Scientists and Researchers Unite through SLAS to Deliver on the Potential of H TS
03/25/2014

The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) is spearheading the research and development of high quality high throughput screening technologies.

Online PR News – 25-March-2014 – St. Charles, IL – The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) is spearheading the research and development of high quality high throughput screening technologies. Their work to unite academics, scientists and researchers from around the world is leading the way for the future of reliable screening technology. Quality control and reliable equipment are among the top concerns for the Society, as they recognize the need for equipment that can efficiently produce results at low costs and with as little risk as possible. With their involvement, the robotics, software, detectors and liquid handling equipment most needed in this work are receiving the attention they need.

With high throughput screening quickly becoming capable of handling an incredibly high number of simultaneous procedures, more and more laboratories are expressing a desire to obtain access to this equipment and technology. And with the reduction in the initial investment cost, as well as in the size and cost of upkeep, it has indeed become much more feasible for labs of a variety of sizes to procure this equipment and install it. However, there still remains numerous concerns over the reliability of equipment, which is often seen as still in development--or at least in the infancy of its potential. Many point to equipment failures or misreadings in data collection, which are setbacks that smaller labs can often not afford to encounter. These are the organizations that have, in the past, depended on reliable personnel to oversee workflow. While human error was often accounted for, this new strain of high throughput technologies is prone enough to slight error that some of these smaller labs are still concerned enough to pass up on equipment and technology that would greatly benefit them.

Realizing the need for quality control and more reliable technology, SLAS has shifted efforts to bring awareness to this need and has sponsored a platform for the discussion, debate and advancement of the pertinent areas of research. Through these efforts, SLAS hopes to ignite a desire among its members to bring this technology to the next stage of its potential. In doing so, high throughput chemical, genetic and pharmacological screening tests are expected to develop to the point where there is little to no concern over their efficiency and reliability. SLAS has recognized the potential among its members to accomplish this and is deeply invested in furthering their efforts to work with one another to produce technology that will benefit the entire scientific community.

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