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In the absence of in person events we are finding opportunities to meet virtually, such as our first Virtual NMR Software Symposium held just a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed meeting with fellow NMR specialists and wanted to share some of the key concepts and takeaways from the presentations given.

What will the Lab of the Future look like? Andrew Anderson offers his insights into how ACD/Labs is poised to deliver products and capabilities to help usher companies into this unknown future.

Last week I attended the annual small molecule NMR conference, SMASH, in Philadelphia, PA. It’s been an exciting year attending NMR meetings as an exhibitor with ACD/Labs and SMASH is my final stop for 2018. From opening with workshops and user meetings to its final symposium, SMASH was a huge success. Let’s take a look back at the most memorable events from last week in pictures.

Ever wonder what goes in to exhibiting at a major analytical science tradeshow? I’m glad you asked! Earlier this year I had the opportunity to travel to Pittcon 2018 (Feb 26 – Mar 1) for my first scientific conference as a member of industry, and an exhibitor rather than as an academic. I’ll take you behind the scenes of ACD/Labs’ conference machine to give you an idea of what it’s really like to exhibit at a conference.

If you happen to be at Bio-IT World this year, be sure to stop by booth #423 to meet the ACD/Labs team and learn more about our solutions; including our new impurity profile information management solution Luminata. We’ll be busy with a number of activities in addition to networking with our fellow peers. Read on for an overview of what our team has planned for the show and where you can find us.

PITTCON 2017 was a particularly big event for the ACD/Labs team this year because we were focused on the launch of Luminata, our new informatics solution for comprehensive impurity and characterization management. The five days we spent in Chicago were the culmination of months of hard work across the entire organization, and I’m pleased to say that the launch went off without a hitch. I had the opportunity to meet with the folks at LabTube to talk about ACD/Labs and our vision for Luminata. Watch the video in our post.

Back in 1996, I recall someone saying that prediction software such as ACD/Labs NMR Predictors would eliminate the need to run lab experiments, which would be replaced with “paper chemistry”. Organic chemistry researchers were even more cynical because they believed that nomenclature software - like ACD/Name - would enable students to avoid learning nomenclature rules. Overall, the faculty were concerned that ACD/NMR Predictors and ACD/Name put their jobs at risk. Fast-forward 21 years later, and I find myself a part of the ACD/Labs team that makes all these wonderful things possible.

PANIC 2017 took place at the Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head Island, SC, a few weeks ago. We knew we were in for a treat when we landed in bright sunshine at Savannah airport—quite a contrast from the cold and snow of Toronto. We realized things were a little bit …different in Hilton Head Island when the shuttle driver told us that yes, there are alligators here and we should be a bit careful when walking next to standing water. In fact we saw a couple of them next to the water in ponds on the way to the venue.