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Responsive Design: The 2016 SLAS Annual Report

In the natural world, in politics, in business, in life sciences discovery and technology – the only thing that stays the same is the fact that nothing stays the same.

The year began in San Diego, CA, with the annual 2016 SLAS International Conference and Exhibition (SLAS2016), Jan. 23-27. With a strong focus on delivering different perspectives on new and emerging trends and technologies, the annual Conference embraced the spirit of change and evolution that defines SLAS. Likewise, the breadth of companies represented in the Exhibition defined the next wave of technological innovation and demonstrated how new ideas can extend today’s scientific boundaries.

In an aggregated nutshell, the energetic agenda of SLAS2016 was a specialized collection of 132 podium presentations and 400 posters organized within eight timely topical tracks. Plus, SLAS2016 included two thought-provoking keynote presentations, 19 in-depth short courses, two special sessions, a satellite event and facility tour at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, 320 multinational exhibitors, 51 exhibitor tutorial presentations, 16 SLAS Special Interest Group meetings, a host of career-building and professional mentoring programs and opportunities, including an unforgettable celebration aboard the retired USS Midway aircraft carrier.

Excellence and innovation were celebrated throughout SLAS2016 and of the record-setting 6,300 scientific professionals who participated, 95 individuals and 11 companies were recognized for their distinguished scientific achievements:

In Europe
Also at SLAS2016, plans were announced for a major SLAS conference event in Brussels, Belgium in 2018. Members of the SLAS Europe Council spent the year beginning preparations and refining strategies for how this event will effectively complement the purpose and educational focus of other SLAS events, especially the annual SLAS International Conference and Exhibition.

In the meantime, SLAS Europe gained important grassroots traction via four important regional gatherings in 2016 – SLAS Europe Compound Management Conference in Berlin, Germany; SLAS Europe High-Content Screening Conference in Dresden, Germany; SLAS Europe: VIII Spanish Drug Discovery Network Meeting in Santiago de Compostela, Spain; and the SLAS Translational Research Conference in Brussels, Belgium.

In Print
The SLAS journals continued to grow and thrive as essential resources for global advancements exclusive to the life sciences discovery and technology community; sharing well over a half-million full text downloads with researchers in nearly 200 different countries. Mid-year, it was announced that in 2017 the names of the journals will change to more accurately reflect the peer-reviewed scientific and technological achievements that they publish.

Since the journals were founded in 1996, they have maintained relevant leadership positions by evolving in lock-step with the dynamic life sciences discovery and technology community. The new names reflect this evolution and more accurately express today’s SLAS and its critical position at the vibrant nexus of life sciences research and technology.

In the new year, the Journal of Biomolecular Screening will become known as SLAS Discovery (Advancing Life Sciences R&D) and the Journal of Laboratory Automation will become known as SLAS Technology (Translating Life Sciences Innovation).

Throughout the year, a series of six SLAS Webinars provided real-time, interactive access to experts who addressed innovative ideas, how-to information and practical solutions to life sciences changes and challenges ranging from pharmacodynamics in drug discovery to screening and profiling 3D tissues and biospecimen sample collection. Afterward, these SLAS Webinars were added to SLAS’s recorded collection of on-demand webinars and conference presentations, which now exceeds 50 selections, including popular presentations from SLAS2016, 2015 and 2014.

In Academia
SLAS Graduate Education Fellowship Grant was awarded in 2016 to Erik M. Werner, a graduate student and Ph.D. candidate from the Hui Lab at the University of California, Irvine. The $100,000 grant, to be awarded over two years, is being used by Werner to maximize university resources in pursuit of a novel approach to high-throughput screening. Twenty-four worthy applicants were carefully considered and narrowed down to five exceptional finalists by a panel of judges chaired by SLAS Board of Directors member Susan Lunte, Ph.D., of the Ralph N. Adams Institute for Bioanalytical Chemistry at the University of Kansas.


The ability to balance logic and intuition to come up with new ideas is a defining characteristic of great leaders. SLAS leaders come from around the world to step out of the common view and imagine new possibilities to set a productive course for the Society to follow. This pathway is respectfully known as the SLAS Strategic Plan. A thoughtfully refreshed version of SLAS Strategic Plan for 2017-2021 will be introduced at SLAS2017 in Washington, DC. It was shaped by the inspired vision of the SLAS Board of Directors whose creative collaboration and hands-on experience in life sciences discovery and technology guided and informed their thoughtful decision-making process.

SLAS is fortunate to have a committed corps of volunteers who selflessly serve the Society and its members’ best interests. From the SLAS Board of Directors to the regional councils, editorial boards, conference and other committees, SLAS volunteers provide the fuel that drives the SLAS engine forward.

To recognize and honor those who actively make valued contributions year after year, SLAS introduced the SLAS Fellow Member category in 2016. To earn an invitation to become an SLAS Fellow, candidates must meet a series of important prerequisites that collectively reflect excellence in scholarship, service and commitment to SLAS. The inaugural class of SLAS Fellows will be introduced and celebrated at SLAS2017.

