BioTools, Inc.

We are proud and grateful to be featured in a variety of news sources, a selection of which is listed below.


March 2019

Join us as we congratulate Laurence A. Nafie, Distinguished Emeritus Professor in Chemistry at Syracuse University and BioTools co-founder, on being selected as a winner of the 2019 Chirality medal.


September 2016

Dr. Rina K Dukor, co-founder and President of BioTools, Inc., received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Illinois Alumni Association.


March 2014

BioTools Inc. Co founder and Chief Scientific Officer Professor Laurence Nafie receives major scientific award

Jupiter, FL March 2014 — BioTools Inc congratulates its Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Professor Laurence Nafie on being awarded the coveted 2014 New York Society for Applied Spectroscopy (NYSAS) Gold Medal for outstanding contributions to the field of Applied Spectroscopy.

“In his role as co-founder and CSO of Biotools, Laurence (Larry) has brought his expertise to bear in the development of our Vibrational Circular Dichroism (VCD) and Raman Optical Activity (ROA) technologies and this has enabled BioTools to develop and manufacture the most advanced instruments based on these techniques. We are delighted for Larry whose contributions to his field have been so outstanding and his recognition for his achievements is highly deserved” said Dr. Rina Dukor, President of BioTools.

“It is a great honour to be awarded the NYSAS Gold Medal for 2014 and to be amongst a prestigious group of past winners of this coveted award” said Professor Nafie.

The technologies of VCD and ROA commercialized by BioTools are used extensively in a range of applications to help advance the understanding the role chirality plays in areas of drug development. Applications such as Absolute Configuration Determination and High Order Structure Determination in both small and biological molecules respectively are an essential part of the discovery and development of new medicines to help meet the challenge faced by many working in the pharmaceutical sector. The technologies are used to obtain high quality data about chirality early in the discovery of new molecules. Researchers are able to make decisions that will help determine the success or failure of the molecules in achieving clinical efficacy and safety which is underpinned by pressure from market regulators.


February 2014

Dr. Rina Dukor, President and CEO, BioTools, Inc.


“Probing Structure of Chiral Drugs and Biomolecules with Vibrational Optical Activity (VOA)”


March 2013

Professor Nafie, co-founder of BioTools, Inc. wins prestigious Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award by the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) at the Pittcon 2013 Conference.


JUNE 2012

June 1st, 2012 – An article co-authored by two visiting students from Brazil ( Joao M. Batista Jr. and Andrea Batista) and Professor Nafie has been recognized in the “Top-25 most cited articles” as published in Tetrahedron: Asymmetry (2010-2011)



Research on amyloid fibrils (in collaboration with the team from University of Albany) is featured as a cover article Chemical Communications, 48, 2012



Professor Nafie’s Interview on his new book on VOA – September 1, 2011 (LIVE from ACS meeting)


MARCH 2011

Life Science Leader – “Taking An Idea From The Lab to Commercialization”


JUNE 2010

Professor Nafie invited to present a series of lectures at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences – June 2010


MARCH 2010

Journal of Raman Spectroscopy welcomes Distinguished Professor Laurence Nafie as its new Editor-in-Chief – 2010



Dr. Rina Dukor is featured in the cover story in UIC Alumni Magazine – “On a Molecular Mission”, May/June 2009


JUNE 2009

Research on amyloid fibrils using VCD included in Cover Story ‘ Tools for Amyloids” – C&EN, June 15, 2009



R&D Magazine 2004: BioTools’ ChiralRAMAN spectrometer wins prestigious R&D 100 AWARD


MARCH 2008

Dr. Rina Dukor wins 2008 Williams-Wright Award (presented at PittCon)



C&EN, November 3, 2008 – “Entrepreneurial Trailblazers”



Palm Beach Post, February 24, 2006 – “Biotech Seeks Swift permit Approvals’



Treasure Coast Business Journal, September 1, 2006 – “BioTools brings biotech innovation to the area”


JULY 2005

C&EN, July 18, 2005 – “A Dream Realized” (a story behind BioTools)