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Scientific research and lab products: How important is the past for the future?

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“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” — Isaac Newton, 1675

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” — Isaac Newton, 1675
This quote, made famous by Isaac Newton and which underpins the essence of science, is as relevant today as it was in 1675. It is only by looking at past methods, experiments, and results that we can learn from them and develop the research of the future.
The same principle applies to the lab product manufacturers that support scientists in their work. 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of Eppendorf as a company – and in this time we have gained the trust of generations of lab users with our lab products. Some of which we are synonymous with – such as the iconic “ Eppi® ”.
The Eppi tube was invented in 1963 to help scientists handle the very small amounts of liquids that they were using, and also to ensure that these samples could be safely stored. For this reason, the Eppi tube, as with all Eppendorf consumables, is manufactured to minimize the risk of chemical leaching.
Of course, as science and methods evolve, so too must our products, and so over the years we have built up different ranges of products, covering all common lab procedures. Each individual product has been carefully designed with the help of scientists to suit specific lab techniques; the epMotion® range of automated liquid handling systems is one of the more recent culminations of this process.
Designed to meet the rapidly increasing scale of genomics experiments, the epMotion range is the lab product of over 50 years of experience in liquid handling, including award-winning designs and the invention of the microliter system – consisting of mixers , centrifuges and Eppendorf Tubes ® for the processing of milliliter volumes of liquid.
Genomic techniques, such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and next-generation sequencing (NGS), are being used in an increasing array of applications thanks to increasing portability and speed, as well as reductions in cost. By replacing manual pipetting , which is relatively time-consuming and prone to human error, the fast and easy-to-use epMotion® systems help scientists meet the challenges of today and the future.
Following Eppendorf’s principle that perfection lies in the details, we have now extended our product range to include smart-lab-software platforms: VisioNize ® for monitoring lab devices and eLAB TM software for lab information management. The result is a comprehensive range of equipment and services to help scientists stand upon the shoulders of giants.