Focus at SLAS: Lab Productivity Enhanced by Liquid Class Development & Optimization

WESTBROOK, Maine (January 17, 2020) – Artel is partnering with the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) for the sixth consecutive year to deliver a conference short course at the SLAS2020 International Conference and Exposition in San Diego, CA. Two tutorials will also be offered during the show to illustrate how optimizing processes involving liquid handling upfront can pay significant dividends downstream in laboratory productivity.

The popular ”Liquid Handling Essentials” short course will be delivered twice, in a morning session and an afternoon session Sunday, January 26. The curriculum has been restructured to provide participants with more hands-on training. The course is designed for both new and beginning users of automation and includes in-depth instruction on key topics, issues, and techniques for the laboratory scientist. A strong focus will be on understanding the keys to optimizing your workflows, including liquid handling behavior characteristics, liquid classes, low volumes, and method transfer. Participants will complete the course having the skills needed to achieve early success in managing the performance of their liquid handlers and the outcomes of their assays.

The tutorial “Choosing the Right Liquid Handler and Verifying its Performance” will be presented on Monday, January 27 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 4. “The Key to Successfully Automating Your NGS Workflows” will be presented on Tuesday, January 28 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 11A. Both tutorials will offer actionable information that can be utilized to optimize laboratory processes. The presenters will be available afterwards to discuss specific issues of interest with attendees.

Lead Instructor for the course is Nathaniel Hentz, who spent years in assay development and automated liquid handling at Lilly and Bristol-Myers Squibb before his teaching career leading the biomanufacturing analytical lab program at North Carolina State University, and who now manages the Applications Team at Artel. Joining Nat will be Kaziya Lee and Dana Campbell, who support and train Artel customers in their performance optimization of automated liquid handlers and assays.

Participants can register online at