In case you missed it...here's a summary of the event.
Outside, a cold and rainy, overcast Boston – but inside, an intellectual, energetic group traded tales of containers and compliance. The inaugural 2018 Americas Sample Management Symposium at the Omni Parker House hotel was a warm spot for the more than 160 brave attendees from 11 countries, and nearly 20 vendors.
Symposium Chair Sue Holland-Crimmin, Ph.D., and SLAS CEO Vicki Loise opened a packed room. Keynote speaker Tyler Mulvihill (ConsenSys / Viant.io) challenged the audience to think about blockchain disrupting the space: “someday, every object in this room – or in your lab – will have its whole history and value available to anyone.”
Detailed talks about subjects ranging from traditional small molecule characterization and data to clinical biobanking, and the challenges associated with patient data. Two interactive panels – on biological sample management and a point-counterpoint on new compound management technology – provided opportunities for attendees to interact with speakers and bring potential best practices to light.
Vendors brought their best innovations under the Omni’s crystal chandeliers – Titian’s booth highlighted Mosaic, HighResBio and LabCyte full liquid handler demos. Hamilton demoed a movie of their no-touch barcoding. “Snapshot” talks ensured that scientific representatives from vendor companies had a chance to demonstrate how their technology fit within the ongoing discussions. Generous coffee and snack breaks provided ample time to interact and learn about what’s new.
A Labcyte-sponsored reception at Carrie Nation – a Prohibition-era cocktail bar just up the street provided a fun spot for attendees to network and enjoy billiards tables, early-20th century drinks and assorted appetizers. Attendance at the inaugural event proved that the Sample Management community values this forum and each other’s opinions. We look forward to hosting you again in Boston next year!
Join SLAS on March 11-12, 2019, for the 2019 European Sample Management Symposium in Berlin, Germany.
We'll be back in Boston for the 2019 Americas Sample Management Symposium next November.