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Off the Bench – The Eppendorf Life-ScienceStyle Magazine

>        Information and entertainment on life in the laboratory

>        New issues twice a year

Hamburg, Germany, October 28, 2016  –  The new Eppendorf LifeScienceStyle Magazine “Off the Bench” will be published twice a year with a varied mix of informative and entertaining topics that focus on life in the laboratory.

This new magazine joins BioNews, the science- and application-oriented magazine from Eppendorf that has been published twice yearly since 1993. “Off the Bench”, in contrast, will focus on the topic of laboratory lifestyles. In addition to interviews with personalities from science and research, the magazine offers readers a wealth of tips, information and links – such as visitor information on the city in which the next big life science trade fair will take place.

“We want to use ‘Off the Bench’ to offer readers something new – a view beyond the horizon with well-researched, entertaining articles. In the process, our goal is to create further added value for our customers and make it possible to experience our claim of being the expert and advisor in the life sciences,” says Dr. Oliver Franz, Vice President Branding and Group Communication of Eppendorf AG.

Among other things, the first issue of “Off the Bench” will acquaint readers with the work of the cell biologist Tim Gilberger and his battle against malaria. In addition, we join chef J. Kenji López-Alt in his kitchen as he creates dishes with scientific precision and sheds new light on a number of long-held cooking myths.


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The magazine’s contents are also available on the Web at


Pipette tips and pipettes – an infallible system?

epDualfilter TIPS

Hamburg, October 2016


Often been experimental data were not reproducible even though all variables within the experimental procedure withstood a review. But was  that really so?

In many cases the assumption is made that the pipetting system, consisting of pipette and pipette tip, is not a source of error as long as the tip fits the pipette.  However, even if this is the case, it does not speak to the precision and accuracy of the pipetting result. The international standard ISO 8655:2002 considers pipettes and pipette tips as a system. With good reason.

When using pipettes and pipette tips of the same manufacturer, the client can be sure that each lot of pipette tips represents exactly the calibration result described in ISO 8655:2002. A non-system manufacturer does not have any system specifications to which he must refer. Hence, the user is forced to perform calibrations and, if necessary, adjustments of his pipette with alternative tips – every time tips of a new lot number are used.

The results of a large scale study in which a broad array of factors was identified which may negatively influence pipetting results can be found in Application Note 354 “The Tip of the Iceberg – how tips influence results” at


Call for Entries: Eppendorf Award 2017!

Hamburg, October 2016

From October 1, 2016, until January 15, 2017, 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 2017 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 22, 2017

•       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

Only online applications are accepted. The official online registration portal will accept applications as of October 1, 2016 at

The Eppendorf award for Young European Investigators is presented in partnership with Nature.


Eppendorf continues on course for success

> Group sales in first half-year: €305.5 million (sales growth of 5.5%)

> Income from operations: €58.0 million (EBIT margin of 19.0%)

Hamburg, Germany, August 16, 2016  –  During the first half of the year, the Eppendorf Group recorded Group sales of €305.5 million (prior-year period: €289.6 million). The company’s sales growth of 5.5% (7.1% when adjusted for currency effects) put it above average-market growth during the first half of the year.  Income from operations (EBIT) climbed 23.3%, including strong positive currency effects, to €58.0 million (prior-year period: €47.0 million).

This positive result can be attributed, among other things, to good business development in China, where the market grew strongly during the first six months of the year. In addition, Eppendorf grew across all product groups just as it did in fiscal year 2015, and was able to profit from the market’s positive development.

Thomas Bachmann, Chief Executive Officer of Eppendorf AG, is optimistic about fiscal year 2016, adding, “We are especially pleased at our results in the field of bioprocessing, where we are positioning ourselves ever more strongly in the market. Our investments in service are paying off, too, and we can point to good growth rates here as well. I assume we will once again achieve growth for the entire fiscal year 2016 that exceeds the projected current industry average of 4%.”


“Form follows function” - Safe and contact-free pipetting with epT.I.P.S.® 5 mL L tips

epT.I.P.S.® 5 mL L tips

Hamburg, August 2016

Again Eppendorf completes the epT.I.P.S.® elongated tip portfolio with a long-distance tip. The new pipette tips epT.I.P.S. 5 mL L and ep Dualfilter T.I.P.S. 5 mL L with a length of 175 mm easily reach the bottom of e.g. the new Eppendorf Conical Tubes 15 mL or graduated flasks, avoiding sample loss or cross contamination of pipette and vessel. The long and slim design of this new elongated 5 mL tips give free access to the sample with reduced risk of touching the sides of tubes or the neck of a the flask. Even minimal volumes can be recovered safely. These 5 mL L tips are available in various purity grades and with Dualfilter.

