Editorial Article: Most loved by scientists: 7 top-rated lab products awarded new Seals of Quality at Cancer & Immunology Research Summit 2021

From DNA extraction kits to pipettes and imaging systems, find out the latest products to join the exclusive ranks of lab equipment most loved by scientists across the world

14 May 2021



There are four levels of Seal of Quality — Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze — which are allocated to products based on the number of reviews they receive from scientists and the average rating of those reviews

The latest laboratory products to win the coveted Seal of Quality have been revealed at the SelectScience® Virtual Cancer and Immunology Summit 2021.

Seals of Quality recognize the top 0.1% of products that consistently receive the highest customer review ratings on SelectScience® and are designed to help scientists and healthcare professionals worldwide see at a glance the instruments and services their peers recommend the most.

SelectScience CEO Kerry Parker and Editor Dr. Lois Manton-O'Byrne announced the latest recipients to an online audience of scientists and industry leaders at this week’s SelectScience® Virtual Cancer and Immunology Summit 2021, with Zymo Research and INTEGRA Biosciences the big winners of the day.

The magnificent seven

Zymo Research picked up its fourth Gold Seal of Quality for the Zyppy™ Plasmid Miniprep Kit, having received more than 100 reviews by scientists giving an average star rating of 4.7 out of a possible five. Commenting on the kits in a review on SelectScience, Casey Solomon, GRIP Molecular Technologies, writes: “My entire experience with Zymo has been positive. Their products are the best value, reliable, and reproducible.”

Zymo also won two new Bronze Seals of Quality, for the ZymoPURE™ II Plasmid Midiprep Kit and ZymoBIOMICS™ DNA Mini Kit, in recognition of each receiving more than 50 reviews and achieving an average star rating of over 4.5 out of five. 

The latest successes mean there are now a total of seven Zymo products boasting a Seal of Quality, more than any other manufacturer.  Handy Yowanto, Zymo’s Director of Nucleic Acid Products, said: "We are so grateful to be awarded three Seal of Quality awards for our Zyppy™ Plasmid Miniprep Kit, ZymoPURE II Plasmid Midiprep Kit and ZymoBIOMICS DNA Miniprep Kit. We will continue to supply outstanding products to our customers and thank SelectScience for helping scientists all over the world find the best products and tools available."

Consistent results

Meanwhile, the VOYAGER Adjustable Tip Spacing Pipettes and VIAFLO Electronic Pipettes from INTEGRA Biosciences have been awarded a Gold and Silver Seal of Quality respectively, after receiving 121 and 97 reviews each, with an average star rating of 4.7 from scientists globally. Consistently praised for its user-friendly operation and consistent results, Suresh Patel, Clarity Lab Solutions, commented on the VIAFLO Electronic Pipettes in a SelectScience review: “Great consistent results, will definitely recommend that each lab should have one.”

Celebrating the double success, Tom Bentivegna, Senior Product Manager at INTEGRA, said: "We are honored to be receiving this Seal of Quality for our VIAFLO and VOYAGER electronic pipettes. We take pride in offering scientists the best possible solutions for their liquid handling tasks, and we couldn't be happier to know that our customers also see the benefit these instruments provide enough to take the time to write a review. Everything we do at INTEGRA is focused on ensuring our customers receive the highest quality products and services, so we're absolutely thrilled to see that so many of you think we're doing exactly that!"

Another regular Seal of Quality recipient, VistaLab Technologies, has earned a new Gold award for its MLA Single Channel Pipettes, having received over 100 reviews from scientists at an overall average rating of 4.8 out of five. Commenting on her experience, reviewer Nancy Rogers, Regional Urology, writes: "I trust the service I receive from VistaLab and appreciate the paperwork they send proving the maintenance and calibrations are completed."

A seventh new Seal of Quality winner is the Reference 600+ Potentiostat from Gamry Instruments. This high-performance, research-grade potentiostat picked up a Bronze after receiving over 50 reviews from scientists around the world, with an impressive 4.7 average rating. 

The reviews and the Seal of Quality program are a great way for scientists to benefit from the shared experience of other scientists around the world.

Andrew Jones

DeNovix

Technology showcase 

As well as presenting new Seals of Quality, SelectScience showcased other recent relevant winners at the event. These included the LUNA™ Family of Automated Cell Counters, from Logos Biosystems, which earned a prized Platinum Seal of Quality late last year, having received more than 300 reviews with an average star rating of 4.8. The success for Logos continued this year, with the LUNA-FX7™ Automated Cell Counter winning Best New Life Sciences Product of 2020 in the Scientists’ Choice Awards.  Miyeon Kim, Marketing Specialist at Logos, said: “We would like to thank all our reviewers worldwide for taking the time to share their valuable opinions, and we are delighted that we have been recognized by the people who matter most, our customers. We will continue to do our best to provide them with the right tools and solutions for their research.”

Other previous winners highlighted included the Odyssey® CLx Infrared Imaging System from LI-COR Biosciences which bears a Gold Seal of Quality. “We are honored that the researchers who love the Odyssey CLx have taken the time to share their exceptional experiences with the research community about how it is helping them obtain better data that guides their research,” said Jeff Harford, Senior Product Marketing Manager at LI-COR Biosciences. “To have this further recognized by SelectScience with the Gold Seal of Quality strengthens our resolve to continue to provide this level of quality to the research community for years to come.”

Also highlighted were the DeNovix CellDrop™ Cell Counters from DeNovix which boast a Gold Seal of Quality, thanks to more than 130 reviews at an average star rating of 4.8. “We’re extremely pleased that the CellDrop Automated Cell Counter has received so many customer reviews on SelectScience in such a short period since we launched the product,” said Andrew Jones, Market Development Manager at DeNovix. “The reviews and the Seal of Quality program are a great way for scientists to benefit from the shared experience of other scientists around the world.” 

There are only around 60 lab products worldwide that are eligible to display this prestigious award, with new winners announced quarterly.

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