At New England Biolabs®, we see opportunities all around us where science can be used to improve our lives. Regardless of the size of the act, we are inspired by researchers who demonstrate that science can help push the social barometer towards a kinder, more just, and healthier future. In the words of NEB's founder Don Comb, "Let’s find a better way." This philosophy lies behind the company’s longstanding commitment to its parasitology research program, which contributes to the understanding and treatment of poorly funded and understudied tropical diseases.

We wish to recognize individuals within the scientific community who are doing just that: finding a better way, thinking outside the box, and donating their wits and time to help others improve their lives.

Thoughts from 2014 Passion in Science Award Winners

  • Immense possibilities for good lie within each of us. As scientists, we often have unique opportunities to apply what we know to shine a light on local and global issues. We only need to find the energy and courage to make a difference.

    Paul McDonald, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Roanoke, VA
  • It's incredibly inspiring how many scientists step outside the lab to do brilliant, creative things in the arts or for humanitarian causes.

    Peter Hotez, Sabin Vaccine Institute, Houston, TX

What Will Award Winners Receive?

  • Award winners will be our guests at a celebration at the NEB campus in Ipswich, MA, USA on November 3rd and 4th, and will receive either a $1,000 donation to the charity of their choice, or a $1,000 travel grant to a scientific conference. *

  • Some of the winners may have their stories and pictures featured in the 2017–18 NEB Catalog & Technical Reference due for release early next year. Applications will be accepted through July 31st, 2016 – apply today!

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