SLAS Ignite

SLAS IGNITE Logo: Accelerating, Innovation, Collaboration and Inspiration

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 is multi-faceted and includes:

  • academic collaboration presentations showcasing the latest research partnerships between academia and industry,
  • panel discussions, webinars and symposia focused on entrepreneurship,
  • career development and diversity, 
  • Innovation AveNEW -- a designated area of the SLAS International Conference and Exhibition and SLAS European Conference and Exhibition and allied events -- reserved for start-up companies fully funded by SLAS, and
  • the  SLAS Ignite Award given to the most promising start-up company featured on Innovation AveNEW.

SLAS Innovation AveNEW logo

Innovation AveNEW provides start-up or emerging companies in the life sciences and laboratory technology space the opportunity to elevate the promotion of their new company, product or service at the annual SLAS International Conference and Exhibition and/or SLAS Europe Conference and Exhibition.

Companies selected for Innovation AveNEW are given:

  • a complimentary exhibition kiosk space in a specially designated area of the exhibition floor
  • full conference registration and Ignite short course registration
  • travel and accommodations for one company representative
  • entrepreneurial business consulting
  • option to participate in the Ignite Award competition
  • access to purchasing influencers and decision-makers from around the world 
  • additional pre-, during and post-event publicity opportunities

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.

Interested companies must align in some fashion with life sciences research and laboratory 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.

Application Process

All applications are reviewed by the Innovation AveNEW Review Panel, who will evaluate applications for technical merit and commercial feasibility as well as other criteria, inclusive of, but not limited to:

  • Compelling science and technology
  • Clarity of vision and market opportunity (business plan)
  • Strength of management team
  • Impact on the field of life sciences discovery and technology
  • Start-up status

SLAS reserves the right to select and deselect any company at any given time. All decisions are final. Companies selected for participation in Innovation AveNEW must agree to and adhere to the rules and regulations for participation.

Benefits of Participation

SLAS is dedicated to advancing life sciences discovery and technology and connecting its users to each other. To fulfill that mission, companies selected to participate in Innovation AveNEW receive at no cost:

  • Kiosk exhibit space on the floor of the Exhibition including space for a computer and literature, signage, an Internet connection and power (Participants must have an official company representative present in their booth space at all times during show hours.)
  • Travel and lodging for one (1) person coordinated through SLAS Travel Service Desk (must be pre-approved, airfare up to $1,500 USD max per traveler, and three nights lodging)
  • Access to thousands of practicing life sciences researchers, purchasing decision-makers and potential business partners; ample time for networking Access to SLAS Ignite entrepreneurial workshops and presentations, and opportunity to collaborate with expert life sciences business professionals
  • Mentorship opportunity to collaborate with expert life sciences business professionals
  • Invitation to be featured on the SLAS podcast, New Matter: Inside the Minds of SLAS Scientists
  • Discount on booking fees associated with exhibition and sponsorship at future SLAS events
  • Ability to opt in to consideration for the SLAS Ignite Award
  • All companies will be featured on the SLAS Innovation AveNEW micro-site of APPLIED
  • All participating companies are asked to submit a previously unpublished scientific manuscript (original research or a related review paper) for peer-reviewed, post-conference publication in one of two SLAS journals — SLAS Discovery or SLAS Technology

View SLAS2024 Innovation AveNEW Companies

SLAS Europe 2024 Innovation AveNEW coming soon!  

Download the Innovation AveNEW Brochure

View Innovation AveNEW Companies on APPLIED

SLAS Ignite Award logo

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 Europe 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

2024: Depixus (France)
2023 Europe: Bionomous SA (Switzerland)
2023: Okomera (France)
2022 Europe: shinephi (an ICFO spin-off, Spain) 
2022: BennuBio (USA)
2021 Digital: Artificial, Inc. (USA)
2021 Europe: Hopstem Biotechnology Co., Ltd (China)
2020: Correlia Biosciences (USA)
2019: SEED Biosciences (Switzerland)

View SLAS Ignite Award Guidelines

SLAS Ignite hosts Academic Collaboration Presentations at its International Conference and Exhibition to foster scientific innovation through collaboration. Developed specifically to connect 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 next Ignite Academic Collaboration Presentations will take place at SLAS2025, January 25-29, 2025, in San Diego, CA, USA.

SLAS Ignite Showcase 2021 logo

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 during the past year.

The 2021 showcase introduced the company receiving the 2021 Ignite Award as well two panels discussing the motives and challenges of starting and scaling a startup; Driving Entrepreneurial Success and Launching and Growing a Startup in the Time of a Pandemic. Additionally, an interactive discussion on the concerns of early startups and important questions to ask.

View Ignite Showcase Recording

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 startups. 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.


Hear from Past InnovationAveNew Participants

Kathrin Brenker
Co-Founder and CEO of Opto Biolabs

Philipp Tschaikner
CSO and Co-Founder, KinCon Biolabs

Roland Terborg
The Institute of Photonic Sciences

Nathalie Brandenberg
Co-CEO and Co-Founder, SUN Bioscience

Antony Murphy
Causeway Sensors Limited