2008-2016 Podcast Archives
The Lab Man Podcast affords you the monthly opportunity to download an audio file at your leisure. While The Lab Man Podcast will be brief in form ranging from three-to-five minutes, its function will be to offer a glimpse of interesting and significant questions, answers and ideas emanating from the discussion board in any particular month. The Lab Man also will acknowledge and thank leading contributors as well as members of our volunteer scientific experts.
The Lab Man interviewed two SLAS scientific journal guest editors at SLAS2016, who offer perspective on their issues and their science. Enjoy!
The Lab Man interviewed a number of key SLAS2016 participants, allowing listeners a window into the minds of key SLAS innovators. Enjoy!
SLAS Student Poster Competition Winners
Carrie Lovitt, Griffith University Australia
Automated Evaluation of Anti-Cancer Activity in Advanced Tumor Models
SLAS2016 New Product Award Winners
September 2015 – SLAS Journals Editors
The Lab Man spoke with JALA Editor-in-Chief Edward Kai-Hua Chow, Ph.D., and JBS Editor-in-Chief Robert M. Campbell, Ph.D., at SLAS2015. In recognition of the 20th anniversary of both SLAS journals in 2015, the editors discuss the evolution, editorial focus and unwavering commitment to high quality scientific publishing. According to Campbell, the journals successfully publish “quality work, work that’s of value and relevance” because of the “passion we have for the science and the excitement and enthusiasm we have for innovation and innovative science.”
June 2015 – Members, SLAS Board of Directors
At SLAS2015, The Lab Man spoke with Michele Cleary and Sue Lunte, who began their three-year terms on the SLAS Board of Directors at that meeting. They talk about their scientific and SLAS backgrounds, as well as hopes for the Society going forward. “I feel there is a collective expertise in this community that are sharing common problems and could actually come together in a very nice way to solve those problems,” said Cleary.
Congratulations to the top three student poster presenters from SLAS2015, Washington, DC. Click the links above to hear The Lab Man discuss posters with each of the winners. Click on the titles below to view the winning posters in the SLAS2015 Poster Gallery.
Kathryn Champ, Johns Hopkins University
Screening for Synergy of Resveratrol and Repurposed Drugs Towards Retinoblastoma
Samantha Grist, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
A Microfluidic Device with Integrated Oxygen Sensors for the Cell-Based Screening of Cancer Treatments under Transient Hypoxia
Juwina Wijaya, University of California Los Angeles
Utilizing Small Molecules to Study Mitochondria Presequence-degrading Protease
The SLAS New Product Award (NPA) designation was presented to four companies for top new products showcased in the Exhibition at SLAS2015: BlueCatBio for BlueWasher; regenHU Ltd for 3DDiscovery BioSafety Cabinet; ReSyn Biosciences Pty Ltd for MagReSyn; and Sony Corporation for Sony SI8000 Cell Motion Imaging System. The Lab Man talks with representatives from each company about their winning new product.
As co-guest editor of the JBS Special Issue on Novel Therapeutic Approaches for Neglected Infectious Diseases, Eric Chatelain talks with The Lab Man about work done to date, acknowledges the significant research still required to deliver effective medicines to patients and talks about DNDi efforts to forge partnerships for early drug discovery aimed at neglected diseases.
DNDi, a collaborative, patients’ needs-driven, non-profit drug research and development (R&D) organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, provided the resources to make the JBS special issue freely and fully available immediately upon publication at JBS Online.
While on site at SLAS2014, The Lab Man visits with Alastair Binnie, Richard Eglen and Mike Snowden, newest members of the SLAS Board of Directors. The three, who will each serve a three-year term, talk about how SLAS is at the center of advancement globally. “Strong research and strong technology development is a core competency of SLAS,” says Eglen.
Congratulations to the top three student poster presenters from SLAS2014, San Diego. Click the links above to hear The Lab Man discuss posters with each of the winners. Click on the titles below to view the winning posters in the SLAS2014 Poster Gallery.
Garrett Mosley, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Bioengineering: Layer-by-Layer Chitosan-Alginate Coating of Polymeric Nanoparticles for Colon Specific Drug Delivery
Tim Ruckh, Ph.D., Northeastern University: Ultra-small and Ratiometric Nanosensors for Dynamic Potassium Imaging
Kris Wilson, Ph.D., University of Edinburgh: A Novel High Throughput Drug Screening Technique Targeting Human Kynurenine 3-Monooxygenase
The SLAS New Product Award (NPA) designation was presented to three companies for top new products showcased on the exhibit floor at SLAS2014: Coastal Genomics for Ranger Technology; Dynamic Biosensors for switchSENSE Analyzer DRX 2400; and Planet Innovation for Gavi. The Lab Man talks with representatives from each company about their winning new product.
The Lab Man has once again assembled his list of must-see presentations for SLAS2014 next month in San Diego, CA. To clarify, this is a list of five presentations that The Lab Man is most curious to attend because they appear to be very interesting or off-beat, not because of who is presenting or the nature of the science. One SLAS2014 topic even resurrected memories of The Lab Boy’s adventures with the Mattel Thingmaker, Plasti-Goop and toy army men!
