2014 FEBS Anniversary Prize winner goes to Cambridge scientist
The FEBS Anniversary Prize started in 1974 on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. It is funded by capital gifts from Boehringer Mannheim and Eppendorf and is awarded annually to researchers of 40 years of age or younger for outstanding achievements in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology or related sciences.
Up to two winners are selected from the best abstracts submitted to the organisers of the annual congress of FEBS (Federation of European Biochemical Societies). The prize administration is managed by both FEBS and the Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie (GBM), and up to two Anniversary Prizes of €2,000 and a diploma are awarded each year.
In 2014 the UK scientist Akkilesh Reddy is one of the two Anniversary Prize winners. In acknowledgement of Dr Reddy's outstanding work, Eppendorf UK Territory Manager, Vanessa Talbot presented him with a small token of appreciation, an Eppendorf Research plus pipette engraved with his name.
Eppendorf would like to congratulate both winners of the FEBS Anniversary Prize: Akhilesh B. Reddy, Institute of Metabolic Science, Cambridge and Rotem Sorek, Weizman Institute of Science, Israel.
The next FEBS Congress is July 4 - 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.
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Profit from our experience in liquid handling, automation, cell technology and cell culture. In our practice-orientated seminars, you can learn something new or just brush up your knowledge. We offer courses in German, French and English in small groups. Each successful participant receives a certificate.
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Winner 2014 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology
The U.S. scientist Eiman Azim, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University in New York has won the 2014 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology. Eiman Azim’s work offers fundamental new insights into the neural mechanisms that enable skilled limb movements to be both smooth and precise.
Read more about Eiman Azim’s work here.
It’s Your sample!
We created the new consumables landing page to give you quick and easy access to all important product information on Eppendorf consumables grouped by the topics “Leachables”, “Quality” and “Purity”. Comprehensive collections of applications, certificates, publications etc. are available for download. Watch our video about the production of our consumables and have a look behind the scenes how Eppendorf consumables are produced according to the highest quality and purity standards. They are manufactured from carefully selected and purest raw materials. Fully automated production in a clean room environment excludes human interaction and possible contamination. The strictest control criteria monitored internally and externally, guarantee superior consistency of the products and thus your experimental results -- lot by lot.
Or find the Eppendorf consumables App for free. In our new App you can browse through all relevant information on our consumables. A real high light to use in your laboratory.
Blackbird in a UK garden wins Photographer of the Year Award
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.
NEW: Scan your epPoints® codes!
Entering your epPoints codes is now much easier! Many new epPoints stickers carry a QR code which allows you to scan your epPoints codes using the camera of your mobile device, for example your smartphone or tablet PC.
Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators 2015
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.
Eppendorf licenses technology for thermal cyclers to SensoQuest
Eppendorf AG has licensed patents covering gradient technology for thermal cyclers to SensoQuest GmbH, including German patent Nos. DE 196 55 282 and DE 196 55 141. Eppendorf utilizes the technology in its Eppendorf Mastercycler® pro gradient and Mastercycler nexus gradient models.
New: TruSeq® Stranded mRNA
Today Eppendorf announces the availability of the epMotion automation method for Illumina’s TruSeq Stranded mRNA library preparation kit for next-generation sequencing as “Illumina Qualified.” “Illumina Qualified” indicates that Illumina’s analysis of libraries prepared with this epMotion method has shown the libraries to perform comparably to those prepared manually.
For next generation sequencing systems a variety of sample preparation kits are available. These kits are needed to convert either DNA or RNA samples into sequencing ready libraries, a procedure that includes many steps and can be time consuming. RNA sequencing requires additional steps – either the depletion of unwanted ribosomal or the positive selection of mRNA from total RNA samples. Due to the complexity of the library construction methods, automation is regarded as highly useful.
The epMotion method can be used for the automated construction of 8, 16 or 24 libraries starting with 100 – 1000 ng of total RNA together with Illumina’s TruSeq Stranded mRNA kit. The overall hands-on time is less than 1.5 hours, while the total run time of the entire procedure is ~11.5 hours for 24 samples. Minimized hands-on time & high reproducibility with this automated method help to streamline and standardize the sequencing workflow.
Additional automated methods for NGS library preparation from Illumina are currently in development.
New epMotion 96
The new epMotion 96 from Eppendorf provides an ideal, time-saving solution for scientists undertaking the repetitive task of working with 96 or 384 format microplates or deep-well plates within life science research laboratories and pharmaceutical and industry laboratories. The epMotion 96 allows easy, rapid handling with high precision and accuracy compared to multi-channel manual pipettes and thanks to its ability to dispense into all 96 wells at the same time, makes it possible to simultaneously start or stop a biological assay for all wells in a plate. The system also makes the task more comfortable and efficient for laboratory workers by greatly reducing the risk of repetitive stress injury caused by manual pipetting.