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July 9, 2018
2018 SLAS Graduate Education Fellowship Grant Recipient Fosters SERS Diagnostic Assay Concept
2018 SLAS Graduate Education Fellowship Grant Recipient Fosters SERS Diagnostic Assay Concept

Using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) to uncover the mysteries of circulating tumor DNA in the bloodstream, an innovative Ph.D. candidate from Johns Hopkins University encourages others to bravely tackle research problems outside their areas of expertise. “You can apply what you know already to answer questions in life sciences.”

June 25, 2018
Volunteer Expertise, Ideas and Energy
Volunteer Expertise, Ideas and Energy

By Sabeth Verpoorte, Ph.D.

Earlier this year, I expressed my appreciation of the many SLAS volunteers and the countless hours committed to this Society. As I move deeper into my presidency, it becomes clearer to me that SLAS would not exist without volunteer dedication to the Society. Our volunteers are SLAS!

June 14, 2018
At the Intersection of Discovery and Technology: Understanding Inflammation in the SLAS Zone
At the Intersection of Discovery and Technology: Understanding Inflammation in the SLAS Zone

Daniel Irimia, M.D., Ph.D., is an engineer at heart. However, he took a slight detour en route to his current role as associate professor and deputy director of the BioMEMS Resource Center at the Center for Engineering in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA) after first training as a medical doctor in his native Romania. Now combining an engineer’s mind with a physician’s knowledge, he and his colleagues have designed a large-scale microparticle-cluster array to replicate human neutrophil swarming outside the body, which allows the study of signaling pathways and mediators during swarming.

June 4, 2018
Celebrating Statistical Guidance and Integration in Biomedical Science
Celebrating Statistical Guidance and Integration in Biomedical Science

“When biostatisticians and biomedical scientists work together – early and often – the end result is more satisfying science,” says Paul Kayne, head of Genomics (Discovery), Bristol-Myers Squibb (Princeton, NJ). And, by satisfying science, Kayne and Robert Nadon, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Human Genetics at McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), mean productive and verifiable science that translates effectively to clinical applications.

May 21, 2018
DNA-Encoded Library Technology: A Quarter Century of Progress
DNA-Encoded Library Technology: A Quarter Century of Progress

“DELT [DNA-Encoded Library Technology] provides an economical and feasible means to make progress toward the exploration of larger chemical spaces. Instead of a focusing on one to two million compounds in a typical high-throughput screen (HTS), a DELT library may present some hundred million compounds for selection by a biological target of interest. The concepts of drug-likeness, chemical diversity and compound collection are still important, but the efficiency of the DELT process shifts the balance of opportunity costs in a unique manner relative to the traditional HTS compound collection and process.” – Robert Goodnow, Ph.D., SLAS Discovery Guest Editor

May 14, 2018
Lineage Sequencing: A Novel Approach to Mutation Analysis
Lineage Sequencing: A Novel Approach to Mutation Analysis

“Biological processes are dynamic; they require dynamic measurements to understand them,” says Yehuda Brody, Ph.D. Brody, a third-year post-doctoral associate in the Blainey Lab at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (Cambridge, MA) who has been visually measuring single cell gene expression kinetics for several years. Now, focusing on mutagenesis process kinetics, he and his colleagues have developed a new method for DNA sequencing that allow them to analyze the flow of mutation accumulation with single cell cycle resolution. Paul Blainey, Ph.D., presented this innovative approach at SLAS2018.

May 7, 2018
Mathias Uhlén: Discovering the Building Blocks of Man
Mathias Uhlén: Discovering the Building Blocks of Man

Researcher Mathias Uhlén, Ph.D., opens the human proteome for all researchers to explore. He then leads the journey into what makes us healthy, how disease starts, when the aging process begins and how to apply that knowledge to life sciences discovery and technology to improve the human condition.

April 30, 2018
An Exciting Time for the European SLAS Community
An Exciting Time for the European SLAS Community

By Sabeth Verpoorte, Ph.D.

Less than two months away, the 2018 SLAS Europe Conference and Exhibition promises to deliver! We’ve incorporated all we have learned about quality education and networking from the annual SLAS International Conference and Exhibition and added flavor of the region to offer this inaugural event June 27-29 at the spectacular Square Brussels Meeting Centre in Brussels, Belgium.

April 23, 2018
Digital PCR: Old Technology Brought to Life on a Novel Affordable Automated Platform
Digital PCR: Old Technology Brought to Life on a Novel Affordable Automated Platform

Paul Hung, Ph.D., started out as an electrical engineer, but halfway through his graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), he switched to bioengineering. “I was fascinated by how many unsolved problems and unlimited possibilities there were in biology and hoped that my engineering expertise could help,” Hung recalls. As a serial entrepreneur, and now the CEO of COMBiNATi, Hung saw “huge potential in field of genomics” and earned the 2018 SLAS Innovation Award for his presentation, “Microfluidic Siphoning Array: A Novel Scalable Digital PCR Integrated Platform.”

April 16, 2018
Unifying the Research Ecosystem: Solid Support Services for SLAS Journal Authors
Unifying the Research Ecosystem: Solid Support Services for SLAS Journal Authors

Attention current and prospective SLAS journal authors (which should be everybody reading this!): More than ever before, SLAS Discovery (Advancing Life Sciences R&D) and SLAS Technology (Translating Life Sciences Innovation) help authors by making the submission process faster and easier, boosting the global discoverability of published articles and enhancing recognition for authors and reviewers.