The Lab Man was somewhat disbelieving when he read a recent article about a Brooklyn artist who creates 3D images of faces based on interpretation of collected DNA. She has tapped into a growing number of DIY-oriented technical operations (hackerspaces), which give individuals access to high-powered tools and expertise for a reasonable fee. The idea, and hope, is that creative minds will thrive and innovate using such facilities. Several SLAS2014 presenters will add insight into this interesting movement.
It's hard to count the number of people who have told The Lab Man about the need for data standards in the domain of cellular imaging analysis. The call for standards is a lot like someone saying "there ought to be a law..." - easy to say, much harder to make happen. And often with laws, if one digs a bit, one finds that a relevant law may already be on the books. It may need some tweaking to apply to the current situation, but starting with something that exists is so much easier.
From the SLAS Member Center at SLAS2013, The Lab Man talks with Joshua Bittker and Richard Ellson about their new volunteer roles on the SLAS Board of Directors. Among other goals, Ellson hopes to help expand the reach of the organization, bringing engineering and science together globally. Bittker wants to further SLAS’s role as a forum for collaboration between those at all levels of research and discovery. Both men stress the year-round opportunities available through SLAS, such as the internationally recognized peer-reviewed scientific journals.
At SLAS2013 in Orlando in January, The Lab Man spoke with Professor Dean Ho, Ph.D., of the SLAS Endowed Fellowship research program at the University of California, Los Angeles. The SLAS Endowment Fund announced its support of this novel and innovative cancer research initiatives in 2012. Also in 2012, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences made a $20,000 contribution to the SLAS Endowment Fund.
Congratulations! The Lab Man talks with the top three student poster presenters from SLAS2013, Orlando. Click on the titles to view the winning posters in the SLAS2013 ePoster Gallery.
Kamran Honarnejad's poster is "Development and Implementation of a High-throughput FRET-based Calcium Imaging Assay for Alzheimer's Disease Drug Screening." Michael T. Jacobs' poster is titled "A Novel Nanotexturing Approach for Enhanced Biomarker Detection" and Yang Wu's is "Discovery of Regulators of Receptor Internalization by High Throughput Flow Cytometry"
The SLAS New Product Award (NPA) designation was presented to three companies for top new products showcased on the exhibit floor at SLAS2013: Andrew Alliance for Andrew; GenCell Biosystems for GenCell GT-Series; and Prior Scientific for LumaSpec 800. The Lab Man talks with representatives from each company about their winning new product.
The Lab Man offers his short list of must-see presentations at SLAS2013, Jan. 12-16…and a challenge to step outside your typical realm and explore a new topic that just might trigger some creative thoughts.
The Lab Man often tells colleagues that trends in industry swing like a pendulum, and unfortunately industry has a tendency to swing to extremes of the pendulum path. The thing to remember is that the pendulum does swing back eventually.
The Lab Man recently returned from the 2012 SLAS Asia Conference and Exhibition together with an extended tourist excursion through China. Here are some thoughts.
Sure, everyone uses their mobile devices for texts, email or web browsing, but how many are using them as actual remote laboratory tools? The Lab Man provides some examples.
The Lab Man interviews two award-winning SLAS2012 student poster winners. First place student poster winner is Kaston Leung, University of British Columbia, for his poster, "A Programmable Droplet-Based Microfluidic Reaction Array Applied to Multiparameter Single Cell Analysis." Another winner is Samuel Hasson, National Institutes of Health Center for Translational Therapeutics, for his poster, "Next Generation Therapeutic Avenues for Neurological Disease."
SLAS presented the SLAS New Product Award (NPA) Designation to four companies with the top new products showcased on the exhibit floor at SLAS2012: Dynamic Devices (96VVP Liquid Handling Robotic Head), fluidX (Air Film), Siloam Biosciences (OptiMax Microplates) and Tecan (HP D300 Digital Dispenser). The Lab Man talks with representatives from each company about their winning new product.
Continuing SLAS's recent exploration of epigenetics, and collaboration efforts by academia and industry in this regard, The Lab Man interviews Bill Janzen. Janzen outlines the quest to better understand how epigenetics is linked to disease.
The Lab Man previews several exciting and controversial sessions to be held at SLAS2012, February 4-8, San Diego. Listen, and then review the SLAS2012 preliminary program to find sessions of most interest to you.
If you are not already involved with SLAS Special Interest Groups – run by and for the members – now is the time! Biomolecular Sciences Section Treasurer Sue Holland-Crimmin tells you why.
SLAS launches two new publications in July! The Lab Man asks Director of Publishing Nan Hallock to explain the unique information exchange offered through SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood and SLAS Point-to-Point.
Listen to SLAS2012 Co-Chairs Dan Sipes and Frank Fan outline program plans for the First Annual SLAS Conference and Exhibition to be held in San Diego, February 4-8, 2012.
