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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.

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.