Graduations on each 5 mL L tip as well as on big volume tips of epT.I.P.S. 2.5 mL, 5 mL , 10 mL and 10 mL L, allow easy visual recognition and control of liquid level when pipetting. In combination with the Eppendorf pipettes like the Eppendorf Reference® 2, Eppendorf Research® plus, Eppendorf Xplorer®/Xplorer® plus excellent results will be achieved”.


Philipp von Loeper to be new Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eppendorf AG

- Klaus Fink resigns as Chairman after five years

Hamburg, June 6, 2016 - At the Annual General Meeting of June 3, 2016, Klaus Fink stepped down from his position as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eppendorf AG and resigned from the Board. Mr. Fink led and developed the company as Chief Executive Officer for 22 years before becoming Chairman of the Supervisory Board in 2011.

The Supervisory Board, the Management Board and both owner families regret this decision and extend their sincere thanks to Mr. Fink for his outstanding work and his great commitment during all these years.

Philipp von Loeper has been elected the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Mr. von
Loeper has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2011 in the capacity of Vice Chairman, and was previously active on the company’s Compensation Committee.

Hans Hinz was elected Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board.


Presentation of the 2016 Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigator to Adrian Liston

This year’s research prize awarded by Eppendorf goes to Belgium

Eppendorf Award Winner 2016: Prof. Adrian Liston (Group leader at VIB Translational Immunology Lab, University of Leuven, Belgium)

Heidelberg/Hamburg, June 3, 2016

In 2016, Eppendorf AG, the Hamburg life science company is presenting its highly prestigious research prize for the 21st time. The independent Eppendorf Award Jury chaired by Prof. Reinhard Jahn selected Prof. Adrian Liston (Group leader at VIB Translational Immunology Lab, University of Leuven, Belgium) as the 2016 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 2, 2016. The laudatio honoring Adrian Liston’s achievements was held by the jury chairman Prof. Reinhard Jahn.

Adrian Liston, born 1980, receives the € 20,000 prize for his seminal work in elucidating key mechanisms by which the immune system avoids attacking its own organism while remaining effective against pathogens. His experiments have paved the way for understanding key steps in controlling regulatory T-cells that are critical for balancing between autoimmunity and immunosuppression. His work opens up the way for new therapeutic approaches towards diseases resulting from a dysregulated immune homeostasis.

Adrian Liston: “My laboratory studies the genetic basis of immune disease through a multi-disciplinary approach that assesses the entire cascade of events leading to disease. We use genetic approaches to identify new mutations causing primary immunodeficiencies, cellular and biochemical immunology approaches to determine the impact of these mutations on the tolerance checkpoints, and disease modelling approaches to study the process of tissue destruction that leads to pathology.

Our mission is to identify the most sensitive intervention point in the disease pathway for the development of effective therapeutics.” … “»The 2016 Eppendorf Award is a great recognition of the work done by all of the amazing people in my team.  I see this prize as a validation of our philosophy to keep a broad perspective of immune diseases rather than focusing in on a single pathway or technique."

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 (Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association, Berlin, Germany).

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


Eppendorf Expands Single-Use Vessel Portfolio for Microbial Fermentation

The new BioBLU 3f Single-Use Vessel for microbial bioprocessing.

Hamburg, May 30, 2016 – Eppendorf expands its portfolio of rigid-wall single-use vessels for fermentation. The newly launched Eppendorf BioBLU® 3f was developed specifically for microbial bioprocessing in working volumes of 1.25 to 3.75 L, extending the full range of operation for single-use fermentation from 60 mL to 3.75 L.

Eppendorf BioBLU f Single-Use Vessels specifically address the demands of high cell density fermentation of bacteria, yeasts, and fungi. Robust magnetic overhead drives featuring Rushton-type impellers support agitation rates up to 1200 rpm and provide high-performance mass transfer. Eppendorf exclusive integrated cooling baffles enable efficient heat removal for exothermic processes. The rigid-wall industrial stirred-tank design ensures scalability and simplifies technology transfer. The monolayer polymer material mitigates risk and uncertainty with regard to leachables and extractables.

“Product features are nice, but results are better”, explains Ma Sha, PhD, Director of Technical Applications at Eppendorf, Inc. in Enfield, USA. “The BioBLU 3f achieved over 300 mmol O2/L/h OTR and outstanding 200 OD600 in E. coli fermentation. Our recent studies prove the excellent comparability of results obtained using the Eppendorf glass and BioBLU f Single-Use Vessels, respectively.”

BioBLU 3f single-use bioreactors are designed as drop-in replacements for existing autoclavable fermentation vessels. They can be operated with the Eppendorf bioprocess control stations BioFlo® 115, BioFlo 310 and BioFlo 320.

