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SLAS Ignite

SLAS Ignite underscores our foundational commitment to collaboration, enabling scientists, academic researchers and business development professionals to build relationships as potential strategic partners. Together, SLAS facilitates connections that result in pioneering new research, new products, innovative breakthroughs and commercialization opportunities for all involved.



Innovation AveNEW and the SLAS Ignite Award

Location: Booth 2029


SLAS designed Innovation AveNEW to grant emerging start-up companies the opportunity to actively engage and participate in SLAS’s world-class event without paying exhibition fees, helping to grow and scale their business as well as directly connecting them with purchasing influencers and decision-makers from around the world. Innovation AveNEW companies gain valuable exposure for their products and service concepts in a specially-designated area on the Exhibition Floor.

Companies exhibiting in Innovation AveNEW will make brief presentations to a panel of judges who will bestow the SLAS Ignite Award, honoring the best start-up or emerging company. Judges will look at a combination of key concepts, marketing plan, presence, and potential; funding prospects; plan for growth, and the existence of balanced company leadership, among other qualities. The award will be presented during the New Product Award press conference, Tuesday, January 28, from 5:00 - 5:45 p.m., in the SLAS Exhibition Theater.

Learn more about Innovation AveNEW.

Learn more about the SLAS Ignite Award.


SLAS Ignite Academic Collaboration Presentations

Monday, January 27 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Location: Ignite Theater
Tuesday, January 28 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Location: Ignite Theater

SLAS Ignite Academic Collaboration Presentations will be held in the Ignite Theater at SLAS2020. These competitive presentations, specially selected by a judging panel, allow academic researchers and their institutions to showcase their research capabilities to an audience of prospective collaboration partners.

Visit the SLAS Ignite Collaboration Presentations page for submission information and schedule.


SLAS Ignite Panel Discussions

Success Stories: Launching Commercial Products from Ideas

Elizabeth Iorns, Ph.D., Co-founder and CEO, Science Exchange;
June Lee, M.D., COO, Myokardia;
Raphael Werding, Senior Global Product Manager, Genomics Services, QIAGEN

Monday, January 27 | 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. | Location: Ignite Theater

How Diversity Drives Entrepreneurial Success

Elizabeth Iorns, Ph.D., Co-founder and CEO, Science Exchange;
Jackie Hunter, Ph.D., Benevolent AI
Kevin Eggert, Ph.D., Harvard University 

Tuesday, January 28 | 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. | Location: Ignite Theater


SLAS Ignite Partnership Program

Location: Connect online. Meet in Partnership Lounge next to SLAS Booth in Exhibition.

The SLAS Ignite Partnership Program provides a platform for contract relations and partnering professionals to find and meet with prospective academic partners. Here, attendees can connect with each other to generate discussions and meetings that could result in pioneering research or commercialization opportunities. Access to the Ignite Partnership Program will be available in January 2020.


SLAS Ignite Short Course

Why it Matters: Value Propositions in Scientific Innovation

Sunday, January 26 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Commitment to achieving an objective is fundamental to the success of the effort. Before you can gain commitment, a team must have confidence that the objective is achievable. Clarity around what the objective is and why it matters is absolutely essential to gain that confidence.

The Discovering Your Value Proposition workshop provides teams across all levels in an organization with a validated tool to define, clarify and understand the value of an innovation effort to both their customers and their business that gives teams the confidence required to commit fully to the objective.

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