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) seeks nominations for The JALA Ten.

The JALA Ten is a new annual editorial feature that will highlight 10 top technological breakthroughs across a spectrum of fields that include but are 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.

Nominations are open to ALA members and nonmembers.  A JALA Ten Selection Committee comprised of members of the JALA Editorial Board and other professionals from the broader science and engineering community with representation from the academic, industrial, and government sectors will evaluate all nominations received. The committee will specifically search for work that has generated profound impact upon the general fields of biology and medicine. Fundamental and applied breakthroughs are eligible, and all fields of innovation with specific relevance toward biology and medicine will be considered.

Nominations must include a concise, 100-word description of the work, which if selected, will be published in The JALA Ten feature story. To assist the Selection Committee, nominators also must provide a 500-word detailed report of why the nominated work merits selection to The JALA Ten. Nominations must have been reported in a peer-reviewed publication to ensure that technical merit was previously evaluated. To be eligible for The JALA Ten, the work must have been published on or after January 1, 2009 (online is acceptable).

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2010.  E-mail nominations as MSWord documents to For more information, visit or call +1.920-652-0427.
Source: The Association for Laboratory Automation (ALA)