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.
For more information, see www.eppendorf.com/apps.
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.
Eppendorf's new HeatSealers are small, reliable and flexible
By launching the new HeatSealer Family Eppendorf offers now two new devices for reliable sealing of different plate formats. To match various requirements, there is a choice between a small and extremely user-friendly device, HeatSealer S100, and a slightly bigger version, HeatSealer S200, with flexible programmable sealing parameters. Both models allow for easy, reproducible and effective sealing of plates, thereby efficiently preventing evaporation and contamination.
Thanks to a selection of adapters the standard plate formats can still be used. Whether hermetic sealing of multiwell plates or effective evaporation protection for low-profile PCR plates is required, the Eppendorf HeatSealer is always the right choice. An integrated thermostat prevents overheating while enabling reliable and reproducible sealing of the plate. The press-on mechanism was improved and makes handling even more simple. Furthermore, the HeatSealer S200 features different sealing temperatures and times, selectable depending on requirements, plates and sealing option.
„A reliable assay result can only be achieved with plates that are reproducibly and tightly sealed. This also applies to the storage of samples. Especially for long-term storage, tight sealing is crucial for save storage of your sample until you need it again!“ says Dr. Kay Körner, Senior Global Product Manager PCR with Eppendorf.
For more information go to: www.eppendorf.com
Eppendorf and Florida State University Collaboration Demonstrates Large-Scale Stem Cell Expansion
Enfield, CT USA, March 16, 2015 – A collaboration between Eppendorf and Florida State University has successfully shown the feasibility of large-scale expansion of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) using the company’s proprietary Fibra-Cel® packed-bed technology.
Dr. Ma Sha, Director of Technical Applications at Eppendorf, provided equipment and funding for reagents to Dr. Teng Ma to support the Florida State team’s work in the field of stem cell expansion. The team successfully conducted MSC expansion inside a packed-bed 3D matrix using a CelliGen® 310 bioreactor at ~2 L scale. The results demonstrate the feasibility of large-scale stem cell expansion using the company’s patented Fibra-Cel packed-bed technology which provides uniform mass transfer of nutrients and oxygen to the adhered cells. The finding will be submitted for publication at a peer reviewed scientific journal.
Dr. Yaw D. Yeboah, Dean and Professor, College of Engineering, thanked Eppendorf and noted that the company’s commitment to the University allows it to continue to deliver world-class education and transformative experiences that prepare students for the challenges of today’s complex, knowledge-driven marketplace.
The new Eppendorf Conical Tubes 15 mL and 50 mL broaden the volume range of Eppendorf Tubes®
Hamburg, February 2015 - With the introduction of the two screw cap tubes 15 mL and 50 mL, Eppendorf Tubes® now cover the entire volume range from 0.5 mL to 50 mL.
The newly designed screw caps provide not only optimal sealing properties, but with their grooved and multi-surface side-contour they simultaneously ensure a secure, slip-free grip. The optimized handling features further facilitate safe opening and closing of the tubes via convenient one-handed operation.
The Eppendorf Conical Tubes are further characterized by an expanded purity grade: they are not only sterile and pyrogen-free, but they are also free from DNases and RNases as well as human and bacterial DNA. These features make them ideally suited for cell biology applications in a sterile environment as well as for laboratory protocols in the fields of microbiology and molecular biology, which rely on freedom from contaminations with DNA.
The highest level of manufacturing precision and robustness ensure smooth performance of these tubes in laboratory instruments such as centrifuges or thermomixers.
“With all these high quality product features, the Eppendorf Conical Tubes 15 mL and 50 mL make a significant contribution to reliable and reproducible results in a broad variety of laboratory protocols”, says Dr. Nils Gerke, Global Product Manager for Consumables at Eppendorf.
More information is available at: www.eppendorf.com/conicals
Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology 2015 Call for Entries!
Eppendorf and the journal Science are now accepting applications for the 2015 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology. This annual international research prize of US$25,000 is awarded to young scientists for their outstanding contributions to neurobiology research based on methods of molecular and cell biology. Researchers who are 35 years of age or younger are invited to apply by June 15, 2015. The winner and finalists are selected by a committee of independent scientists, chaired by Science’s Senior Editor, Dr. Peter Stern.
The 2014 prize was won by the US scientist Eiman Azim, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University in New York. Eiman Azim’s work offers fundamental new insights into the neural mechanisms that enable skilled limb movements to be both smooth and precise. His research 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.
For more about the prize and film interview with Eiman Azim, go to www.eppendorf.com/prize.
