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JBS Online introduces Editor's Choice Collections
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Hand-picked by Editor-in-Chief Bob Campbell, these nine collections express the breadth and depth of JBS's editorial scope. Collections include ADME/Tox; Assay Data Analysis, Statistics; Compound Management; Epigenetics; Flow Cytometry (FACS)-Based Screening Methods; HCS, Imaging, Data Analysis; High-Throughput Screening Methods; High-Throughput Screening Reviews; and NMR, Mass Spectrometry-Based Screening Methods. All articles are open access. More


2012 SLAS Asia Conference discounts until April 23
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Save by registering early for the 2012 SLAS Asia Conference and Exhibition, "Advances in Drug and Life Sciences R&D Through Laboratory Technology," June 19-21, Shanghai. Three hundred fifty attendees and 50 multinational exhibitors are expected to participate. Educational sessions will address topics related to drug discovery technologies, stem cells in drug discovery, and drug discovery from screening to therapy. More

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SLAS members invited to review laboratory purchasing trends report
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Approximately 20 percent of survey respondents indicated that their organizations were increasing staff. SLAS members can read additional findings in the comprehensive report, North American Survey of Laboratory Purchasing Trends, produced by the Laboratory Products Association. MORE More

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SLAS ELN: Advice for Published Journal Authors
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In the new SLAS ELN feature, "Advice for Published Journal Authors: Now is Not the Time to be Shy," JALA's Dean Ho and JBS's Bob Campbell recommend ways to increase awareness and citations of published works. They also remind readers to work diligently at preparing their next scientific manuscript while promoting the current publication! More


ELRIG slates Drug Discovery 2012
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In collaboration with SLAS, the European Laboratory Robotics Interest Group presents Drug Discovery 2012, Sept. 5-6, Manchester Central, United Kingdom. SLAS will host a lunchtime session, "Informatics: Making Knowledge from Laboratory Data," to explore conversion of data into actionable knowledge, pre-competitive consortia and standards within drug discovery, and how best to enable and interact with CROs. More traffic continues to build
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More than 25,000 pages on the SLAS website at were viewed in March. Other statistics include a total of 1,651,573 hits and more than 15,000 unique visitors that month. Come on by and see what's new at! More

New Biohit Roboline™ Liquid-Handling Automate
The Biohit Roboline™ is the ideal companion to automate your routine pipetting work. This small, quiet, and compact liquid handling automate is easy to place anywhere in the lab.

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RapidFire High-throughput Mass Spectrometry Systems

Agilent Technologies’ RapidFire is an SPE-based solution that enables detection of native compounds by mass spec. Requiring no labels or surrogates, it enables the screening of intractable or challenging targets which are not amenable to fluorescence or luminescence. Sample throughput is 10x faster than conventional MS screening methods. MORE
Alpaqua Magnet Plates... Like No Other
ALPAQUA® offers 24-well, 96-well & 384-well magnet plates with integrated spring technology for touch-off dispensing and complete supernatant removal while eliminating costly tip crashes and occlusions. Strong NdFeB magnets enable rapid, reliable bead capture and retention. Alpaqua magnet plates are SBS compliant and compatible with many liquid handlers, plate hotels & stackers.


Researcher emphasizes opportunities for drug target discovery based on cancer heterogeneity
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There may be ways to exploit the extensive heterogeneity being uncovered through genome sequencing and other studies of cancer as a means for coming up with new treatment targets and identifying promising drug candidates, according to one presenter at this year's American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting. More

New class of superbases
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Cyclopropenimines can serve as highly effective "superbases" for enantioselective organocatalysis, researchers have discovered. The findings could lead to easier and faster syntheses of novel chiral compounds for drug discovery and other applications. In recent years, researchers have developed several types of organic bases to catalyze enantioselective proton-transfer reactions and yield optically enriched products. More

Effective use of mass spectrometry for glycan and glycopeptide structural analysis
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Most proteins are glycosylated. Mass spectrometry methods are used for mapping glycoprotein glycosylation and detailed glycan structural determination. This technology enables precise characterization of recombinant glycoproteins in the pharmaceutical industry and academic biomedicine. More

Lifetime of carbon capture and storage as a climate-change mitigation technology
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In carbon capture and storage, CO2 is captured at power plants and then injected underground into reservoirs like deep saline aquifers for long-term storage. While CCS may be critical for the continued use of fossil fuels in a carbon-constrained world, the deployment of CCS has been hindered by uncertainty in geologic storage capacities and sustainable injection rates, which has contributed to the absence of concerted government policy. More

