Innovation at every turn: Hello SLAS2024

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Ahead of SLAS2024 on 3-7 February, in Boston, Jill Hronek, SLAS Director, Marketing & Communications, reflects on what to expect.

SLAS is excited to be back in Boston for the 2024 International Conference and Exhibition. Our theme – Innovation at Every Turn – is multifaceted. It speaks to the almost limitless opportunity to experience innovation plus the SLAS community’s trademark innovative thinking. The most obvious display of innovation is on our exhibition floor of 90,000 square feet, but our exhibitors don’t stop there! 

Dive further into vendor innovation at Exhibitor Tutorials and Solutions Spotlight presentations: Exhibitor Tutorials will take place in session rooms and provide in-depth examinations of our exhibitors’ tools and equipment with opportunities to explore which automation solutions are right for your work; the Solutions Spotlight theater will showcase vendor use cases, unique applications and solutions that push technologies to new limits.

Moreover, you’ll find Innovation AveNEW, your innovation crystal ball! If you want to know what’s coming next, what products entrepreneurs are building to solve challenges that plague life sciences researchers, or find a newer, faster, smaller or more effective tool to accomplish a standard task, then visit the start-up companies chosen for this year’s Innovation AveNEW. Plus, one of them will be awarded the SLAS Ignite Award for most promising start-up.

We’re pleased to have DDW as a partner and sponsor of our Ignite Theater, contributing to world-class scientific insight available to all attendees on the exhibition floor. In the Ignite Theater, you’ll hear presentations from these Innovation AveNEW finalists vying for the Ignite Award, which include: Depixus SAS, Expert Intelligence, Liquimetrix GmbH, HookeBio, ImageCyte, Incubate Bio, Spring Discovery, and VivoSphere LLC. 

The Ignite Theater will also feature four Ignite Collaboration presentations designed to create yet another opportunity for industry and academia to collaborate on research and innovation. These presentations are also beneficial for exhibiting companies, angel investors, venture capitalists, university technology transfer offices and incubators looking to engage with leaders of new and ongoing research projects. Presenters include Jan Gruszczynski and Alison Hirukawa from Drop Genie, Srijit Seal from The Broad Institute, and Thomas Valentin (CSEM).

From 2020 Innovation Award Winner Joseph De Rutte’s session on omics technologies, including Dino Di Carlo’s (UCLA) presentation on mAbs and T-cell Receptors using Lab on a Particle Technology, to Jamie Spangler’s session on next generation protein therapeutics, the nine tracks of scientific discovery and technology will inform, inspire and push attendees toward greater levels of innovation.

Across the event, SLAS is turning its attention to sustainability. We’ve created a green team and are hard at work calculating our own carbon footprint for our events in order to assist attendees to better understand and justify their participation from an environmental standpoint.

While the SLAS International Conference is our flagship event of the year, SLAS’ innovative power runs deeper than any single gathering. The global impact of our community’s ingenuity, automation and collaboration has proven itself over and over again and we provide year-round opportunities to learn in person and online, get involved in special interest groups that make an impact, and drive transformational research day in and day out.

We look forward to innovating with you in Boston!

SLAS 2024 Supplement, Volume 25 – Issue 1, Winter 2023/2024

Jill HronekAbout the author:

Jill Hronek has served as the Director, Marketing and Communications for the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening since 2018. She and her team are responsible for getting people in seats, eyes on screens, and words and images on pages to engage and inform the SLAS life sciences community and transform research.

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