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Innovation AveNEW for Startups

Each year SLAS invites and encourages start-ups and emerging life sciences and technology companies to apply for an exhibition kiosk located within Innovation AveNEW, a specially designated area within the Exhibition.  Companies whose applications are chosen for Innovation AveNEW are given the opportunity to actively engage in the SLAS International Conference and Exhibition without having to pay exhibition fees or travel costs*, helping to grow and scale their business and directly connecting them with purchasing influencers and decision-makers from around the world.

The mission for Innovation AveNEW is simple — to offer start-up, entrepreneurial companies in the area of life sciences and technology a venue for positive, collaborative interaction and exposure for their product and/or service concepts.

Who Should Apply?

Interested companies must align in some fashion with the area of life sciences and technology, and while not required, an established relationship with a university, bioscience incubator or research institution is preferable. The company’s products and/or services must be available for sale/distribution within the year of their conference participation.


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Candidate applications for SLAS2020 will be accepted starting in August 2019.

All applications are reviewed by the Innovation AveNEW Review Panel, who will evaluate applications for technical merit and commercial feasibility as well as other criteria, inclusive of, but not limited to:

  • Compelling science and technology
  • Clarity of vision and market opportunity (business plan)
  • Strength of management team
  • Impact on the field of life sciences discovery and technology
  • Start-up status

Only ten start-up companies are chosen for this program each year and a single company can be selected for participation only one time.

SLAS reserves the right to select and deselect any company at any given time. All decisions are final. Companies selected for participation in Innovation AveNEW must agree to and adhere to the rules and regulations for participation.

SLAS is dedicated to advancing life sciences discovery and technology and connecting its users to each other. To fulfill that mission, companies selected to participate in Innovation AveNEW receive at no cost*:

  • Kiosk exhibit space on the floor of the Exhibition ncluding space for a computer and literature, signage, an Internet connection and power. (Innovation AveNEW participants must have an official company representative present in their booth space at all times during show hours.)
  • Travel and lodging for one (1) person coordinated through SLAS Travel Service Desk (must be pre-approved, airfare up to $1,500 USD max per traveler, and three nights lodging
  • Access to thousands of practicing life sciences researchers, purchasing decision-makers and potential business partners; ample time for networking
  • Access to SLAS Ignite entrepreneurial workshops and presentations, and opportunity to collaborate with expert life sciences business professionals

Finally, all participating companies are asked to submit a previously unpublished scientific manuscript (original research or a related review paper) for peer reviewed publication in one of two SLAS journals — SLAS Discovery or SLAS Technology — post-conference.

Applications Accepted: beginning in August

Application Deadline: October 11

Selection Announcement: late October/early November

Elizabeth Frank, Program Manager
+1.630.256.7527, ext. 102

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