Tom Baden PD., Ph.D.

“What the eye tells the brain, and how it got there”. In a new Nature podcast, which went online on 4th August, Dr. Tom Baden talks about signal processing in the retina. Tom Baden is Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, and the 2017 winner of the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators.Besides the interview with Baden, the podcast includes some snippets and statements from the Award ceremony which took place at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, on 22nd June, 2017.

Listen to the podcast.

More information about the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators.

Ultra-Low Temperature (ULT) freezers are critical pieces of laboratory equipment, retaining decades of irreplaceable research, samples and costly reagents.  Laboratories can be energy consuming, typically using up to three times the energy of an office and ULT freezers are key energy consumers. Therefore it’s unsurprising that laboratories will look at saving energy by turning up their freezers from -80oC to -70oC. This ten degree difference can create on average 25% energy savings, but will -70oC temperatures protect the viability of your samples?

This is the question the University of Edinburgh, VWR and Eppendorf set out to answer, with a project that will impact researchers and ULT freezer usage. This five year study, the first of its kind, will be highlighting the long term effects of ULT freezer temperature on sample viability and energy consumption. The study incorporates a wide range of materials including viruses, cell lines, tissues, bodily fluids and yeasts, stored at -60oC, -70oC and -80oC temperatures. The key aim of the study is to monitor the viability of these common samples when stored at different temperatures, but it will also highlight how ULT freezer performance relates to:

> Unit age
> Ambient temperature
> Set point temperature/actual temperature
> Door recovery times

There are already some interesting results; unsurprisingly energy consumption is strongly related to set temperature, ambient temperature and the number of door openings. However, it is apparent that some of the sample groups do not maintain viability at -60oC, -70oC and sometimes even -80oC temperatures. Samples can be classified in four groups:

Sample TypeSurvival at -80oCSurvival at -70oCSurvival at -60oC

Researchers with type A samples can be confident that their samples would retain viability after long term storage. However researchers with type B and C samples will need to be very cautious, not only with their ULT freezer set point, but the actual unit temperature and recovery rate of their ULT freezer as well.

The study is currently in progress and complete details will be released in 2020. If you would like regular updates on this study, please e-mail us at

Watch the related video and read full details of the study.

More information about Eppendorf freezers can be found at

Eppendorf Unveils New State-of-the-Art Sample Freezer at ICEBAR London

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Eppendorf has launched its new CryoCube® F740 ultra-low temperature freezer line for laboratory sample storage with an exclusive event at the London ICEBAR on Wednesday 24th May 2017. The new freezer line comprises 5 new models, F740i with Advanced User Interface (AUI), F740wi a water-cooled option with AUI, F740hi high efficiency with AUI, F740hiw high efficiency, water-cooled and AUI and F740 with an LED interface.

The new CryoCube freezers demonstrate an increased capacity of 740 L (576 x boxes), improved energy efficiency without sacrificing temperature accuracy, and a considerable noise reduction creating a safe storage environment. Options such as air-cooling or water-cooling, right-handed or left-handed doors, and three or five interior compartments set new benchmarks for user demands. The CryoCube F740 is network-compatible and can be monitored through Eppendorf’s new device management software, VisioNize® – directly at the device’s touchscreen or flexibly at a computer or tablet in the office.

The launch was attended by over 50 representatives from all areas of science and industry and included presentations from both academic and industrial leaders in the laboratory field with focus on sample safety, traceability and sustainability without sacrificing temperature accuracy in the laboratory. The event also included a ‘-5˚C experience’ within ICEBAR London - the UK’s only hospitality venue with a permanent bar area made of ice. During the event, attendees enjoyed the opportunity to network during refreshments followed by liquid nitrogen ice cream.

Brian McTeir, Facilities and Services Manager at The Roslin Institute, presented important considerations on sample security, management, quality assurance and temperature monitoring. Brian highlighted that features of the Eppendorf freezers had contributed to achieving a reduction in freezer numbers within the laboratory areas.

Stephen Dey, Marketing Director at Eppendorf UK said: “We’re delighted to welcome our most distinguished customers to this important launch, introducing the next generation of the CryoCube freezer range.” He added, “We always endeavour to provide state-of-the-art instruments to our customers and this new freezer will help to deliver the best possible standards with excellent sample safety and product reliability. Other important factors such as efficiency, capacity and traceability are built into this new instrument. With the latest advancements, we believe the CryoCube F740 freezer line provides everything our customers require from an ultra-low temperature freezer.”

With more than sixty years’ experience of developing high quality instruments, consumables, and services for liquid-, sample-, and cell handling in laboratories worldwide, Eppendorf welcomes this latest product to its expanding portfolio.

More information about Eppendorf CryoCube® freezers can be found at
More information about VisioNize® can be found at

In the Eppendorf App, you can now enter epPoints codes manually or scan the printed QR code. At the push of a button, the camera of your mobile device opens and you can scan the QR code. This process can be repeated quickly and easily, thus facilitating the collection of epPoints.

Try it out now! 

Find more information here

To download the app, visit:

The second issue of Off the Bench, the LifeScienceStyle Magazine by Eppendorf, is here. Our new title story features the Spanish biochemist Oscar Fernandez-Capetillo, who researches the connection between DNA damage, replicative cellular stress and the development of cancer at the National Cancer Research Center (CNIO) in Madrid. Further topics in this issue include a critical look at the genome editing process CRISPR as well as the global extinction of red algae species, the source of the gelling agent agar-agar. This issue’s travel destination is the Swiss metropolis of Geneva, host to this year’s trade fair ESHRE of the Europe­an Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, held in early July. Lastly, with the kind permission of the journal Science, author Jeffrey J. McDonnell explains what authors of scientific publications may learn from Hollywood directors.

