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SLAS wishes its members and the global life sciences discovery and technology community all the best for 2018! Enjoy this look back at the most-read SLAS Point-to-Point articles of 2017. We resume regular weekly publication on Jan. 3, 2018.

As an added holiday treat, please enjoy this poem written by SLAS member Barry Bunin, founder and CEO of Collaborative Drug Discovery.

SLAS2017 Presentations Available On Demand
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From March 1: Keynote speaker Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz's SLAS2017 presentation, "Emerging Fluorescence Technology to Study the Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Organelles within Cells," discusses emerging visualization technologies that allow cell biologists to capture processes from whole organisms down to single molecules. Six SLAS2017 scientific podium presentations also are available, including 2017 SLAS Innovation Award winner Elodie Sollier-Christen's overview of Vortex Bioscience's new VTX-1 platform to isolate and collect intact circulating tumor cells directly from whole blood in less than 1.5 hours. SLAS members can access the presentations (synched audio and slides) at any time; non-members have access until April 30. More


65 Achievers Earn SLAS Tony B. Academic Travel Awards for SLAS2018
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From Nov. 8: Sixty-five exceptional undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and junior faculty members earned invitations to present their scientific achievements at SLAS2018 as part of the SLAS Tony B. Academic Travel Award program. The award provides roundtrip travel, shared hotel accommodations and full conference registration to these early career researchers from 15 different countries. "With an investment of nearly half a million dollars (from 2010 through 2017), the Tony B. program reflects a serious commitment to the next generation of scientific thought-leaders," says SLAS President Scott Atkin. "This investment does much more than cover the cost of airfare and hotel rooms. It is invigorating science, extending collaboration networks and building a stable path forward for our Society." More

SLAS ELN Reports: Microcontrollers, the Internet of Things and Our Laboratories
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From Oct. 4: It's been called the second industrial revolution. Whether it's shaping smarter cities, tracking our 10,000 steps a day or just making sure we never run out of laundry detergent, microcontrollers and the Internet of Things are making everyday life ... well, if not simpler, at least a bit more effortless. But how is this technology changing life in the lab? Jay Gill and Erik Werner explore this fascinating topic in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine feature article. In addition, these IoT enthusiasts invite you to: Gill and Werner are contributing their time and expertise as journal guest editors and short course instructors. More

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Unboiling an Egg, Farting Fish and Necrophilia Among Mallards: Meet SLAS2018 Keynoter Marc Abrahams
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From Oct. 25: Striking the funny bone in scientific research gains attention for scientific breakthrough, says SLAS2018 keynoter Marc Abrahams. His annual "First Annual" Ig Nobel Prize Awards ceremony is one way he tells the tales of improbable research projects from the fish farts once mistaken for enemy submarines to the invention of a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks. "There's so much stuff out there," Abrahams concludes. "I am quite convinced that I will hear similar great stories from a bunch of individuals in that room in San Diego." Enjoy a preview of his presentation in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine article. More

Ed Chow Talks About The 2017 SLAS Technology Ten
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From Feb. 22: From being able to move liquid with sound to dispense primary cells and DNA to microfluidic-based immunoassays, SLAS Technology Editor-in-Chief Edward Kai-Hua Chow (National University of Singapore) talks about the groundbreaking achievements reflected in The 2017 SLAS Technology Ten, published earlier this month. This year’s highlights push the envelope of what is possible with automation, integrating new functions into high-throughput sample preparation and screening to further drive efficiencies in research. More


SLAS ELN Reports: Liquid Biopsy — New Technology Uses a Microfluidic Vortex to Isolate Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) from Blood Samples
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From April 12: Elodie Sollier-Christen earned the 2017 SLAS Innovation Award for her captivating work at Vortex Biosciences that allows clinicians to obtain meaningful results with liquid biopsies utilizing a technology that is low cost, simple to use, reproducible and fast. "Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are cancer cells that have been shed from a tumor into the bloodstream and play a major role in metastasis," she says in a recent publication. "The relative number of CTCs is predictive of patient prognosis and treatment efficacy." Learn more in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine. More

SLAS Journal Editors Offer Tips for Successful Scientific Paper Publication
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From Feb. 15: 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. More

SLAS2018 Tutorial Closes The Screening Loop

Titian, HighRes and Genedata's SLAS2018 tutorial 'Partnering to Close the Screening Loop' demonstrates a seamless workflow to support the iterative drug discovery life cycle of designing, planning, testing and analyzing. The approach effortlessly moves information to where it needs to be.

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Nonviral CRISPR Delivery a Success
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From Oct. 4: While promising, applications of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing have so far been limited by the challenges of delivery — namely, how to get all the CRISPR parts to every cell that needs them. In a study published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, researchers have successfully repaired a mutation in the gene for dystrophin in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy by injecting a vehicle they call CRISPR-Gold, which contains the Cas9 protein, guide RNA, and donor DNA, all wrapped around a tiny gold ball. More

SLAS Announces Slates for 2018 Board of Directors, Americas Council and Europe Council
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From Oct. 4: SLAS presents the following professionals for three-year terms of service beginning at SLAS2018:

SLAS Board of Directors

Emilio Diez Monedero, Pharmaceutical Industry Consultant, Madrid, Spain
Peter Brian Simpson, Chief Scientific Officer, Medicines Discovery Catapult, Alderley Park, UK
Severine Tamas-Lhoustau, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Novoptim, Montigny le Bretonneux, France

SLAS Americas Council
Mike Berke, Director, Research & Automation Technologies, Amgen, Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA
Jonathan O'Connell, Executive Director and Head of Early Discovery, FORMA Therapeutics, Watertown, MA
Joe Olechno, Senior Research Fellow, Labcyte Inc., San Jose, CA

Europe Council
Geert Van Minnebruggen, Head of the Science Policy Unit, VIB, Ghent, Belgium
Ute Vespermann, Drug Discovery Specialist, Corning Inc., Münster, Germany

Pursuant to SLAS policy, if no valid petition nominating alternate candidates for the Board of Directors, Americas Council or Europe Council is received prior to Nov. 1, 2017, the named individuals will be moved forward to the Board for official acclamation in accordance with SLAS Bylaws.

Elodie Sollier-Christen Earns 2017 SLAS Innovation Award
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From Feb. 15: 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. More



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