WASHINGTON, DC—Some 150 members of the life science community convened here at the Renaissance Hotel Monday night (December 6) for the presentation of the first annual Life Science Industry Awards, hosted by Ira Flatow, the host of NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday. The big winner of the evening was Invitrogen of Carlsbad, Calif., which won seven of the 18 awards.

(For complete coverage, see an article from the December 6 issue of The Scientist.)

"For a multibillion dollar enterprise that is so important to the economic growth of this nation and the health of its citizens, the life science industry is remarkably low key," Alexander Grimwade, publisher of The Scientist, told the audience. "Without your innovations and your products, there would be no basic research, no human genome sequence, no papers in Nature, no newspaper headlines about the latest discoveries, no dimly lit...

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