Finalists Announced for 2007 Life Science Industry Awards

ARLINGTON, Va., March 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The finalists have been announced for the 2007 Life Science Industry Awards, which recognize those life science suppliers that are best-in-class in both product categories and customer communications and support categories. The 28 finalists represent the three companies receiving the highest overall score in each of 20 award categories. The finalists were selected from the more than 500 companies nominated.

BioInformatics, LLC, the premier market research and advisory firm serving the life science industry, was again selected to collect and tabulate the votes for the prestigious Life Science Industry Awards. In all, over 3,000 scientists voted between January 3, 2007 and February 16, 2007. These respondents, based on their experiences using scientific products, voted for their favorite suppliers -- taking into consideration practical factors such as satisfaction with product features, likelihood to purchase again, likelihood to recommend the supplier, the supplier with best overall solution, and cost-effectiveness.

The awards, organized by The Scientist magazine with the support of The Life Science Executive Exchange and The Science Advisory Board, have become a source of pride and a benchmark of excellence for the companies in the life science industry. "These awards continue to enjoy a special prestige because they are conferred by the international life science community," noted Bill Kelly, President of BioInformatics, LLC. "Our awards are based on the actual experiences of thousands of scientific customers in labs around the world who recognize excellence in their suppliers."

The finalist companies for 2007 are:

Affymetrix (NASDAQ:AFFX) -- Ambion (a division of Applied Biosystems) -- Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) -- Applied Biosystems (NYSE:ABI) -- BD Biosciences (a division of Becton Dickinson) (NYSE:BDX) -- Beckman Coulter (NYSE:BEC) -- Bio-Rad (AMEX:BIO) -- Carl Zeiss -- Dako -- Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) -- Eppendorf -- GE Healthcare (a division of General Electric) (NYSE:GE) -- Hewlett- Packard/Compaq (NYSE:HPQ) -- Invitrogen (NASDAQ:IVGN) -- Kodak Molecular Imaging Systems (a division of Eastman Kodak) (NYSE:EK) -- Molecular Devices (a division of MDS) (NYSE:MDZ) -- New England Biolabs -- Nikon -- Olympus -- PerkinElmer Life and Analytical Sciences (a division of PerkinElmer) (NYSE:PKI) -- Promega -- Qiagen (NASDAQ:QGEN) -- SAFC Biosciences (a division of Sigma-Aldrich) -- Sigma-Aldrich (NASDAQ:SIAL) -- Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE:TMO) (specific divisions that are finalists: Dharmacon, Fisher Scientific and Hyclone) -- VWR

Award Categories

Cell Biology Instruments (Flow Cytometer-Based) -- Cell Biology Instruments (Microscope-Based) -- Cell Biology Kits and Reagents -- Cell Culture Media and Reagents -- Computer Hardware -- Gene Expression Analysis Products -- High Throughput Screening and Analysis Systems -- Image Analysis Systems -- Instrumentation for Genomic Analysis -- Instrumentation for Protein Analysis -- Laboratory Plasticware -- Nucleic Acid Purification Products -- Protein Separation Products -- RNAi Products -- Most Useful Print Catalog -- Most Responsive Customer Service -- Most Knowledgeable Technical Support -- Most Useful Web Site -- Most Supportive Sales Representatives -- Most Memorable Print Advertisements

For a complete listing of finalists in each award category, visit http://www.LifeScienceIndustryAwards.com.

The winners of the 2007 Life Science Industry Awards will be announced in mid-April. Full details of the event will be posted at http://www.LifeScienceIndustryAwards.com.

ABOUT BIOINFORMATICS, LLC

BioInformatics, LLC (http://www.gene2drug.com) is a market research and advisory firm that supports marketing, sales and R&D executives in the life science, medical device and pharmaceutical industries through published research reports, custom research and consulting. It also sponsors the world's largest market research panel of scientific customers -- The Science Advisory Board.

ABOUT THE SCIENTIST

The Scientist (http://www.the-scientist.com) is the magazine of the life sciences; with a readership of over 70,000 print subscribers and over 400,000 monthly visitors on the web. Now in its 20th year, The Scientist offers a unique blend of authoritative editorial content covering the people, companies, technologies and innovations that are transforming the life sciences.

ABOUT THE LIFE SCIENCE EXECUTIVE EXCHANGE

The Life Science Executive Exchange (http://www.lifescienceexec.com) is an online community that enables professionals to stay in touch with what's happening in the life science "tools" and technology marketplace today. In addition to instant access to breaking news on the market's most significant players, The Life Science Executive Exchange provides its members with convenient access to industry-specific information to support both corporate and personal success.

ABOUT THE SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD

The Science Advisory Board (http://www.scienceboard.net) is the world's largest market research panel of scientific customers. The online community is divided into two panels (Research and Clinical) and consists of more than 32,000 life scientists from 62 countries. These experts, representing all aspects of the life sciences and medicine, "convene" regularly via the World Wide Web to voice their opinions on a wide variety of issues relating to biomedical research and clinical technologies.

    For more information, please contact:

    Amanda Donathen
    BioInformatics, LLC
    2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 250
    Arlington, VA  22201
    703.778.3080 x14 (phone)
    703.778.3081 (fax)
    a.donathen@gene2drug.comhttp://www.gene2drug.comhttp://www.scienceboard.net

Source: BioInformatics, LLC

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