SLAS unveils Life Sciences and Technology Awards

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– The annual SLAS2024 International Conference and Exhibition took place in Boston, MA, attracting over 7,500 attendees and 400 exhibitors.
– The event showcased advancements in life sciences and technology and recognized outstanding presenters and exhibitors with various awards.

The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) announced the winners of its life sciences and technology awards at the SLAS2024 International Conference and Exhibition. The conference, held in Boston, MA, brought together over 7,500 attendees and 400 exhibitors. The awards recognized exceptional presenters and exhibitors who showcased the best of the Society’s programs and mission.

One of the most prestigious awards, the SLAS Innovation Award, was presented to Jongwon Lim, a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Lim’s innovative presentation on the rapid and ultra-sensitive identification of pathogenic DNA in blood using a novel blood drying technique earned him the $10,000 prize.

The New Product Award winners were BlueCatBio, CytoTronics, and Liquimetrix GmbH. BlueCatBio’s Blue®Plate enables high-throughput cell washes for flow cytometry with minimal cell loss or damage. CytoTronics’ Pixel™ system combines cutting-edge technology with live-cell biology and data science to provide unique insights into cell functions. Liquimetrix’s LUMINA provides a precision solution for low-volume liquid handling that offers volume verification in microtiter plates and microarrays.

Depixus, a start-up company from Paris, France, was named the winner of the SLAS Ignite Award. Depixus showcased its ground-breaking MAGNA One™ instrument, based on magnetic force spectroscopy, which enables researchers to decode disease mechanisms and develop more effective therapies. The company received a cash prize of $5,000 for their win.

The SLAS2024 Student Poster Competition recognized innovative research by students, graduate students, post-doctoral associates, and junior faculty. The winners, Brandon Vogt, Kui You, and Marissa E. Davies, were chosen from over 400 poster abstract submissions and each received a $500 prize.

Furthermore, 42 Tony B. Travel Awards were distributed to students, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and junior faculty from 10 countries. These awards provided the winners with the opportunity to present their research at the conference and covered roundtrip travel, hotel accommodations, and full conference registration.

The SLAS International Conference and Exhibition serves as a platform for showcasing the latest advancements in life sciences and technology. The event featured nearly 400 providers of laboratory automation and related research tools from around the world. SLAS, an international professional society, aims to bring together researchers in academia, industry, and government to advance life sciences discovery and technology through education, knowledge exchange, and community building.

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