sciex logoThe SCIEX Microscale Separations Innovations Medal and Award (previously the Arnold O’ Beckman Award) is an annual award given to an individual for remarkable career achievements, with particular consideration being given to the development of new methods, techniques and high-impact applications in the field of electro-driven separations. The award is supported by SCIEX, a key driver in capillary electrophoresis technology and comprises of a Medal, a Diploma and a Monetary Prize.

Recipients are chosen by a Microscale Separations and Bio-analysis (MSB) Symposium Series selection committee that ranks the candidates according to the recommendation of peers and defined metrics (iCite from NIH). Evidence is presented for one or more of the following outstanding accomplishments:

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  • Conceptualization and development of unique instrumentation with an impact on electro-driven separations that has substantively advanced the field
  • Development of novel and important electro-driven methods or methodologies with significant beneficial applications in analytical sciences
  • Elucidation of fundamental phenomena involved in electro-driven separations

The work being recognized is current, meaning only research and achievements of the past 5 years are considered. 

The deadline for nomination is September 30th, to be considered for the following year’s award. Nominations can be submitted at the MSB-Symposium Series website (form available July 1 at this location)

All candidates are considered in the selection process. The awardee is announced in November of each year. The award is presented annually during the following International Symposium on Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis in a special Award Plenary Session followed by a lecture from the recipient.


Amy HerrSCIEX, a global leader in life science analytical technologies, has announced that the MSB Strategic Planning Committee has selected Dr. Amy E. Herr, Lester John & Lynne Dewar Lloyd Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Chan Zuckerberg (CZ) Biohub Investigator as the recipient of the 2018 SCIEX Microscale Separations, Innovations Medal and Award, for Current and Breakthrough Research in the Field of Electro-Driven Separations. The Medal Ceremony will be presented on Monday, February 19 as part of a Special Award Plenary Session at the 34th International Symposium on Microscale Bioseparations (MSB 2018) in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.

Dr. Herr has been a driving force in providing tools for improved insight into disease progression in cancer, cardiovascular issues and also neurodegenerative diseases. She earned her BS in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and a MS in Mechanical Engineering and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1997, 1999 and 2002, respectively. Dr. Herr began her career as a staff member in the Biosystems Research Group at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA. Later, she joined the University of California Berkeley, as an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2012, and ultimately promoted to Full Professor in 2015.

Professor Herr is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). She is also a Board Member of the Chemical & Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS), which oversees the microTAS conferences, a standing member of the NIH Nanotechnology Study Section, and is an Advisory Board Member for the UCSF Rosenman Institute and the journals Analytical Chemistry and ACS Sensors. She has served as a Co-Director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Single Cell Analysis summer course as well as Chair and Vice-chair of the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on the Physics & Chemistry of Microfluidics. She is faculty advisor to the UC Berkeley chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the Graduate Women in Engineering (GWE).

“This annual Medal and Award sponsored by SCIEX acknowledges the accomplishments of those that have showcased exemplary uses of capillary electrophoresis,” said Jeff Chapman, Sr. Director, SCIEX. “Dr. Herr’s use of IEF on samples from single cells to discriminate between protein isoforms differing by a single charge has inspired many scientists, both utilizing and building upon using relatively simple designs that give powerful performance.”