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Nine top companies awarded Pittcon 2019 Excellence Awards for ingenuity and creativity in scientific advancement

publication date: Mar 29, 2019
author/source: Pittcon 2019


Pittcon, the world’s leading conference and exposition for laboratory science, is pleased to announce the selection of nine finalists in the annual Pittcon Today Excellence Awards conducted by CE Communications, the official publishers of Pittcon Today and the Pittcon Buzz.

These awards recognize innovations at this year’s exposition and offer a channel for exhibitors to showcase their scientific advancements. From titrators, wireless temperature sensing, and chromatography columns, to time-saving innovations, judges viewed all types of scientific products and selected finalists out of a diverse pool of submissions.

When asked to comment about the Pittcon Today Excellence Awards, Mark Donaghy, VP Sales & Marketing, Raptor Photonics stated, “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the 2019 Pittcon Today Excellence Awards for our OWL 1280 VIS-SWIR detector. It supports our belief that we are designing and manufacturing some of the best InGaAs cameras on the market today and this is very much reflected by our customers around the world, who are pleased with the high resolution, ultra-sharp images they are seeing with the camera”.

The Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were categorized in three groups based on company reported sales. The winning companies and products were:


Less than $10,000,000 in sales category:

Gate Scientific, Inc. - SmartSENSE pH Sensing Stir Bar

Lumex Instruments.- AriaDNA

Pendar Technologies– Pendar X10™


$10,000,000 - $100,000,000 in sales category:

Raptor Photonics Ltd.- OWL 1280 HD VIS-SWIR InGaAs detector

Tosoh Bioscience LLC - TSKgel FcR-IIIA-NPR Affinity HPLC Column for Fast Evaluation of ADCC Activity of Monoclonal Antibodies

Metrohm USA - OMNIS Karl Fischer Titrator


Greater than $100,000,000 in sales category:

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments – Nexera UC Prep

Phenomenex - Zebron™ ZB-624PLUS GC Column

Bruker AXS Inc – S6 JAGUAR Benchtop WDXRF


Gold Excellence Award recipient Shimadzu Scientific Instruments commented,

"We, at Shimadzu, are honored to have been chosen as a finalist for the Pittcon Today Excellence Award. Pittcon 2019 is a banner event for Shimadzu as we announce several innovative, ground-breaking products. Shimadzu’s Semi-Prep SFC is the fruit of a collaborative effort by pharma and private industry, serving as the model for future impactful product design"

The blue chip panel of judges, consisting of thought leaders from across academia, industry and trade media selected this year’s winners based on the products’ ingenuity, creativity, implementation and outcomes, as well as the projected impact on the industry and wider public.


President and CEO, Edward Colihan of Metrohm USA stated,

“We are beyond excited to be a finalist considered for Pittcon’s Excellence Award. Such an honor reinforces Metrohm’s commitment to innovation that is scalable and improves the safety of people working in the lab. The OMNIS KF Titrator and Sample Robot is the latest in a history of products developed with the user in mind that also makes advances toward a large goal of reducing the impact on our environment.”


This year’s finalists were among the exhibitors at the Philadelphia event. Pittcon attracts attendees from industry, academia and government from 90 countries worldwide. Pittcon 2020 will be held March 1-5, 20 in Chicago, Illinois.

About Pittcon

Pittcon® is a registered trademark of The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, a Pennsylvania non-profit organization. Co-sponsored by the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, Pittcon is the premier annual conference and exposition on laboratory science. Proceeds from Pittcon fund science education and outreach at all levels, kindergarten through adult. Pittcon donates more than a million dollars a year to provide financial and administrative support for various science outreach activities including science equipment grants, research grants, scholarships and internships for students, awards to teachers and professors, and grants to public science centers, libraries and museums.


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