The StepOne™ real-time PCR system from Applied Biosystems was recently awarded Best New Life Science Product for 2007. The award was presented by SelectScience.net, which polled more than 40,000 members of the worldwide scientific community to nominate their favourite life science products during the past year.
The award was presented at Analytica 2008, an international trade fair for analytics, laboratory technology, biotechnology and the life sciences.
Launched by Applied Biosystems in January of 2007, the StepOne and StepOnePlus Systems were developed in response to the growing market of researchers interested in the increasing number of applications of real-time PCR, a common laboratory method used to simultaneously detect and determine the amount of nucleic acids present in biological samples. The systems can perform both standard and fast thermal cycling for any real-time PCR application, such as gene expression analysis, SNP genotyping, gene detection, and viral load analysis.
These systems were designed with user-friendly, yet highly functional interfaces for both new and experienced real-time PCR researchers. The StepOne Systems offer comparable levels of data quality and the flexibility.
Researchers around the world are using the StepOne and StepOne Plus Systems, including scientists at the department of molecular oncology at the University Hospital in Rostock, Germany. This team of scientists is using the StepOne System as part of their research into genes and microRNAs. The scientists are focused on the role of certain microRNA molecules in the development and progression of benign and malignant melanomas.
Among the features of the StepOne and StepOnePlus Systems that make these instruments easier to use is software that simplifies their operation, with wizards that can be tailored to run specific experiments and guide new users through set-up, operation and analysis. More experienced users can customize experimental design parameters such as thermal cycling protocols and nucleic acid template types.
The StepOne instruments can be connected to a local area network, making it possible for researchers to participate in distributed research collaborations, such as those commonly conducted in academic and public research environments.
"We would like to congratulate Applied Biosystems for winning the Best New Life Science Product,” said Kerry Parker, editor for SelectScience. “We are delighted to have hosted this web awards ceremony at Analytica. The online scientific community now has a channel to voice its opinion and provide feedback to manufacturers about which new products they feel have contributed towards laboratory research efforts."