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Elodie Sollier-Christen Earns 2017 SLAS Innovation Award
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Elodie Sollier-Christen, chief scientific officer of Vortex Biosciences, took home top honors and $10,000 for her SLAS2017 scientific presentation, "Vortex Biosciences Technology for Fast and Label-Free Isolation of Circulating Tumor Cells from Blood Samples." According to Sollier-Christen, "This circulating tumor cells (CTC) technology offers significant advantages for downstream analysis as isolated CTCs are representative of the patient's status and remain unbiased by molecular characteristics; CTCs collected at higher purity increase the accuracy and sensitivity of downstream assays; and CTCs are unaltered and undamaged by labels or reagents, making them ideal for cell culture experiments and live cell assays."

In addition to the cash award, Sollier-Christen receives an SLAS Premier membership, is invited to have her work featured in either SLAS Discovery or SLAS Technology and joins the judging panel for the 2018 SLAS Innovation Award.


Bong, Mondal and Zulfiqar Take Honors in SLAS2017 Student Poster Competition
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The SLAS Student Poster Competition recognizes innovative research by students, graduate students, post-doctoral associates and junior faculty (less than four years in first academic appointment) who present posters at SLAS2017. Congratulations to these winners who each earned a $500 cash prize:

Alice Bong (University of Queensland - Australia): Imaging Intracellular Calcium Dynamics in Breast Cancer using Automated High-Content Fluorescence Imaging

Sudip Mondal (The University of Texas at Austin - USA): Next Generation Screening Technology for High-Throughput Drug Screening using C. elegans Disease Models

Bilal Zulfiqar (Griffith University - Australia): High-Throughput Phenotypic Screening Reveals Novel Pharmacologically Active Compounds for Visceral Leishmaniasis

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Special Issue Calls for Papers: SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology
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Special issues of SLAS Discovery (formerly JBS) and SLAS Technology (formerly JALA) are hallmarks of editorial excellence, popular with readers and highly cited. Manuscript proposals (abstracts) for original research reports, reviews, perspectives and technical notes/technology briefs are now being accepted for special issues on these important topics: More

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Congratulations SLAS2017 New Product Award Winners
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Congratulations to these three SLAS2017 exhibiting companies whose products were judged best-of-show in terms of market opportunity, impact, originality and proof of concept.
  • Avidien Technologies: Avidien MicroPro 300, a compact 96/384 automated benchtop micro pipettor

  • infinitesimal, LLC: Nanofountain Probe, fully automated single cell transfection technology for adherent cells (An SLAS2017 Innovation AveNEW company)

  • Analytik Jena US, Inc.: SmartExtraction, a global innovation in nucleic acid extraction


SLAS Journal Editors Offer Tips for Successful Scientific Paper Publication
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SLAS Discovery Editor-in-Chief Robert M. Campbell (Eli Lilly & Company) and SLAS Technology Editor-in-Chief Edward Kai-Hua Chow (National University of Singapore) conducted an SLAS2017 workshop to help prospective authors improve their chances for publication success.

Study Campbell and Chow's workshop slides online via the journals homepage at

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SLAS2018 Sneak Preview
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Plans are well underway for SLAS2018, Feb. 3-7, in San Diego and include the introduction of three new educational tracks: Biologics Discovery, Chemical Biology and High-Definition Biotechnology. The SLAS2018 Program Planning Committee builds the scientific podium program and solicits abstracts for consideration beginning in April 2017.

The closing keynote speaker is Marc Abrahams, founder of the Ig Nobel Prize, an annual ceremony celebrating the unusual and honoring the imaginative. Abrahams also is co-founder and editor of the magazine Annals of Improbable Research, a bimonthly publication designed to make people laugh, then think. SLAS2018 attendee registration opens in September 2017.

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Share your SLAS2017 Photos on Facebook
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Enjoy the many photos of SLAS2017 that have been posted to the SLAS Facebook page; add new photos of your own; and tag or share those you like (and/or those you might be in!) on your own Facebook timeline. More



3 Trends at SLAS2017
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Exhibitors flocked to Washington D.C. last week for the Society of Laboratory Automation and Screening's 2017 conference to show off the newest technologies and solutions. When developing their new products, companies seem to be taking similar things into consideration: customer input, space saving and ease of use. More

Roadblocks Remain in Visualization Technology
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Technology in the lab has come a long way and brought many amazing advances, but it still has its issues — or roadblocks as keynote speaker Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz calls them. Professionals dedicated to life sciences discovery and technology from around the world gathered recently in Washington, D.C., for SLAS2017, the annual international conference and exhibition from the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening. More

Simplify Automated Nucleic Acid Analysis

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A Photothermal Spectrometer for Fast and Background-Free Detection of Individual Nanoparticles in Flow
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Sensitive detection and quantification of individual plasmonic nanoparticles is critical in a range of applications in the biological, nanomaterials, and analytical sciences. Although a wide range of techniques can be applied to the analysis of immobilized particles, high-throughput analysis of nanoscale species in flow is surprisingly underdeveloped. More

Tiny Magnetic Implant Offers New Drug Delivery Method    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
University of British Columbia researchers have developed a magnetic drug implant — the first of its kind in Canada — that could offer an alternative for patients struggling with numerous pills or intravenous injections. The device, a silicone sponge with magnetic carbonyl iron particles wrapped in a round polymer layer, measures just six millimeters in diameter. More


Scientists Use Robots and Drones to Accelerate Plant Genetic Research, Improve Crop Yield
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It may be a while before robots and drones are as common as tractors and combine harvesters on farms, but the high-tech tools may soon play a major role in helping feed the world's rapidly growing population. At the University of Georgia, a team of researchers is developing a robotic system of all-terrain rovers and unmanned aerial drones that can more quickly and accurately gather and analyze data on the physical characteristics of crops. More

Tumor Biomarkers Guide Immunotherapy
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Tumor biomarkers act as important contextual cues or signals of cancer status. "If there are T cells infiltrating your cancer, you are going to do better than if you don't have them. For almost every cancer, immune infiltrates are prognostic markers for better overall outcome," says Bernard A. Fox, Ph.D., CEO of UbiVac and Harder Chair for Cancer Research, Earle A. Chiles Research Institute. More

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Quinoa Genome Sequenced
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Scientists have produced the first high-quality genomic sequence for the South American supergrain quinoa, a feat that may lead to improvements in the grain's properties and the expansion of its cultivation worldwide. First domesticated in the Andes about 7,000 years ago, quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) has recently come into vogue as a nutritional powerhouse, with its high quantities of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. More

Method to Identify Bacteria in Blood Samples Works in Hours Instead of Days
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Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a desktop diagnosis tool that detects the presence of harmful bacteria in a blood sample in a matter of hours instead of days. The breakthrough was made possible by a combination of proprietary chemistry, innovative electrical engineering and high-end imaging and analysis techniques powered by machine learning. More

Finding Enzymes in the Gut Metagenome
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The human gut microbiome consists of trillions of microorganisms that colonize the colon. The composition of this microbiome has profound effects on human health: It not only influences normal processes, like maturation of the immune system, but it is also associated with cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and other diseases. Understanding these influences requires knowledge of the biochemical interactions between the gut microbiome and humans. More


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