Taken together, the ingenuity of this year’s winning products is a testament to advancing research in the life sciences
December 01, 2017
“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.
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.