The 2014 Society for Laboratory Automation & Screening conference and exhibition (SLAS2014), kicks off this year’s events and gains steam in the medical device industry.
|Steven Hamilton, Ph.D, SLAS Director of Education|
We asked Steven Hamilton, Ph.D, SLAS Director of Education, about the conference.
KMC: When did the SLAS conference start?
Hamilton: The first SLAS Annual Conference was held in February 2012 in San Diego.
KMC: Who started it and why?
Hamilton: SLAS resulted from the merger of the Association for Laboratory Automation (ALA) and the Society for Biomolecular Sciences (SBS) in 2010. Both organizations had previously held annual conferences, the last of which occurred in 2011.
KMC: What has been the event's most significant advancement since it started?
Hamilton: Probably the most significant achievement has been the seamless blending of program interests, components and attendees from the two legacy organizations. The number of program abstracts submitted each year has grown significantly, indicating a strong and increasing interest in our program. Our planning committees and leadership are comprised of practicing scientists and professionals, which ensure we are aligned with the current market and priority needs of our members and attendees. We have a very detailed conference planning cycle involving 18 to 24 months of careful coordination.
Join in – whether you’re there or not!
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Want to know what makes this year’s conference so great? There’s a post for that!
We’re honest folks, but you don’t need to just take our word for it!
We asked members of the SLAS LinkedIn group and our Twitter followers what they’re looking forward to the most this year. Here’s what they had to say:
“Nanion is showing the new SyncroPatch 384PE for the first time on an exhibition - a revolutionary modular approach that makes giga-seal patch clamping really HTS compatible. Of course I'm very curious on the reception of the screening community to this device.”
– Michael George, CTO at Nanion Technologies
You can visit Nanion at booth 1518 and join them for a tutorial on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
“Visit IntelliCyt at booth 1341 to learn how IntelliCyt technology can provide high-throughput subpopulation phenotyping of cells, beads, microbes and mixtures. New MultiCyt™ Reagent Kits that provide high-content, turnkey, no wash assays will be introduced. You can also hear talks at our SLAS tutorial, January 21, 12:45pm in Room 26B!”
– Catheline Shin, Sr. Marketing Specialist at IntelliCyt Corporation
“Exciting times Tracy!! We're launching @PolyPico Desktop Spotter at #SLAS2014 Innovation AveNEW #351.See the FUTURE of microdrop dispensing technology!”
– Adele Clinton, Head of Marketing at Poly-Pico Ltd.
"Everyone is invited to visit Resonant Sensors at booth 752, where we will be demonstrating our ResoSens™ bioassay reader system.
Join RSI as we are speaking in Late Night with LRIG - Rapid-Fire Innovation Session on Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room 26AB.
Come listen to Dr. Jon Weidanz, on Tuesday from 3 to 3:30 p.m. in room 30AB, who will be speaking on A Multiplexed Label-Free Photonic Method for Rapidly Screening Soluble Human Leukocyte Antigen Peptide Complexes in Cancer Biomarker Discovery."
– Melanie Graf, Accounts Manager, Sales Engineer at Resonant Sensors Incorporated
"I'm looking forward to attending the in-house and satellite sessions centered around using human IPS cell technology in screening applications. In addition, I'll be presenting some methods I developed to derive and characterize stem cell sub-populations using flow cytometry instrumentation such as Catheline Shin's product at the Bioanalytical Techniques for Stem Cells session."
– David J. Kahler, Ph.D., PMP, Biotechnology Industry Consultant
Now it’s your turn! What are you looking forward to the most at SLAS2014? Share in the comments below.
We hope to see you there!