2014 winner of the Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology in Hamburg

Hamburg, June 2015 - The US scientist Eiman Azim, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University in New York and 2014 winner of the Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology, visited Eppendorf headquarters in Hamburg in June 2015. On this occasion Dr. Azim gave a talk about his ground-breaking work. His research offers fundamental new insights into the neural mechanisms that enable skilled limb movements to be both smooth and precise. Dr. Azim has provided direct support for long-standing theories about the roles of internal feedback pathways within the central nervous system and external feedback from the muscles in regulating fine motor control.

The international US$25,000 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is awarded jointly by Eppendorf and the journal Science. All young scientists who are 35 years of age or younger and who have made outstanding contributions to neurobiological research are invited to apply. The 2015 winner of the Prize will be announced in the fall. The next deadline for applications is June 15, 2016. For more information, visit


Blackbird in a UK garden wins Photographer of the Year Award

The Society of biology Photographer and Young photographer of the Year announced

Billy Clapham "The Suburban Mum"

The Society of Biology Photographer and Young Photographer of the Year (sponsored by Eppendorf) were announced on 14th October 2014 at the King’s Fund in London, as part of Biology Week.

Photographer of the Year: Billy Clapham (19) for ‘The Suburban Mum' has won £1000 for his image of a blackbird in his Lincolnshire back garden.

Young Photographer of the Year: Nagarjun Ram (17) for ‘Courage Doesn’t Always ROAR’ has won £500 for his image of a Leopard looking at him from a tree in Karantaka, India.

The winning images and shortlists can be viewed on the Society of Biology website.

Judge Tim Harris, from Nature Picture Library, said  ‘Billy's image of a female blackbird in a suburban garden captures a familiar subject in a bold and fresh way. Gardens provide valuable habitat for wildlife in an increasingly urbanised world, and this delightful image shows that it isn't necessary to travel to remote and inaccessible places to photograph interesting animal behaviour.’

Billy said, ‘I was lying right behind my camera and only had to wait a relatively short amount of time to get this shot of a blackbird taking some meal worm feed for her chicks. This is testament to this mum’s ability to live harmoniously alongside humans and take advantage of our generosity!’

'I'm so happy my little back garden blackbird won against all the other photos of exotic animals. This is the first of many photography competitions that I hope to take part in.'

On the Young Photographer of the Year, Tim Harris said, ‘Nagarjun's wonderful leopard image was the unanimous choice of the judges as winner of the Young Photographer category. We felt it encapsulated in a very evocative way the home and habitat theme of this year's competition.’

The theme of this year’s competition was Home, Habitat and Shelter and the Society received nearly 800 entries from around the world. The annual Photographer of the Year competition was open to amateur photographers, aged over 18 and the Young Photographer of the Year competition is open to those aged 18 and under.

The competition was judged by: Catherine Draycott (Chair), Head of Wellcome Images; Linda Pitkin, Underwater photographer; Tim Harris, Sales and Marketing Manager, Nature Picture Library and Bluegreen Pictures; and Alex Hyde, Natural history photographer and lecturer in biological photography.

The Society wishes to thank Eppendorf for their support of this competition.


Madeline Lancaster wins Eppendorf Award 2014

The American scientist Madeline Lancaster, Ph. D. (Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory of Juergen Knoblich at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, IMBA, Vienna, Austria) has won the 2014 Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators.

Madeline Lancaster, born 1982, received the Eppendorf Award for her work showing that complex neuronal tissues resembling early states of fetal human brain can be created in vitro from pluripotent stem cells. Her groundbreaking experiments allow for the first time to recapitulate the development of brain structures in a three-dimensional organoid. Madeline Lancaster also documented that diseases caused by aberrant development such as microcephaly can be reproduced in the organoid culture. These discoveries allow for novel approaches towards the understanding of neurological diseases.

The Award ceremony took place at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, on 22 May 2014.

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In December 2013 Eppendorf received the GOOD DESIGN™ Award for the ThermoMixer Family and the Eppendorf epMotion M5073c. Familie und die Eppendorf epMotion M5073c.

