King Honours Globally Acclaimed Scientists
The King Faisal International Prize honours exceptional achievements in a number of key areas, including Arabic Language & Literature, Medicine, and Science. Among the winners this year were: Tadamitsu Kishimoto, Professor of Immunology Frontier Research Center at Osaka University, who received the Prize of Medicine for developing a novel biologic therapy for autoimmune diseases. Daniel Loss and Professor Laurens Molenkamp, physicists from Switzerland and Germany, won the Prize of Medicine. King Salman commended the efforts of the scientists and researchers in creating a better world.

MURR Looks to Produce Medical Isotopes
The University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) and its partners marked a critical step toward implementing domestic U.S. production of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). Once operational, production from this facility will be capable of supporting nearly half of U.S. demand for Mo-99, which currently must be imported from outside North America. A medical isotope is a safe radioactive substance used by health professionals to diagnose and treat patients who suffer from a variety of conditions, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Almost 50 million such procedures are performed every year. The most important isotope, technetium-99m (Tc-99m), is produced from Mo-99 and is used in more than 80 per cent of all nuclear medicine procedures.

Canada Gairdner Awards Recognize Research
The Canada Gairdner Awards recognize some of the most significant medical discoveries from around the world. An honorarium of $100,000 for each of the seven awards and will be presented at a gala in Toronto on October 26, 2017. Some laureates include Dr. Akira Endo who discovered the first statin drug, compactin, that treats coronary heart disease and Dr. David Julius who discovered how signals responsible for temperature and pain sensation are transmitted by neural circuits to the brain. The awards are Canada’s only globally known and respected international science awards.

Pittcon Announces Finalists for the Pittcon Today Excellence Awards

Pittcon, the world’s leading conference and exposition for laboratory science, announce the selection of eight finalists in the first Pittcon Today Excellence Awards. The awards were designed to recognize innovations at this year’s exposition and offer a new channel for exhibitors to showcase their scientific advancements. From a UV spectrometer, to tools advancing biology, to robotics facilitating more efficient medical practices, judges viewed all types of scientific innovations and selected finalists out of a diverse pool of more than 80 submissions.

A blue chip panel of judges, consisting of thought leaders from across academia, industry and trade media selected this year’s winners based on submissions’ ingenuity, creativity, implementation and outcomes, as well as the products’ projected impact on the industry and wider public.
Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were categorized in three groups based on company reported sales. The winning companies and products were:

Less than $10,000,000 in sales

  • GOLD – Biovendor Instruments – MALDI COLONYST
  • SILVER – Elemission Inc.– Mission Coriosity
  • Bronze was withdrawn

$10,000, 000 – $100,000,000 in sales

  • GOLD – Hirschmann Inc. – Opus Dispenser
  • SILVER – Metrohm – Process Ion Chromatograph
  • BRONZE – Tosoh Bioscience LLC – TSKgel Protein A-5PW HLPC Column

More than $100,000,000 in sales

  • GOLD – Waters Corporation – ACQUITY QDa Mass Detector
  • SILVER – Phenomenex – β-Gone β-Glucuronidase Removal products
  • BRONZE – Beckman Coulter Life Sciences – New Optima AUC Analytical Ultracentrifuge

When asked to comment on winning the Bronze, Beckman Coulter’s Chad Schwartz, AUC Product Manager stated, “We are beyond excited to be considered as one of the eight finalists for Pittcon’s Excellence Award. Such a prestigious honor validates all of the hard work and passion that went into the development of this new technology.”

Gold recipient, Jonathan Scott, Product Manager, ACQUITY QDa Detector for Waters commented, “Since the introduction of the ACQUITY QDa Detector in 2013, we at Waters have been delighted to see the positive impact that mass detection has had on scientists across different disciplines.”

This year’s finalists were among nearly 800 exhibitors at the recent Chicago event. Pittcon attracts attendees from industry, academia and government from 90 countries worldwide. Pittcon 2018 will be held February 26 – March 1, 2018, in Orlando, FL.