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Life Science Industry Awards Methodology

To ensure complete accuracy and fairness in determining the winners for the Life Science Industry Awards, The Scientist selected BioInformatics, an unbiased third-party research firm based in Arlington, Va. The Life Science Industry Awards are unique as they allow the scientists to determine the winners. BioInformatics designed and fielded a 34-question electronic survey to registered members of The Science Advisory Boar

Andrea Gawrylewski, Bob Grant, Alla Katsnelson, and Megan Scudellari

To ensure complete accuracy and fairness in determining the winners for the Life Science Industry Awards, The Scientist selected BioInformatics, an unbiased third-party research firm based in Arlington, Va.

The Life Science Industry Awards are unique as they allow the scientists to determine the winners. BioInformatics designed and fielded a 34-question electronic survey to registered members of The Science Advisory Board - the world's largest market research panel of scientific customers - as well as readers of The Scientist magazine.

A total of 4,483 scientists completed the ballot between February 25, 2008 and March 31, 2008. 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 or recommend, the best overall solution, and cost-effectiveness.

The winners for each award category were determined by calculating a numerical value. The value is the sum...

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