Eppendorf Mastercycler® X50 wins German Design Award 2018
Hamburg, October 2017
Amplifying nucleic acids for further downstream processing is a cornerstone of modern molecular biology and medical research. This temperature dependent process needs utmost precision in temperature control. At the same time, the procedure needs to be as fast as possible, i.e. temperature changes need to be facilitated at high speeds. The Mastercycler X50 from Eppendorf combines the capabilities of high speed (Heating of 10°C/s) with utmost precision (±0.15°C). High speeds, especially in cooling, can be supported by large heat sinks and strong ventilation. However, large footprints and strong ventilation noises need to be avoided in molecular biology labs. Thus, product design features like ventilating from front to back (and not to the sides where other instruments can be placed) and including powerful heat sinks in small footprints have to be brought to perfection.
The German Design Award 2018 acknowledges and honors Eppendorf’s strive for perfection in designing the Mastercycler X50. The highly esteemed and independent jury values unique design trends and pioneering contributions to the product design landscape.
Italian Scientist Wins 2017 Eppendorf & Science Prize
Hamburg, October 2017
The Italian scientist Flavio Donato, Ph.D. has won the 2017 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology for his work on the driving forces that orchestrate the maturation of circuits representing space in the brain.
Dr. Donato carried out his research in the laboratory of Professors May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser at the Kavli Institute of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Flavio Donato’s work has revealed that, during development, stellate cells in the medial entorhinal cortex are the source of an activity-dependent instructive signal necessary for the maturation of those neurons that give us a sense of where we are. This finding proves the existence of autonomous, intrinsic drivers that guide the maturation of widespread regions of cortex from deep within the brain. Unravelling the unique contribution of these specific neuronal populations to the function of neural circuits will advance our understanding of how the brain processes abstract cognitive functions.
The annual US$25,000 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology honors scientists, like Dr. Donato, for their ground-breaking research. Flavio Donato is the 16th recipient of this international prize which is awarded jointly by Eppendorf and the journal Science. Researchers who are 35 years of age or younger and have made outstanding contributions to neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology are invited to apply. The next deadline for applications is June 15, 2018. For more information about Dr. Donato and the Eppendorf and Science Prize for Neurobiology, visit www.eppendorf.com/prize.
Eppendorf India expands the training facility in Chennai
Eppendorf India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eppendorf AG, today announces the extension of the training centre at its facility in Ambattur, Chennai. Eppendorf is committed to skill development and this measure further enhances the possibility of offering tailor made training programs for Biotechnology students, faculties and researchers.
The state of the art facility is equipped with the latest range of life science research products covering the 3 competence areas of liquid handling, sample handling and cell handling. The centre is also equipped with laboratories for cell cultivation and Bioprocess applications.
Thomas Bachmann, Chairman & CEO of the Eppendorf Group: "One of the cornerstones of our business strategy is to strengthen our global market position through targeted investments in both our sales structure and expansion of our training and service portfolio."
Vancheeswaran Sankaranarayanan, Managing Director & CEO, Eppendorf India states: "During the decade-long presence of Eppendorf in India, we have extended significant support to the life sciences and biotechnology industry in India. Our dominant market position in India demonstrates the superiority of our products and underscores the importance of our training and service workshops extended to the clients’ R&D scientists continuously. With continually increasing demand for our premium products and services in India, Eppendorf India will work to increase considerably our customer-focussed initiatives with our expanded training centre."
Call for Entries: Eppendorf Award 2018!
Hamburg, October 2017
From October 1, 2017, until January 15, 2018, young researchers not older than 35 years, with an advanced degree, who are working in Europe can apply for the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators. This highly prestigious 20,000 EUR prize acknowledges outstanding contributions to biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts.
The winner is selected by an independent expert committee chaired by Reinhard Jahn (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany).
The Award winner 2018 will receive
- A prize money of 20,000 EUR
- An invitation to the prize ceremony at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, on June 21, 2018
- An invitation to visit Eppendorf AG in Hamburg, Germany
- Coverage of his/her work by Nature in print and online (including a podcast)
Full details on the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators, the selection criteria and Award winners since 1995 can be found at www.eppendorf.com/award.
Eva van Pelt will become new member of the Management Board of Eppendorf AG
Hamburg, Germany, September 12, 2017 – On October 1, 2017, Eva van Pelt will assume Management Board responsibility for the area of Commercial Organization and thus worldwide responsibility for sales, marketing and service in the Eppendorf Group. This Management Board mandate was newly created at the end of 2016, and has been under the interim management of Thomas Bachmann, President & CEO, since that time. Van Pelt was appointed to the Management Board in June by the Supervisory Board.
“With Eva van Pelt, we were able to win a Board member with experience in international management. She has extensive expertise in sales, service, business development and product management,” says Philipp von Loeper, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eppendorf AG. “Currently we are repositioning the Eppendorf Group to make it fit for the future – sustainably, profitably and over the long term. With the addition of Eva van Pelt, the Management Board level of the company is now complete and ready to successfully implement the changes and developments we have already initiated,” added Bachmann.
Van Pelt noted: “The Eppendorf Group is a very healthy company and a well-known player in the life science industry. I am looking forward to supporting Eppendorf during such an exciting time, and tapping new potential together with the leadership team and Eppendorf’s employees.”
Before joining Eppendorf, van Pelt served as Managing Director for the EMEA region of Leica Microsystems at the Danaher Corporation. Prior to that, she headed Healthcare and Life Sciences for the EME region at Hitachi Data Systems. Her previous positions also include directing the Health Services and Global Solutions unit at Siemens Medical Solutions in Den Haag, Netherlands.