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An improved tool for nuclear forensics
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In the aftermath of an aboveground nuclear explosion, measuring the isotopic compositions of fallout can provide important forensic information, including data pertaining to the production and irradiation histories of key materials. Livermore scientists working with collaborators at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have recently demonstrated rapid and high-accuracy isotopic measurements of plutonium and uranium using a laser-based technique. More

Gold nanostars first to deliver drug directly to cancer cell nucleus
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Nanotechnology offers powerful new possibilities for targeted cancer therapies, but the design challenges are many. Northwestern University scientists now are the first to develop a simple but specialized nanoparticle that can deliver a drug directly to a cancer cell's nucleus — an important feature for effective treatment. They also are the first to directly image at nanoscale dimensions how nanoparticles interact with a cancer cell's nucleus. More


Science AAAS offers free webinar on metabolic changes in cancer
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Science AAAS presents "Metabolic Changes in Cancer: Beyond the Warburg Effect" on April 19 at noon ET. The webinar, featuring experts Matthew Vander Heiden, M.D., Ph.D., (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston), Morris J. Birnbaum, M.D., Ph.D., (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia) and Brendan D. Manning, Ph.D., (Harvard University, School of Public Health, Boston), is sponsored by SLAS2012 exhibitor Cell Signaling Technology. More

Video explores the benefits of 3D cell culture
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Reinnervate has released a new online video detailing the value of 3-D cell culture models for producing biologically relevant results. Via a mixture of striking microscopy images and highly informative animations, the new video discusses the limitations of 2D cell culture and demonstrates how Reinnervate’s Alvetex®Scaffold enables cells growing in vitro to adopt their natural in vivo shape and structure. More


Tecan granted European patent for NanoQuant Plate
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Launched in 2008, the NanoQuant Plate was the first solution on the market designed for simultaneous measurement of multiple low volume samples. The device consists of 16 precision-manufactured quartz optics in a user-friendly format, offering precise, straightforward absorbance- and fluorescence-based measurements from sample volumes as low as 2 μl. Tecan was an SLAS2012 sponsor and exhibitor. More

2 childhood obesity genes discovered
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Researchers have linked two new genes with an increased risk of obesity in children, a new study says. The genes show a strong association with childhood obesity, the researchers say. Previous studies have identified genes associated with obesity in adults, and in children with extreme obesity due to an underlying condition, but the new study is the first to link genes with childhood obesity in the general population. More


Tuning multiphase amphiphilic rods to direct self-assembly
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New methods to direct the self-assembly of particles are highly sought after for multiple applications, including photonics, electronics and drug delivery. Most techniques, however, are limited to chemical patterning on spherical particles, limiting the range of possible structures. The authors developed a lithographic technique for fabrication of chemically anisotropic rod-like particles in which they could specify both the size and shape of particles and implement multiple diverse materials to control interfacial interactions. More

Researchers discover unique suspension technique for large-scale stem cell production
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Post-doctoral researcher David Fluri and Professor Peter Zandstra at the University of Toronto's Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering have developed a unique new technique for growing stem cells that may make possible cost-effective, large-scale stem cell manufacturing and research. Although stem cells are widely used for the testing of new drugs, researchers have always faced difficulties manufacturing enough viable cells from a culture. More

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Announcing Labcyte Consumables Website
Labcyte has introduced a new consumables website designed to be a one stop solution for Labcyte® consumables, from product research to purchase and fulfillment. The new website will allow you to:

• Review product specifications
• Request product samples
• Order consumables (US currently, EU soon)

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Associate Director of Clinical Chemistry
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USA – NY – New York

Sr. Director, Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs
NanoString Technologies
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Senior Manager, Laboratory Automation and Technology Development
IDEXX Laboratories Inc.
USA – ME – Westbrook

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FSSI: Advanced Compound Management Services
Focused on Outsourced Materials Management and Sample Preparation Services, FSSI supports Compound Management, Research and Discovery Screening, and Chemistry. FSSI performs Sample Reformatting and Full Repository Services with on-demand 24-48 hour delivery. FSSI offers diversity screening libraries, pre-weighed building blocks in custom aliquots, full preparative purification, and high-throughput analysis.
EasyHandling: Cut Engineering Time, Costs
EasyHandling makes Mechatronics easier and faster than ever, with high-performance mechanical technologies and our new EasyWizard programming tool. Cut engineering time, effort & cost by up to 80%. EasyHandling is perfect for Lab applications—ranging from test tube pick-and-place and medical product packaging to hands-off inspection of hazardous materials.
Get your free automation consultation
Astech Projects launch new turnkey approach to automation at SLAS! Composed of four key steps – consultation & proposal, concept design study, proof of concept, and detailed design, manufacture and testing – Astech currently offers the initial consultation & proposal free of charge. Apply for yours today.


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