May 18

Communicator Awards

Visual Science’s CRISPR 3D animation, made with support from Skoltech, has received the 2018 Communicator Award of Excellence. We won awards in two categories: Online Video — Animation, and Online Video — Science.

The Communicator Award is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. The Award receives over 6,000 entries annually and praises companies whose ability to communicate is the best in the field. All winners for The Communicator Awards are hand-selected by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA), which includes executives from Conde Nast, General Electric Digital, Disney, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Estee Lauder, Lockheed Martin, Starbucks, MTV Networks, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Time Inc, Wired and other well-known companies.

The winners of the Communicator Award receive a golden statuette created by RS Owens — the producer of the Oscar and Emmy Awards. In previous years, large international advertising agencies have received the statuette. Among them are OMD, Chandler Chicco Agency, TBWA, Saatchi & Saatchi, SapientNitro, Weber Shandwick and McCann.

This year the Communicator Award winner list included projects made by and for high-tech, non-profit and scientific organizations. Besides Visual Science, the award was given to IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, National Geographic, 3M, Novartis Oncology, Pearson Education, Google.org, DuPont, XPRIZE Foundation, Doctors without Borders and Genzyme.

February 1

Visual Science’s latest project got featured in TechCrunch. The scientifically accurate CRISPR systems 3D animation was created by Visual Science biologists and scientific visualization experts with support from Skoltech. The animation is based on molecular modeling and dynamics, which allowed us to produce accurate models of natural and engineered CRISPR complexes, as well as to visualize the interiors of the bacterial cell and human cell nuclei. The visualization demonstrates both natural (bacterial) and genetically-engineered CRISPR systems, and explains possibilities of using them for human gene editing.

Molecular animations are an essential way to demystify and explain complex biological systems. Through the use of stunning imagery and attention to detail, Visual Science and Skoltech have captured the dynamic mechanisms of CRISPR-Cas proteins and their use as research tools” — Dr. Jennifer Doudna, Professor of the Depts. of Molecular and Cell Biology and Chemistry at the UC Berkeley, Executive Director of the Innovative Genomics Institute

This animation and its beautiful imageries are very helpful for explaining complicated scientific concepts. These are great educational tools!” — Dr. Feng Zhang, Core Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT

Other testimonials from Dr. Eugene V. Koonin(NCBI, NIH), Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier (Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology), Dr. Martin Jinek (University of Zurich), Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou (North Carolina State University) and Dr. Francisco Juan Martinez Mojica (University of Alicante) are available on the project page.