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.

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Eppendorf Moments

  • Nayab May 26, 2020

    Happy Anniversary and thanks Eppendorf for the Cell Culture Do´s and Don´ts videos!! Not only are they amusing, they also helped us a lot to optimize the way we work in cell culture and to think about details that we have not considered as a source of errors so far.

    Year – when did this happen: 1986

    Location – where did this happen: In pakistan

  • Jessica May 26, 2020

    To use a eppendorf pipette after years of using no name pipetts was like coming home. No bang into the caps, dropping around it was heaven!

    Year – when did this happen: 2019

    Location – where did this happen: Mülheim a. d. Ruhr

  • Ashish Kumar Lamiyan May 26, 2020

    Actually it was not at all expected that I will at my first experience only will come across an Eppendorf product in my hands. I borrowed it from another lab and was so thankful to the teacher who enabled me this great experience. It felt like my wish came true. I share my experience with all my colleagues and always suggest them to use Eppendorf products.

    Location – where did this happen: Panjab University Chandigarh

  • Prasad May 25, 2020

    I have been using Eppendorf pipettes since form my PhD. However, I never had a own set of pipettes or even if I have I use to share with my colleagues. So, having a new set of Eppendorf pipette set remained as dream. So, when I started my own research lab, I bought two Eppendorf pippette sets, one for me and other for my student. The new set I bought looked great and made my day.

    Year – when did this happen: 2020

    Location – where did this happen: Hyderabad

  • Auriane May 25, 2020

    The first time I have been using an Eppendorf pipette I remember being very impressed and thinking that it must have been quite a revolution going from mouth pipetting to this engine in the 1960s. 60 years later we now use electronic pipettes to pipette very small volumes with a precision and reproducibility never achieved, saving both time and energy. How impressive!

    Year – when did this happen: 2014

    Location – where did this happen: University of California Los Angeles, USA

  • Chiara May 25, 2020

    My "Eppendorf moment" was when I was a student at the University and in the biotechnology laboratory course I discovered and used an eppendorf pipette for the first time: it was love at first sight...and at first touch.

    At that moment I realized that I wanted to work in a laboratory for the rest of my life. Thanks eppendorf

    Year – when did this happen: 2003

    Location – where did this happen: University of Padova, Italy

  • Rohan May 25, 2020

    I have been using Eppendorf products since my PhD days in Mumbai, India. At the time when my friends in the US could have their "own set" of pipettes, here we had to share them in the lab. The same continued through my post doc as well.

    In 2015 i started my own company and the 1st thing I did was to get my "own set of Eppendorf" pipettes!! Got my full set of Research plus pipettes and they are "mine". This was also the first purchase order raised by the company.. that special are these pipettes!

    Eventually, i shut my company after 4 years and these pipettes stay as souvenirs at home of the ups and downs of my entrepreneurial phase... supported by Eppendorf!

    Year – when did this happen: 2015

    Location – where did this happen: Bengaluru

  • Gergely May 25, 2020

    First time met wit epMotion robot. Since then my life changed, because of that robot I started to work with automation systems. The epMotion series is what I like to use the most to demonstrate how efficient and how easily applicable a protocol with automation and opens up the door for more accurate and precise research and development in any field of scientific discipline.

    Year – when did this happen: 2010

    Location – where did this happen: Hungary

  • Kristie May 20, 2020

    Eppendorf's EpMotion5070 was my all-time favourite piece of lab equipment. For my first use in 2010 I was hooked. It allowed me to carry out RT-PCR on nearly 800 samples a day in a 384 well plate format. The PCR replicates were very tight and this instrument was very user friendly. I soon became a "superuser" and shared the benefits of this equipment with other students/staff. When I moved to UTS in 2018 I found that there wasn't an EpMotion in my research building, but fortunately I was successful in obtaining an EpMotion5073 via CAPEX funding in 2019. I am now the primary trainer for this instrument which has not only allowed for a more high-throughput workload but has also had profound OH&S benefits.

    Year – when did this happen: 2010 and 2019

    Location – where did this happen: Kolling Institute of Medical Research and University of Technology Sydney

  • Ryan May 14, 2020

    I was a PhD student working in a molecular pathology laboratory with a circa 1990's Eppendorf Mastercycler. I remember spending hours changing gradient conditions by 0.1 degree celsius to try and accomodate the necessary annealing temperature for all the primer sets to amplify a gene cluster. It took a long time to get right but it saved so much time in the long run.

    Fast-forward to 2010 and i moved to a lab in Sydney, Australia with the same model of Mastercycler. That instrument "died" last year and we have just replaced it with two brand new Mastercyclers. The relationship continues, although i dare say we won't make 75 years. Congratulations Eppendorf.

    Year – when did this happen: 2006

    Location – where did this happen: Christchurch, New Zealand

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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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