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Thomas Bachmann is new Chief Executive Officer of the Eppendorf Group

Thomas Bachmann

Hamburg, August 3, 2015 – Thomas Bachmann became Chief Executive Officer of the Eppendorf Group on August 1, 2015. Following the departure of Eppendorf's previous CEO, the company's Chief Financial Officer, Detmar Ammermann, had exercised the function of Spokesman of the Management Board on an interim basis in addition to his responsibilities as CFO.

Bachmann, who has been a member of the Eppendorf Supervisory Board since 2013, came to Eppendorf from his position as President of the Bruker BioSpin Group. He has been active in the life science sector since 2005, when he took on the overall management of the globally active Tecan Group, which is headquartered in Switzerland.

"We are very pleased that we have been able to win Thomas Bachmann as our Chief Executive Officer," said Klaus Fink, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Eppendorf Group. "He has demonstrated his expertise and his strategic foresight in many ways during more than 25 years of experience in international management positions."

Bachmann explains: "Eppendorf is an innovative, customer-oriented company with a strong, well-known brand and a global orientation, and it succeeds again and again in making important contributions to analytic, medical, diagnostic and life science laboratories. I am looking forward to working with Eppendorf's very competent and committed global management to develop the company sustainably and successfully in the years to come."


Presentation of the 2015 Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigator to Thomas Wollert, This year’s research prize awarded by Eppendorf goes to Germany

Wilhelm Plüster (Eppendorf AG), Maria Leptin (EMBO), Award Winner 2015: Thomas Wollert (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry), Reinhard Jahn (MPI for Biophysical Chemistry), Axel Ziemke (Eppendorf Vertrieb Deutschland GmbH), Axel Jahns (Eppendorf AG) - from left to right; ©EMBL Photolab

Hamburg, June 2015 -  In 2015 Eppendorf AG, the Hamburg life science company is presenting its highly prestigious research prize for the 20th time. The independent Eppendorf Award Jury chaired by Prof. Reinhard Jahn selected Dr. Thomas Wollert (Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany) as the 2015 winner of the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators.

Thomas Wollert, born 1979, receives the € 20,000 prize for his groundbreaking work in reconstituting complex intracellular membrane events in the test tube using artificial membranes and purified components. His experiments have paved the way for understanding key steps in autophagy, a fundamental process required for the clearance of damaged cell parts in all eukaryotic cells. According to the Jury, these discoveries also harbor the potential for refined drug development since malfunction of autophagy is emerging as a critical event in the development of various diseases.

The Award ceremony took place at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, on June 25, 2015. The laudatio honoring Thomas Wollert’s achievements was held by the jury chairman Prof. Reinhard Jahn.

In his presentation, Thomas Wollert explained what autophagy is and which approaches he and his group Molecular Membrane and Organelle Biology are using to reveal how cells recycle damaged or superfluous components.

Thomas Wollert: “The major mission of my laboratory is to reveal the molecular mechanism of autophagy. We produce components of the autophagic recycling machinery and assemble them at model membranes to reveal their function. Our goal is to recapitulate autophagy in the test tube to understand how autophagy operates and what goes wrong in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.” … “This prestigious Award honors the hard work of my laboratory and represents a major acknowledgement of our efforts aiming to decipher how cells maintain their homeostasis by autophagy. I am particularly grateful that our unusual bottom-up approach, which is based on biophysics in combination with biochemistry and cell biology, is being recognized by this Award.”

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), and Prof. Martin J. Lohse (Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Würzburg, Germany).

More information about entry details, judging procedures, and past winners can be found at


More Capacity

Hamburg, June 2015 - Centrifuge 5920 R delivers extraordinary high capacity in a very compact and ergonomic product design. It has similar dimensions as competing refrigerated 3 Litre models and yet features a superior capacity of up to 4 x 1,000 mL; thus making it the ideal instrument for high-throughput applications. It features a powerful state-of-the-art refrigeration system with advanced temperature management to keep your samples safe.


DASGIP® Control is now DASware® control 5 – Parallel Processing Advances Bioprocess Development

Juelich, June 15, 2015 – With DASware control 5 Eppendorf presents its revised software for benchtop bioprocess control. The updated graphical user interface provides intuitive process views, user-defined functions, and configurable charts. Thanks to a new databaseand core architecture users benefit from faster loading times even with big datasets. Proven functionalities of current DASGIP Control have been improved, such as parallel calibration procedures, comprehensive recipe management, and the seamless integration of offline analytical data. Flexible setpoint profiles enable process automation.

The parallel design of the software facilitates implementation of Quality by Design approaches and accelerates process development. With DASware control 5, researchers and process engineers in both cell culture and microbiology can operate up to 16 benchtop bioreactors in parallel, with each vessel and process parameter individually monitored and controlled. Using the Eppendorf DASbox® Mini Bioreactor System, a single process computer can manage up to 24 bioreactors.

“Our new control software expands upon our established Point-Click-Grow concept for easy handling and integrated workflows.” explains Dr. Stephan Zelle, Product Manager Bioprocess at Eppendorf. “With editable templates it takes users only a few clicks to start their process. Automated reporting and smart tools further enhance data management and analysis of experimental runs.”

DASware control 5 is part of the parallel Eppendorf DASGIP and DASbox bioreactor systems. With DASware migrate, also users of New Brunswick™ and third-party bioreactor systems can benefit from the advantages of the Eppendorf DASware software suite.


Eppendorf at the ACHEMA 2015

Be part of the process

Hamburg, June 2015 - Eppendorf will particularly present its workflows on a booth of 238m² in total. Furthermore, several new products such as Centrifuge 5920R, CryoCube F570h as well as BioFlo 320 will be showcased. Experience the Eppendorf lab workflow in a guided tour at our ACHEMA booth, hall 4.1, booth D36. See our product highlights, lean how innovative product solutions could help to overcome common problems in the bioprocess/cell culture lab.

