Collaboration Key to Success at
Laboratory of the Year Awards,
One of the highlights of our annual Laboratory Design Conference—now in its 51st year—is the announcement of the Laboratory of the Year Awards. This year’s event, held in Raleigh, N.C. April 24-26, was no exception.
Applications for the prestigious awards came in from a wide variety of laboratory types,
and while each of this year’s honored labs brought something unique to the table, they all
had one design element in common—collaboration. Each was created specifically to promote
teamwork, openness, and idea sharing.
Our 2017 Laboratory of the Year, the Francis Crick Institute, is a prime example. In this
winning facility, lab blocks are arranged around a communal transverse atrium and the lab
space is open, flexible and visually connected. The design of the building also promotes
high visibility among groups and flexible white boards throughout the building encourage
Our 2017 Renovated Laboratory of the Year award was given to a lab whose building design
was transformed from isolating to inviting. Scientists at the Integrative Biosciences Center
used to have to work across multiple facilities in small, heavily specialized and segregated
teams. Today, their new facility— a transformed 1920s auto dealership—is a multidisciplinary
biomedical research facility that reshapes the way science approaches urban health issues.
Our 2017 Laboratory of the Year-High Honors, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, takes
on some of the most challenging scientific questions regarding the human brain, a task that
requires significant teamwork. Instead of traditional linear zones of programs, the Institute was
created with “petals” of functional spaces arranged around a six-story central atrium, visually
and spatially connecting activities.
Collaboration is key not just in lab design, but in every stage of research and development.
In this issue of R&D Magazine, we’ve partnered with several organizations that rely on shared
knowledge and resources to further their emerging fields.
The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association—whose president outlines the
potential and future of the sector in this issue—works to bring together key players in industry,
academia and government to facilitate growth, stimulate R&D and investment and drive the
broad adoption of printable electronics.
Also in this issue, a scientist from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory discusses the
power of teamwork in proteogenomics—an emerging technique in cancer research.
The national laboratory is involved in the Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium,
which represents a network of Proteome Characterization Centers that coordinate and
conduct research and data sharing activities to examine genomically characterized cancer
This issue also features a record-breaking study looking at novel seismic software used
to track the probabilities and paths of earthquakes. The multi-institution study required
the combined efforts of scientists from industry and academia—with the San Diego
Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego working with industry giant Intel to achieve
Of course, these are just a few examples of the power of collaboration in R&D. While it may
sound simple, it is perhaps one of the most essential elements necessary to drive innovation.
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