2006 Life Science Industry Awards Winners

Published: Apr 05, 2006

ARLINGTON, Va., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 200 top executives from companies throughout the industry and around the globe were in attendance to represent and honor those companies that have made the greatest contributions to life science technology in the past year. The Life Science Executive Exchange--an online community of senior executives--together with The Scientist and The Science Advisory Board paid tribute to these companies and proudly announced the winners of the 2006 Life Science Industry Awards at a reception Monday night at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The nominees, finalists and winners of these prestigious awards are determined by the industry's own customers--the scientists who use these products and services in their daily research. Leading market research firm BioInformatics, LLC was selected to survey thousands of life scientists from around the world and tally the nominations for the companies voted "best-in- class" in each of the 12 product categories and six communications and support categories. As a result, over 2,400 scientists cast their votes, naming more than 500 life science companies across all 18 categories.

Announced at last night's reception and presented below by company name and category--the winners of the 2006 Life Science Industry Awards are ...

Ambion -- RNAi Products

Applied Biosystems (NYSE: ABI - News)

-- High Throughput Screening and Analysis Systems

-- Instrumentation for Genomic Analysis

Bio-Rad Laboratories (Amex: BIO - News and BIOb - News) -- Image Analysis Systems

-- Instrumentation for Protein Analysis

-- Protein Separation Products

BD Biosciences (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX - News) -- Cell Biology Instrumentation

Dell (Nasdaq: DELL - News) -- Computer Hardware

Fisher Scientific (NYSE: FSH - News) -- Most Supportive Sales Representatives

Invitrogen (Nasdaq: IVGN - News)

-- Cell Biology Kits and Reagents

-- Cell Culture Media, Reagents and Plasticware

-- Gene Expression Analysis Products

-- Most Knowledgeable Technical Support

-- Most Memorable Print Advertisement

-- Most Responsive Customer Service

-- Most Useful Web Site

New England Biolabs

-- Most Useful Print Catalog

Qiagen (Nasdaq: QGEN - News)

-- Nucleic Acid Purification Products

This much-anticipated event began with welcoming remarks from Richard Gallagher, PhD and Editor of The Scientist. The program of events included Ira Flatow from National Public Radio (NPR) as the Master of Ceremonies along with Keynote Speaker, Terry Sharrer, PhD, Curator, Health Sciences, at the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution. Executives attending this event had the opportunity to mingle throughout the course of the evening and cheer as the winners for each category were ultimately revealed.

The Life Science Executive Exchange played a key role in gathering the hundreds of executives in attendance. "Last night marks the 4th year for these awards, and we are honored to have the opportunity to participate in this year's event with The Scientist, the premier magazine of the life sciences," said Karen Blaine, Executive Director of The Life Science Executive Exchange.

"The life science market is unique, and executives engaged in the business of science need access to the resources that management in other industries take for granted. The Life Science Executive Exchange's mission is to fill this gap and, while only established in November 2005, already has the support of nearly 2,000 executives who have joined this community," said Blaine. The 2006 Life Science Industry Awards is the first of a series of events, seminars and initiatives in which The Life Science Executive Exchange will play a key role.

For more information, please contact:

Karen L. Blaine Executive Director The Life Science Executive Exchange 703.778.3080 x16 (phone) k.blaine@LifeScienceExec.com http://www.LifeScienceExec.com

To learn more about the organizer and supporting partners of this event, please contact:

Anna Mira King The Scientist aking@the-scientist.com http://www.the-scientist.com

Michael Kibler The Science Advisory Board m.kibler@scienceboard.net http://www.scienceboard.net

Amanda Donathen BioInformatics, LLC a.donathen@gene2drug.com http://www.gene2drug.com

Source: The Life Science Executive Exchange

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