“Top Performance” - Varispenser 2 and Varispenser 2x
Hamburg, August 2017
Bottletop dispensers are needed in any lab where aggressive solutions like lyes, acids, bases or solvents are dispensed from large supply bottles. Bottletop dispensers need to be universally applicable and of uncompromising quality.
As a specialist for Liquid Handling laboratory products, Eppendorf has enhanced the proven quality and technology of the previous models in many details to develop the new models Varispenser 2 and Varispenser 2x. Thanks to the proven positive displacement principle, loss of residue is almost completely avoided. This technology combined with the high chemical resistance of all components that might come into contact with aggressive liquids allows the use of Varispenser 2 and Varispenser 2x with almost all liquids commonly used in labs. Accessories such as an easily assembled drying tube, a filter or a flexible discharge tube enable a broad range of dispensing options. All devices are equipped with standard GL 45 threads and can be used with almost all kinds of threads used in labs thanks to the additional adapters included in the scope of delivery.
The oval-shaped housing and the new design of the slider and the valve toggle of Varispenser 2x emphasize the modernity of the devices while ensuring optimal handling.
Eppendorf grows faster than the market during the first half of 2017
> Growth in sales of 7.3% (6.6% when adjusted for currency effects)
> Income from operations (EBIT) rises by 9.1% (EBIT margin: 19.3%)
Hamburg, Germany, August 11, 2017 – During the first half of 2017, the Eppendorf Group achieved group sales of €327.9 million (prior-year period: €305.5 million). At 7.3% (6.6% when adjusted for currency effects), growth in sales lay above average market growth in the life science industry. Income from operations (EBIT) climbed 9.1% to €63.2 million (prior-year period: €58.0 million), amounting to an EBIT margin of 19.3% (prior year: 19.0%). All of the Eppendorf Group’s market regions and product groups contributed to this positive overall development.
Thomas Bachmann, President & CEO of Eppendorf AG, was very pleased at this positive development: “The mid-year result shows that we outperformed the market during the first half of this year. We are currently working on digitalizing our product portfolio and the connectivity of our devices with our new generation of networked products, which we launched on the market during the first six months of the year. We are assuming that our business will continue to develop positively overall for the whole year 2017 and we expect growth to be higher than the industry average.”
The new Eppendorf Tube and Cuvette Racks
Hamburg, July 2017
This new product line combines optimized functionality and high robustness with an attractive design. The Eppendorf Tube and Cuvette Racks ensure user-friendly and efficient handling of clearly arranged samples. Their wavelike design supports clear visibility and allocation of vessels even when they are placed in different rows. All racks are stackable to save lab space when not in use. Six different formats offer the optimal solution and perfect fit for all tubes and cuvettes commonly used in laboratories.
Please visit www.eppendorf.com/tube-racks for more information.
2017 Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators presented to Tom Baden
Heidelberg/Hamburg, June 23, 2017
In 2017, the Hamburg life science company is presenting its highly prestigious research prize for the 22nd time. The independent Eppendorf Award Jury chaired by Prof. Reinhard Jahn selected Dr. Tom Baden, Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom, as the 2017 winner of the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators.
The Award ceremony took place at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, on June 22, 2017. The laudatio honoring Tom Baden’s achievements was held by Award Jury member Prof. Maria Leptin.
Tom Baden, born 1982, receives the € 20,000 prize for his ground-breaking work on signal processing in the retina. The Jury: “His results have profoundly changed our understanding of circuits and synaptic computation in the retina, revealing novel and exciting properties of sensory neurons. The findings are of general significance for our understanding how small neuronal microcircuits can dissociate complex sensory patterns into specific representations within the nervous system.”
In his scientific talk ‘What the eye tells the brain, and how it got there’, Tom Baden explained the optical approach that he and his colleagues had tried in order to provide a functional roadmap of how light entering the eye and impinging on millions of photoreceptor neurons ultimately results in a highly processed and parallelized representation of the visual world to be sent to the brain.
Tom Baden: “I am humbled and delighted by this award, which recognizes a long-standing team effort that involved the hard work of several talented colleagues, most notably Katrin Franke, Philipp Berens and Thomas Euler”.
With the Eppendorf Young Investigator Award, which was established in 1995, Eppendorf AG honors outstanding work in biomedical research and supports young scientists in Europe up to the age of 35. The Eppendorf Award is presented in partnership with the scientific journal Nature. The Award winner is selected by an independent committee composed of Prof. Reinhard Jahn (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany), Prof. Dieter Häussinger (Clinic for Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectiology, Düsseldorf, Germany), Prof. Maria Leptin (EMBO, Heidelberg, Germany), Prof. Martin J. Lohse (Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association, Berlin, Germany), and Prof. Laura Machesky (Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, Glasgow, UK).
More information about entry details, judging procedures, and past winners can be found at
New Eppendorf Pipette Holder System
Hamburg, June 2017
Carousels, stands and wall mount devices: The new Pipette Holder System is perfect for all users of handheld liquid handling instruments, who need a highly flexible system for their Eppendorf pipettes and Multipettes®. Carousels and stands provide a robust design with a small footprint. To save precious bench-top space carousels carry both manual and electronic instruments. And only Eppendorf offers a charger carousel with intelligent charging electronics that carries up to 6 instruments. The broad range of wall mount devices allows for almost free positioning options for pipettes and Multipettes: On the shelf above your bench or inside a biological safety cabinet.
More information at www.eppendorf.com/pipetteholder