Celebrating 75 Years of Supporting Scientists

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Eppendorf

A good time to look back, but also a time to look forward, and what better way to look forward than by thinking about what the next 75 years will bring – not just for the lab, but for scientific research in general? Welcome to TOMORROW LAB since 1945.

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Transforming science for tomorrow: Watch how the University of East London keeps their position as one of the most modern universities of the UK - with Eppendorf at their side.

Asking the big questions of tomorrow, today.

Question 1
Question 1

"How important is the past for the future?"

When doing research, the focus always tends to be on the future: What’s the next step? In which direction is the field moving? What new discoveries lie ahead?

In these situations, it’s sometimes good to take a step back and think about how we got here. What can we learn from the past when stepping into the future? A lot of this comes back to trust; the trusted methods and trusted technologies that form the basis of our work today often remain a valuable building block for the new developments of tomorrow.

This same principle applies to the manufacturers that support scientists in their work. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Eppendorf as a company – throughout these years, we have gained the trust of generations of researchers in the laboratory with our products - most notably, of course, the iconic "Eppi®".

But we didn’t stop there. Our scientists and engineers are on a constant mission to build on trusted methods to help address the challenges that today’s scientists face. It's easy to see this in the field of genomics. Researchers have been using our pipettes to set up their PCRs for decades, but as experiments in the field of genomics increase in scope, manual pipetting quickly becomes very time-consuming.

This is why we developed the epMotion® automated liquid handling systems – fast, easy-to-use systems that build on years of experience in liquid handling and use this experience to help scientists with the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Who knows what the next 75 years will bring!

Learn more about Pipetting of Challenging Liquids | Automated Liquid Handling and epMotion | About Eppendorf 

Question 2
Question 2

"What contribution does fundamental research make to our health?"

"If our society continues to support basic research on how living organisms function, it is likely that my great grandchildren will be spared the agony of losing family members to most types of cancer." - Paul D. Boyer, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1997

Improving health is something that underpins the vast majority of research in life science. And it’s not just about finding better treatments, or entirely new approaches such as stem cell-based treatments; it’s also about detecting disease earlier, shedding light on the complex origins of disease, and understanding how the delicate balance of the microbiome affects health.

In the whirlwind of headlines about breakthroughs in medical research, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the fundamental research that laid the foundation for new treatments or new insights.  Luckily, it is not always overlooked. The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to researchers in the US and the UK for the fundamental discovery of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability. This understanding gives insights into new treatments for conditions ranging from cancer, to anemia, and heart disease.

We at Eppendorf are passionate about supporting scientists engaged in fundamental research. Aside from providing cell and molecular biology users with their day-to-day lab needs, we also support the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators. Established 25 years ago, it is presented in partnership with the journal Nature® , and acknowledges outstanding contributions to biomedical research in Europe.

Keep an eye out for the next winner of this prestigious award.

Learn more about Science Counts - But What Counts in Science? | The Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators

Question 3
Question 3

"How to ensure the quality of our daily needs?"

As the human population continues to grow, how can we be certain there will be enough food and resources in the future to support our needs?

The UN estimates that by 2100 the human population will increase to ten billion – and while land suitable for growing crops is becoming increasingly scarce, the land area devoted to agriculture would have to double in the next 35 years in order to feed everyone.

This clearly highlights the fact that we are going to have to become more inventive and efficient in the way we produce food and raw materials. Crops will need to become more nutrient-rich and tolerant to the effects of climate change. And we also have to make sure that the food we produce is safe.

Molecular biology techniques can play a key role, both in food research and in food quality testing. The great thing about using molecular biology in food testing is that scientists can get their results very quickly, so testing doesn’t cause any significant delays.

At Eppendorf, we support scientists working in food testing, research, and production around the globe with products such as pipettes and tips, tubes, centrifuges, mixers, photometers, and freezers – as well as automated liquid handling systems for high-throughput testing. Our technology is used worldwide to help governments and agencies ensure that the food they test is safe – because only safe food ensures our survival.

Learn more about Bioprocessing - an ancient techniques | Food & Beverage at Eppendorf | Biofuels

Question 4
Question 4

"How can we age more healthily in the future?"

Thanks in part to advances in biological and medical research, humans on average now live longer than ever before. As this change continues, more attention will be focused not just on preventing and curing diseases, but also on ageing itself – and on how we can age healthily.

Our understanding of the way humans age has come a long way. We can now study genetic changes in individual cells to see how they contribute to ageing and associated diseases, leading to more effective treatments when things go wrong.

