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September 23, 2020
SLAS Journals Keep Us Focused
SLAS Journals Keep Us Focused

By Emilio Diez Monedero, Ph.D.

An SLAS area that has remained fairly consistent during this strange year is our SLAS scientific journals, SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology. Kudos to Editors-in-Chief Robert M. Campbell, Ph.D., Twentyeight-Seven Therapeutics, Boston, MA, and Edward Chow, Ph.D., National University of Singapore, respectively, for continuing to deliver extraordinary scientific research and reviews.

September 2, 2020
A CRISPR Conversion: Jumping from Gene Editing to Life-Saving Detection During the COVID-19 Crisis
A CRISPR Conversion: Jumping from Gene Editing to Life-Saving Detection During the COVID-19 Crisis

A team of San Francisco researchers pull CRISPR technology into the pandemic landscape, launching a new diagnostic that can address needs across a continuum of testing using CRISPR proteins.

August 28, 2020
Be Proactive and Positive
Be Proactive and Positive

By Emilio Diez Monedero, Ph.D.

Pandemic overload or COVID-19 fatigue – you hear about it in the news and you feel it personally as you navigate changes in your own life with uncertainty about when it will end. It’s very real. I think that maybe the best way to deal with this heaviness is to focus on being proactive in helping reach solutions and to look to the many positives.

July 26, 2020
Chasing a Challenging Molecule: Innovative Tools for Carbohydrate Analysis Open Doors for Research
Chasing a Challenging Molecule: Innovative Tools for Carbohydrate Analysis Open Doors for Research

Glycobiology is at a pivotal point, driven by urgent needs for carbohydrate structure analysis that can advance initiatives such as development and management of a COVID-19 vaccine. The latest special issue from SLAS Technology, Carbohydrate Structure Analysis: Methods and Applications, reveals new techniques to examine these intricate molecules.

July 13, 2020
The Magic of SLAS
The Magic of SLAS

By Emilio Diez Monedero, Ph.D.

As I was reading the SLAS e-zine story on the growth of Andrew Alliance – a Waters Co., a statement from Piero Zucchelli really hit home. “It (SLAS2013) was a one-shot opportunity: the only physical event we could afford to attend.” His was a start-up company with great energy, desire and commitment to develop a solution, but its resources were limited. Piero knew that getting his product in front of our SLAS audience was his route to success.

June 19, 2020
Why Serve on the SLAS Board of Directors?
Why Serve on the SLAS Board of Directors?

By Emilio Diez Monedero, Ph.D.

With the SLAS Nominating Committee deep into its work to select three individuals to join the 2021-2023 SLAS Board of Directors, it got me thinking about my time on the Board. It also had me pondering about what makes a good Board member and why already-busy professionals should commit to serving SLAS in this way. My experience on the SLAS Board has been phenomenal, and I would do it again if given the chance!

June 1, 2020
Life Science Entrepreneurs Find Success Supporting Research Breakthroughs
Life Science Entrepreneurs Find Success Supporting Research Breakthroughs

Four tenacious technology developers create innovations for making workflows more efficient, fluent and connected. Learn how they leveraged their SLAS membership through the years to correct their mistakes, build new businesses, learn from their customers’ needs and deliver finished instruments and products to an enthusiastic audience, receiving not one but two SLAS New Product Awards.

May 21, 2020
Is "SLAS Transformed" on Your Calendar?
Is <em>SLAS Transformed</em> on Your Calendar?

By Emilio Diez Monedero, Ph.D.

SLAS continues to adapt to a world affected greatly by COVID-19. The Board of Directors, our different committees, volunteers and the professional team all are innovating and reinventing their usual approach to educating and connecting our community and finding new ways to remain a trusted and useful resource to our members. I am pleased to report that we have been able to move quickly.

May 8, 2020
Part 2: SLAS Community Engages in the COVID-19 Fight
Part 2: SLAS Community Engages in the COVID-19 Fight

Members of the SLAS community have stepped up big time at numerous stages to provide scientific expertise, thought leadership and hands-on sweat equity to address global SARS-CoV-2. If we missed you in this two-part snapshot, please let SLAS know what you are up to and we’ll get the word out on SLAS social media channels. You also can join the COVID-19 Resources community on SLAS CONNECTED.

April 28, 2020
SLAS Community Engages in the COVID-19 Fight
Part 1: SLAS Community Engages in the COVID-19 Fight

One thing is certain after a non-scientific and quick poll of those in the SLAS community doing their part to address SARS-CoV-2. There has never been a more welcome – and necessary – time for collaborative science, and members of the SLAS community are all in. If we missed you in this two-part snapshot, please let SLAS know what you are up to and we’ll get the word out on SLAS social media channels. You also can join the COVID-19 Resources community on SLAS CONNECTED.

