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NIH Director Francis Collins to Give Keynote Address at SLAS 2015 Conference

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The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) has announced that Francis Collins, director of the NIH, will deliver a keynote presentation at SLAS 2015, the Fourth Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Society, taking place Feb. 7-11, 2015, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. This five-day annual event will convene thousands of the world's leading scientists, researchers, academicians, business leaders, students and technology providers to share ideas, innovation and insight about laboratory science and technology.

The addition of Collins finalizes the lineup of SLAS 2015 keynote presenters. They include:

Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, is the director of the NIH. In that role he oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book.

Laurie Garrett is one of America's leading commentators on global health issues. She is the only person to win the "three P's" of journalism: The Pulitzer Prize, the Peabody Award, and the Polk Award.  Garrett is a Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, and is the bestselling author of The Coming Plague and Betrayal of Trust.  She has written for Foreign Affairs, Esquire and The Washington Post.

Donald Ingber, MD, PhD, is the founding director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital, and professor of Bioengineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Ingber is a founder of the emerging field of biologically inspired engineering.  He has authored more than 375 publications and 85 patents, and has received numerous honors for his contributions to mechanobiology, tissue engineering, tumor angiogenesis, systems biology, and nanobiotechnology.

The latest information on SLAS 2015 can be found at www.SLAS2015.org.  For information on exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, contact SLAS Exhibits Manager Barry Sacks, bsacks@slas.org.  SLAS 2015 Call for Abstract information will be available on www.SLAS2015.org in March, 2014.

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