1. Abstract's Details

Welcome to the SLAS Compound Management abstract submission portal. The conference - entitled Breaking Down Walls – Uniting Sample Management Communities to Advance Scientific Innovation - will take place in Berlin, 14-15 March 2017.

Please note that the portal will be open from the 15th of November to the 15th of December 2016 for oral presentations and up to the 1st of February 2017 for poster presentations. SLAS will not fund travel to the conference, but will offer free entry to successful oral presentation submitters.
In addition, a poster competition is organised for young scientists. The winner will receive complimentary travel, accomodation, and entry pass to the SLAS18 conference in San Diego (CA). 

Before you fill in the following form, please take time to review the different sessions that have been outlined for this edition.

1. Learning from each other - sample logistics in non-small molecule Pharma environments
The challenges of chemical sample management are shared by several neighbouring disciplines in industry and academia. Whilst each discipline has it’s unique problems, the solutions are often founded on common principles that translate across the broader sample management community. In this session, scientists from a diverse array of sample management disciplines will share their distinct experiences, the challenges they’ve overcome in providing a high quality service to support scientific research and development, and highlight the key factors under consideration for future improvements.

2. Challenges of outsourcing
The general trend of outsourcing in the pharmaceutical industry did not stop at sample and compound management area. While that key component of early drug discovery was formerly kept within the pharma companies the more recent developments indicate changes in strategy.

Aspects driving decisions to externalize compound management efforts and challenges connected to that will be discussed. Topics highlighted cover strategic considerations, investments and expertise but also the question whether outsourced compound management can provide services of highest quality within turnaround times as internal facilities can do. We will get insight from various angles with the experience of outsourcing pharma companies and the perspective of research organizations providing such services.

3. Innovation in compound management
Driven by increasing customer demands in the face of limited resources, compound managers need to continually improve equipment, internal processes as well as external interfaces to remain viable in the time-restricted, labor-intensive, highly competitive field of early drug discovery. The same time, technological advances and breakthroughs in compound storage, handling, and quality control don not only offer solution for existing problems, but even provoke rethinking of existing processes. This session will present case studies from industry sharing firsthand experience with cutting-edge innovation in sample management, as well as perspectives from academic labs on how groundbreaking technologies may shape the future of compound logistics.

4. Industry-academia research collaborations
It is well recognized that pharma industry is changing, especially in the field of early drug discovery. The concept of open innovation is embraced and collaborations between academia and industry are setup to fill the emerging gap in drug discovery. On the one hand academia are moving into the field of screening and compound management, on the other hand industry is making their compound collections available to a wider scientific community. This session will show how these developments impact compound management and how industry and academia are making progress in combining the best of both worlds.

* 1. Title of the abstract:

* 2. Preferred presentation format (note that oral presentation applicants that are not selected, will also be considered for posters):

* 3. My abstract would fit best in the following session:

* 4. Abstract Summary:

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