Top List: The top 10 products accelerating pharmacology

Advancing drug discovery and development through cutting-edge innovations

01 Jun 2023

Pharmacology is a constantly evolving field that demands innovative products and technologies to drive progress in drug discovery and development. With an ever-increasing demand for novel therapeutics to treat a wide range of diseases, scientists are always on the lookout for products that can accelerate the research process and improve the efficiency of drug development.

The Scientists’ Choice Award® for Best New Drug Discovery & Development Product of the Year celebrates the products that have made the most significant impact in advancing scientific research in pharmacology, as voted by scientists. These products include a variety of equipment, consumables, and services that have been nominated by the SelectScience® Drug Discovery & Development community and represent the cutting-edge of innovation in the field.

In this article, we will feature previous winners from the past 10 years, and will highlight their unique contributions to advancing drug discovery and development.


1. E-WorkBook™ by IDBS


E-WorkBook™ software enables researchers to share and search experimental data in real-time, improving research efficiency and security. It provides a searchable, traceable, and validated electronic repository for corporate knowledge, which can help protect and exploit intellectual property faster and more efficiently.

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2. LEAP Automated Live Cell Analysis and Processing System by Cyntellect


LEAP™ is a technology that combines ultra high-speed imaging, multi-parameter visual characterization, and laser-based cell manipulation. It can process and image both adherent and non-adherent cells using C-lect™ application kits and microplates.

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3.  FLUOstar® Omega Plate Reader by BMG LABTECH


The FLUOstar® Omega Plate Reader by BMG LABTECH is a microplate reader that is designed to measure all leading microplate-based assays. Its unique CCD-based spectrometer promises to capture the entire UV/Vis absorbance spectra in less than one second per well, enabling ultra-fast, full spectrum analysis and assays not possible on other readers.
 It's easy to use and sensitive. The service is superb and we are very happy.

Yuhong Du
Emory University

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4. IN Cell Analyzer 6000 by Cytiva


The IN Cell Analyzer 6000 is a laser-based confocal imaging platform designed for demanding high-content assays and screens. Its proprietary optical system and sCMOS technology promise optimized speed and image quality, even for challenging and variable assays.

Great HTS tool for generating high-quality images.

Caroline Woffindale 
University of Oxford

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5. Biomek i7 Automated Workstation by Beckman Coulter Life Sciences


The Biomek® i7 Automated Workstation enables scientists to automate next-generation sequencing (NGS) sample preparation methods, reducing errors and freeing up time for other tasks. These workstations offer solutions for laboratories of various sizes and throughput needs, with a growing library of methods and flexible software that can be easily modified or created with support from Beckman Coulter.

 Lab can't function without this instrument!

Brianna Buonagurio 
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals 

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6. rapifleX® MALDI PharmaPulse® by Bruker


The rapifleX® MALDI time-of-flight mass spectrometer is the core of the MALDI PharmaPulse®, with 10 kHz scanning laser technology that reads multiple samples per second. It has automatic high-throughput screening operation and newly designed software that is designed to accelerate label-free assay development.

 Highly recommendable; easy to use - perfect for high throughput

Stefan Zimmermann
University Hospital Heidelberg

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7. Thermo Scientific™ Q Exactive™ UHMR Hybrid Quadrupole-Orbitrap™ Mass Spectrometer by Thermo Fisher Scientific


The Thermo Scientific™ Q Exactive™ UHMR Hybrid Quadrupole Orbitrap™ mass spectrometer is designed to offer high mass range resolution, sensitivity, and MS2 and pseudo-MS3 capabilities for advanced native mass spectrometry experiments.

 A fundamentally excellent mass spectrometeter

Nicolas Stewart
University of Brighton

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8. BioAccord LC-MS System by Waters


The Waters BioAccord System simplifies LC-MS biopharmaceutical analysis. It is an easy-to-use, self-sufficient tool that provides high-quality data for biopharmaceutical development challenges.

 A great, easy-to-use instrument when working

Joseph Mwangi
Shattuck Labs

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9. MOBIE by MOBILion Systems


MOBILion Systems uses high-resolution ion mobility mass spectrometry platforms to improve the characterization of biotherapeutics and biomarker identification. This technology has a 13-meter ion mobility path length for deeper characterization and faster analysis, detecting molecules that other platforms cannot.

 Revolutionary product!

Bo Yan
Beam Therapeutics

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10. Seahorse XF Pro Analyzer by Agilent Technologies


Agilent Seahorse XF Pro Analyzers measure oxygen consumption rate (OCR) and extracellular acidification rate (ECAR/PER) of live cells in a 96-well format, providing a systems-level view of cellular metabolic function. The XF Pro Analyzer has better OCR precision, verified performance, optimized temperature control, and is automation enabled. Advanced data analytics with Seahorse Analytics software make it easier to set up plates, import layouts, view data heat maps, and assess data quality.

 This instrument is an integral part of my research; can't live without it

Natalia Baran
The University of Texas

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