Winners of The Scientist’s Top 10 Innovations of 2017

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Every year The Scientist strives to identify the latest and greatest tools, technologies, and techniques to hit the life-science landscape. For the past decade, our expert panels of independent judges have weighed submissions containing some of the most innovative products speeding work in laboratories and easing the diagnosis and care of patients - the 2017 installment of our Top 10 Innovations competition is no exception.

Top 10 Life Science Innovations
Taken together, the ingenuity of this year’s winning products is a testament to advancing research in the life sciences

“Over the years, The Scientist has covered progressive improvements in single-cell analyses, and this year’s Top 10 Innovations recognizes that such methods are pushing knowledge to new limits,” says Editor-in-Chief Mary Beth Aberlin. “Taken together, the ingenuity of this year’s winning products is a testament to advancing research in the life sciences.”

This year’s selection of winning products runs the gamut from a single-cell protein-analyzing microfluidic chip and a streamlined blood-testing device, to advanced reagents for precision genome editing and machines for analyzing transcriptomes, whole genomes, and peptide profiles.

The winners of The Scientist’s Top 10 Innovations of 2017 contest are:

IsoCode Chip (IsoPlexis) – This new single-cell technology allows researchers to characterize cells based on the proteins they secrete—as many as 42 different cytokines and other molecule types at once.

i-STAT Alinity (Abbott) – Alinity is packed with technology unthinkable three decades ago. Various cartridges loaded into this streamlined device can perform myriad tests on a blood sample of just several drops, including glucose levels and hematocrit, with results delivered to clinicians within minutes.

QGel Assay Kit for Organoids (QGel) – This synthetic extra-cellular matrix (ECM), which closely mimics the human ECM, could help organoids move from the lab into the clinic more quickly.

Blaze (Intabio) – Blaze, a microfluidic system for detecting and identifying protein isoforms, simplifies quality control in biologics manufacturing, and may save drugmakers time and money.

SR-X Ultra-Sensitive Biomarker Detection System (Quanterix) – This desktop platform offers more than 80 different assays to test biological samples for the presence of cytokines, other markers of neurodegeneration or neuroinflammation, and more.

HiBiT Protein Tagging System (Promega) – The HiBiT protein-tagging system is a simple, sensitive bioluminescent method to quantify the abundance of a protein of interest, whether it be in the cell or on the cell surface.

Edit-R crRNA Library—Human Genome (Dharmacon, A Horizon Discovery Group Company) – This screening platform provides users with an arrayed library of synthetic crRNA guides with a “one-well-per-gene” format, allowing for more sophisticated assay than current pooled CRISPR screens provide.

Chromium (10x Genomics) – Transcriptome and whole-genome analyses are made more precise with the 10x Genomics Chromium system, which was updated this year with new gene-expression and antibody-analysis functionalities.

TSQ Altis Triple Stage Mass Spectrometer (Thermo Fisher Scientific) – This mass spectrometer robustly and reliably quantitates most analyte types, even in complex samples such as plasma and tissue.

Invitrogen TrueCut Cas9 Protein v2 (Thermo Fisher Scientific) – Thermo Fisher Scientific’s new Cas9 Protein v2 was specially engineered to maximize cleavage efficiency and therefore accelerate the process of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Be sure to visit where you can read more about the products that earned top spots and see bios and comments from our expert judges.

About The Scientist:

The Scientist is a publication for life-science professionals that is dedicated to covering a wide range of topics central to the study of cell and molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience, and other life-science fields. The Scientist provides print and online coverage of the latest developments in the life sciences, including trends in research, new technology, news, business, and careers. It is read by leading researchers in industry and academia who value penetrating analyses and broad perspectives on life-science topics both within and beyond their areas of expertise. Written by prominent scientists and professional journalists, articles in The Scientist are concise, accurate, accessible, and entertaining.

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