The SLAS Fellow membership category emerged as part of the 2016 reengineering of the general SLAS membership structure, which now offers enhanced benefits and expanded opportunities. Based on personal priorities, members may now choose to participate at Premier Plus, Premier or Basic levels. A sliding scale of benefits is offered at each level, and deep dues discounts are offered for students, early career and retired members, and members living and working in emerging economies.

Where SLAS Members Live and Work
By year end, SLAS comprised 28,793 members and stakeholders in 115 countries. SLAS celebrates the diversity of its membership and shared their individual stories throughout 2016 in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine. From A to Z (literally, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe), eager post-docs, seasoned Nobel Laureates and those who work diligently at benchtops and in classrooms share their ideas, hopes and fears in this friendly and informative neighborhood. Discover SLAS through the words and experiences of its members.


EUROPE / 17.83%
Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

ASIA / 8.02%
Afghanistan, Brunei Darussalam, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Dem. People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan-Province of China, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam.

Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia.

OCEANA / 0.74%
Australia, New Zealand, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, US Minor Outlying Islands.

AFRICA / 0.48%
Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Global regions defined by the United Nations.


Distinguished Service
Members of the SLAS Board of Directors serve three-year terms of service, and those who completed their tenure in 2016 were:

Richard M. Eglen
Corning Life Sciences
Tewksbury, MA

Alastair Binnie
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Princeton, NJ

Mike Snowden
Cheshire, UK

Joining the SLAS Board of Directors for 2017, 2018 and 2019 are:

Alan Fletcher
PerkinElmer Discovery and Analytical Solutions
Waltham, MA

Cathy Tralau-Stewart
University of California Clinical and Translational Science Institute
San Francisco, CA

Steve Young
Arcus Biosciences
Hopkinton, MA

Members of the SLAS Americas and SLAS Europe Council also serve three-year terms, and those who completed their tenure in 2016 were:

SLAS Americas
Tyler Aldredge, Oxford Immunotec, Cambridge, MA
John Thomas Bradshaw, Artel, Westbrook, ME

SLAS Europe
Emilio Diez-Monedero, GlaxoSmithKline, Tres Cantos, Spain
Steve Rees, AstraZeneca, Cambridge, UK
Burkhard Schäfer, BSSN Software, Darmstadt, Germany

Joining the SLAS Councils for 2017, 2018 and 2019 are:

SLAS Americas
Susan Crimmin, GlaxoSmithKline, Collegeville, PA
David Eddington, University of Illinois, Chicago IL

SLAS Europe
Helen Boyd, AstraZeneca, Gothenburg, Sweden
Gijs Jochems, Promega Biotech Iberica, Madrid, Spain
Peter Kirkpatrick, Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, London, UK

SLAS Professional Team
Working hand-in-hand with SLAS volunteers is the SLAS Professional Team, which consists of talented and passionate people who are proud to make a difference in our Society by doing work they love every day. In June 2016, founding CEO Gregory Dummer left the organization and Associate Executive Director Brenda Dreier stepped in to serve as interim CEO. In 2017, SLAS will welcome Vicki Loise as the team’s new CEO.


As a 501(c)3 nonprofit scientific organization, SLAS is committed to providing world-class education and collaboration opportunities to its stakeholders -- its members who pay dues, participate and contribute their expertise and enthusiasm to the Society. On their behalf, SLAS carefully manages its resources to ensure organizational stability, operational excellence and sound investments in growth and development.

2015-2016 Revenue
Where the Money Came From

2015-2016 Expenses
Where the Money Went

What We’re Worth
At June 30, 2016, SLAS had net assets of $7,303,000 of which $6,309,000 were designated as reserves by the SLAS Board of Directors.


SLAS is the life sciences discovery and technology community’s destination for information, ideas, answers and inspiration. From rigorously peer-reviewed scientific achievements to career advice and casual podcast conversations with thought leaders, is a wealth of rich resources, all designed and developed to serve the unique interests and priorities of members. Here are just a few of the many pages worth bookmarking:

2017 SLAS International Conference and Exhibition (SLAS2017)
SLAS Conferences Calendar 
SLAS Webinars 

SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology 
SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood
SLAS Point-to-Point 
SLAS EuroPoint-to-Point
SLAS LabAutopedia 

SLAS Member Directories
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
SLAS Career Connections
The MarketPlace at
SLAS/ANSI Microplate Standards


Opportunity and momentum for SLAS and the life sciences discovery and technology community are rooted in individual members. It’s their personal engagement that gives SLAS its unique vigor and value. Formal opportunities to publish papers and make conference presentations are complemented by informal opportunities to exchange thoughts and ideas, ask questions, share interesting links and collaborate.

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December 26, 2016