In December 2013 Eppendorf AG received the GOOD DESIGN™ Award in the category medical the ThermoMixer family and the Eppendorf epMotion M5073c.

Since 1950 the award is awarded annually by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The award is the oldest and most prestigious and recognized design awards worldwide according to their own accounts.  

More information about the GOOD DESIGN™ award you can find at:


Nature podcast with Eppendorf Award 2013 winner Ben Lehner

Awardwinner 2013: Ben Lehner

Dr Ben Lehner received the Eppendorf Award 2013 for his discoveries concerning the fundamental question why mutations in the genome result in various phenotypes. According to the jury, 'the results obtained by Ben Lehner are ground-breaking and offer novel approaches towards the understanding of genetic predisposition for diseases, particularly cancer. The insights obtained by his work are likely to lead to the development of novel therapeutic strategies'.


Now with new design: Eppendorf BioNews No. 37

For more than 15 years, Eppendorf BioNews biannual magazine has been a popular source of information for researchers worldwide

The leading article of issue 37 features the new Eppendorf Mastercycler nexus family.

Additionally BioNews features detailed application notes, product news and the popular BioNews prize competition with great rewards.

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Listen now! New Nature Podcast with Eppendorf Award Winner 2012

On July 12, 2012, Dr. Elizabeth Murchison (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom), Eppendorf Young Investigator Award Winner 2012, visited Eppendorf AG in Hamburg to present her prize winning research at Eppendorf AG.

Elizabeth Murchison, born 1980, received the prize for her discoveries concerning a deadly cancer that is spreading among the endemic populationof Tasmanian devils in Tasmania and threatening the survival of the species.

You can learn more about Dr. Murchison’s research in a Nature podcast. An excerpt of the interview was published in Nature (issue 19th July), which can also be found on the Nature website.

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Learn more about the Eppendorf Young Investigator Award


Presentation of the Eppendorf Young Investigator Award 2012

Picture, from left to right: Axel Jahns, Reinhard Jahn, Elizabeth Murchison, Maria Leptin, Dieter Häussinger, Dirk Ehlers (Photo: EMBL photolab)

The 2012 Eppendorf Award is the 17th research prize conferred by the Hamburg life science company. This year it was presented to Elizabeth Murchison, Ph.D. (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom). The official Award ceremony took place at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, on May 9, 2012. 

With the 15,000 Euro 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 (Chair), Prof. Dieter Häussinger, Prof. Maria Leptin and Prof. Martin J. Lohse.

Elizabeth Murchison, born 1980, receives the prize for her discoveries concerning a deadly cancer that is spreading among the endemic population of Tasmanian devils in Tasmania and threatening the survival of the species. She found that the cancers are all derived from the same clone, leading to the conclusion that cancer cells are physically transferred between animals. 

The results obtained by Elizabeth Murchison are ground-breaking and offer novel approaches towards the understanding of clonal cancers. Furthermore, her findings have been instrumental for developing strategies aimed at saving the Tasmanian devil from extinction.

Dr. Dirk Ehlers (President & CEO Eppendorf AG) and Prof. Matthias Hentze (Associate Director EMBL) welcomed the audience from the scientific community, related industry and the press. The laudatio honoring Elizabeth Murchison’s achievements was held by Prof. Reinhard Jahn (Director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany). 

The laudatio and more information on the Eppendorf Award can be found at


World of epMotion contest winners

End of last year the contest “” has come to an end. At this time we want to thank all the labs and epMotion users for  their contribution and announce the winners. Among many good applications the following two labs were selected as winners for one of the next film projects.

Core facility lab in Department of Gene Expression of Institute of Biotechnology in Prague, Czech Republic.

Pathology lab in “hospital rechts der Isar“ - Institute of Pathology, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany

Congratulations to the winning laboratories and we are looking forward to their interesting “World of epMotion” contributions coming soon


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Limited Promotion April 1 – June 30, 2012

Bring Eppendorf premium products to your lab – at prices that are hard to resist! For example, our MixMate high-speed mixer for tubes and plates, or Eppendorf Research plus multi-channel pipettes – both now available in new limited Advantage Value Bundles with great bundle savings. Take advantage now!

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