS facilitates connections that result in pioneering new research, innovation breakthroughs and commercialization opportunities for all involved.

The Ignite Academic Collaboration Presentations will take place at SLAS2022, February 5-9, 2022 in Boston, MA, USA.