An example of this increased understanding is the important role that our microbiome plays in ageing. The microbiome consists of all microorganisms – bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses – living in or on the human body. Studies have shown how the microbiome of our intestines changes dramatically during ageing, and that these changes are linked to human health and lifespan.

For a quarter of a century, we’ve been supporting research into ageing and other areas of molecular biology through the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators in partnership with the journal Nature® . In 2018, Professor Andrea Ablasser was awarded the prize for showing that a mechanism involved in the immune response is also activated in ageing cells.

As with the last 75 years, we will continue innovating to ensure molecular biologists have access to the most ground-breaking, reliable, and consistent products to give them the best chance of success in their research. And we look forward to continuing to reward this success through the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators.

Learn more about Muscle Cells from the Lab | The Importance of Stem Cells 

Question 5
Question 5

"What does tomorrow’s research look like?"

Many areas of life will experience far-reaching innovations in the future. But what does this mean for the researchers who are seeking to realize these aims?

Some of these innovations are already applied in labs today. One of these is big data. The amount of data we can store and the speed at which it can be processed has been increasing exponentially for decades, and these abilities are having an enormous impact in many areas of life science research.

Lab automation will also inevitably continue in years to come. In today’s labs, automation is still mostly associated with repetitive, high-throughput tasks, but as machines and software get smarter and the role of AI is expanding, it will also become possible to use automation in research tasks that require adjustments based on initial results.

And what other areas will define the lab, or researcher, of tomorrow? It has been suggested that introducing gamification and game theory elements into research will contribute to the research of the future, but maybe the next big thing will come from somewhere nobody expects.

In the last 75 years, we at Eppendorf have been leading the way in applying the latest technologies to support the scientists of tomorrow. You can see this in one of our core areas – pipetting – where we support automation through our epMotion® automated liquid handling systems, place user ergonomics at the center with our PhysioCare® concept, and improve connectivity with our new connected pipette.

But we have not stopped there. We have also teamed up with other companies in the smartLAB collaboration to work on new digital solutions for labs worldwide. Our VisioNize® and eLABTM applications offering helps scientists digitize lab tasks that are often done manually, such as equipment control, inventory management, and lab journal writing – thereby helping labs to become connected, paperless, and ready for the future.

Learn more about Digital Lab Solutions from Eppendorf | Cloud Solutions in Science | Digital sample Management

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Nature® is a registered trademark of Springer Nature Holdings Ltd., UK. Eppendorf®, the Eppendorf Brand Design, Eppi®, epMotion®, Eppendorf Tubes®, VisioNize® and the Eppendorf PhysioCare Concept® are registered trademarks of Eppendorf AG, Germany. eLABTM is a trademark of Bio-ITech BV.

»Eppendorf contributes to improve human living conditions«

After 75 years, the mission of the company is just as valid and relevant as it ever was. Immerse yourself in 75 years of company history and discover the biggest milestones, the first Eppendorf products and your old friends in lab, like the Multipette® 4780 and the Centrifuge 5415C.
 

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Remember your first Eppendorf product? The one experiment that kept you up for nights? The hours you spent in front of your lab device watching it working? The time you spent documenting lab experiments?

Your stories and experiences are our motivation to remain your expert partner in the lab. Eppendorf and you: Together we can look towards a future that inspires and improves people´s living conditions.

Share your “Eppendorf Moment” with the global lab community and be entered for a chance to win: 3x 25 lucky entries will be randomly selected to win one of 75 Eppendorf Surprise Packages, including the new special edition of the Eppendorf Pipette Pen, Eppi® T-Shirts, other merchandise, and even the chance to win a UE BOOM 3 Bluetooth-Box for celebrating 75 years of supporting scientists in your lab!

 

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Eppendorf Moments

  • Barnabé May 27, 2020

    I have been working in my lab for 5 years now and I remember last year I was doing a qpcr. I had just finish my plate and checked that everything was fill and I checked my pipette and I had not changed the volume.

    Restarted everything it was already 18h50.

    Year – when did this happen: 2019

    Location – where did this happen: Nice

  • Avish Golakiya May 27, 2020

    In 2019 January I finally received the Eppendorf Research Plus. I was amazed to see in front of my eye 24-channel pipette system. This make me happy about such pipette that ensure my all future experiments will preform at least 3X faster. After few days of work I was looking at pipette and thinking about this type of tech support is giving motivation to do research. As researcher this is the best part of work, when company like eppendorf understand your pain point and come up with fantastic solutions.

