New Matter: Inside the Minds of SLAS Scientists

New Matter: Inside the Minds of SLAS Scientists

Join SLAS as we explores advances in automation, cellular imaging, Big Data, and what's coming in the spaces between traditional scientific disciplines.

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June 11, 2021 30 min

Why are 3D cell cultures so exciting? What IS the difference between a 2D and 3D cell culture? Experts from CorningAudrey Bergeron, Claire (Linyu) Zhang, and Alejandro Montoya joined Marshall to explain the new applications of 3D cell cultures and what considerations need to be taken into account when working within these new models. If you are looking to transition to using 3D cell cultures, this episode outlines exactly what t...

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Steve Swioklo visits New Matter this week to share with us how Atelerix technology provides an innovative solution for storing and transporting cells and tissues at room temperature and in a balanced state.  Steve also gives good advice on the transition between academia and a startup. Join us in learning more about this  Innovation AveNEW company and where they want to go next.  

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May 10, 2021 16 min

Join Ross Lagoy  and Marshall discussing CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, developing critical platform technologies that accelerate drug discovery and how to connect the bench to automation. Ross is a Senior Scientist at Intellia Therapeutics working to establishing new technologies and analysis pipelines to help identify potential cures for patients living with genetic disease.

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April 29, 2021 15 min

On this episode we discuss the importance of bio convergence and how CELLINK Is looking at all the areas that lead to greater discovery in biology. Paul Berning shares with us their excitement at the development of an automation system designed to minimize labor-intensive processes and maximize efficiency within cell line development. As so many companies have, CELLINK had to pivot their work with the onset of the pandemic, and the...

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Continuing on with the discussion on drug resistance in cancer treatment Ming Yao joins Marshall to share the tissue culture device that he helped to develop to better study drug response to tumor cells.  With an engineering background, when Ming started his graduate degree he had to take a crash course in biology and cell culture, which caused him to fall in love with science. Future researchers, keep an eye out for Ming, one day ...

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April 19, 2021 16 min

Did you know that Montreal has the second largest population of PhDs in the world? No? Well this Montreal startup is inspired by the innovations brought forth in the city. CEO of Ananda Devices Margaret Magdesian's goal is to automate neuronal testing and accelerate the development of new compounds and to reduce use of animals by 90%. 

 Ananda Devices is a biotech company offering proprietary high throughput cellular and tissue ...

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April 12, 2021 43 min

SLAS recently brought Raven Solomon (a global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion thought leader) in to talk to the professional team about unconscious bias. She made such a huge impact on us that we had to bring her in to talk again to our broader New Matter audience. 

Raven talks to Marshall and returning guest host Karlton Moore about helping organizations get future ready by understanding generational and racial equity. They discus...

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April 7, 2021 12 min

Sebastien Mosser comes to us to tell us how Neurix SA is working to reduce animal and animal tissue use in scientific research. Neurix is creating organoids that simulate brain tissue for compound screening and neuroscience research.  Sebastian describes how they adapted their techniques and their platform to help with COVID-19 related tests. 

 Neurix SA was a Innovation AveNEW company at SLAS2021 Digital. 

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April 5, 2021 13 min

Stefan Schneider is engaged in the development and application of novel organ-on-a-chip systems, a relatively novel and exciting research focus. He shares with Marshall the enabling advances that allowed him to accomplish this work. What is the most exciting application of organ on a chip? Listen and find out! 

 Stefan is a Tony B. Awardee and Innovation Award Finalist from SLAS2021 Digital. 

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 What is the difference between ThermoFRET and BRET-Based  techniques? 
David Sykes (The University of Nottingham) provides us with a cheat sheet for which problems these techniques are best suited. Listen in as his passion for discovery and solving problems (and his stimulating work with Sir James Black) steers his career path forward.

David is an SLAS2021 Digital Tony B. Award and Student Poster Award Winner

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March 29, 2021 12 min

Why it is important to be curious for the sake of curiosity? Pouria Rafsanjani Nejad (University of Akron) tells us what he thinks. He  talks to Marshall about the problems with cancer therapeutics, and how to cure patients without causing bigger problems along the way.  Follow him along his path from building model cars to reframing the problem of biology for himself through the study of biomedical engineering. And as Marshall sta...

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March 24, 2021 14 min

Claudio Rolli visits today from FLUICS GmbH which is working on sustainable sample tracking for research labs. They have developed an online label maker and its correlating mobile app which turns your mobile device or tablet into a barcode scanner and label maker that are directly connected to an online inventory database. Claudio and his co-founders want to eliminate the traditional personal frustrations in labs, such as searching...

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March 22, 2021 13 min

Astha Lamichhane is a Tony B. Awardee from SLAS2021 Digital and is researching the underlying reasons for why some drugs work on cancer treatment some don't. What is it about a persons individual genomes that resist some treatments, and how can we solve that at the cellular level? Hear about Astha's most exciting professional accomplishment and where she wants to go once she has finished her degree. 


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March 17, 2021 16 min

Kilobaser GmbH has developed a microfluidics based and cartridge based DNA synthesizer. It is  designed to let researchers synthesize DNA right in the lab. Think about it like being able to make your favourite espresso right in house instead of running to the barista down the street. So, what is  so special about their synthesizer? Alexander Murer joins us to share exactly what.  Listen in to find out!

Kilobaser GmbH was a Innovati...

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March 15, 2021 17 min

LabVoice connects the scientist to the lab through voice assistance. This is not just an Alexa for the lab, it is much more than that! Hear Dan DeAlmeida explain the secret sauce of how LabVoice  integrates with your existing lab infrastructure and helps you execute your tasks.  

 LabVoice was a Innovation AveNEW company at SLAS2021 Digital. 

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March 10, 2021 13 min

Evan Hegarty started out in helping human disease in Alzheimer's and moved his way up to co-found Newormics. Newormics offers toxicology services using their advanced microfluidic devices for high-throughput and high-content screening of small animal models and 3D tissue organoids. Evan talks about their exciting new project in testing a full chemical library of known toxicities from the NIH. Their goal is to reduce animal test...

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March 8, 2021 7 min

Jens Schwamborn and his company OrganoTherapeutics is using their technology (human-specific mini-brains)  to treat Parkinson's. He walks Marshall through how they grew their young company through the time of a global pandemic and the opportunities they made from it to use their technology to support research in therapies related to SARS COV 2.  

 OrganoTherapuetics is a SLAS2021 New Product Award winner and an  participated in ...

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March 3, 2021 13 min

2021 SLAS Fellowship Winner David McIntyre, from the Densmore Lab at Boston University, is automating the design of microfluidics through rapid prototyping and machine learning for use in screening synthetic biological systems. Coming from Silicon Valley, David was exposed to science and tech from an early age, and spurred his desire to accelerate biological research. Listen in to hear about his most exciting accomplishments and th...

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How do you enable labs to easily leverage equipment and people so they can automate their experiments? Artificial's Chief Product Officer Nikhita Singh joins New Matter today to tell us how Artificial's aLab Suite brings together scientists and automation engineers to do just that.  She also shares about their recent win of the SLAS Ignite Award and participation in Innovation AveNEW.  

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February 22, 2021 16 min

Solentim is a SLAS2021 New Product Award Winner for ICON and they loaned us  Duncan Borthwick today to tell us how they are dedicated to listening to scientists to make better tools to improve science. Duncan shares how this quality assurance product company works on improving therapeutics by reducing variability. 


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