Elizabeth Murchison receives Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators 2012

In 2012, the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators will be presented for the 17th time. This year’s Award goes to Elizabeth Murchison, Ph.D., Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom. The official presentation of the Award will take place at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, on May 9, 2012.

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.

With the Eppendorf Young Investigator Award which was established in 1995, Eppendorf AG honors outstanding work in biomedical research and supports young European scientists 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 the new Chairman Prof. Reinhard Jahn, Prof. Dieter Häussinger, Prof. Martin J. Lohse and the new jury member Prof. Maria Leptin.

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Eppendorf Centrifuge Configurator 2.0

Forget the difficult trial-and-error procedure of matching the right vessel with the right centrifuge rotor or adapter. Now you can do the matching on your computer. It costs you nothing but a few clicks! We would like to present the Eppendorf Centrifuge Configurator 2.0 - our new, comprehensive search tool. 

There are three sections to choose from:

  • Find the right centrifuge
  • Find vessels for your centrifuge/ rotor/ adapter
  • Find adapters for your centrifuge

The wizard-like configurator will ask you for all the necessary specifications like vessel diameter, vessel shape, needed g-force, type of rotor - guiding you to a clear selection of fitting equipment.

Have fun using this new tool! Your feedback is highly appreciated – please use the form provided on the Configurator web page. 

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Eppendorf licenses technology for thermal cyclers to Agilent

Eppendorf AG has licensed patents covering gradient technology for thermal cyclers to Agilent Technologies, including US patent Nos. 6,767,512 and 7,074,367. Eppendorf utilizes the technology in its Eppendorf Mastercycler® pro gradient, Mastercycler nexus gradient and Mastercycler ep realplex models. 

Eppendorf AG, based in Hamburg, Germany, develops, produces and distributes instruments and consumables for the Life Science research industry. Additional information is available at 

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the worlds premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, electronics and communications. The companys 18,700 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $6.6 billion in fiscal 2011. Information about Agilent is available at .


New: Mastercycler® nexus

The Eppendorf Mastercycler nexus family of PCR instruments offer excellent reproducibility, low noise emission and the versatility to use all types of consumables. Up to three units may be combined for higher throughput, while software capability enables users to access a booking schedule for the instrument and receive email notification when the PCR cycle is finished. Low energy consumption and a small footprint add to the advantages of the Mastercycler nexus for both academic and industrial research laboratories.

Designed to be affordable, flexible and reliable, the Mastercycler nexus incorporates Eppendorf’s flexlid™ concept with automatic height adjustment of the lid. In combination with the universal block this allows use of the widest variety of PCR consumables, from large 0.5 mL tubes down to low profile plates and strips, and therefore a correspondingly wide range of reaction volumes. Excellent block homogeneity and temperature accuracy deliver highly reproducible results. The Mastercycler nexus gradient model provides a true gradient with 12 different temperatures and features SteadySlope technology to ensure that the heating and cooling ramp rates are identical in both optimisation and routine experiments.

With low noise emission, unrivalled at only <40 dB(A), the Mastercycler nexus will not disturb an environment where complex work is carried out. Energy efficiency is a further benefit: only 0.154 kWh are needed for a PCR and standby power consumption is 6 W. The small footprint and front-to-back ventilation system save space and allow units to be placed side-by-side. To increase PCR throughput one or two Mastercycler nexus eco modules (with no control buttons or display) may be connected to the Mastercycler nexus. 

According to Dr Kay Körner, International Senior Product Manager PCR, ‘The Mastercycler nexus is ideal for all PCR applications, from large volume to small volume, including emulsion PCR, in situ PCR, and low to high throughput. The combination of low noise levels, mainly due to less ventilation, with excellent temperature accuracy and high energy efficiency make the Mastercycler nexus a true masterpiece of engineering.’

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Eppendorf licenses technology for thermal cyclers to Bibby Scientific

Eppendorf AG has licensed patents covering gradient technology for thermal cyclers to Bibby Scientific for use e.g. in their TC Plus Thermal Cyclers, including US patent Nos. 6,767,512 and 7,074,367. Eppendorf utilizes the technology in its Eppendorf Mastercycler® pro gradient, Mastercycler nexus gradient and Mastercycler ep realplex models.

Eppendorf AG, based in Hamburg, Germany, develops, produces and distributes instruments and consumables for the Life Science research industry. Additional information is available at

Bibby Scientific Ltd is one of the largest broad based manufacturers of laboratory products worldwide. Additional information is available at


Eppendorf acquires DASGIP Group

Eppendorf AG today announced its acquisition of the DASGIP Group, a technology leader in the fields of bioprocess and information technology. DASGIP, with offices in Juelich, Germany, and Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, has established a high reputation as developer and manufacturer of parallel bioreactor systems andinnovative control and analysis software.

Eppendorf CEO Dirk Ehlers, Ph.D., commented the transaction: „DASGIP is a strategically important addition to the Eppendorf Group. DASGIP’s high quality parallel bioreactors and software solutions nicely complement the current offering of our New Brunswick product lines. They allow us to forge a comprehensive suite of products for bioprocess research applications, development and scale up, from 30 mL to 3,000 liters. Furthermore, the advanced software concepts will position DASGIP as a strong Competence Center in these fields.”

DASGIP CEO Thomas Drescher, Ph.D., added: “The DASGIP and Eppendorf strategies and corporate cultures have an excellent fit. We look forward to combining our technical expertise with the broad range of Eppendorf lab solutions in the fields of liquid-, sample- and cell handling. DASGIP products now can be brought to allmajor markets worldwide with the additional sales and service force available through the regional Eppendorf organizations.”

The deal closed on January 2, 2012. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Hot off the press! Eppendorf BioNews No. 36

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

The leading article of issue 36 features the new Eppendorf BioSpectrometer models basic and kinetic. Additionally BioNews features detailed application notes, product news and the popular BioNews prize competition with great rewards. 

To download the latest edition or for a free subscription, please click here.


New Nature Podcast with Eppendorf Award Winner 2011

Suzan Rooijakkers speaks about her research on Staphylococcus aureus

In 2011, the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators was awarded to Assistant Professor Suzan Rooijakkers, PhD, (University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Medical Microbiology, Utrecht, The Netherlands) for her discoveries of how the pathogen Staphylococcus aureus evades immune attack to survive in the human host. 
Listen now to the interview that Geoff Marsh (Podcast Editor of Nature Publishing Group, London) did with Suzan Rooijakkers for the new Nature Podcast on the Eppendorf Award.

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New Rolling Cabinet for Centrifuges 5804/5804 R and 5810/5810 R

Space is often a limited factor in any ab. The new Rolling Cabinet for Centrifuges 5804/5804 R and 5810/5810 R gives you the freedom and flexibility to use your multipurpose centrifuge wherever you need it.

Set up your centrifuge on the Rolling Cabinet if there isn’t enough space on the regular lab bench. When not needed the Rolling Cabinet and centrifuge can be pushed beneath most lab benches.

Alternatively, use the Rolling Cabinet to transport and use the centrifuge in other labs. For further information on the new Rolling Cabinet please order our brochure or visit


Little Christmas surprise for you

Dear ep-points member,
Here is a little Christmas surprise for you!

To thank you for your loyalty towards Eppendorf and our ep-points program we will credit you an extra 50 ep-points if you login to myEppendorf until december 31, 2011. You can look forward to an eventful year 2012 - with new promotions and rewards around the ep-points program!

With Season's Greetings and the best wishes for a successful year 2012,
your ep-points Team

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