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Finalists Named For 2015 SLAS Innovation Award

Chicago Ten scientists are being honored as finalists for the 2015 SLAS Innovation Award, with the winner to be identified at the closing session of SLAS2015. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize along with having their name added to the prestigious list of previous winners. SLAS 2015, the Fourth Annual SLAS Conference and Exhibition, will be held Feb. 7-11, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., USA.

The annual SLAS Innovation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in innovative laboratory science and technology. All those selected to deliver podium presentations at the annual flagship SLAS international conference and exhibition are eligible to be considered for this award. After receiving nominations for 73 SLAS2015 podium presenters, the SLAS Innovation Award panel of judges invited 22 to submit extended abstracts for further consideration. Finalists were selected after the judges determined that these ten scientists offered especially insightful studies to develop new technology for the laboratory; a new application of technology to laboratory automation or screening; or a use of technology to solve a unique problem. The complete judging criteria can be seen on the Innovation Award page of the SLAS2015 Web site.

Listed alphabetically, the ten 2015 SLAS Innovation Award finalists who will compete for a $10,000 cash prize at SLAS2015 are:

  • Marie-Elena Brett, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN USA Droplet-Based Three Dimensional Cell Migration Assay with Flow Cytometry Based Automated Analysis
  • David C. Duffy, Quanterix Corporation, Lexington, MA, USA The Simoa HD-1 Analyzer: A Fully-Automated, Multiplexed Immunoanalyzer with Single Molecule Sensitivity
  • David J. Guckenberger, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA An Automated Open Platform for Exclusion-based Sample Preparation: Getting More Information from Limited Patient Samples
  • Joo Hun Kang, Wyss Institute/Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA Bioinspired Spleen-on-a-chip for Sepsis Therapy
  • Robert Kennedy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA Droplet Microfluidics for High Throughput Analysis and Sensing
  • Joonyul Kim, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA Zero Background in Homogeneous Proximity Assays Using Thermofluorimetric Analysis (TFA) for Quantitation of Attomole Protein Levels in Serum
  • Sergei S. Makarov, ATTAGENE, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA Annotating Biological Activities of Compounds by High-content Pathway Profiling Assays
  • Thomas D. Perroud, eFluidics, San Jose, CA, USA Automation of Droplet Manipulation Using Electrowetting on Film
  • Aaron Wheeler, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Digital Microfluidic Immunocytochemistry in Single Cells (DISC)
  • Jonathan Wingfield, AstraZeneca, Cambridge, UNITED KINGDOM Novel Acoustic Loading of a Mass Spectrometer – Towards Next Generation High Throughput MS Screening

Recent winners of the SLAS Innovation Award include:

  • 2014 Patrick P. Beattie, Diagnostics For All, Cambridge, MA (USA)
  • 2013 Andrea Weston, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hartford, CT (USA)
  • 2012 Dan Dongeun Huh, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (USA)
  • 2011 Kamlesh Patel, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA (USA)
  • 2010 Ali Khademhosseini, Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (USA)

For more information about SLAS2015 or the SLAS Innovation Award program, visit or contact SLAS Global Headquarters at +1.877.990.SLAS (5727) or e‐mail

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