LI-COR Methane Analyzer Recognized As A Top Technology Innovation

July 29, 2010, Lincoln, Nebraska

The LI-7700 Open Path Methane Analyzer from LI-COR Biosciences is being recognized by the editors of R&D Magazine with an R&D 100 Award as one of the most technologically significant products introduced over the past year. The LI-7700 measures methane, an important greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change. Primary uses include atmospheric monitoring, measuring methane emissions from landfills or animal feed lots, and industrial monitoring.

The LI-7700 Open Path Methane Analyzer represents a significant step forward in atmospheric trace gas measurement instrumentation. Methane-producing ecosystems typically represent extreme environmental conditions for scientific instrumentation. Measuring ecosystem methane flux is difficult because methane analyzers designed as laboratory-based instrumentation have high power demands, require heavy pumps, and have overly restrictive operating temperature ranges. The LI-7700 is designed to be a rugged, easy-to-use instrument that is optimized for methane flux research and remote field deployment.

The R&D 100 Awards have long been a benchmark of excellence for industry sectors as diverse as telecommunications, high-energy physics, software, manufacturing, and biotechnology.

Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards have identified revolutionary technologies newly introduced to the market. Many of these have become household names, helping shape everyday life for many Americans. These include the flashcube (1965), the automated teller machine (1973), the halogen lamp (1974), the fax machine (1975), the liquid crystal display (1980), the Kodak Photo CD (1991), the Nicoderm anti-smoking patch (1992), Taxol anticancer drug (1993), lab on a chip (1996), and HDTV (1998).

Winners of the R&D 100 Awards are selected by an independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine. The publication and its online portal serve research scientists, engineers, and other technical staff members at high tech industrial companies and public and private laboratories around the world.

A full list of this year’s winners is available at

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Since its founding in 1959 as Industrial Research, R&D Magazine has served research scientists, engineers and technical staff at laboratories around the world, providing timely, informative news and useful technical articles that broaden readers’ knowledge of the research and development industry and improve the quality of their work. R&D Magazine is a publication of Advantage Business Media.

About LI-COR

LI-COR Biosciences is a leader in the design and manufacture of instrument systems for environmental and biotechnology research. LI-COR instruments for photosynthesis, greenhouse gas analysis, and light measurement are recognized worldwide for standard-setting innovation in plant science research and environmental monitoring. LI-COR has licensed certain elements of the LI-7700 that were developed with expertise from Southwest Sciences, Inc. LI-COR is a pioneer in the development of infrared fluorescence labeling and detection systems for such areas as drug discovery, genomics, and small animal in vivo imaging.

Founded in 1971, the privately held company is based in Lincoln, Nebraska, with subsidiaries in Germany and the United Kingdom. LI-COR systems are used in over 100 countries and are supported by a global network of distributors.

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