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JALA Names “The 2010 JALA Ten” Breakthroughs in Innovation

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To honor scientific achievements that have made seminal impact toward addressing key biological and medical quandaries, the Journal of the Association for Laboratory Automation (JALA) has named The JALA Ten for 2010 in its August 2010 issue (Volume 15, Issue 4). 

The JALA Ten is a new annual editorial feature that highlights 10 top technological breakthroughs across a spectrum of fields that include but is not limited to laboratory automation, drug discovery, drug screening, novel therapeutic strategies and delivery technologies, diagnostics, nanotechnology, nanomedicine, microtechnology as it relates to biology and medicine, novel characterization techniques, and more. It was a requirement that nominated work be reported in a peer-reviewed publication on or before January 1, 2009.

According to JALA Editor-in-Chief Dean Ho of Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, “Our 2010 JALA Ten honorees come from academia and industry in North America, Europe and Asia, and represent a bridge between the inception of innovation and real-life application.”

The 2010 JALA Ten

• Toward Personalized Cancer Treatment: Monitoring Chemotherapy Efficacy via Micro Positron Emission Tomography (as published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
• Optical Cloaking via Metamaterial Technology (as published in Nature Materials)
• A Self-Contained and Self-Powered Lab on a Chip (as published in Lab on a Chip)
• Polyethylene Nanofibers with Remarkable Thermal Conductivity (as published in Nature Nanotechnology)
• Microengineered Hydrogels for Stem Cell Differentiation (as published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
• Nanodiamonds Shine as Targeted Labeling Agents (as published in Small)
• Dynamic Fluidic Arrays: High-Throughput Bio-Analysis (as published in BMC Genomics)
• Electrophoretic Manipulation of Polymers for Enhanced Separations (as published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
• Electronic Nanogap Sensor Arrays for Biosensing Applications (as published in Journal of the American Chemical Society)
• Adam: Autonomous Laboratory Robotics (as published in Science)

Nominations were open to ALA members and nonmembers.  A JALA Ten Selection Committee evaluated all nominations received, specifically searching for work that generated profound impact upon the general fields of biology and medicine. Fundamental and applied breakthroughs were eligible, and all fields of innovation with specific relevance toward biology and medicine were considered.