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SLAS2015 is pleased to host a series of special sessions, each comprised of multiple presentations, dedicated to especially timely and relevant topical areas.

European Government/Foundation Drug Discovery Initiatives

Steven Rees

Monday, February 9, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Session Chair: Steven Rees, AstraZeneca

European governmental and charity agencies are enabling translation of academic discovery into health benefits of economic value by funding the creation of several novel models and approaches to drug discovery. These initiatives have included the development of new compound libraries, the establishment of academic screening centers and the formation of innovative partnerships with industry. Speakers in this special session explore the interaction of these initiatives with academia and pharma, and describe the anticipated benefit of these programs in terms of bringing novel projects into the clinic. Presentations include:

The Commercialization of Laboratory Technologies: From Ideas to Reality (presented by the Journal of Laboratory Automation)

Dean Ho

Edward Chow

Monday, February 9, 3 - 5 pm
Session Chairs:
Dean Ho, University of California, Los Angeles and
Edward Chow, National University of Singapore

Topics covered in this session include the process of commercialization and challenges that, when overcome, catalyze the ability to transition a product or technology from benchtop innovation to lasting commercial impact. Presentations include:

An Evening With NIH

Chris Austin

Monday, February 9, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Join Chris Austin, Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) as he chairs a special evening event focused on the array of programs, services and capabilities of the National Institutes of Health and how to best navigate the organization. Presentations include:

Late Night with LRIG

Monday, February 9, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Once again, SLAS partners with LRIG and ELRIG to present this popular event at SLAS2015. Join your colleagues for an informative and interactive evening with 17 companies showcasing their latest innovations in technology products and services impacting laboratory automation and screening.

Seating is first come-first served and complimentary drinks and refreshments will be served.

Click here for a complete listing of participating companies.