April 21, 2020
Amazing People Doing Amazing Things!
Amazing People Doing Amazing Things!

By Emilio Diez Monedero, Ph.D.

As SLAS CEO Vicki Loise and I noted in a recent communication to the SLAS community, ‘SLAS is practicing the art of the pivot.’ Remaining committed to our mission, SLAS – like everyone else – is adapting its plans to the reality of a world addressing COVID-19. And that can bring uncertainty, lack of control and a certain amount of educated guesswork.

March 30, 2020
New Droplet Technique Accelerates Automation of Single-Cell Exploration
New Droplet Technique Accelerates Automation of Single-Cell Exploration

An innovative lab-on-a-particle approach offers the precision of droplet microfluidics using standard laboratory equipment only. Researcher Joe de Rutte anticipates new opportunities for life sciences collaboration as this breakthrough allows researchers to more rapidly develop new biotechnology products. This work earned de Rutte the SLAS Innovation Award at SLAS2020 (San Diego, CA, USA).

March 16, 2020
SLAS Education for You: Anytime, Anywhere, Any Circumstance
SLAS Education for You: Anytime, Anywhere, Any Circumstance

By Emilio Diez Monedero, Ph.D.

There is no better time than this, when the world is facing extraordinary circumstances due to the pandemic caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), to highlight the importance of online applications that enable us to stay in contact, carry out many of our work activities and also continue with our self-training and education.

February 6, 2020
SLAS: Making an Impact
SLAS: Making an Impact

By Emilio Diez Monedero, Ph.D.

Each year as I participate in the SLAS International Conference and Exhibition, I am reminded that SLAS is truly an exceptional global organization. The Society is uniquely positioned at the interface of science and technology – not only to help its diverse community achieve their fullest potential but to make a broad, deep and lasting impact on our world. SLAS2020 reinforced that feeling.

January 20, 2020
Crimmin, Hoffman and Spicer Step Up to the SLAS Board of Directors
Crimmin, Hoffman and Spicer Step Up to the SLAS Board of Directors

A new year means three new incredible leaders join the SLAS Board of Directors. We welcome Sue Crimmin, Ph.D., Ira Hoffman, M.S. and Tim Spicer, Ph.D. to the Board at SLAS2020. Along with six current SLAS Board members, Crimmin, Hoffman and Spicer are committed to keeping SLAS moving forward on 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.

December 19, 2019
It's Been a Pleasure to Serve You as SLAS President
It's Been a Pleasure to Serve You as SLAS President

By Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D.

 

Some might say the year “winds down” in December. In my experience, that’s not really the case. We do tend to pause a bit, but then we take a deep breath, forge ahead and finish setting our goals for the next year. And, I can assure you, there is no winding down at SLAS!

November 11, 2019
AI and Machine Learning Facilitates Faster Path to Personalized Medicine
AI and Machine Learning Facilitates Faster Path to Personalized Medicine

Artificial intelligence (AI) expert Jackie Hunter reveals how mining the depths of millions of hours of research identifies potential targets and solid candidates for drug discovery as it builds a future for individualized patient care.

October 30, 2019
SLAS Journals Showcase Scientific Advancements
SLAS Journals Showcase Scientific Advancements

By Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D.

It takes the talent and scientific know-how of nearly 1,000 volunteers each year to publish SLAS’s two scientific journals, SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology. This includes authors, reviewers, Editorial Board members and editors – all with the goal of presenting the very best in peer-reviewed research for our specialized audience.

October 14, 2019
A New View of Engineering Innovations for Personalized Medicine
A New View of Engineering Innovations for Personalized Medicine

A special issue of SLAS Technology showcases the technology demands for personalized medicine and reveals how life sciences engineers approach the development cycle with the end user in mind to ensure translational opportunities. “Many times you create an innovative instrument that works perfectly in your lab and never really gets translated into use where it’s most needed,” says Claire Hur, Ph.D. “We need to make tools and techniques that the clinical technician or the patient can use – not just the Ph.D. student who developed it.”

September 30, 2019
SLAS CONNECTED: A Tool for Year-Round Networking
SLAS CONNECTED: A Tool for Year-Round Networking

By Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D.

Imagine it is a couple months after attending the SLAS International Conference and Exhibition. You’ve remembered a particularly impactful podium presentation you attended there, and you listen to it once again on APPLIED, the SLAS Online Learning Center. The ideas brought forward continue to intrigue you. You wish you were back at the conference so you could discuss these ideas with fellow participants.