All exhibitors who will be presenting "new products" at SLAS2015 are encouraged to participate in this competition. The product entry must be less than one year old in its current form (since SLAS' previous annual conference) to be considered. If your company meets the criteria as detailed below, and wants to be considered for the SLAS2015 New Product Award Designation please complete the application here and submit to Mary Geismann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SLAS New Product Award (NPA) Designation will be presented to as many as three winning product entries at SLAS2015. Recipients of the award will receive the following:
The evaluation process is a two-phase approach:
PHASE 1 Judging
Sunday, February 8 and Monday, February 9
PHASE 2 Judging, confirmation and final announcement
Tuesday, February 10
The judges will divide the new product entries equally among themselves.
- Commencing Sunday evening and continuing Monday morning, each judge will visit, review and rank the top three new products entries assigned.
- Monday afternoon, the judges will meet to tally their respective rankings. This should result in a Top Contenders List to be considered as part of Phase 2.
- Each of the judges will visit, review and judge each of the Top Contender new product entries using the scoring criteria below.
- Tuesday afternoon, the judges will meet to tally the scores and rank the Top Contender new product entries. The top three highest scoring new products will receive the SLAS NPA Designation.
- Note At the primary judges' discretion, they may choose up to three top new product entries, but no more than three winners. In some years, there may only be one or two top new product winners.
Confirmation & Announcement
- The top three product entries will be announced in the Exhibit Hall before the close of the exhibition on the final day (Tuesday, February 10, 2014). Announcing well before the close of the Exhibit Hall will allow for the necessary media pictures and to record the live show of The Lab Man podcast.
As part of Phase 2, the primary judges will visit, review and score each of the Top Contender new product entries on the exhibit floor. The judges' decision criteria will be based on the following four categories (in no order of significance):
- market opportunity narrow or broad in scope
- impact on the field of laboratory automation, screening, technology and drug discovery
- extraordinary technical originality
- quality of supporting data
5-to-1 Rating Scale:
- 5 Outstanding, Novel and Broad Impact for a New Product
- 4 Very Good, Solid, Novel Product
- 3 Some Unique New Product Qualities
- 2 Needs More Proof and Development
- 1 Not Substantially New or Improved
- 0 Not New at All
The following individuals are not eligible to participate or be considered for the SLAS NPA Designation program: SLAS Board of Directors, officers, the SLAS Awards and Grants Advisory Committee, contractors, employees, members of the Judging Panel, family members, and/or those considered to be "insiders." Candidates companies affiliated with anyone on the Judging Panel are permitted to participate, but the Judge must recuse him or herself from evaluating that particular candidate.
Discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, national origin, ethnicity, veterans status, or disability in regard to the SLAS NPA Designation is prohibited. Each candidate company shall be evaluated based on the award's criteria which are tied to SLAS's exempt purpose of advancing the science and education of technologies in the laboratory.
SLAS reserves the right to select and deselect any company at any given time. All decisions are final.
Contact Mary Geismann, SLAS Manager, Member Services
+1.630.256.SLAS (7527) ext 109