April 9, 2018
SLAS2018 Student Poster Competition Winners Swim Broader, Not Just Deeper
SLAS2018 Student Poster Competition Winners Swim Broader, Not Just Deeper

Chosen from a broad pool of innovative research, Xiao Wang, Ph.D., Sri Teja Mullapudi, M.Tech., and John Hickey, B.Sc., took top honors out of 50 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students who participated in the SLAS2018 Student Poster Competition. The winners also seized opportunities to expand the audience for their research at this intersection of life sciences discovery and technology.

March 26, 2018
New Governance Model Empowers SLAS Volunteer Leadership
New Governance Model Empowers SLAS Volunteer Leadership

By Sabeth Verpoorte, Ph.D.

SLAS takes seriously its mission to bring together researchers in academia, industry and government to advance life sciences discovery and technology via education, knowledge exchange and global community building. That’s a tall order, as it means that we need to continue to grow and change as a Society to be true to our mission. The SLAS governance structure must enable greater interaction and synergy between the SLAS Board of Directors and SLAS volunteer committees, and between committees themselves.

March 19, 2018
CRISPR Automated at the Bench: Microfluidics Enabling Innovation
CRISPR Automated at the Bench: Microfluidics Enabling Innovation

Hugo Sinha, a master’s student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, is hoping to make automated CRISPR technology accessible to as many cancer researchers as possible. His vision is to “empower all cancer biologists to be able to program their gene editing experiments on their own benchtop instruments.” As one of the youngest presenters at SLAS2018 and an SLAS2018 Tony B. Academic Travel Award winner, Sinha presented his work in a podium presentation “Automating Gene Editing for Deciphering Cancer Pathways Using Microfluidics.”

March 12, 2018
Annika Jenmalm Jensen: Bigger Research Challenges Build Bigger Breakthroughs
Annika Jenmalm Jensen: Bigger Research Challenges Build Bigger Breakthroughs

She likes to solve complex research puzzles–those that require matching intellects, instruments and vast laboratory spaces spread across an entire country. She enjoys challenges that involve research reproducibility and those that introduce cutting edge technology. “This is the aspect of science I embrace–the challenges make research more intriguing.”

March 5, 2018
The People Powering the 2018 SLAS Technology Ten
The People Powering the 2018 <em>SLAS Technology</em> Ten

“We are pleased to recognize the innovators behind the 2018 SLAS Technology Ten,” says Edward Kai-Hua Chow, SLAS Technology editor-in-chief (National University of Singapore). “These hard-working individuals from Australia, China, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States had breakthroughs in micro-, nano- and digital technologies to improve drug delivery and therapy against a wide range of diseases, from wound healing to cancer. They report great advances in microfluidics, diagnostics, microtechnology, life sciences and biomedical assays and other technologies that are changing the way drugs are developed and evaluated to improve both efficacy and safety.”

February 26, 2018
SLAS: Where Innovation and Collaboration are Commonplace
SLAS: Where Innovation and Collaboration are Commonplace

By Sabeth Verpoorte, Ph.D.

What a great time to become SLAS president! I was announced as the new president on Monday at SLAS2018, and on Wednesday, we announced record-smashing SLAS2018 attendance of more than 6,600 participants from 40 countries at the San Diego Convention Center, February 3-7. Kudos to Program Co-Chairs Michelle Arkin and Tim Spicer and their planning committees, and to the life sciences discovery and technology experts who shared their knowledge throughout the conference!

February 19, 2018
2018 SLAS New Product Award Winners Offer Tools for Success
2018 SLAS New Product Award Winners Offer Tools for Success

Congratulations to FORMULATRIX (Bedford, MA), iotaSciences (Oxford, U.K.) and Labcyte (San Jose, CA) for taking home honors in the SLAS New Product Award Competition at SLAS2018. Advancements in digital PCR, single-cell and acoustic liquid handling provide new tools to elevate life sciences discovery and technology.

January 29, 2018
Collaboration Champions Diez Monedero, Simpson and Tamas-Lhoustau Connect on SLAS Board of Directors
Collaboration Champions Diez Monedero, Simpson and Tamas-Lhoustau Connect on SLAS Board of Directors

Passion and persistence exemplify the three new leaders joining the SLAS Board of Directors in 2018. Emilio Diez Monedero, Peter Simpson and Severine Tamas-Lhoustau share a base in Europe and an overwhelming desire to share their talents and experience for the good of the Society during their three-year terms on the Board. They join six current members tasked with shaping an organization devoted to professionals who thrive at the intersection of applied and basic life sciences discovery and technology.

January 22, 2018
Use Soft Skills to Sell Your Hard-Earned Life Sciences Technical Expertise
Use Soft Skills to Sell Your Hard-Earned Life Sciences Technical Expertise

If you’re a student or early career professional in the life sciences, chances are you have focused on earning an education and building your technical expertise in the lab. You may not have had an opportunity to think about the soft skills – communication, teamwork and leadership, to name a few – that demonstrate intangible abilities in a tangible way. The experts explain how these skills factor into who gets the job, leads the team, makes the presentation and secures that important promotion.

January 15, 2018
Growing Impact of Biologics in Drug Discovery and Therapeutics
Growing Impact of Biologics in Drug Discovery and Therapeutics

“Biologics make up an estimated 25 to 30 percent of therapeutic agents on the market today. This demand for therapeutic biologics has exceeded what can be provided by traditional manual laboratory methods and has opened the door for the development of automation and miniaturization to accelerate the discovery process and offer new therapeutic opportunities,” says Daniel Sipes, M.S., director of automation at Genomics Institute, Novartis Research Foundation, (San Diego, CA).