“After the many positive responses to our inaugural issue, we are very pleased to once again offer our readers valuable insights for their daily work routine with this new issue”, states Thomas Bachmann, President & CEO of the Eppendorf AG.

Off the Bench can be ordered free of charge via, or you may subscribe online at

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Eppendorf UK congratulates Dr Amy Jones, Principal Scientist working in the Molecular Malignancy Laboratory at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Addenbrooke's Hospital on winning our recent prize draw!

Visitors to the recent Festival of Genomics 2017 show at London’s ExCeL were invited to enter our prize draw to win either an Apple® or Android smart watch.

Amy seen alongside Eppendorf UK Territory Manager, Vanessa Talbot (right) was delighted to be presented with a new Samsung® Gear S2 watch and commented, "I called in at the Eppendorf stand at the Festival of Genomics to find out about their automated liquid handling systems as we are considering possible options for improving service in our clinical laboratory, and took away some useful information to consider. I was delighted to find out that I had won a competition to win the smart watch, thanks very much Eppendorf! We currently use Eppendorf centrifuges and pipettes and find them reliable pieces of equipment, which is necessary when you are running a busy genetics diagnostic service."

We hope Amy will enjoy wearing her new smart watch for many years to come!

Eppendorf would also like to thank everyone who participated in the prize draw.

If you are also looking to automate your routine manual liquid handling tasks, then visit:

The Hidden World is the theme of this years' Royal Society of Biology amateur photography competition. The natural world harbours a wealth of secrets and surprises and the Royal Society of Biology invite you to capture or uncover this hidden world of biology.

Supported by Eppendorf, the competition has two categories, each with a cash prize: Photographer of the Year (18 and over) with a top prize of £1,000; and Young Photographer of the Year (under 18) with a top prize of £500. Get snapping and submit up to three images by 31st August 2017.

Judging for the competition will take place in September and the winners will be announced at the Society’s annual award ceremony on Thursday 12th October during Biology Week 2017.

Find out more online or contact the Society at

Eppendorf has been awarded two accolades in the SelectScience® Reviewers’ Choice Awards™ 2017: 'Best New General Laboratory Product' and 'Customer Service Provider of the Year'. Amongst other leading life sceince companies, winners were officially announced during a ceremony held at Pittcon 2017 International Conference and Expo in Chicago, USA.

Best New General Laboratory Product
SelectScience revealed Eppendorf Centrifuge 5920 R as the chosen winner for the 'Best New General Lab Product' of 2016, as nominated and voted for by scientists around the world. Do you use this centrifuge in your laboratory? Share your thoughts with other scientists by reviewing the Eppendorf Centrifuge 5920 R today!

Matthew Leiber, Product Manager at Eppendorf, accepted the award; "It is a great pleasure to accept this award on behalf of the entire Eppendorf corporation. This new product was a result of a lot of engineering expertise. It's especially important because we know what the voting process is here - this is voted on by scientists. It's important for Eppendorf that we're reaching our scientists and creating products that do make their processes better."

Reviewers’ Choice Awards™ - Customer Service Provider of the Year
Christian Rohrer and Craig Chin accepted the award for Customer Service Provided of the Year.

The Reviewers’ Choice Awards™, added to the annual Scientists’ Choice Awards® in 2015, give laboratory scientists an opportunity to have their say by rating and reviewing companies and products that have made a significant difference to their research over the past 12  months.

Eppendorf develops and sells instruments, consumables and services for liquid handling, sample handling, and cell handling in laboratories worldwide. The company has over 215 products showcased on SelectScience®, from pipettes and plates, to centrifuges and thermal cyclers, which have received almost 500 independent reviews from customers and scientists all over the world.

For more information about Eppendorf products, visit or to view the product range on SelectScience®, visit

Then it’s time to look forward to the new refrigerated Centrifuge 5920 R. It offers exceptionally high capacity and, thanks to practical universal swing-bucket rotors, a considerable gain in convenience (p. 4–5).

Do you work with cell culture? Our new Cell Handling online portal provides you bundled expert knowledge on the topics of contamination, identity, and reproducibility – researched in depth by the Eppendorf cell experts.

Enjoy reading these and more articles as well as product news and detailed Application Notes in the new edition of Eppendorf BioNews!

Never miss a BioNews edition!
Since 1993, Eppendorf BioNews has been widely regarded as a highly popular source of information for researchers and scientific personnel. Browse the latest edition online at, or subscribe to BioNews free of charge in order to receive your personal printed issue fresh off the press twice a year! 

Read more in the new Eppendorf BioNews Nr. 46

Gilad Evrony, M.D., Ph.D.

The annual international Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is awarded to young scientists for their outstanding contributions to neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology. Researchers who are not older than 35 years are invited to apply by June 15, 2017. The winner and finalists are selected by a committee of independent scientists, chaired by Science’s Senior Editor, Dr. Peter Stern. The award includes a prize money of US$25,000 for the winner.

The 2016 prize was won by the Israeli-American scientist Gilad Evrony, M.D., Ph.D. from Mount Sinai Hospital (New York, USA) for his work on developing technologies to sequence and analyze the genomes of single cells from the human brain. Gilad Evrony’s research has revealed a diversity of mutations in neuronal genomes indicating that every neuron in the brain carries a unique fingerprint of somatic mutations. Such mutations can cause focal brain malformations and may have a role in other unsolved neurologic diseases. The technology also allows, for the first time, reconstruction of develop-mental lineage trees in the human brain to study how cells proliferate and migrate to build the brain.

For more about the prize and film interview with Gilad Evrony, go to