Innovation AveNEW 2017

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The 2017 SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening) meeting was held in Washington, DC from February 4-9. It was a full schedule of workshops, presentations covering a wide variety of subjects, poster sessions and an exhibition filled with all the latest technologies for studying life at the molecular and cellular level. Part of the exhibition includes a section called Innovation AveNEW. This program gives start-ups a chance to participate in the conference and present their products and technologies for the review of experts and potential customers. Established in 2007, the success of the program can be measured by the many companies that have moved up to full sized booths at the conference.

There were 8 companies exhibiting on Innovation AveNEW at the 2017 conference. This is a summary of their products and links to the websites where you can find more information. We hope to see these companies at future SLAS conferences.


AcouSort: Lund, Sweden

AcouTrap: Table Top Research Platform For Acoustic Trapping

Mikael Evander, Product Manager. Phone +46 72-203 25 34

This system is for acoustic trapping of particles, cells or vesicles in standing waves. Smaller particles such as bacteria and platelet derived microparticles can be trapped by using polymer seed particles that trap the smaller particles. Once trapped, the concentrated particles can be released and recovered.

TheraDep Technologies.

Biodep: LabWare Nanocoatings, phone 650.892.0925

Biodep uses cold atmospheric plasma dispensing to coat biological molecules on any substrate without pre-activation or the use of linkers or solvents. Gas phase deposition promises uniform coatings of biomolecules on high density 1536-well microplates without wet chemistry.

Davos Diagnostics AG: Davos, Switzerland

EVA Technology and Reader using Evanescent Wave Excitation,, phone +41 81 413 50 40

Davos uses evanescent field biosensor technology to measure binding without the need for washing. When fluorescent labeled molecules bind to a surface, the evanescent field excites the fluorescence tag on the bound molecules, but unbound labels do not fluoresce. This method allows kinetic measurements without separation steps.

Infinitesimal: Skokie, Illinois

NanoFountain Probe (NFP-E): Single-cell Electroporation,, phone 224.251.8192

The NFP-E probe from NanoFountain utilizes automated, precise positioning of the probe on single cells followed by localized electric fields to open nanopores on the cell membrane for transfection. Low toxicity and efficient transfection of difficult cell types are highlights of the system. Infinitesimal was also awarded one of three New Product Awards, another SLAS program that recognizes innovative new products.

MIP Diagnostics Ltd: Leicester, UK

Molecular Imprinted Polymers,, phone +44(0) 843 289 1703

MIP is a spin-off from Leicester University. Molecular imprinting is the creation of artificial molecular recognition sites, analogous to the use of antibodies. Based on data supplied by the company, MIP’s are the most versatile, scalable and cost effective means of producing molecular receptors. MIP’s can be used as sensors and in ELISA’s. They are also biocompatible and can be internalized by cells for the delivery of drugs and other molecules.

Nanotech Biomachines, Inc

NanoTech and NanoChip: Nanosensor for IMP’s (Integral Membrane Proteins),, phone (855) 900-NANO X101

Nanotech Biomachines is developing a nanoelectronic sensor to measure IMP’s on membrane fractions Native transporter, GPCR and ion channels can be measured label free and without purification. The NanoTech reader under development can make multiple simultaneous measurements. Nanotech Bio is in the early access phase of development.

StemoniX Inc: La Jolla, California

microHeart Platform and iPSC’s (induced pluripotent stem cells),

StemoniX supplies stem cell derived cardiac and neuronal cells for toxicity and efficacy studies in drug development. Cell ready microplates are supplied for plating customer cells or microplates pre-coated with cardiac cells for HTS (high throughput screening). They also offer their manufacturing facilities to expand and differentiate stem cells.

Upcyte Technologies: Hamburg, Germany

Upcyte Cells: Expanded Human Primary Cells,, phone 0049.176.22949908

Upcyte supplies primary cell lines for drug discovery R&D, screening and ADME-tox. They use viral gene transfer to drive cells back to proliferation while retaining metabolic and physiological characteristics. A variety of cell types are available in large quantities.