The new BioBLU 3f Single-Use Vessel will be presented amongst others at this year’s SIMB Annual Meeting in New Orleans, USA from July 24–28. Interested visitors can learn more about the Eppendorf single-use bioreactor solutions for microbial applications at the Eppendorf booth and on


Advanced pipetting with Eppendorf’s new Multipettes®/Repeaters® takes the strain out of serial dispensing

Hamburg, May 2016

The new electronic Multipette®/Repeater® E3 and E3x from leading life science company Eppendorf raise the bar in terms of ease of use and versatility of electronic manual dispensers.

Developed in line with Eppendorf’s Physio Care Concept, electric motor driven dispensing helps to minimize the strain of work in the laboratory. Eppendorf’s intuitive design minimizes the risk of RSI by lowering operation forces and positioning buttons to accommodate natural hand movements.

To further guarantee ease of use and reduce eye strain, the new Multipettes/Repeaters have a larger and easy-to-read colour display with clear arrangement of all adjustable parameters. These can now be displayed in 9 different languages to ensure correct operation and correct results worldwide.

The new possibility to save frequently used parameter settings as favourites saves time and facilitates the usage even more. An adjustable reminder for service helps to ensure correct results.

In addition the Multipette/Repeater E3x offers the highest flexibility in use compared to other manual dispensers with its 7 different operation modes.

  1. Pipetting from 1μL to 50mL with one instrument only
  2. Dispensing up to 100 steps in a row with one aspiration only
  3. Automatic dispensing at fixed time intervals
  4. Sequential dispensing of different volumes
  5. Multiple aspiration of equal volumes one Combitip
  6. Titration: Sensitive dosing of liquids while volume is displayed
  7. New: Multiple aspiration and display of unknown volumes with immediate dispensing in desired partial volumes

Automated tip recognition and volume calculation for all tip sizes prevents the risk of manual pipetting errors, improving reliability. Eppendorf’s Multipettes/Repeaters are the only manual dispensers that can recognize all tip sizes. When combined with Combitips advanced®, they form a concerted dispensing system without compromising on accuracy and precision.

All Eppendorf’s Multipettes/Repeaters allow for precise sequential dispensing of samples up to 100 times, reducing experiment times compared to conventional techniques. Also, they are ideal for working with ‘problematic’ liquids, such as viscous or volatile solutions.

Regular pipettes work according to the air cushion principle, where the liquid is separated from the piston by an air cushion. These are highly accurate in most applications, but their performance can be affected by the viscosity, volatility, temperature and surface tension of the liquid. The new Multipette/Repeater system employs positive displacement technology to dispense liquid directly without an air cushion. This ensures that the correct volume is delivered every time following a single aspiration, even for fluids with complicated physical properties. In addition, the risk of cross contamination of biological samples and carry-over of residuals of hazardous or radioactive liquids is eliminated as the liquid is protected with a hermetically sealing piston.

Rudolf Walczak, Global Product Manager Cell and Liquid Handling says: “Since introducing the first piston-stroke pipette 30 years ago, Eppendorf products have continually improved the analytical productivity of life science laboratories. The Multipette/Repeater E3 and E3x are the manifestation of Eppendorf’s twin development goals of higher efficiency and improved user comfort. The smart design offers performance and safety improvements in every area, such as the use of hermetically sealed pistons to prevent aerosol contamination during dispensing. This simultaneously improves pipetting accuracy and protects the user from radioactive or toxic substances”.

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Eppendorf Centrifuge 5920 R: The New Benchmark in Capacity and Performance

Eppendorf Centrifuge 5920 R

Hamburg, May 2016

The new refrigerated Eppendorf Centrifuge 5920 R combines extraordinary high capacity with enhanced temperature management in a very compact and ergonomic product design.

Centrifuge 5920 R can accommodate up to 4 x standard 1 Liter Nalgene® bottles, as well as up to 108 x 15mL conical tubes, and 52 x 50mL conical tubes, enabling researchers to spin large volumes at any one time, in applications such as bioprocessing or cell culture. Additionally, the universal rotor bucket design means researchers can spin both plates and tubes in the same bucket without the need to purchase separate plate buckets.

The Eppendorf Centrifuge 5920 R also offers a powerful state-of-the-art refrigeration system with advanced temperature management, meaning users can be confident that their temperature-sensitive samples are safe. Dynamic compressor control technology and a FastTemp pro® function also allows precise and automated pre-cooling based on a pre-programmable time and date.

Easy to use, the Centrifuge 5920 R features a multi-lingual menu with backlit display with 5 program keys enabling rapid access to routine programs, as well as an adjustable ECO shut-off function to save energy and increase compressor life. “With laboratories under increasing pressure to increase efficiencies and throughput we understand the challenges that researchers face in their work,” said Peter Schreiner, Global Product Manager Centrifugation at Eppendorf.

“The very large capacity and precise temperature management offered by the Centrifuge 5920 R means researchers can be assured that not only are their samples safe, but that they are saving time, money and energy with this system.”

To find out more about the benefits that the Centrifuge 5920 R can bring to your laboratory, visit
Hall B1, Booth 301

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