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SLAS Announces Updated Vision, Mission and New Strategic Plan
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To ensure SLAS remains forward-looking and aligned with the changing needs of members and the global life sciences community, a committee of the Society's volunteer leaders and professional team met throughout 2016 to chart the Society's future direction. Their work was announced on Feb. 6 at SLAS2017 in Washington, DC:

SLAS Vision
As the premier provider of information, education and professional development, SLAS empowers the life sciences community to transform research.

SLAS Mission
SLAS brings together researchers in academia, industry and government to advance life sciences discovery and technology via education, knowledge exchange and global community building.

Learn more at about the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan pillars, strategy statements and objectives at


Welcome to New SLAS President Scott Atkin
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Scott Atkin began his term as SLAS president at SLAS2017 in Washington, DC. "SLAS is proud to count members from over 110 countries and is a welcoming community that has no borders, either real or imagined," said Atkin. "All we ask of members is that they bring an open mind and a willingness to engage in productive discourse with fellow members to transform research and advance life sciences."

Atkin also welcomed three new members to the SLAS Board of Directors — Alan Fletcher, Cathy Tralau-Stewart and Steve Young — at SLAS2017 and thanked outgoing members Alastair Binnie, Richard Eglen and Mike Snowden. He looks forward to working with volunteer leadership, professional team and, especially, the SLAS global community in his new role.

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SAGE Publishing Explains Benefits of Kudos to SLAS2017 Participants
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Beth Berry, SAGE Publishing journals marketing manager, explained an important and easy-to-use tool to increase readership and citations that's now integrated into SLAS journals online functionality. Authors and others met with Berry at the SLAS Journals Information Station at SLAS2017 this week.

"Kudos is a free tool and is designed to help you bring your publications to life," Berry said. "Use Kudos to explain what your work is about, detail why it is important, share its story through social and peer networks and then measure the effect on clicks, views, downloads, citations and altmetrics to learn which communication channels are most effective for you."

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Congratulations to the Inaugural Class of SLAS Fellows
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SLAS proudly announced the inaugural class of SLAS Fellow Members during the SLAS2017 opening session on Feb. 6, in Washington, DC. Congratulations to these exceptional Society contributors, who represent the epitome of SLAS as a mission-driven organization that serves life sciences professionals via practitioner-driven knowledge, education and peer-to-peer connections.

Learn more about the SLAS Fellow category and how you can earn an invitation to join this prestigious group by contributing content and volunteer service to SLAS.


Congratulations to the 2017 SLAS Journal Achievement Award Honorees!
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The 2017 SLAS Journal Achievement Award winners were announced Monday at SLAS2017 in Washington, DC.

2017 SLAS Discovery Readers Choice Award
A New Bliss Independence Model to Analyze Drug Combination Data
By Wei Zhao, Kris Sachsenmeier, Lanju Zhang, Erin Sult, Robert E. Hollingsworth, and Harry Yang

2017 SLAS Technology Readers Choice Award
TEER Measurement Techniques for In Vitro Barrier Model Systems
By Balaji Srinivasan, Aditya Reddy Kolli, Mandy Brigitte Esch, Hasan Erbil Abaci, Michael L. Shuler, and James J. Hickman

2017 SLAS Discovery Authors Choice Awards (tie)
Chagas Disease Drug Discovery: Toward a New Era
By Eric Chatelain

Increasing the Content of High-Content Screening: An Overview
By Shantanu Singh, Anne E. Carpenter, and Auguste Genovesio

2017 SLAS Technology Authors Choice Award
TEER Measurement Techniques for In Vitro Barrier Model Systems
By Balaji Srinivasan, Aditya Reddy Kolli, Mandy Brigitte Esch, Hasan Erbil Abaci, Michael L. Shuler, and James J. Hickman

2017 SLAS Discovery Reviewer Excellence Awards
Marc Bickle, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden (Germany)
Geoff Holdgate, AstraZeneca, Cambridge (UK)
Christophe Morisseau, University of California, Davis, CA (USA)
Christian Parker, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Basel (Switzerland)

SLAS Technology Reviewer Excellence Awards
Marcos Cheney, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD (USA)
Dieter Drexler, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Wallingford, CT (USA)
Shue Wang, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (USA)

