Editorial Article: Winners of the 2019 Scientists’ Choice Awards for Clinical Lab Science announced at AACC

We celebrate the clinical laboratory products that have made the most difference to your lab work or point-of-care testing and reveal our most popular clinical content of the year

07 Aug 2019

The world’s most innovative, exciting and effective new clinical lab and point-of-care testing technologies have been recognized at a glitzy awards ceremony at AACC 2019.

The winners of the 2019 Clinical Scientists’ Choice Awards® were announced by SelectScience Editor-in-Chief Kerry Parker to an audience of industry leaders, scientists, and healthcare professionals.

Now in their 12th year, the annual Scientists’ Choice Awards recognize the new technologies which have made the greatest impact on clinical science and patient care. Clinical scientists and healthcare professionals worldwide were once again invited to participate in the awards by nominating, voting and reviewing online.  

Winners and shortlisted nominees in the coveted awards were celebrated during a SelectScience awards party held yesterday evening during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo 2019 in Anaheim, USA. Following another record number of nominations, clinical scientists were invited to vote in two categories: Best New Clinical Laboratory Instrumentation of 2018 and Best New Clinical Assay/Kit of 2018. Read on as we reveal your chosen winners…


Best New Clinical Laboratory Instrumentation of 2018

Nominated and voted for by scientists across the globe, the Best New Clinical Laboratory Instrumentation of 2018 award was presented to Beckman Coulter, for the DxH 520 Hematology Analyzer. The robust, easy-to-use system aims to boost patient care by combining many of the analytic strengths of a larger-volume instrument with the ease of a table-top analyzer and has received multiple positive reviews over the past year on SelectScience.  Among those paying testament to its quality is Mark Laughery, from  Broadlawns Medical Center, Iowa, who wrote of the instrument: “Great unit. Small footprint but with great throughput and accuracy."


Scottia Miller recieves award on behalf of Beckman Coulter
Scottia Miller shows off Beckman Coulter's award for New Clinical Laboratory Instrumentation 


Best New Clinical Instrumentation of 2018: Your 6 runners up


Best New Clinical Assay/Kit of 2018

The Best New Clinical Assay/Kit of 2018 was presented to Siemens Healthineers for the High-Sensitivity Troponin I Assay for Atellica® IM and ADVIA Centaur®. The assay promises fast, trusted results from a true high-sensitivity troponin I assay, for earlier detection of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). As well as winning the votes of clinical scientists and healthcare professionals worldwide,  the assay has been praised by reviewers on SelectScience. Barun De, from Banner University Medical Center, Arizona, wrote of the assay: "Good assay with high precision and accuracy. High impact in the emergency department."

Sherry Jennings receives award on behalf of Siemens Healthineers
Sherry Jennings, Siemens Healthineers, collects the award for Best New Clinical Assay/Kit 


Best New Clinical Assay/Kit of 2018: Your 3 runners up


Reviewers' Choice Clinical Company of the Year

SelectScience announced that the Reviewers’ Choice Award for Clinical Company of the Year had gone to ELITechGroup, a mark of the appreciation felt by customers around the world for the company's innovative range of products and services, which includes the new FreezePoint™ Freezing Point Osmometer. 


Dianna Poissant & Amanda Warren collect award on behalf of ELITechGroup
Dianna Poissant and Amanda Warren show off ELITechGroup's award for Clinical Company of the Year


Clinical Video of the Year - in association with The Scientists' Channel 

This year’s winning Clinical Video of the Year, 'Successfully Implementing a High-Sensitivity Troponin Assay with Your Clinical Colleagues', was an interview featuring Dr. Peter Kavsak, clinical chemist at Juravinski Hospital, Canada, in association with Siemens Healthineers. In the video, Kavsak discusses the transition from contemporary cardiac troponin assays to high-sensitivity cardiac troponin assays in a clinical lab and explains the importance of understanding the associated requirements and benefits of making the transition. Watch the winning video on The Scientists' Channel.


Kimberly Wilson & Peter Kavsak collect Video of the Year awards
Clinical Video of the Year award winners, Kimberly Wilson, from Siemens Healthineers, and clinical chemist Dr. Pete Kavsak


Clinical Article of the Year

The Clinical Article of the Year went to our fascinating interview with Dr. Luca Quagliata, Global Head of Medical Affairs, Clinical NGS and Oncology, Thermo Fisher Scientific. The article, titled ‘Meet the Sequencing Specialist on a Mission to Revolutionize Cancer Diagnostics with NGS', looks at how molecular profiling could transform the way we treat cancer.  

On winning the award, Quagliata said: “I am grateful and honored to be recognized with this award. It is incredibly rewarding to spread awareness about how we can revolutionize cancer diagnostics with next-generation sequencing for improved patient care worldwide. It’s this commitment to patients that is embedded in Thermo Fisher Scientific’s culture and mission. I want to thank and acknowledge my colleagues for inspiring innovation to create better care for all.”

Read the award-winning article.

Lara Silver receives award on behalf of Thermo Fisher Scientific
Lara Silver, Thermo Fisher Scientific, collects the award for Clinical Article of the Year on behalf of Dr. Luca Quagliata


Clinical Email of the Year

Waters Corporation collected this year’s award for the email 'Tips and tricks for the best FIA-MS/MS'.  It presents a downloadable white paper offering guidance on how to optimize the quality and consistency of data from flow injection analysis tandem mass spectrometry analysis. See the award-winning email here.


Michelle Finneran receives award on behalf of Waters Corporation
Waters Corporation's Michelle Finneran receives the award for Clinical Email of the Year 


Clinical Webinar of the Year

The Webinar of the Year was titled Achieving Clinical and Operational Excellence with Connected Point-of-Care Instruments. It is presented by Felicity Dempsey, founder of POCT Consultancy Services, in association with Siemens Healthineers, and explains how Ireland’s largest teaching hospital has increased the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their point-of-care testing. The webinar can be watched on demand.


Anuj Dhingra & Felicity Dempsey collect Eobinar of the Year awards
Anuj Dhingra, Siemens Healthineers, and Felicity Dempsey, POCT Consultancy Services, with their Clinical Webinar of the Year Awards


At the party, SelectScience also presented new Seal of Quality trophies to more of the lab products most loved by scientists worldwide. 

Find out which manufacturer was celebrating a record-breaking four trophies >>

Visit the Scientists' Choice Awards website for more information. For news, live updates and interviews from the Expo, visit the AACC 2019 Special Feature or follow on Twitter at #AACC2019