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Scientist Launches Wine for Reviews Program

Rate and review a vendor to enter to win a free year’s worth of wine.

The internet has connected us in a way never before seen in history: we can now rely on other’s people experiences to guide our own. Whether it is a review for a product on Amazon, a movie on Rotten Tomatoes, or a restaurant on Yelp, we are constantly looking for the validation of others before putting our own money into it. Given the immense amount of money spent in drug development, life science research and the pursuit of pharmaceutical innovation, it may seem surprising it is so difficult to find a review of research products and services. We hope to change that.

The reason for the lack of ratings is simple: complacency. Scientists are still ordering from companies they’ve been working with for years instead of looking at other options. In consumer products or restaurants, the customer is always looking for the best price or quality online and in stores, and that means they will look at sites like Amazon. It is accepted that this is great practice to perform before a purchase, and it is the one of the key changes in mindset that will drive pharmaceutical innovation. Once researchers open up and see the wealth of research vendor options, pharmaceutical innovation will follow by means of higher quality service and lower price.

How Ratings Improve Pharmaceutical Innovation:
1. More reviews will inform scientists who to work with - and who to avoid - resulting in better results and less headache
2. Ratings will inform of research vendors of holes in quality, price, or customer service, leading the way for future improvements in services and products.
3. Side-by-side comparison of price vs quality can be made, which will make for easier decisions.
4. Leaving a review and rating is very empowering, allowing a customer to express their opinion and inform peers of their experience.
5. How often have you tried an amazing hole-in-the-wall restaurant recommended online that you never would’ve considered otherwise? Reviews will bring forward new research partners that are perfect for you, but you never knew existed.

Where is a scientist going to write these reviews? How are they going to find them? Scientist already allows for easy price quote comparison, vendor communication, service ordering, and writing of reviews for companies. In order to make the system valuable to researchers, users need to write reviews!

That is why Scientist is launching our Wine for Reviews program:

  1. Each review you write will enter you for a drawing for a year’s worth of wine.
  2. For every 20 reviews, we will provide you with a $25 wine gift certificate as a thank you.

Here are the full rules:

Scientist is asking for all users to post reviews of the vendors they have worked with.

For every review posted, you will be entered into a drawing to win a year’s supply of wine. The more reviews you post about vendors, the higher chance you have of winning.

In addition, for every 20 reviews posted, you will automatically be sent a $25 wine gift certificate as a thank you.

To post a review, follow these 5 easy steps:

  1. Log on to our website.
  2. Search for the Vendor/Company name
  3. Click on Vendor Info link
  4. Select the write a review button
  5. Select the service and post a review

The drawing for a winner will take place on June 1, 2013.

If you have any questions or need help writing a review, please contact Timothy Chen.

Conditions for entry: winner(s) must be 21 years of age or older (or of legal age to consume alcohol under your local laws). All reviews posted will be verified as authentic, real reviews including all three 5-star ratings and a comment. Posting multiple reviews for the same company or reviews that are clearly fake will cause your name to be removed from the prize drawing. All reviews posted will have your name attached, Scientist does not allow for posting of anonymous reviews. Posting of negative reviews is allowed and expected, but posting of inflammatory or accusatory comments is not permitted. If you have a negative review to post, stick to factual information and provide constructive feedback. Prize will only be awarded if a minimum of 20 total reviews are entered into the system by all contestants.