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2018 SLAS Europe Conference: Transforming Research
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A new event developed specifically for the European life sciences discovery and technology community — 2018 SLAS Europe Conference: Transforming Research, is set for June 27-29, 2018, in Brussels, Belgium. This event is in addition to the annual SLAS International Conference and Exhibition which takes the place in U.S. early in the calendar year. Scientific tracks at SLAS Europe 2018 include:
  • Emerging Investigative Biology — highlighting approaches, processes and platforms
  • Technology — a focus on the scientific basis and the development of new and innovative technologies
  • Discovery — a look at the application of new and innovative technologies for the advancement of life sciences Conference Co-Chairs Annika Jenmalm Jensen (Karolinska Institute, Sweden), Emilio Diez-Monedero (Pharma Industry Consultant, Spain) and Ian Shuttler (Tecan, Switzerland) invite you to watch for details at

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SLAS2017 in Washington, DC Ends Today
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The Feb. 4-8 event attracted life sciences discovery and technology professionals from all around the globe. The program included 140 podium presentations and 300-plus exhibitors, in addition to Short Courses, scientific posters, Exhibitor Tutorials, Special Interest Group meetings, career services, SLAS author services and a memorable Tuesday Evening Celebration at the Newseum.

The 2017 SLAS Innovation Award winner is named following today's closing keynote presentation, selected from nine finalists. Watch the SLAS Facebook page for SLAS2017 photos and mark your calendar now for SLAS2018, Feb. 3-7, San Diego.



Scientists Develop 'Lab on a Chip' That Costs One Cent to Make    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a way to produce a cheap and reusable diagnostic "lab on a chip" with the help of an ordinary inkjet printer. At a production cost of as little as 1 cent per chip, the new technology could usher in a medical diagnostics revolution like the kind brought on by low-cost genome sequencing, said Ron Davis, PhD, professor of biochemistry and of genetics and director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center. More

Porous Field-Effect Transistors Based on a Semiconductive Metal-Organic Framework
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Recently, the emergence of conductive metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) has given great prospects for their applications as active materials in electronic devices. In this work, a high-quality, free-standing conductive MOF membrane was prepared by an air–liquid interfacial growth method. Accordingly, field-effect transistors (FETs) possessing a crystalline microporous MOF channel layer were successfully fabricated for the first time. More

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Novel Molecular Construction Methodology for Chiral Drugs Developed
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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) say they have invented a new technique for constructing chiral drug molecules, whose structural complexity allows them to have mirror-image, "left-handed" and "right-handed" forms. For drug molecules, usually only one of those forms works. The new molecular construction method, unveiled in a Science online First Release paper ("Formation of α-Chiral Centers by Asymmetric β-C(sp3)–H Arylation, Alkenylation, and Alkynylation"), reportedly represents a significant milestone in chiral chemistry. More

Regulators OK Clinical Trials Using Donor Stem Cells
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Researchers in Japan who have been developing a cell therapy for macular degeneration received support from health authorities to begin a clinical trial using donor-derived induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells converted to retinal cells. This will be the first trial in which the team's physicians administer donor cells, an approach expected to lower costs and preparation time. More


'In Vivo' Reprogramming Induces Signs of Telomere Rejuvenation
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During the "in vivo" reprogramming process, cellular telomeres are extended due to an increase in endogenous telomerase. This is the main conclusion of a paper published in Stem Cell Reports by a team from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO). Their observations show, for the first time, that the reprogramming of living tissue results in telomerase activation and telomere elongation; thus reversing one of the hallmarks of aging: "the presence of short telomeres." More

First 3D Observation of Nanomachines Working Inside Cells
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Researchers headed by IRB Barcelona combine genetic engineering, super-resolution microscopy and biocomputation to allow them to see in 3-D the protein machinery inside living cells. Published in the journal Cell, the study unveils key functional features of an assembly of proteins that is vital for animals and plants. More

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Color-Coded Chemistry Tests Get a Boost
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With a prestigious early career award grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), one chemist wants to make color-coded testing of diseases easier. There is something very noble about Xiaohu Xia's research. He wants to use palladium, platinum, ruthenium, and other corrosion-resistant metals to refine tests to detect biomarkers for cancer and infectious diseases. To do so, he plans to use nanostructures made of these noble metals that mimic natural enzymes. More


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