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SLAS2018 is the annual flagship International Conference and Exhibition from SLAS. Through a unique combination of education, access to innovative technologies and intelligent peer networking, SLAS2018 delivers unmatched value for professionals and students looking to discover the latest life sciences technologies and how they can be applied to drive research objectives.

SLAS2018: Setting Records

SLAS welcomed more than 6,600 participants from 40 countries to SLAS2018 at the San Diego Convention Center, February 3-7 – a new attendance record for the flagship international annual SLAS Conference and Exhibition. This diverse gathering of scientists, academicians, business leaders and students from around the globe participated in an extensive lineup of education -- under the guidance of Program Co-Chairs Michelle Arkin and Tim Spicer -- new production information, and opportunities to connect with peers interested in charting the future of life sciences discovery and technology.

A packed house for the Opening Session on Monday heard positive Society news and plans for the future from SLAS CEO Vicki Loise and SLAS President Sabeth Verpoorte. Keynote speaker Benjamin Cravatt of The Scripps Research Institute, wowed the audience with his high-energy presentation on "Activity-based proteomics – protein and ligand discovery on a global scale."

New Strategic Plan & Governance Structure
SLAS CEO Vicki Loise unveiled the new SLAS Governance Structure, which will be implemented by year-end. The new model is built around solid management by the Board of Directors, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, and Nominations Committee and supported by three new Councils: Membership and Engagement, Knowledge Content and Delivery, and External Relations. Governance is now organized by activity rather than geographic region. “This structural change is designed to create improved synergies across our products and services as well as our regions; enhance year-round interaction by our members, and encourage best-in-class content that delivers outstanding value to each member of our global community. We are confident that this new structure will allow SLAS to be flexible and nimble in its role as the premier provider of life sciences information, education and professional development,” Loise said. View the SLAS Strategic Plan here.

Award Winners
A host of distinctive awards were recognized at SLAS2018. We thank everyone who participated on a judging panel, for reviewing the candidates and making the challenging decisions to recognize the following awardees:

2018 SLAS Innovation Award Winner:

Paul Ju Sung Hung, Ph.D., COMBiNATi Inc.
Microfluidic Siphoning Array (MSA) – A Novel Scalable Digital PCR Integrated Platform

SLAS2018 Student Poster Winners:

#1170 John Hickey, Johns Hopkins University
High Throughput Enrichment and Identification of Rare Antigen-specific CD8+ T cells

#1360 Xiao Wang: BioMEMS Resource Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Squeeze & Chemotax: a High-throughput Microfluidic Assay for Probing the Effect of Deformation on Leukocyte Chemotaxis<>/

#1225 Sri Teja Mallapudi, Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research
In vivo Screening to Identify Insulin-independent Modulators of Metabolism Identifies Novel Candidates

SLAS2018 New Product Winners:


Labcyte for the Echo 655T Acoustic Liquid Handler

iotaSciences for isoCell

SLAS2019 will be held February 2-6 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, USA. Short Courses will take place Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 2-3; the Exhibition and Conference will run Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 4-6. Keynote speakers are Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D., The Graduate School at Northwestern University and Eran Segal, Ph.D., Weizmann Institute of Science. The latest information on SLAS2019 can be found at, where the SLAS2019 Call for Abstracts will be posted in April 2018. For exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, contact SLAS Exhibits Manager Barry Sacks at

Keynote Speakers

Benjamin F. Cravatt
Benjamin F. Cravatt will deliver the SLAS2018 opening keynote address on Monday, Feb 5. Dr. Cravatt is a Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Molecular Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute. His research group is interested in understanding the roles that enzymes play in physiological and pathological processes, especially as pertains to the nervous system and cancer.
Marc Abrahams
Marc Abrahams will deliver the SLAS2018 closing keynote on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Marc writes about research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK. Marc founded Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony in 1991, and serves as its Master of Ceremonies. He co-founded and edits the magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), hosts the Improbable Research weekly podcast (distributed by CBS), and wrote This is Improbable, The Ig Nobel Prizes, and other books. He edits and writes much of the web site and blog, and the monthly newsletter mini-AIR.

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