The Next Big Thing

There’s probably no better way to predict the future of science than to crowdsource opinions from hundreds of global scientific researchers. So, that’s what we did!

In the 2016 Life Science Global Lab Funding & Budget Outlook, we polled members of The Science Advisory Board and asked: “What do you think is the most exciting technological breakthrough on the horizon in your area of research?” Over 100 global scientists provided free text responses last month. (And with “CRISPR technology” being the most frequent response, we invite you to download our complimentary report, The CRISPR Toolbox.)

“What do you think is the most exciting technological breakthrough on the horizon in your area of research?”


“At least in neuroscience, the neurodegenerative diseases are the main problem to solve in the next years, by increasing the quality of life of the patients. I think that the most exciting technological breakthrough could be the use of nanotechnology as a tool to treat the patients in a very early stage, or even as a method to get a diagnosis before the clinical manifestation.”

Staff Scientist

“CRISPR / Cas9.”


“Developing a new and most affordable technique and or protocols to support life science in cell culture systems, cell-counting, immunoblot assays and protein purification techniques have a breakthrough in basic/application life science research. Furthermore, a new imaging technique is required, which is similar to super-resolution microscope with easy methods to visualize the molecules less than 1 micrometer (typically to view the 100 nm to 500 nm sizes with real 3d visualization techniques) under live imaging and non-live systems.”

Post-Doc Fellow
South Korea


“Biosensing inks.”

Lab Technician


“Gene editing – refinements and enhancements to CRISPR / CAS technology.”

Lab Director
United Kingdom


“High content imaging and fluidic devices to isolate living single cells for downstream applications.”



“High content analysis supported by super-resolution live cell imaging microscope and the artificial intelligence those like deep learning. “

Principal Investigator


“Manipulative immunotherapy for the treatment of cancer and autoimmunity.”

Principal Investigator
United States


“The ability to reduce the time and cost of evaluating epigenetic regulation of gene expression.”

United States


“Third generation sequencing technologies, time-lapse microscopy and genome editing are the exciting technological breakthroughs in my area of research. “

PhD Student


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About the Report: The 2016 Life Science Global Lab Funding & Budget Outlook is designed to support annual strategic planning at life science tools companies. BioInformatics LLC and its SDi division have covered the industry for decades and are uniquely qualified to conduct primary and secondary research and help senior executives plan for success. For more information, contact Zach French at [email protected] or at 703-778-3080 x19.