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SLAS wishes its members and the global life sciences discovery and technology community all the best for 2016! Please enjoy this look back at the most-read SLAS Point-to-Point articles of 2015. We resume regular weekly publication on Jan. 6, 2016.


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SLAS Quiz: Which Famous Scientist Are You?
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From July 22: Are you a persistent scientist who works to overcome any obstacle like Marie Curie? Or are you the highly logical Spock-type scientist, not afraid to greet your colleagues with a Vulcan salute?

Take this short quiz to find out, and then share your scientific achievements at SLAS2016, Jan. 23-27, San Diego. Remember, others aspire to be famous for their life science R&D accomplishments too. There is limited space in our world-class scientific program, so submit your abstract by Aug. 3.
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JBS Special Issue on Screening by RNAi and Precise Genome Editing Technologies
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From Aug. 26: Organized by three distinguished members of the JBS Editorial Board – Marc Bickle, Hakim Djaballah and Lorenz Martin Mayr – this special issue’s 11 scientific manuscripts illustrate how RNAi is enjoying a revival of popularity and is increasingly being applied to discover and validate targets being investigated for therapeutic use. “We now have tools that allow us to use RNAi strategies in primary cells, minimize off-target effects and rapidly obtain high quality screening data,” says Bickle.

Djaballah adds, “the technology is on the rebound, but in a more conservative way than in previous years. Researchers are careful about the assays they’re developing and about interpreting the data their work yields. We know RNAi is helpful when we go after genes of interest. While it hasn’t been as useful yet for finding the needle in the haystack (identifying a gene based on a specific effect), the new tools will help.” SLAS Biomolecular Sciences Section members and JBS subscribers can view the issue online now.
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2015 North American Survey of Laboratory Purchasing Trends Now Available
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From March 4: SLAS members can see how laboratories across North America are planning to invest in equipment, staffing and facilities in 2015 by reviewing this 182-page report, which also includes comparisons to previous years. Products included in the study:
  • Chemicals, reagents, solvents
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SLAS ELN Reports — 2015 SLAS Innovation Award Winner Jonathan Wingfield: Bringing Screening with Mass Spectrometry to the Next Level
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From May 27: "I remember vividly when I decided to go into drug discovery," Wingfield recalls. "I was doing basic research on transcription factors in the hospital's research lab. That day, I walked into the cafeteria — there was only one for both staff and patients — and sat down among all the children, so many of whom were seriously ill. I remember thinking to myself, 'I've had nine years of education, but I'm not making a difference. I have to do something more productive and helpful.' "

Read more about Wingfield's award-winning work combining mass spectrometry and acoustic droplet ejection in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine.
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SLAS ELN Reports: Biosensors Go Global — JALA Special Issue Reports Innovations from Around-the-World
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From Aug. 12: "Biosensing is a hot research trend, especially in China where the technology is important to every major aspect of our daily lives," says Xianting Ding, Ph.D., School of Biomedical Engineering, Institute for Personalized Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. "Now we see it starting to make a difference in all parts of the world, and in disciplines as diverse as disease diagnosis, environmental monitoring, food engineering and drug discovery."

Ding is guest editor of the JALA August Special Issue on New Developments in Biosensing Technologies, which explores the impact — and promise — of biosensors for life sciences R&D.
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JALA Special Issue: In Vitro Diagnostic Technology Reviews from Keck Graduate Institute School of Applied Life Science
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From Sept. 30: Organized by Keck Graduate Institute Professors Angelika Niemz, Ph.D., and Jim Osborne, Ph.D., the in-depth scientific reviews in this special issue address topics relevant to infectious diseases, oncology, neurodegenerative disorders and prenatal diagnostics.

The reviews provide background on different disease states and relevant biomarkers, then discuss technologies for disease screening, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment selection and treatment monitoring via established and new methods. Niemz and Osborne also are featured in the newest JALA Podcast.
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SLAS ELN Reports: Biologics Come of Age — Therapeutic Antibody Discovery and Development
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From April 29: Rob Howes of MedImmune and Joseph G. McGivern of Amgen offer a snapshot of the JBS April 2015 Special Issue on Therapeutic Antibody Discovery and Development in a new SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine feature article.

They also discuss the enriching experience of serving as the special issue's guest editors, a role they accepted to further fuel their interest and grow their expertise in the expanding field of biologics in drug discovery.
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SLAS ELN Reports: Robyn Rourick — Consider Career Change through Others' Eyes
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From April 15: The Genentech scientific manager and former member of the SLAS Board of Directors talks about science, career opportunities, volunteerism, art, family, networking and how all these pieces work together as one goes through life. She endorses authentic networking to build long-lasting relationships.

"Some people network to make their next move or to get that connection that they feel that they need," she explains. "There's not necessarily depth to it. I think to network authentically, you need to build deeper relationships. It allows you to build connectivity, so people understand you. There's sustainable value in that."

Read more in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine.
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The Lab Man Interviews SLAS2015 New Product Award Winners
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From March 11: Representatives from four companies winning New Product Award designations at the SLAS2015 Exhibition in Washington, DC, talk with The Lab Man about their innovations.

Learn about BlueCatBio (BlueWasher); regenHU (3DDiscovery BioSafety Cabinet); ReSyn Biosciences (MagReSyn); and Sony Corporation (Sony SI8000 Cell Motion Imaging System).

Pictured here is Frank Feist of BlueCatBio with The Lab Man.
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SLAS ELN Reports: 2015 SLAS Leadership Forum — Rethinking the U.S. Biomedical Research Model
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From May 13: Senior professional laboratory science and technology experts discussed major issues in life sciences R&D at the inaugural SLAS Leadership Forum held in conjunction with SLAS2015 in February. Topics included current and emerging alternatives for funding innovative research; providing new opportunities for young scientists entering the field; and fostering collaborations among industry, academia and government.

This groundbreaking SLAS event featured a panel with moderator James Sterling, Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences; Donald Ingber, SLAS2015 keynote speaker, Harvard University and Wyss Institute; Alicia Löffler, Northwestern University; and Rob Nail, Velocity 11 and Singularity University. Highlights of the SLAS Leadership Forum are detailed in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine.
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