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SBS and ALA Announce Proposed Merger

The Society for Biomolecular Sciences and the Association for Laboratory Automation have proposed a merger to create the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening. The societies are waiting for approval from their members. SBS President Jeff Paslay says that despite serving different scientific niches, members of both societies have similar educational interests and member service priorities. If the merger is approved, SBS and ALA will become individual sections of SLAS, retaining their individual missions and also collectively addressing the overall SLAS mission, which is to provide forums for education and information exchange to encourage the study of lab automation and screening. Voting opens March 15 and closes May 5. If the members approve the merger, it will become official on July 1.

The Scan

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