SLAS2017: A Capital Success Story

SLAS welcomed 5,050 participants from 42 countries to SLAS2017, the flagship international Annual SLAS Conference and Exhibition, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, Feb. 4-8, 2017. This diverse collection of scientists, academicians, business leaders and students from around the globe benefitted from an extensive lineup of education, new production information, and opportunities to connect with peers interested in charting the future of life sciences discovery and technology.

SLAS2017 Photo Gallery

Relive the education, innovation and community connections that was SLAS2017 through an extensive photo gallery.

SLAS2017 Presentations Now Available On Demand

Extend the value of the SLAS2017 scientific program and/or view presentations you may have missed while in Washington, DC! A limited number of podium presentations were recorded at SLAS2017, and are now available as on demand webinars (audio and presentation slide synch). This offering includes the 2017 SLAS Innovation Award winner, Elodie Sollier-Christen. Content is available free of charge to dues-paying SLAS members as part of their membership benefits. For complete details, click here.

SLAS Unveils New Strategic Plan

On Monday, Feb. 6, SLAS CEO Vicki Loise publicly introduced the 2017-21 SLAS Strategic Plan during the opening general session. Conveying that the plan was the result of nearly a year of careful deliberations by a committee of leaders and professional team members, Loise concluded that "The process of developing the plan is itself an empowering exercise, and I know the implementation phase will yield positive results, an improved and expanded program portfolio, and a broader membership base from which we will all benefit." View the SLAS Strategic Plan here.

2017 Class of SLAS Fellow Members Announced

In the same general session, SLAS President Scott Atkin announced the inaugural class of SLAS Fellow Members, a brand new, invite-only member category created to recognize the elite class of individuals who have made significant contributions to the Society by way of sharing technical expertise and volunteer service. Said Atkin, "These individuals are shining examples of the spirit of SLAS, freely sharing of their time, talent and connections to serve our entire community." See the 2017 class of SLAS Fellow Members.

Award Winners

As is the SLAS tradition, a host of distinctive awards were recognized at SLAS2017:

Student Poster Awards
A panel of SLAS judges give highest honors — and $500 each! — to these three promising young professionals:

  • Alice Bong (University of Queensland): Imaging Intracellular Calcium Dynamics in Breast Cancer using Automated High-Content Fluorescence Imaging
  • Sudip Mondal (University of Texas at Austin): Next Generation Screening Technology for High-Throughput Drug Screening using C. elegans Disease Models
  • Bilal Zulfiqar (Griffith University): High-Throughput Phenotypic Screening Reveals Novel Pharmacologically Active Compounds for Visceral Leishmaniasis

New Product Awards
40 companies that participated in the SLAS2017 Exhibition submitted new products to be considered for the SLAS2017 New Product Award. SLAS congratulates the following winners that were selected in Washington, DC:

2017 SLAS Readers Choice Awards
Reflecting popularity among readers throughout 2016.

2017 SLAS Discovery Readers Choice Award
A New Bliss Independence Model to Analyze Drug Combination Data
By Wei Zhao, Kris Sachsenmeier, Lanju Zhang, Erin Sult, Robert E. Hollingsworth, and Harry Yang
From JBS Volume 19, Issue 5, Pages 817-821

2017 SLAS Technology Readers Choice Award
TEER Measurement Techniques for In Vitro Barrier Model Systems
By Balaji Srinivasan, Aditya Reddy Kolli, Mandy Brigitte Esch, Hasan Erbil Abaci, Michael L. Shuler, and James J. Hickman
From JALA Volume 20, Issue 2, Pages 107-126

2017 SLAS Authors Choice Awards
Reflecting popularity among authors (citations) throughout 2016.

2017 SLAS Discovery Authors Choice Awards (tie)
Chagas Disease Drug Discovery: Toward a New Era
By Eric Chatelain
From JBS Volume 20, Issue 1, Pages 22-35

Increasing the Content of High-Content Screening: An Overview
By Shantanu Singh, Anne E. Carpenter, and Auguste Genovesio
From JBS Volume 19, Issue 5, Pages 640-650

2017 SLAS Technology Authors Choice Award
TEER Measurement Techniques for In Vitro Barrier Model Systems
By Balaji Srinivasan, Aditya Reddy Kolli, Mandy Brigitte Esch, Hasan Erbil Abaci, Michael L. Shuler, and James J. Hickman
From JALA Volume 20, Issue 2, Pages 107-126

2017 SLAS Reviewer Excellence Awards
Reflecting review quality, timeliness and volunteer service in 2016.

2017 SLAS Discovery Reviewer Excellence Awards
Marc Bickle, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden (Germany)
Geoff Holdgate, AstraZeneca, Cambridge (UK)
Christophe Morriseau, University of California, Davis, CA (USA)
Christian Parker, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Basel (Switzerland)

2017 SLAS Technology Reviewer Excellence Awards
Marcos Cheney, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD (USA)
Dieter Drexler, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Wallingford, CT (USA)
Shue Wang, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (USA)

2017 SLAS Innovation Award
Nine podium presentations were selected as finalists for the 2017 SLAS Innovation Award. The final round of judging took place during SLAS2017, when all presentations were evaluated by the judging panel using a specific set of criteria. Following deliberations at the conference, Elodie Sollier-Christen, Vortex Biosciences, Inc. was selected as the 2017 Innovation Award Winner for her presentation, Vortex Biosciences Technology for Fast and Label-Free Isolation of Circulating Tumor Cells from Blood Samples.


SLAS2018 will be held February 3-7 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA, USA. Short Courses will take place Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 3-4; the Exhibition and Conference will run Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 5-7. Three new educational tracks will be introduced at SLAS2018: Biologics Discovery, Chemical Biology and High-Definition Biotechnology. The latest information on SLAS2018 can be found at, where the SLAS2018 Call for Abstracts will be posted in April 2017. For exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, contact SLAS Exhibits Manager Barry Sacks at [email protected].

SLAS2017 is the annual International Conference and Exhibition from SLAS. Through a unique combination of education, access to innovative technologies and intelligent peer networking, SLAS2017 delivers unmatched value for professionals and students looking to leverage the potential of life sciences discovery and technology.

Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
Group Leader
Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus
Rachel Swaby
Rachel Swaby
Author of Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science — and the World