Time flies when you’re having fun and getting great results – the MiniOne Electrophoresis System turns 10 years old this year! Our game-changing set up was launched 10 years ago at the 2014 NSTA annual convention in Boston.

At NSTA 2014, the inventor Winston Walker (June 12,1923 – August 31, 2019) was present in the booth, showing how teachers can use the affordable MiniOne System to teach and do electrophoresis with students in one 45 minute classroom period. Inspired by educators who used his RunOne Electrophoresis System,  he’d set out to make electrophoresis safer, faster, and more affordable – and was successful in his mission. The MiniOne was an instant hit with teachers and students alike, and continues to be a favorite of life science educators from Syracuse to Sydney.

Winston and his team went on to complete the development in 2016 of the world’s first BLE (bluetooth low energy) PCR system controlled by either iOS or Android apps.

Winston was a native Californian but in his later years, …lived half of the year in Littleton, CO and spent the winters in San Diego, CA. Winston was completing a product for looking at fluorescence when he passed away at the age of 96 in 2019. 

The MiniOne Fluorescence Reader is named The Winston in recognition of Winston’s unwavering determination to develop revolutionary educational biotech products from the ground up, improving access to hands-on science.

Ten years later, at NSTA 2024 in Denver, CO, our team exhibited products that we hope continue with Winston’s vision: to create products for the science classroom that make life easier for our hard-working teachers, while inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders.

Thanks to all the teachers who have supported us in the past ten years… we look forward to working with you for a decade more!