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TASIAs Strike Back!

Yes. The TASIAs are back. And this year, there’s a new twist; the great minds behind the top five innovations will each have the opportunity to share the development story in a three-page Solutions article in 2015. Nominations are open (the deadline is November 10) – all of which will be put to an expert panel, who will decide on the top 15 innovations of the year. You can enter by filling out the form here:

To help you get in an innovative frame of mind you can check out Joeri Vercammen’s article on Lean Innovation and take a look at our top three innovations from 2013:

1. M908, 908 Devices

A handheld, high pressure mass spectrometer that frees the powerful capabilities of mass spectrometry from the confines of the lab. The M908 operates closer to atmospheric pressures than conventional MS systems and uses micro-scale ion traps. Our expert judging panel described it as: “Revolutionary technology; will be an inspiration for new generations.”

2. Orbitrap Fusion Tribrid LC-MS system, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Three different mass analyzers work together in this class of mass spectrometer that allows researchers to look deeper into proteomes, identify lower-abundance analytes in more complex samples, make quantitative comparisons, and quickly elucidate structures. The judges said, “It is a truly powerful tool!”

3. SmartFlare live cell RNA detection technology, Merck Millipore

With SmartFlare detection probes, researchers get a real-time glimpse of gene expression in live cells and can further characterize those same cells with downstream assays. The technology uses gold nanoparticles that enter live cells naturally to identify desired RNA targets. Our judging panel said, “This technology is fantastic and will be of significance for a great deal of biological research.”

For the other 12 innovations of 2013, click here.

You can also nominate an innovation by emailing [email protected] (Subject line: 2014 TASIAs).

Please include:

  • name of innovation
  • launch date
  • brief description (~10 words)
  • detailed description (50-150 words)
  • the potential impact (50-100 words)
  • one image (if applicable).


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