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Gain extra recognition for your company’s new product or service by entering the SLAS New Product Award competition. This is the perfect opportunity to gain extra recognition for your product through invaluable pre-conference publicity and on-site visibility. Each year thousands of the world's leading scientists, researchers, engineers, academics and business leaders working in life sciences technology and discovery visit the SLAS International Conference and Exhibition with the goal of providing keen insight and advocacy on more than 300 products showcased within the Exhibition.

New Product Award judging will begin virtually in December 2019, and finalists will be announced early January 2020. An onsite panel review of finalists will take place on January 27, 2020 on the Exhibition floor, and up to three winners will be announced at a press conference in the Ignite Theater at 5:15 p.m.

The deadline to submit an application has been extended to Monday, January 13!.

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The SLAS New Product Award (NPA) designation will be presented to up to three winning product entries at SLAS2020. Recipients of the award will receive the following:

  • Official SLAS NPA designation plaque
  • SLAS NPA designation media coverage
  • Inclusion in SLAS Awards news release
  • Photo and recognition on SLAS social media channels and website



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All exhibiting companies are given the opportunity to submit their product for consideration.

All product entries must be on the exhibition floor and have supporting data indicating the product works as advertised. (Exceptions may be made for product entries deemed too large to display at the Exhibition.) Supporting data MUST be in printed form for the judges to take with them for discussion.

  • Supporting data may include, but is not limited to, product literature and statistics, podium and/or poster presentations about the product or similar data.
  • The product entry must be less than one year old in its current form (since SLAS's previous annual conference) to be considered.

New Product Award judging will begin virtually in December 2019, and finalists will be announced in early January 2020. There will be an onsite panel review of finalists only on January 27, 2020 on the Exhibition floor.

A panel of judges will visit the booths and meet with company representative of the finalists to review and score the new product. More than one group of judges may visit the booth during exhibition hours.

  • There must always be AT LEAST ONE person at the booth during the judging time frame who is capable of discussing the product with the judges.

Note: At the primary judges' discretion, they may choose up to three top new product entries, but no more than three winners in a given year.

The winning compnay or companies of the SLAS New Product Award Designation must have agreed to participate in the competition and pre-accept the designation before being officially awarded.

Monday afternoon, January 27: Notifications in the booth, followed shortly with the New Product Award Press Conference in the Exhibition Theater at 5:15 p.m. An announcement of the award winners will also be repeated on Wednesday during the Closing Keynote Session.

The judging panel’s decision will be based on the following four criteria (in no order of significance):

  • Market Opportunity
  • Impact
  • Originality
  • Proof of Concept

5-to-1 Rating Scale:
5 — Outstanding, Novel and Broad Impact for a New Product
4 — Very Good, Solid, Novel Product
3 — Some Unique New Product Qualities
2 — Needs More Proof and Development
1 — Not Substantially New or Improved
0 — Not New at All

Individuals participating in or involved in the following ways are not eligible to participate or be considered for the SLAS New Product Award designation: SLAS Board of Directors, officers, the SLAS Awards and Grants Advisory Committee, contractors, employees, members of the judging panel or their family members and/or those considered to be "insiders." Candidates' companies affiliated with anyone on the judging panel are permitted to participate, but the judge must recuse him or herself from evaluating that particular candidate.

Non-Discrimination Statement
Discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, national origin, ethnicity, veteran status or disability in regard to the SLAS NPA designation is prohibited. Each candidate company shall be evaluated based on the award's criteria, which are tied to SLAS's purpose of advancing the science and education of technologies in the laboratory.

SLAS reserves the right to select and deselect any company at any given time. All decisions are final.

Contact Elizabeth Frank, Program Manager
+1.630.256.SLAS (7527) ext. 102

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