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December 2000
Vol. 9, No. 12, pp. 35–36.
Focus: Information Management


The Readers' Choice Awards

Industrial chemists name the companies
who serve them best

In the July 2000 issue, Today’s Chemist at Work announced the 2000 Readers’ Choice Awards contest (p 45). That announcement established the guidelines of the contest, which were very similar to those of the 1999 contest. Well, the ballots have been collected, and it’s time to announce the winners.

To refresh your memory, 44 companies were listed on the ballot; space was given for any write-ins voters wanted to add. The companies were profiled in the July issue, which also contained the ballot. On the ballot, votes could be cast in five categories: quality, service, delivery, advanced technology, and Internet accessibility—one company per category. For each category, there was a winner and a runner-up.

There was something in it for the voters as well. Randomly selected voters were awarded American Express gift certificates and Today’s Chemist at Work coffee mugs and T-shirts. And one lucky person was selected for the grand prize—a DVD player. Readers who missed this contest may participate next year; watch for the announcement in the July 2001 issue! Now, let’s announce the winners.

Company Information
Looking for information on the award recipients? Check out their web sites below.

Agilent Technologies

Beckman Coulter

Fisher Scientific

J.T. Baker

Metter Toledo

PerkinElmer Instruments


TA Instruments

Waters Corporation

The Winner of the
DVD Player is...
Tracy Hobson, a scientist at DuPont Pharmaceuticals in Wilmington, DE.

In the quality category, the winner was PerkinElmer Instruments of Norwalk, CT. PerkinElmer Instruments provides application-specific analytical solutions for the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, environmental, chemical, and semiconductor industries. The runner-up was Mettler-Toledo (Columbus, OH), manufacturer and marketer of precision weighing instruments for laboratory, industrial, and food retailing applications.

Waters Corporation (Milford, MA) took home first prize in this category. Waters is manufacturer and distributor of HPLC columns, sample preparation products, instruments, and software. Agilent Technologies (Palo Alto, CA), provider of life sciences and analytical instrument systems in the life science, pharmaceutical, environmental, and chemical industries, was the runner-up.

Two East Coast companies took the prizes in this category. The winner was TA Instruments of New Castle, DE. TA Instruments is a supplier of thermal analysis/rheology instruments and related software for characterizing polymers, pharmaceuticals, biologicals, and inorŸganic materials. The runner-up was J. T. Baker of Phillipsburg, NJ, a maker of laboratory chemicals used in laboratory testing, manufacturing, and research.

Advanced Technology
Agilent Technologies picked up its second prize, grabbing the top spot in this category. Beckman Coulter (Fullerton, CA) took the runner-up slot. The laboratory automation operations group of Beckman Coulter provides client/server laboratory information management systems (LIMS) and chromatography data systems for scientific laboratories.

Internet Accessibility
In the last category, the winner was Fisher Scientific of Hampton, NH. Fisher Scientific is an e-commerce supplier of laboratory products and services for research, healthcare, industrial, educational, and government markets. SciQuest.com, headquartered in Morrisville, NC, grabbed the runner-up slot. SciQuest.com is an Internet source for scientific products and electronic purchasing.

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