After SLAS2017: Inspired to Innovate

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I’m on my way back from Washington, D.C. where our chief scientist, Ben Tjoa, and I were exhibiting at SLAS2017 this week. I don’t always leave events feeling this inspired, but SLAS put on a fantastic event. We had some great discussions with colleagues, shared ideas with peers and learned about new innovations in the world of life sciences research. Perhaps gathering with 5,000+ like-minded scientists in our nation’s capital was an added inspiration this year.

Recapping SLAS2017

3D Cell Systems

Drug discovery has long relied on biochemical screens to find small molecule candidates that inhibit specific enzymes. Cell-based assays continue to grow in importance and are driving innovation in systems that can use cells to reveal new targets and drugs.

The next generation development is 3D cell systems with their potential to reveal even more accurate insights for discovery. As one scientist explained, some cells behave differently within a more natural 3D architecture, but the technology is still new and just beginning to prove its utility.

Awards & Honors

There are so many deserving candidates, but these award winners stood out at SLAS this year. Congratulations to all!

SLAS Innovation Award
Elodie Sollier-Christen, Vortex Biosciences
Vortex Biosciences Technology for Fast and Label-Free Isolation of Circulating Tumor Cells from Blood Cells

New Product Awards
Avidien, MicroPro 300
Automated benchtop micro pipettor

Analytik Jena, SmartExtraction
Nucleic acid extractor

Infinitesimal, Nanofountain Probe
Single cell electroporation

Motivational Keynote

Closing keynote speaker, Rachel Swaby, shared stories of the many important contributions women have made to scientific fields over the years, many of which never received much notoriety. Thank you, Rachel, for highlighting these women and motivating future generations of female scientists!

Looking Ahead

We return to Seattle more inspired than ever to make new contributions to immunology and inflammatory research. We can’t wait to see what our community can accomplish by this time next year at SLAS2018!

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