Eppendorf wins its first patent infringement case in China
Hamburg, January 30, 2015 – Eppendorf AG (“Eppendorf”) has successfully enforced its Chinese patent ZL200710079795.X, covering its vortexing technology for mixers used in the Eppendorf MixMate®. Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court issued judgment Yi Zhong Min Chu Zi No. 871 on December 10, 2014, finding that the manufacturer Hangzhou Allsheng Instruments Co., Ltd. (“Allsheng”) and its distributor Beijing Aochuang Industrial Technology Development Co., Ltd. infringed upon the Eppendorf patent. The ruling forbids production, offer and sale of the infringing mixer product by Allsheng and sale and offer of the product by its distributor, and awards Eppendorf monetary damages and compensation for expenses.The ruling is final and in force.
This was the first patent suit initiated by Eppendorf in the People’s Republic of China. “Eppendorf sees this ruling as a confirmation of its patent strategy of filing a substantial number of its inventions for patent protection in China. It is important to see that we are able to successfully enforce intellectual property rights in China.” commented Sven Bülow, Ph.D., Executive Vice President Corporate Development at Eppendorf AG.
Eppendorf Announces New BioFlo® 320 Bench Scale Bioprocess Control Station
Enfield, CT USA, January 5, 2015 – The BioFlo 320 is truly a step into the future for Eppendorf as a bioprocess equipment manufacturer. New features including autoclavable and single-use vessel flexibility, intelligent sensors, and IP network communication for multi-unit control set it apart as the new premium choice in the bench scale bioprocess market.
Suitable for microbial and cell culture, scale up to scale down, batch, fed-batch, and continuous processes, the BioFlo 320 can meet the ever-changing needs of all segments of the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. It offers flexibility, better control, and maximum functionality while occupying a fraction of the valuable lab space of similar systems.
Research on Skilled Limb Movement Wins 2014 Eppendorf & Science Prize
Hamburg, October 2014 - The US scientist Eiman Azim, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University in New York has won the 2014 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology. Dr. Azim’s work offers fundamental new insights into the neural mechanisms that enable skilled limb movements to be both smooth and precise.
Dr. Azim writes, “When we catch a ball or throw a dart, we usually don’t give a second thought to the intricate neural circuits that orchestrate such dexterous behaviors. Yet for these actions to succeed, the nervous system must continuously tweak motor output to shape and refine movement of the arm. As a postdoctoral fellow with Tom Jessell, I have been using the genetic accessibility of mice to disentangle individual spinal circuits that help achieve the precision and fidelity of reaching movements. By applying mouse molecular tools to the investigation of skilled forelimb behavior, traditionally the domain of primate research, my colleagues and I provide direct experimental support for long-standing theories about how internal feedback pathways within the central nervous system and external feedback from the muscles each contribute to fine motor control. In the future, I plan to build on the approaches we developed to investigate how the cerebellum uses feedback information to refine movement. More generally, I hope to explore how the elaboration of motor circuits across developmental and evolutionary time directs diverse repertoires of skilled motor behavior, with an eye toward a better understanding of human motor function and dysfunction.”
According to Prize Jury Chair and Science Senior Editor, Dr. Peter Stern, “Eiman Azim’s work has furthered our understanding of the neural circuits involved in skilled movement. He established that propriospinal neuron internal feedback and motor copy circuits help to calibrate movement. Dr. Azim identified presynaptic inhibition as a crucial gain control mechanism for smooth limb movement.”
The annual US$25,000 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology honors scientists, like Dr. Azim, for their outstanding contributions to neurobiology research. Dr. Azim is the 13th recipient of this international award. The Prize is presented at a ceremony held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. All scientists who are 35 years of age or younger and who have made outstanding contributions to neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology are invited to apply. The next deadline for applications for the Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is June 15, 2015. For more information about Dr. Azim and the Prize, visit www.eppendorf.com/prize.
Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators 2015: Call for entries!
Hamburg, October 2014 - Until 15 January 2015, young researchers working in Europe who are not older than 35 years are invited to apply for the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators. This highly prestigious prize acknowledges outstanding contributions to biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts. In 2015 the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators celebrates 20 years. To mark this milestone, Eppendorf has increased the prize money to 20,000 euros.
The winner is selected by an independent expert committee chaired by Reinhard Jahn (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany).
The Award winner 2015 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 25, 2015
- 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, the selection criteria and past Award winners can be found at www.eppendorf.com/award. Here potential prize winners will find all relevant information for a successful application.
Only online applications are accepted. The official online registration portal will accept applications as of October 1, 2014 at www.eppendorf.com/award/application.
The Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators is presented in partnership with Nature.