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ISAC Innovators
ISAC Innovators Program

ISAC is pleased to announce a new opportunity in its prestigious Leadership Development Program, the ISAC Innovators! Anyone with a passion for developing the tools that will advance the frontiers of cytometry and single cell analysis and sorting is encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

All innovators with expertise applicable to extending the reach of cytometry into currently uncharted fields are encouraged to apply. Recent graduates with backgrounds in engineering, chemistry, physics, and materials science are particularly welcome. Special consideration will be given to those advancing their ideas for new cytometric paths in the required 2 to 4 page essay (see below) indicating how your aspirations could lead to new tools and thus new information for cytometrists. Please include information on any tools that you have already developed or are in the process of developing.

Program Benefits

This four-year program provides I3 leaders with a complimentary membership in the Society, an electronic subscription to Cytometry Part A, complimentary registrations and partial travel funds to attend the Society’s annual CYTO conferences and eligibility to apply for individual project funds. Additional opportunities include 1) collaborating with ISAC members; 2) bringing to life disruptive cytometry technologies and analysis tools to solve fascinating biological problems; and 3) expanding the knowledge of paths to market for these devices so that all ISAC members can gain access. In return, the Society will benefit from the expansion of its existing engineering-based and other talent banks for collaboration and potential growth, expanding the traditional strengths of the Society.

Specifically, the program will offer networking and access to experts in key areas of technology translation to the market, including intellectual property protection and licensing, corporate organization and funding, sales and marketing, production and regulatory issues, as well as ample opportunities for interaction with experienced entrepreneurs and industry professionals to obtain industry feedback on priorities in the commercial cytometry market.

I3 leaders will be intimately involved with the activities of the Society, especially with the CYTO Innovation (CI) committee including both the Technology Showcase (for entrepreneurs developing commercializable intellectual property) and the Lab Hacks working group (facilitating sharing of non-commercial innovations among the global cytometry community).

Performance Expectations

Innovators will be expected to attend the annual CYTO congress, participate in the CYTO Innovation session and associated CI events as well as in broad Society activities such as committees, program planning, session chairs at the annual meeting, etc. Interactions with the other two ISAC leadership track groups, the Marylou Ingram Scholars and the SRL Emerging Leaders, is strongly encouraged. Quarterly web-based meetings with CI committee members will allow Innovators to inform the CI committee of their progress, needs and develop the approach to share their breakthroughs with wider ISAC community. In addition, an annual report will be required outlining the ISAC and innovation related activities of each participant. Innovators will make their best effort to promote the ISAC message of innovation and advancement of cytometry in local communities.

-Current ISAC Innovators-
Craig LaBoda
CTO and Co-Founder
Phitonex, Inc.
North Carolina, USA
Kirk Mutafopulos
Senior Scientist
Maine, USA
Takeaki Sugimura
Vice President of Engineering
Tokyo, Japan