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Visit us at SLAS 2021.

SLAS2021 Goes Digital

Celebrate 10 years of laboratory automation, scientific education and innovation. January 25 – 27, 2021 Live and on demand from anywhere!

Join us from home, the lab, your office or your preferred knowledge-consuming and networking spot! SLAS2021 Digital promises to bring you quality life sciences programming and the latest product and technology innovations you’ve come to expect – with a digital twist.

25.01.2021 - 27.01.2021
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Visit us at the ILMAC in Lausanne at booth B202 in hall 7.

Platform for Chemistry, Pharmacy and Biotechnology

Since 1959, ILMAC has been the sole Swiss industry fair for chemicals and life sciences that depicts all the industrial applications in process and laboratory technology. As a user-oriented trade fair, ILMAC is geared to experts in pharmaceuticals, chemicals, biotechnology, food, drinks, cosmetics and others. Despite this wide range of sectors, ILMAC is still of particularly manageable proportions (it can be visited in a single day), is close to hand (staged in the midst of the pharmaceutical and chemical industries) and depicts the Swiss market in its entirety.

07.10.2020 - 08.10.2020
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Visit us at the SLAS AI in Process Automation Symposium in Boston.

In Case You Missed It: SLAS Scientific Director Recaps the Inaugural SLAS 2019 AI in Process Automation Symposium

Did you miss last week’s inaugural SLAS AI in Process Automation Symposium in Boston? Bummer! We hope to see you next year, but until then, here’s a quick recap of all the learning (and fun!) we had this past week.

To kick off the two-day event, our illustrious keynote speaker, Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Ph.D., (University of Toronto) led us on a humorous, dance music-infused tour of his lab’s progress towards open-source cheminformatics platforms, closed-loop automation and the quest to build new materials, the way other groups develop pharmaceuticals. Aspuru-Guzik raised a theme we heard throughout the conference: using AI / ML and robotics as a force multiplier to push ahead solutions to pressing problems like energy storage and precision medicines.

Day one featured speakers in drug discovery, data automation and (a first for SLAS!) a lightning session of short talks in diverse fields. Design-Make-Test-Analyze cycles and Amazon Web Services (AWS) utilities abounded, just about everyone explore how other organizations in the life sciences space handled their automation and deep learning challenges. Attendees learned about virtual models, grooming data on its way into repositories and how to scale up dramatically without increasing headcount. And it wasn’t all just pharma – battery capacitance degradation in cell phones, global instrument monitoring and checking machines’ work also took center stage.

At night, after the servers were shut down and the robots stopped, these AI trailblazers were treated to sliders, lobster rolls and cheese plates while a variety of competitive board games and classic Xbox hits were offered during the onsite reception.

Day two’s discussions shifted to specific impacts in image analysis and screening, followed by chemistry workflows in the afternoon. Counting stem cells was compared to playing the classic “How many jellybeans?” game played in school fundraisers everywhere. Phenotypic screening based on image recognition and feature separation led to amazing AI-powered revelations in drug mechanisms of action, especially at smaller firms. Likewise, the promise of the keynote speaker’s fully closed-loop processes was realized in our chemistry session, where groups from big pharma to plucky academics optimized reactions and assays alike without human intervention.

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t note our own feedback loops – SLAS got good, actionable topics and interests at our lunchtime roundtables to make next year even better, and we’re still listening to attendees and speakers through our post-event evaluation. We look forward to seeing you back in Beantown September 2-3, 2020.

03.10.2020 - 04.10.2020

Visit us at the POWTECH in Nuremberg at booth 179 in the hall 3C.

POWTECH – Leading Trade Fair for Powder & Bulk Solids Processing and Analytics

The highlight for international experts from 30.9 – 1.10.2020 in the exhibition center Nuremberg

Take advantage of all the dynamics of POWTECH – the leading trade fair for experts in powder and bulk solids technology! It is the presentation platform for innovations and further developments around processes which produce and process quality products from powder, granulate, bulk material and liquid. It covers the entire spectrum of powder and bulk solids technology from fine to coarse, from life science to pit and quarry.

30.09.2020 - 01.10.2020

Visit us at the 100 Years Macromolecular Chemistry in Freiburg.

This year´s conference will focus on 100 years of polymer

science – from past to future.

The field of macromolecular science will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020. Within this century, polymers have greatly changed human life, based on the pioneering macromolecular hypothesis of Hermann Staudinger. Innovations in the synthesis and characterization of many different classes of polymers have been accompanied by an in-depth understanding of the behavior of polymers in solution and in bulk. Even today the field is still growing, and numerous scientific key developments took place only in recent years. New application areas are being generated and industrial products are continuously improved. On the other hand, there are also pressing challenges for current polymer science, including issues related to recycling and the eventual fate of polymer materials, as well as renewability and waste reduction. Pending key issues of mankind may profit from polymer based solutions in the future, such as energy storage and conversion, new therapies for diseases, and even approaches to a “cyclic economy”.

