A big welcome from the CiteAb team to the first round of sponsors of our Antibody Awards 2016! We have some fantastic sponsors on board and we’re already seeing exciting nominations come in for the open categories.

The awards aim to celebrate the very best suppliers and individuals in the research antibody sector, recognising the efforts that are made to progress science. Here our sponsors tell us a bit about their companies, and what it means to them to be involved in the awards this year.

F1000, sponsoring the ‘Most exciting antibody validation initiative’ award.

unnamedF1000 has recently championed antibody validation through the publication of its ‘antibody validation collection’. We spoke to Michael Markie, Associate Publisher at F1000Research, about what antibody validation means to F1000, and why they were keen to be involved in this category.

Michael said: “Reliable antibody validation will help make future research publications more replicable and reliable. A way to achieve this is if industry and academia work together to provide detailed information on antibody validations.

“Through an open science approach of documenting detailed protocols, robust methodologies and full datasets of validations the scientific community as whole will benefit and valuable time and resources can be spared. It will be easier for researchers to find reliable antibody information and easier for manufacturers to gain the trust of their customers when validation efforts are openly and publicly shared.”

Visit F1000 at http://f1000.com/

Spark Science, sponsoring ‘Small company of the year’.

Spark_Science201signature (1)Spark Science is a scientific communications company offering bespoke written communication solutions to the biotechnology industry. Spark Science’s clients range from small startups to large multinationals, with projects including technical papers, advertorials and website copy.

The company was started by Deborah Gainger, who previously worked at Proteintech. As the founder of a small business herself, Deborah is keen to help recognise those doing well in the antibody sector.

You can explore Spark Science at: http://www.sparkscicomms.co.uk/

Ximbio, sponsoring the ‘Antibody of the year’ category.

CRT logo final v0102Ximbio is a website created to enable the sharing of research tools within the global life science community.

Melanie Hardman, Head of Ximbio, said: “Research reagents, such as antibodies, mice and cell lines are the cornerstones of basic scientific research; without them, scientists could not test their hypotheses, validate their ideas or develop new concepts.

“Ximbio acts a marketplace for scientists to maximise commercial opportunities for these tools and share information. We aim to unify the life science community by making research tools widely available and by accelerating research.”

You can find out more about Ximbio at: https://ximbio.com

Reveal Biosciences, sponsoring the ‘Researcher’s choice’ award.

image001 (1)Claire Weston, Founder and CEO of Reveal Biosciences, started the company in the summer of 2012 when she identified a strong need for a high quality contract research organisation focusing on tissue-based research. Since then the company has grown rapidly and now, in addition to offering services, Reveal is developing innovative technology to apply to diagnostic and prognostic research.

Approach Reveal Biosciences for fast turnaround on a full line of advanced tissue processing and analysis services that deliver consistent, high quality, and reproducible results. The company’s fully automated facilities and experienced scientists offer in situ hybridisation (ISH), immunohistochemistry (IHC), image analysis (quantification) and digital pathology expertise.

You can learn more about Reveal Biosciences at: http://www.revealbio.com/

Dr Andrew Chalmers, Founder of CiteAb, said: “Through the awards this year we are looking to recognise not just good business, but those making a significant contribution to the sector, and to advancing science. We’re thrilled to have a number of exciting companies on board as sponsors, and it is great a number of very strong nominations already being made.”

The 2016 CiteAb Antibody Awards close for nominations at midnight (GMT) on Friday 22nd January, and winners will be announced on Monday 1st February.

– Matt and the CiteAb team