CiteAb Awards 2023: Celebrating Impactful Charitable Initiatives


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In this blog:

  • What are the CiteAb Awards?
  • We spotlight the Charitable Initiative of the Year Award
  • Sign up to our newsletter to hear when the 2024 awards open

The ninth annual CiteAb Awards held earlier this year aimed to celebrate the varied and undoubtedly impressive successes of the research reagent sector. Each year we look to find the leaders supporting life science, whether that be in their niche, within the multinational market, or on an individual level.

We’ve loved running the awards this year, and were able to celebrate 15 different companies of all sizes across our 12 awards – you can read about all of the winners over on our awards website.

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We recently attended AACR where we had a great time meeting many of our winners in person to present them with their trophies and certificates. 

Today, we take a look at the Charitable Initiative of the Year Award Award, which recognised a supplier’s charitable or ethical initiatives. Our panel of external judges used their knowledge and experience in this area to determine our winner from some strong nominations.

This award went to Bio-Techne for their impact at home and further afield.

How is the Charitable Initiative of the Year Award determined?

For this award, we gathered together an impressive judging panel with a range of experience across the charity sector. They were given all the nominations and asked to score them based on factors such as impact and innovation. 

The 2023 Judges:

  • Catharine Brown: Leads Designability as its CEO in its mission to enable disabled people to live with greater independence.
  • Danny Morris: Chair at Unseen for several years, an award winning anti-slavery charity.
  • Hannah Cole: Co-founded UK based children’s charity, Thinking of Oscar, which supports children and their families whilst in hospital care, funding innovation and technology.

This is a different format to our data-based awards, in which the winners are determined by analysing our citation database for multiple different reagent types.

The 2023 Charitable Initiative of the Year Award winner!

Bio-Techne were awarded the win in this category for their various initiatives, creating broad positive impact on both a local and global scale. 

Bio-Techne encompasses a range of brands including, but not limited to ProteinSimple, Novus and R&D Systems, totalling over 2,600 employees around the world. Their portfolio spans many reagents, kits and instruments covering important research areas such as stem cells, cancer research and immunology.

Some highlights from Bio-Techne’s nomination for this philanthropic award included their contribution to the Ukraine Humanitarian Response, where they matched donations from employees towards food and supplies in Ukraine. 

On top of this, their work with Food Poverty Initiatives created a sizable impact. Corporate volunteering time with Every Meal led to 12,994 meals for children in Minnesota, and a food drive resulted in 1700+ lbs of food for Feeding America. They also showed support for World Central Kitchen and Bristol Northwest Foodbank.

Volunteers from Bio-Techne Minnesota and California offices working with Every Meal and Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
Volunteers from Bio-Techne Minnesota and California offices working with Every Meal and Second Harvest of Silicon Valley

Individual employee efforts were also supported. Employees got involved in many organisations, ranging from: ZERO Prostate Cancer, to Old Station House care home, to STEM-National Science Foundation (NSF) and more. 

Our judges were impressed with the scope of the charitable work from Bio-Techne, awarding them the win after some difficult decisions between strong nominations. It was fantastic to meet with some of the Bio-Techne team at AACR to present their award in person.

CiteAb CEO, Dr Andrew Chalmers, meets with the Bio-Techne team at AACR to present their 2023 CiteAb Award
CiteAb CEO, Dr Andrew Chalmers, meets with the Bio-Techne team at AACR to present their 2023 CiteAb Award

Bio-Techne commented:

‘Bio-Techne is honored to be recognized by CiteAb and the judging committee for our charitable initiative. In addition to company-initiated efforts, we empower our employees to rally around causes that are important to them. This flexibility allows us to quickly respond to both global crises and local community needs.
We are humbled to play a part in helping others. Along with many of our industry peers, we strongly believe in giving back to our communities and look forward to continuing to support our current charity partners, and future ones spearheaded by our employees.’

Previous Charitable Initiative of the Year Award Winners

We ran this award for the first time in 2021, awarding MilliporeSigma the title for their Curiosity Labs™ and the Curiosity Cube® to support STEM education in schools. You can read more here.

We were really thrilled to see the range of nominations received in both 2021 and this year for this category, demonstrating a continued commitment from suppliers to expand their impact to their community and beyond.

Get involved in the 2024 CiteAb Awards

We are looking forward to seeing the progress and successes of the research reagent field next year.

Each year we ask for nominations in certain categories, alongside our data-based awards which are determined using our citation database. Do be sure to look out for nomination categories that you are eligible to enter in if you are interested in being involved in the 2024 Awards.

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