    Year – when did this happen: 2019

    Location – where did this happen: Wroclaw

  • Anastasia May 27, 2020

    Well, first time I met Eppendorf was in 2015 when I started my internship. In the lab was 3 Minispins - everyone love them, because they're so small and cute. I work here for now and for today we have also 24-tubes centrifuge... and we love her too! In time of increase of quantity of diagnostic tests she helps us a lot - she's a fast, quite and looks good. Ah, of course we have microtubes, and they're also good for our goals.

    Year – when did this happen: 2015

    Location – where did this happen: Belarus, Minsk

  • Ari May 27, 2020

    This will sound silly, but anyway here goes: As I've only just graduated, I'm still discovering all the fun quirks and niches of all the science-related companies and researchers. l was a bit overwhelmed with all of the equipment and brands when I walked into the first lab I joined and all of the different companies I was exposed to suddenly made it tough to separate them out initially, then I remember one day receiving a very much needed cup of coffee from a friend in an Eppendorf mug. On a side note it also hadn't really occurred to me that Eppendorf and other companies made any thing besides all the important lab equipment. I was delighted to find that Eppendorf could also provide the receptacle for my coffee, a staple for a long day of experiments. Silly I know, but when I think of Eppendorf I'm always reminded of that first cup of coffee in the Eppendorf mug, followed then by the pipettes.

    Year – when did this happen: 2019

    Location – where did this happen: South Africa

  • Beatriz May 27, 2020

    I started my academic career in science last year, involving a large number of pipetting. Obviously, the first pipette I used was from Eppendorf, it is marked in my memory. For sure that Eppendorf pipettes will accurately follow my scientific path!

    Year – when did this happen: 2019

    Location – where did this happen: Portugal

  • Mahnoor May 27, 2020

    My first experiment for my PhD was a spot assay. I was struggling painfully through each assay for hours on end due to the stiff mechanism of the (non-Eppendorf) pipette I had at the time. I eventually came across Eppendorf's Research Plus Pipettes which have been a complete game changer! Each assay takes half the time to do and yields extremely consistent results. My PCR experiments have also improved a lot too! Whenever I'm showing anyone around the lab, these pipettes are usually the first thing I talk and rave about!

    Year – when did this happen: 2019

    Location – where did this happen: London, UK

  • Wasifa May 26, 2020

    As a growing life science student, Eppendorf pipettes have accompanied me like a (in)visible best friend. I remember the first time I held an Eppendorf pipette in my hand, it was during my first independent lab experience during the BA thesis. After many courses with other pipettes, the Eppendorf pipette felt like an extended arm and I was able to concentrate on my research rather than how to handle the equipment. As a Potterhead, the Eppendorf pipette is for me what the magic wand is for Harry Potter :-).

     

    Year – when did this happen: 2015

    Location – where did this happen: Lübeck, Germany

  • Esther May 26, 2020

    The first time I was in contact with an eppendorf’s product was a pipette in CEGEP. It was during my first lab of biochemistry happening at the second trimester of biotechnology. My lab partner and I were excited to learn how to use it, and I remember being so satisfied of the drops they made. They were the perfect 1μL, 10μL and 100μL, and ever since I love to watch the drop when I use pipettes.

    Year – when did this happen: 2016

    Location – where did this happen: CEGEP

  • Kok Lee May 26, 2020

    For more than 15 years of research experiences in laboratory and cell culture, from undergrad to phd, having the pleasure to use eppendorf lab equipments and consumables is like a dream or something to achieve all the time. However, we always have to compromise with the quality due to affordability. Until the day I received free sample of eppendorf cell culture wares, with the quality, innovation and precision of the multiwell plate design, it has prompted me and my labmates come to the agreement that we should stick to eppendorf labwares and consumables. =)

    Year – when did this happen: 2020

    Location – where did this happen: Penang, Malaysia

  • Vrinda Nair May 26, 2020

    When you almost feel hopeless, that time when your experiment stops working and you get a negative result. That hurts! But when you look at the countertop- Your Eppendorf pipette and tubes is smiling at you. You know, there is no other motivation than that. Working with diabetic patients, collecting blood samples, isolating the DNA and lot more of molecular work becomes extremely easy with Eppendorf products. The smooth pipette and precisely marked tubes make the experiment free of errors. Thank you for making such wonderful products for researchers.

    Year – when did this happen: 2017

    Location – where did this happen: Mumbai

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25 Years of supporting Young European Investigators

In 1995 Eppendorf celebrated its 50th anniversary.
To commemorate this, the company initiated an annual award for early career researchers for outstanding contributions to biomedical research – the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators.


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