SLAS was a blast

We were at SLAS 2022 in Boston! SLAS (The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening) is perhaps the best place to see, at a glance, everything that’s going on in the world of lab automation right now and, of course, we were thrilled to be there. Omicron had of course tempered our expectations, but we were blown away by the attendance and energy.

As you can see from the photo above, the Synthace booth was bustling. Special thanks go to Keenan, Jack, Khalid, Dave, and Brian for working overtime to make sure everyone’s questions were answered. Attendees were very interested in hearing more about our no-code lab automation software. The biggest question we got all week was, always, “How is that possible?!”

Robots Meet DOE

A lot of people speaking to us were also interested to know how to use our platform to enable and expand the use of DOE (Design of Experiments) in their work. Khalid gave an informative presentation on exactly this topic, entitled “DOE for Assay Development” that was well attended (if you are interested in learning more about the subject online, you can listen to our DOE Masterclass).

But, what else happened at SLAS away from our booth? Well, SLAS bills itself as “an international professional society of academic, industry and government researchers as well as developers and providers of laboratory automation technology and tools.” But, when you’re on the conference floor, this means only one thing: robots!

Robots were the star of the show, as ever. Their main talent? Doing repetitive tasks in a precise manner that can be easily replicated and performed at scale. Walking the showroom floor, it was dazzling to watch them in action and a relief to know that humans no longer have to perform as many tedious, repetitive tasks these days. (Watching these machines can be downright hypnotic, too, so you’ve got to make sure you don’t get too distracted when you’re walking around.)

APIs for Elevators

It is simply remarkable the range of tasks these robots can perform. One technician told us about programming a lab robot to pick up a plate and then ride the elevator to the second floor to drop it off. “I never thought I would someday write an API to communicate with an elevator,” they said.

We were particularly impressed by machines made by our partners Tecan (pictured above), Hamilton, and SPT Labtech. The new models look terrific and we are pleased our software expands their usage among researchers and lessens the dependency on a lab automation engineer to run experiments. Biologists should do biology, not programming, and making lab automation equipment easier for non-programmers to use is Synthace’s goal.

We’ll be attending SLAS Europe in Dublin later this May. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!