Consequently, this event will focus on the celebration of 100 years of polymer science, laying the foundation to deal with present challenges and enabling future solutions. For this purpose, current and future tasks will be discussed and analyzed in detail during the conference. We are delighted that internationally renowned speakers accepted our invitation to discuss past, present and emerging future topics of macromolecular chemistry and physics. As a special highlight, a lecture dedicated to Hermann Staudinger and his life will allow the participants to have a look into the early days of polymer science. Finally, a future forum will be organized in order to discuss current and future challenges of the field and to address possible solutions.

27.09.2020 - 29.09.2020

Visit us at the Coatings Trends & Technologies (CTT) in Lombard.

Coatings Solutions to Improve Your Formulations

Coatings Trends & Technologies (CTT) is a two-day event where coatings formulators, chemists, managers, business owners, industry suppliers, students and educators come to network and learn about the latest research and technology emerging in the field. Our mission is to provide attendees with actionable solutions to address challenges and improve formulations, and evolve with the changing trends in the coatings industry.

09.09.2020 - 10.09.2020
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Visit us at the SCS Fall Meeting 2020 in Bern.

Welcome to the 2020 Fall Meeting of the Swiss Chemical Society!

We are pleased to invite you to the SCS Fall Meeting 2020, one of the largest annual research conferences held in Switzerland. We expect more than 1’000 participants representing both, industry and academia.

For generations of young chemists educated in Switzerland, the Fall Meeting has been a great platform to present their research –often for the first time ever at a major conference- and to be inspired by the people you get to meet.

The Scientific Program offers Award Lectures presented by leaders in their respective fields, as well as invited and contributed lectures in eight thematic sessions. For each of these, there also is a poster session. All in all, we expect about 600 scientific presentations.

24.08.2020 - 25.08.2020
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Visit us at the XXVI EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2020) in Basel.

The XXVI EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2020) is organised by the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology of the Swiss Chemical Society (SCS), on behalf of the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC).

The symposium will take place in Basel from September 6-10, 2020.

The 2020 edition will continue the tradition established for these biennial symposia of covering advances in drug discovery in major therapeutic areas, including the treatment of bacterial and viral infections, diseases related to the CNS, heart disease, fibrotic diseases and cancer.

EFMC-ISMC 2020 will also present most recent advances in highly topical areas such as, for example, the application of artificial intelligence in drug discovery and in synthesis, carbohydrate recognition and drug design, the targeting of RNA, small molecule-induced stem cell differentiation, and the impact of cryo-EM on drug discovery and design. In a series of Chemical Biology sessions, the interface between chemical biology and drug discovery will be highlighted by discussing the use of chemical probes for target discovery, aspects of molecular imaging, and photochemical approaches. In response to frequent requests by attendees of previous conferences, several sessions will be dedicated to advances in synthetic methodology for drug discovery. Finally, particular emphasis will again be put on first time disclosures and recent highlights in medicinal chemistry.

The EFMC is the main organisation for the European Medicinal Chemistry community, with 26 member societies and about 7.500 members. Its biennial EFMC-ISMC is a key symposium in the field of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery and it traditionally attracts around 1.000 participants both from industry and academia. The last 5 EFMC-ISMC meetings took place in Belgium (Brussels, 2010), Germany (Berlin, 2012), Portugal (Lisbon, 2014), in the United Kingdom (Manchester, 2016), and Slovenia (Ljubljana, 2018).

We look forward to welcoming you in Basel in September!

06.09.2020 - 10.09.2020
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Visit us at the 11th International Workshop on Combinatorial Materials Science and Technology in Boulder.

International Workshop on Combinatorial Materials Science and Technology, held since year 2000, is the major conference in the field of high-throughput experimentation for materials.

Traditional topics include High Throughput Experimental Methods (combinatorial synthesis, spatially resolved characterization, data management) on various materials classes (Metals,  Oxides, Semiconductors, Catalysis, Polymers, Biomaterials).

In recent years, prominent topics also include materials data informatics (Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning) and Computational Materials Science.

This year, the special highlighted topic would be Autonomous Experimentation.

09.08.2020 - 12.08.2020

Visit us at the HTCD2020 in Villeneuve D’Ascq.

The HTCD2020 will gather the major actors of the catalysts design research field that use high-throughput technologies and equipment. It will held from the 29th to the 30th of June 2020 in Centrale Lille – Villeneuve D’ascq – France, near the beautiful city of Lille.

This first edition of the symposium follows the construction of a collaboration network founded by several european high-throughput robotic platforms dedicated to research in biology (genome foundries, enzyme engineering platforms, microbiology/fermentation platforms, etc.), as well as a first workshop that was organized by these laboratories in Darmstadt in November 2018. In order to greatly improve the exchange of knowledge on the use of high-throughput technologies and equipment for catalysts development between both academic and industrial researchers, the HTCD2020 will extend the scientific domain of this network to chemistry and data treament.

Therefore, the HTCD2020 will regroup scientists that study the automated synthesis, the testing and the characterization of chemo-, bio- and hybrid catalysts, as well as the methods recently developped to accelerate these steps with the use of new data treatments and artificial intelligence processes. In order to maximize the interaction between these different fields of expertise while offering highly qualitative scientific talks, the symposium will include common sessions where all type of catalysis will be presented and dedicated session for biocatalysis and chemocatalysis.

29.06.2020 - 30.06.2020