The Lab Man interviews Travis Moore, Seoul National University, about his award-winning poster, "Microfluidic Platform for High-Throughput Drug Screening of Angiogenesis Inhibitors During Endothelial Vessel Formation."
InSphero, PharmaDiagnostics and Teflabs received SLAS New Product Award designation for top new products showcased on the 17th Annual SBS Conference and Exhibition show floor. The Lab Man talks with representatives from each company.
Two SBS veterans from GlaxoSmithKline talk with The Lab Man about the science, people and technologies they seek at the SBS conference and exhibition that keeps them coming back year after year. Bob Hertzberg is vice president of screening and compound profiling and Ricardo Macarron is vice president of sample management technologies.
The Lab Man interviews Kelly Karns, University of California, Berkeley, about her award-winning poster, "Human Tear Fluid-Based Point-of-Care Diagnostics Enabled by Integrated Microfluidic Systems."
Three companies claimed the SLAS New Product Award designation for top new products showcased on the LabAutomation2011 exhibit floor. The Lab Man talks with representatives from each company.
Leveraging the Academic/Industry Interface
Today more research is being conducted collaboratively between industry and academia, but it's not always easy. The Lab Man talks with the chair of the LabAutomation2011 panel covering this topic and featuring academic leaders, academics turned entrepreneurs, industry executives, industrialists serving on academic boards and graduate students.
What is the "next big thing"?
Could it be high throughput calorimetry? That phrase is a non sequitur to anyone who did a calorimetric experiment as an undergraduate! Read the blog or listen to the podcast to learn more.
Featured LabAutopedia Article:
Cell-Based Assay Preparation in 1536-well Microplates by Eric Sandberg
The Decline of Acceptance Testing?
Today we all feel the pressure of containing cost and doing more with less. In the face of such pressures, time consuming or seemingly costly activities tend to get minimized or cut. Are you prepared to take responsibility for the consequences of not testing new lab automation systems?
Featured LabAutopedia Article:
General Guide for Cryogenically Storing Animal Cell Cultures
Could NanoDiamonds be your best friend?
If you have a disease like cancer and need a way to deliver small but potent sustained drug release to a specific part of your body, then nanodiamonds could indeed be your best friend.
The ALA office, a full-time, year-round operation
Many of you may not be aware that the ALA office is a year-round operation, with a small core of full-time staff coordinating the activities a larger, virtual group of contract staff and member volunteers. During a break in the action at the recent LabAutomation conference, The Lab Man sat down with Amy McGorry, Senior Manager of Administration and Member Services, to talk about these activities and her role.
LabAutomation2010 Award Winners
ALA welcomed 4,113 participants from around the world to LabAutomation2010, Jan. 23-27, Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, CA, USA.
LabAutomation is the world's leading conference and exhibition focusing on emerging laboratory automation technologies.
During the five-day event educational highlights included the top 100 podium presentations from across the field of laboratory automation, 18 short courses, 200 poster presentations, 18 industry-sponsored workshops and four special sessions and market place briefings. Special sessions focused on hot topics such as India's emerging pharmaceutical market, equipment purchasing trends in North America, and European standardization efforts regarding laboratory automation.
The Lab Man sat down with the ALA Student Poster Competition winner and the three recipients of the ALA New Product Award Designation. List to these great podcasts:
- Student Poster Competition Winner Govind Kaigala, Stanford University
- New Product Award Recipients:
Listen to the Lastest Podcast Featuring JALA Editor-in-Chief, Dean Ho
ALA's Award-Winning Wiki Celebrates First Anniversary; Global Usage Statistics Reveal Exponential Growth
The Lab Man sits down with fellow LabAutopedia site administrator Mark Russo, Ph.D. to discuss the success of ALA's wiki in its first year and to celebrate the one year anniversary of its launch. With more than 200 contributed articles, videos and white papers, LabAutopedia has more than doubled its content over the past year. In its first 12 months, LabAutopedia has welcomed more than 28,500 unique visitors from over 150 countries and territories world-wide. The wiki also is averaging more than 7,500 page views per month. In the United States, users spend more than three minutes on the site and view an average of four pages per visit.
PAT, a cousin to Laboratory Automation
It's interesting how some technologies exist for many years before coming into the spotlight. One such technology has now been labeled as "Process Analytical Technology", or PAT. This technology has been implemented for years, particularly by the chemical and consumer products industries. Now, decades later PAT is in the spotlight thanks to the FDA, having become a cornerstone of the US Food and Drug Administration's (US FDA) Quality by Design (QbD) initiative for both the design and control of quality processes.
"World Class" Lab Automation "Down on the Farm"
Years ago, The Lab Man visited the DuPont agriculture station and came away astounded by the sophistication of the science and automation being used in agricultural science research. Today, The Lab Man talks with Jason Abbas of Syngenta Seeds Inc., and finds that trend of sophistication, innovation and unique problem solving continues today.
Running of the FAT
Have you ever been involved in FAT testing? I don't mean the kind of test where you determine how big the bulge around your waist is! I mean Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) of an automated system. The Lab Man talks to vendors and users about this important milestone point in the development of an automated system.