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Expert Insight: Scientists’ Choice Awards® Winners Announced for General Lab, Separations and Spectroscopy

Orbitrap inventor Prof. Alexander Makarov and anti-doping expert Prof. Francisco Radler among the winners recognized during a ceremony at Pittcon 2017

08 Mar 2017

Scientists' Choice Awards®
The annual Scientists' Choice Awards® celebrate the laboratory products and manufacturers that make a difference to the industry. Scientists are invited to nominate, vote and review online.

SelectScience® is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Scientists’ Choice Awards® for General LabSeparations and Spectroscopy. Scientists around the world were invited to participate by nominating, voting and reviewing online. Winners and nominees were celebrated during a special ceremony held on March 7 at the Pittcon 2017 International Conference and Expo in Chicago, USA. Read on to discover the winners of these coveted awards and highlights from this exciting event.


Best New General Laboratory Product

SelectScience revealed the Eppendorf Centrifuge 5920 R as your chosen winner for the Best New General Lab Product of 2016, as nominated and voted for by scientists around the world.Do you use this centrifuge in your laboratory? Share your thoughts with other scientists by reviewing the Eppendorf Centrifuge 5920 R today!

Christian Rohrer and Matthew Lieber accept the award for Best New General Lab Product

Matthew Lieber, Product Manager at Eppendorf, accepted the award; “It is a great pleasure to accept this award on behalf of the entire Eppendorf corporation. This new product was a result of a lot of engineering expertise. It’s especially important because we know what the voting process is here –this is voted on by scientists. It’s important for Eppendorf that we’re reaching our scientists and creating products that do make their processes better.”

Runners Up


Best New Spectroscopy Product

Bruker Daltonics won the award for Best New Spectroscopy Product of 2016 with its timsTOF™ ion mobility-mass spectrometer. If you’ve used a timsTOF™, leave a review for your peers, it’s easy.

Thorsten Thiel, VP Bruker Biospin Group, accepts the award on behalf of Bruker Daltonics

 “We appreciate what SelectScience does to educate our customers to make their decisions easier and more efficient,” said Thorsten Thiel PhD., Vice President, Bruker Biospin Group. 

Runners Up


Best New Separations Product

Finally, the 1260 Infinity II LC system from Agilent Technologies won the Best New Separations Product of 2016. Are you a 1260 Infinity II LC user, then why not write a review?

Helmut Schulenberg-Schell, Director Business Development, Agilent Technologies accepts the award

Runners Up


Video of the Year

In the prestigious Video of the Year category, Prof. Francisco Radler from the Brazilian Doping Control Laboratory, with Thermo Fisher Scientific were the chosen winners for a video highlighting how state-of-the-art mass spectrometry is being used in the fight against doping in sport.

Luiz Bravo accepts the Video of the Year Award on behalf of Professor F. Radler


Article of the Year

It was Alexander Makarov, inventor of the Orbitrap mass spectrometer and Director of Global Research at Thermo Fisher Scientific who picked up the award for Article of the Year. The article looked at how the Hong Kong Jockey Club, a world-class drug-testing facility, uses 24 state-of-the-art mass spectrometers to analyze thousands of samples to stay on the winning side in keeping horseracing clean.

Orbitrap inventor Alexander Makarov accepts the Article of the Year Award

Professor Alexander Makarov, Director of Global Research, Thermo Fisher Scientific, gave a short acceptance speech; “It’s very surprising to have such an award. I consider it as an acknowledgement of the inroads the Oribtrap mass spectrometer has made in anti-doping analysis. All major international competitions are now using Orbitrap to achieve lower limits of detection for prohibited substances. I think that this is quite symbolic and important that we are able to make any type of cheating in competitions impossible.”


Best Webinar Series of the Year

In a brand new award this year, the Best Webinar Series of the Year, Agilent Technologies scooped the award for its Biopharmaceuticals Webinar Series Solutions in Biopharmaceutical Discovery and Development, which ran for 10 episodes over the course of 2016.


Webinar of the Year

SelectScience revealed Laboratory Safety “Safe Storage of Chemicals” as the individual Webinar of the Year, run by Merck KGaA. In the webinar participants learned how to improve their chemical storage practices in the laboratory through practical advice, case studies and video clips.

Merck KGaA accepts the Webinar of the Year Award


Email of the Year

The Email of the Year winner was announced as BINDER for Good Laboratory Practice: Free White Paper. The email offered a free whitepaper download to readers on the topic of good laboratory practice-compliant testing in the laboratory.

BINDER President Uwe Ross (left) accepts the award for Email of the Year


Reviewers’ Choice Award™ – Instrument of the Year

Picking up the Instrument of the Year was Wyatt Technology Corp. for its DAWN HELIOS II Multi-Angle Light Scattering Detector. The product is designed to provide high sensitivity and a wide range of measurements.

Philip Wyatt (center), with his two sons, accept the Instrument of the Year Award


Reviewers’ Choice Awards™ – Company of the Year & Customer Service of the Year

SelectScience announced Thermo Fisher Scientific as the Company of the Year, while Customer Service of the Year was awarded to Eppendorf.

Dan Shine, Thermo Fisher Scientific, accepts the award for Company of the Year

Dan Shine, President Analytical Instruments Group, Thermo Fisher Scientific, commented; “It means so much to us and our company because comes from our customers. We try and build a customer-centric mentality into everything we do and awards like this really recognize the fact we’re doing a good job with that.”

Craig Chin, Eppendorf, accepts the award for Customer Service of the Year


Visit the Scientists' Choice Awards website for more information. For news, live updates and interviews from the expo, visit the Pittcon 2017 Special Feature.