Guided Tour: 11:00 a.m. and 16:00 p.m.

Visit us at the ACHEMA 2015, Hall 4.1, Booth D36


Eppendorf licenses technology for thermal cyclers to Life Technologies

Hamburg, June 09, 2015 – Eppendorf AG has licensed European patent EP1426110B1 covering gradient technology for thermal cyclers to Life Technologies Corporation. Eppendorf utilizes the technology in its Eppendorf Mastercycler® pro gradient and Mastercycler nexus gradient models.


Eppendorf licenses technology for thermal cyclers to Alpha Laboratories Ltd

Hamburg, June 09, 2015 – Eppendorf AG has licensed European patent EP1426110B1 covering gradient technology for thermal cyclers to Alpha Laboratories. Eppendorf utilizes the technology in its Eppendorf Mastercycler® pro gradient and Mastercycler nexus gradient models.


Eppendorf back on sound course for growth

- Sales increase 5.7%
- Income from operations (EBIT) of approximately €95.7 million 

Hamburg, May 26, 2015 – In fiscal year 2014, the Eppendorf Group achieved sales of €531.1 million (prior year: €502.7 million), corresponding to a 5.7% increase when adjusted for currency effects. Income from operations (EBIT) rose to €95.7 million (prior year: €93.8 million), and 2014 net income declined to €65.7 million (prior year: €67.5 million).

In addition, significant capital investments were made in the further expansion of the company's sales structures and the set-up of production facilities, i.e. for the introduction of new product lines. Expenses for research and development also increased to €29.4 million (prior year: €28.2 million). The number of employees rose to 2,927 worldwide (prior year: 2,848).

Detmar Ammermann, Spokesman of the Management Board and Eppendorf's Chief Financial Officer: “The outstanding performance of our employees, our rigorous implementation of our strategies and the positive developments on the market all resulted in very positive sales growth of 5.7%. On the basis of this solid result, we will continue to pursue our strategic goals and increase customer benefit sustainably.”


Eppendorf Launches Mobile App

Hamburg, Germany, April 20, 2015 – Eppendorf AG's new app offers a variety of useful aids for everyday laboratory work in addition to product information that has been optimized for mobile devices.

"Making daily laboratory work easier for our users: that's the comprehensive claim we want mobile users to experience with our new app," says Frank Thormählen, Director of Technical Writing at Eppendorf.

The Eppendorf app offers customers the following functions:

  • Product catalogue
    Complete digital catalogue with laboratory and bioprocess products – after initial loading usable even when offline. The advantage to using the catalogue online is access to additional content, such as operation manuals and application notes, as well as a shop function that is accessible via the app.

  • Tools and calculators
    The app is equipped with a programmable laboratory timer and a codon translator along with a variety of calculators for routine laboratory applications, such as molarity calculation, determination of annealing temperatures or the conversion of various units of measurement.

  • News feature
    The app offers current news on Eppendorf products and services and the opportunity to download Eppendorf's customer magazine, BioNews, directly into the user's own library.

Moreover, customers can use the app to contact Eppendorf anytime to offer feedback or make suggestions. Initially the app will be available free of charge in the Apple® App Store® for the Apple® iPad® and iPhone®. A version for users of Android® will be available sometime during the second quarter of 2015. Eppendorf will continue to develop the app and add new content to it.

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Eppendorf announces best new general lab product win

Hamburg, April 2015 - Eppendorf announced that SelectScience named it the Best New General Lab Product winner at the Scientists’ Choice Awards. The awards, which were announced at Pittcon 2015 in New Orleans, LA, are nominated and voted on by SelectScience’s audience of scientists around the world, according to the website. Eppendorf’s Multipette M4/Repeater M4, a hand-held serial pipetting instrument, was given the award in recognition of a product that has “significantly contributed towards laboratory efforts in 2014,” according to the press release.

The Multipette®/Repeater® M4 is a hand-held serial pipetting instrument, designed to minimize the time and effort required for precise and highly accurate repeat dispensing tasks.

The Multipette®/Repeater® M4 works with nine sizes of Eppendorf Combitips advanced®. A built-in sensor detects the Combitips automatically, showing the tip volume on an easy to read display and eliminating the need for manual volume calculations. In addition, the new central Combitip ejector supports one-handed operation for contact-free tip ejection that avoids any risk of contamination.

Since there are 20 volume settings for each of the nine Combitips, the Multipette®/Repeater® M4 can dispense volumes from 1 µL to 10 mL and completes as many as 100 operations without refill. This is significantly more than similar hand held dispensers on the market. An integral step counter displays the number of steps executed, allowing the user to resume with confidence should there be any interruption while dispensing.

With the ability to conduct a maximum of 100 dispensing actions accurately and precisely, the Multipette®/Repeater® M4 is ideal for applications involving 96-well plates, for example. Based on the positive displacement principle it also eases the handling of viscous or volatile liquids and lowers the risk of contaminating the Multipette itself when dealing with radioactive, toxic or other hazardous materials. Unlike air cushioned pipettes, the Multipette®/Repeater® M4 allows accurate and precise dispensing of difficult to handle viscous solutions as well as liquids with high vapor pressure.

Repetitive dispensing procedures, such as those required in plate filling, aliquoting and kit usage, can be very time consuming, with ample opportunity for errors and inconsistencies. The new Multipette®/Repeater® M4 provides a new, highly efficient solution for quick and safe dispensing that laboratories can rely on.

Eppendorf has in the past been winner of several previous Scientists’ Choice Awards for their innovative, high-quality laboratory products. This tradition has now been continued.

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