2 Feb - 6 Feb 2019

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The SLAS2019 Exhibition features hundreds of leading providers of life science discovery and technology products and services. Always a highly rated aspect of the SLAS event experience, the SLAS2019 Exhibition facilitates friendly, professional interaction among providers and product/technology users, allowing attendees to gather important information, make critical connections and be better prepared to help guide product decisions at their organizations. Event Website | Floor plan

Exhibition Hours

Monday, February 4, 10:00–6:00
Tuesday, February 5, 9:30–6:00
Wednesday, February 6, 9:00–1:00


Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC

SLAS Short Course

Liquid Handling Essentials (Interactive Course)

Date: Sunday, February 3, 8:00–4:30
Presenters: Nathaniel Hentz, PhD, (NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina) Emily Avis (Artel), and Lisa Knapp (Agilent)
Room: 152B

Learn the keys to success in automating your assay

NEW! In addition to learning important concepts that affect liquid handling performance, participants will explore the effects of a combination of buffer type, labware and liquid handling parameters on a model assay. Assay descriptors such as range, slope, potency, and variability will be compared. Attendees will gain insight into enhancing assay optimization and transfer to an automated platform.

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Exhibitor Tutorials

Genomics workflow optimization: Coupling assay development and process characterization toward automation

Date:  Monday, February 4, 12:30–1:45 (lunch provide)
Room: 152A
Presenter:  Nathaniel Hentz, PhD, Becky Kitchener, PhD

Many labs turn to automation to increase throughput, lower costs, and reduce operator-related errors. Transferring a manual, bench-top assay to an automated platform, however, is often more complicated than expected. This tutorial highlights an assay: process optimization approach. By understanding the key steps in this assay workflow, variability can be minimized upfront allowing an easier method transfer to an automation platform. This tutorial demonstrates the importance of understanding the assay technicalities that should be taken into consideration before automated scripts are created to prepare for potential challenges encountered during method transfer. This tutorial will describe how to implement this approach and will consider such variables as temperature, viscosity, target volume, and labware.

Coupling assay design and process optimization toward minimizing variability

Date:  Tuesday, February 5, 12:30–1:15 (lunch provided)
Room: 152A
Presenter:  Nathaniel Hentz, PhD

Scientists typically optimize assay parameters first, then select an automated liquid handler using default parameters during transition to an automated platform. This study illustrates the importance of optimizing both the assay and any associated liquid handling steps with the goal of minimizing variability. By altering various assay development parameters on a liquid handler, as well as varying parameters specific to automation, we demonstrated that some variations affected the outcome of the assay, while others did not. This methodology suggests that the user should pinpoint which variable liquid handler parameters have the most impact on the particular assay. Also highlighted is the importance of both developing the assay and qualifying the liquid handler for the assay in a concerted process optimization approach. By minimizing variability as early as possible, method transfers have a higher likelihood of success.

10-Minute In-Booth Tech Talks

Monday, February 4

ISO Standards – Ensuring Accuracy for your Liquid Handlers and Assay Results, 2:00
George Rodrigues, PhD

A Holistic Approach for Analytical Method Transfer, 3:00
Nathaniel Hentz, PhD

Tuesday, February 5

 ISO Standards – Ensuring Accuracy for your Liquid Handlers and Assay Results, 2:00
George Rodrigues, PhD

Optimizing an NGS Assay with an Eye Toward Automation, 3:00
Becky Kitchener, PhD

Visit Artel’s Booth 817

Artel Pipetting Challenge

Automating NGS

Talk with an expert on how you can optimize parameters to improve the performance of your NGS workflow.

Pipetting Challenge

Test your pipetting skills. You can earn a gold, silver, or bronze medal and a chance to win an Apple Watch!

Products & Services

Learn how to get optimal performance from your pipettes and automated liquid handlers. Artel products and services help you ensure that your volume transfers are accurate, giving you confidence in your results.