Editorial Article: Meet the winners of the 2021 Scientists’ Choice Awards for Clinical Science

Scientific, technological and communications excellence has been celebrated at the Clinical Science Summit, with Beckman Coulter, Zymo Research, and PerkinElmer among those recognized

23 Jun 2021



The DxFLEX flow cytometer from Beckman Coulter and Quick-DNA/RNA™ Viral MagBead Kit from Zymo Research have been named the Best New Clinical Products of 2020

The world’s most innovative and effective clinical laboratory and point-of-care technologies have been recognized at the SelectScience® Virtual Clinical Science Summit 2021. Winners of the 2021 Scientists’ Choice Awards® were announced live by SelectScience CEO Kerry Parker and Editor Dr. Lois Manton-O'Byrne to an online audience of industry leaders and healthcare professionals.

Now in their 14th year, the awards are unique in the industry as they are chosen by scientists. Each year, we invite clinical scientists and healthcare professionals around the globe to participate by nominating, reviewing and voting for the products that have had the greatest impact on clinical diagnostics. This year more than ever got involved — read on to reveal their chosen winners.

Best New Clinical Instrumentation 

The award for Best New Clinical Instrumentation of 2020 goes to the DxFLEX flow cytometer from Beckman Coulter, as voted for by clinical scientists around the world. 

The DxFLEX flow cytometer boasts advanced sensitivity and intuitive software making it easy for both novice and expert technicians to use.  

The runners-up are: 

Best New Clinical Assay/Kit 

The award for Best New Clinical Assay/Kit of 2020 goes to the Quick-DNA/RNA™ Viral MagBead Kit from Zymo Research

The runners-up are: 

Reviewers’ Choice: Clinical Company of the Year

This year’s coveted Reviewers’ Choice Award for Clinical Company of the Year goes to Streck Inc., in acknowledgment of the consistently positive feedback it has received from clinical scientists sharing their opinions via reviews on the SelectScience website over the past year.

Reviewers’ Choice Clinical Customer Service of the Year

In recognition of receiving consistently positive after-sales feedback from healthcare professionals around the globe via SelectScience reviews, ELITechGroup takes home the customer service award. 


Dr. Vasiliki E. Kalodimou, Director at the Flow Cytometry-Research and Regenerative Medicine Department, IASO Maternity-Pediatric and Research Hospital in Athens

Clinical Science Reviewer of the Year 

Communication in science has never been more important. Each month, hundreds of scientists share their opinions and experiences of lab products through reviews on SelectScience and these awards would not be possible without this valuable input.

This new award goes to someone we consider to be a real champion of science communication: Dr. Vasiliki E. Kalodimou, Director at the Flow Cytometry-Research and Regenerative Medicine Department, IASO Maternity-Pediatric and Research Hospital, Athens, SelectScience reviewer, and also a keynote speaker at the Virtual Clinical Science Summit. Find out why Dr. Vasiliki believes lab product reviews are so important to the industry in this article>>

Want to share your opinion and experience with the clinical products in your lab? Leave a review now and you could win an iPad or $400 Amazon gift card >>

Clinical Video Interview of the Year 

This year’s winning video ‘Controlling the impact of Vitamin D megadose therapy treatments for autoimmune disease’ is an interview with Dra. Cleide de Oliveira Weingrill Sabino, from DASA, São Paulo, Brazil. 

In this video, produced in association with Siemens Healthineers, de Oliveira Weingrill Sabino discusses the analytical challenges presented by doctors prescribing high vitamin D doses to patients as a treatment for autoimmune diseases and the importance of carefully controlling doses to prevent hypercalcemia. 

Clinical Editorial Article of the Year 

This year’s winning article is titled ‘Limit of detection: The key to preventing false negative COVID-19 tests, regardless of patient viral load’ and features technology from PerkinElmer

In this exclusive interview, Stephanie Dallaire, Principal Scientist for the Molecular Diagnostics group, discusses the current challenges of COVID-19 testing, the need for sensitive detection kits, and how limit of detection (LoD) affects COVID-19 testing and reporting. 

“PerkinElmer has been a fundamental player in the global fight against COVID-19, spearheaded by our RT-PCR test, the most sensitive commercially available kit (FDA Reference Panel Comparative Data. Jan. 13, 2021). SelectScience’s mission of helping to accelerate scientific progress is something we truly admire, and we are honored to receive this recognition from its readership. This wouldn’t be possible without the thousands of PerkinElmer employees who mobilized and melded minds to respond as the pandemic struck. We look forward to continuing to provide diagnostic labs, clinics, hospitals, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical labs, academia, and governmental and research institutes with cutting-edge solutions for diagnostics and testing, therapeutics R&D, and vaccine discovery and development, as we get through this pandemic together.”

Stephanie Dallaire, Principal Scientist for the Molecular Diagnostics group, PerkinElmer

Clinical Webinar of the Year

This year’s winner of Clinical Webinar of the Year was presented by Wayne Dimech, Executive Manager - Scientific and Business Relations of the NRL, and Sten Westgard, Director Client Services and Technology for Westgard QC, in association with Technopath Clinical Diagnostics

The webinar, titled ‘Maintaining Laboratory Quality Standards in an emergency: A COVID-19 case study’ and now available on demand, assesses the landscape for COVID-19 testing, considering the current methods, tests, and protocols and the state of regulations.

Clinical Virtual Event of the Year

This year’s winner of Clinical Virtual Event of the Year is Thermo Fisher Scientific for its European LC-MS/MS Clinical Laboratory Virtual Day. This event spanned five live sessions with more than 10 top speakers in five languages explaining why LC-MS/MS is needed to advance clinical laboratory medicine.

“The recipe for a successful event is the involvement of all the team: sales and marketing with a dose of expertise from a strong partner: SelectScience! Thank you to all the people who have contributed to this excellent teamwork story.”

Caroline Kowalski, Manager, Commercial Marketing, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Clinical Email of the Year

LGC, Biosearch Technologies is the winner of Clinical Email of the Year for the email ‘5 lessons learned from COVID-19 sample accessioning'. The winning email reflects on the lessons clinical labs have learned from their current sample accessioning workflows.

“We are honored to receive the Scientists’ Choice Award for Clinical Email of the Year. It’s been an amazing experience working so close to the frontlines during this pandemic—people working hard around the clock with crazy deadlines and constantly pushing their limits to problem solve as quickly as possible, despite the many roadblocks this horrible disease has thrown at us. As we kept seeing the same struggles impact players in the diagnostic or clinical space, we’re so pleased to know that we publish content that people find valuable..”

Andrea Kane, Content Marketing Manager, LGC, Biosearch Technologies

Visit the Scientists’ Choice Awards website for more information

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