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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.

August 26, 2019
SLAS Grant Programs for Outstanding Graduate Students
SLAS Grant Programs for Outstanding Graduate Students

By Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D.

Learning is a lifelong endeavor – one of the most important pieces of advice my father shared with me and, in turn, I have shared with my boys as they embark on the post-college careers. The constant pursuit of knowledge is one of the main reasons we participate in professional groups like SLAS.

August 12, 2019
SLAS Grant Winner Accelerates Point-of-Care Concept for Rapid Identification of Bacterial Pathogens
SLAS Grant Winner Accelerates Point-of-Care Concept for Rapid Identification of Bacterial Pathogens

Promising results in hours instead of days, eliminating bottlenecks in processing lab results and succeeding in getting the right diagnosis and quick treatment to prevent the spread of infection – delivering any of these would be a tall order for a seasoned researcher. Now a graduate student has the opportunity to help fill the bill thanks to support from the 2019 SLAS Graduate Education Fellowship Grant.

July 22, 2019
Level Up YOUR Science at SLAS2020
Level Up YOUR Science at SLAS2020

By Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D.

As I was thinking about what to write for this month’s column, I went back to take a look at some of the answers I prepared for the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine when first joining the SLAS Board of Directors in 2017. A network of like-minded scientists; share their experiences; leverage their collective knowledge; bridging technology and science; and stay current on new scientific and technology developments were among the phrases I used for what SLAS is and why it’s important to me. All that was only in my first couple of answers!

June 24, 2019
Thank You Tony Beugelsdijk
Thank You Tony Beugelsdijk

By Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D.

As part of its mission, SLAS seeks to leverage life sciences technology and discovery for scientific advancement. The Society wants to energize talented individuals and connect them with others to do great things. Since its beginnings, a huge part of that endeavor has been to integrate newer, younger professionals into all SLAS does, especially at its conferences.

June 10, 2019
Ready to Serve the World: SLAS2019 Student Poster Winners Showcase Innovative Life Sciences Research
Ready to Serve the World: SLAS2019 Student Poster Winners Showcase Innovative Life Sciences Research

Inspiration and determination fuel the scholars who earned top honors in this year’s competition. As they unlock the secrets of infection control, disease detection and develop innovative platforms for research, the winners of the SLAS2019 Student Poster Competition draw deeply from their life experiences to excel in life sciences.

May 24, 2019
The Power of Involvement
The Power of Involvement

By Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D.

No doubt, there have been times in your career where the thought of adding just one more thing seems like it would make your days, weeks and months simply unmanageable. But, then, you add it anyway, and you discover that it was certainly worth it.

May 17, 2019
Growing with the Changes: 2018 SLAS Annual Report
Growing with the Changes:  2018 SLAS Annual Report

It was a year of firsts, flexibility and future-thinking for SLAS in 2018. To the benefit of more than 19,000 members of our community worldwide, we made significant strides financially, operationally and educationally to increase the value of SLAS for all in the life sciences community.

April 28, 2019
Innovative Technologies for Tomorrow's Discoveries
Innovative Technologies for Tomorrow's Discoveries

By Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D.

Building on the success of the inaugural event last year, I am really looking forward to the 2019 SLAS Europe Conference and Exhibition, June 26-28, in Barcelona, Spain. There is so much exciting and innovating research happening across Europe, and I could not think of a more perfect setting than Barcelona in June to enjoy some science mixed with a little sun (fingers crossed) and sangria!

April 15, 2019
Fluid-Shaping Technology Offers Microfluidic Methods in a Petri Dish
Fluid-Shaping Technology Offers Microfluidic Methods in a Petri Dish

Exploiting the same force that causes raindrops to cling to windows, Cristian Soitu creates robust fluid walls and microfluidic arrangements using a simple, quick and inexpensive method to create multi-chamber grids and complex circuits.

March 20, 2019
SLAS: Your Trusted Resource
SLAS: Your Trusted Resource

By Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D.

How do YOU find the information you need to accomplish daily tasks? While I suspect answers are varied, no doubt finding and consulting reputable sources is high on the list. SLAS is making that ‘finding and consulting’ even easier for members of our community as we strive to deliver more information in a variety of ways.

March 11, 2019
Out of the Footnotes and into the Spotlight: Discovering the Potential in Academic Screening Centers and Translational Drug Discovery Centers
Out of the Footnotes and into the Spotlight:  Discovering the Potential in Academic Screening Centers and Translational Drug Discovery Centers

Imagine how much more researchers could learn by examining the data of an underperforming deep learning method, or employing a tailored workflow to characterize endothelial cells or adopting a novel method that allows discovery of new, previously unknown phenotypes based only on negative controls. Screening technology and methods that ordinarily get buried deep in other published research surge to the surface in a new SLAS Discovery special issue.