WESTBROOK, ME (March 1, 2017) – As part of its ongoing program to make knowledge available to laboratories with high objectives for quality and productivity, Artel hosted a number of well-attended in-booth talks at SLAS2017. These brief and informative sessions focused on key topics such as increased productivity, consistent lab results, the latest liquid handling standards from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the potential effects of advanced sequencing technologies on quality control.

“This year’s SLAS was a great opportunity for us to partner with a wide range of respected laboratory testing experts to address issues that the community is facing, as a whole,” says Bernadette Danis, marketing manager, Artel. “The in-booth talks were a chance to help increase knowledge and awareness of the major areas affecting our industry today.”

Presented by various industry experts, talks included:

Room for Improvement? A Case for Process Optimization

Nathaniel Hentz, Ph.D., training director at North Carolina State University, discussed several techniques and technologies that can help laboratory technicians streamline various processes and increase overall productivity.

Controls vs. Calibrations – Do You Need Both?

Rebecca Butler, an automation engineering manager from CareDx, addressed the difference between controls and calibrations, and whether labs should consider utilizing both.

The New ISO IWA 15 For Liquid Handling – How It Will Help

George Rodrigues, a senior scientific manager at Artel and Chairperson for the development of the ISO International Workshop Agreement (IWA 15), was on hand to explain the latest ISO liquid handling standard revisions and speak to any questions or concerns from SLAS attendees.

NGS – New Challenges for QC

Lisa Knapp, field applications scientist with Agilent Technologies, took a closer look at the availability of next-generation sequencing technologies in the lab, as well as the various pros and cons (expanded capabilities vs. quality control issues with non-model organisms).

All of the SLAS in-booth sessions resulted in insightful Q&A between the presenters and attendees. Readers interested in learning more about these topics are encouraged to visit artel-usa.com/slas2017 or contact us at info@artel-usa.com.