Earlier this year The Wet Lab opened it’s doors as the first DIYBio community biotech lab in San Diego. Although the organization had been meeting for about a year, teaching classes on molecular biology, only recently were they able to find space to create a wet lab for those members interested to conduct synthetic biology experiments. The lab is housed at Fab Lab’s facility in Maker’s Quarter downtown. The Wet Lab’s mission is to educate the public about the stunning world of biology and make bioscience accessible to all ages from all walks of life. Since it is a public maker space, anyone can participate by collaborating with other members, taking classes, tinkering with science or conducting research. Lab memberships are $25/month.
I opened the lab because I’m excited about the prospects of the burgeoning Citizen Science movement as well as the forthcoming revolution in synthetic biology. Our goal is to make molecular biology fun and accessible to everyone. Personally, before studying at Biocurious, I hadn’t taken a biology or chemistry class since high school. Yet, I spent a couple of years studying at Biocurious in the Bay Area and due to the development of modern techniques I’ve been able to become proficient enough to run my own experiments and teach classes. While there, I learned about lab safety and techniques, the science of molecular biology, and how to engineer life. I began to study various species of algae and their rich genetic makeup. That brought me to San Diego for some Summer classes at UCSD. Since San Diego has such a large biotech industry, many algae enthusiasts and researchers, and no DIYBio community lab, I decided to move here and open one.
Though the lab is small, we have all the equipment necessary to conduct genetic manipulations, teach classes on molecular biology, and demonstrate wet lab techniques to passionate science enthusiasts. This includes PCR, centrifuges, incubators, and analytical equipment such as a spectrophotometer, colorimeter and microscopes. Biosurplus has been a huge help to us in outfitting our lab and we’ll continue to accumulate sophisticated equipment as we grow. We have 100+ members in our Meetup group including many professional scientists, former university professors, students and citizen scientists who want to learn the science. Future projects will include developing opensource protocols and DNA bioparts for transformations and genetic manipulation of various species of algae.
The Wet Lab is scheduling classes now including Basic Molecular Biology Techniques, GFP Transformation in E coli, DNA Fish Barcoding, Crime Scene Forensics and Lab Skills. We will charge $25-$75 per class which is affordable to everyone including students. Additionally, we hold a monthly free Journal Club where anyone can participate to learn about reading scientific papers and join study groups of relevant research papers.
Another aspect of the Wet Lab is our satellite facility at the La Jolla Riford Public Library. There, we are building a mini-molecular bio lab where high school students and adults can get access to PCR machines, microscopes and other wet lab equipment. The idea is to provide free education to students and the general public where they can gain access to equipment traditionally unavailable except to professionals and university students.
An important feature of the library offering are the free workshops such as our Strawberry DNA Extraction lab and the Citizen Science Public Lecture Series on various scientific topics. Workshops are held the first Saturday of each month and the lectures are the first Tuesdays evenings of each month. We are excited about the lecture on Biopesticides from Biosurplus’ own Octavio Espinosa on May 5th. The lecture series is meant to educate the general public about important science being conducted in the San Diego area as well biotech topics, environmental science, and public policy surrounding GMOs. The Wet Lab will also be organizing talks at the San Diego Downtown Public Library on similar topics. We feel that better educated students and a more informed public will help promote science literacy and enhance the public debate about these important issues. See the La Jolla Light article about us.
The Wet Lab in the La Jolla Library will also be open at certain times for folks to drop in to tinker with molecular biology and practice wet lab techniques on their own under the supervision of volunteer trained scientists. The library is a perfect place to offer this facility, especially as MOOCs and other online courses gain popularity. The general public will have a place to try out their lab skills after learning content from web-based classes. If they are interested to pursue more education and access to sophisticated equipment, they can join The Wet Lab housed at the Fab Lab facility in downtown San Diego, where more intensive study and research can be conducted.
One of the most important aspects of the Wet Lab is our community of passionate scientists and nonscientists who work on projects shoulder to shoulder, teach, share ideas, tinker with opensource lab techniques and conduct their own experiments. This makes it easy for novices to explore the science and have fun in a very casual environment. Professional scientists love it too because they can work on side projects and share their professional work with the general public.
Be sure to attend the 3rd BVS Cambridge Biotech Day on May 13th at the Marriott Cambridge – 5:00pm – 8:30pm! BioSurplus will be attending as an exhibitor – catch us during the exhibitor and food / wine event following the featured talks.
The event will focus on the latest advancements in Epigenetics with talks given by top local experts from Epizyme and Pfizer. Stop by to hear cutting edge talks from renowned researchers, learn about the industry’s latest technologies and services from exhibiting suppliers, and network with professionals in the biotech field.
The 3rd BVS Cambridge Biotech Day Event is Wednesday, May 13th. Register online at BVSweb.com. Please see below for more details about the event!
BioSurplus is pleased to support and partner with scientific incubators and accelerators, such as Indie.Bio, in the San Francisco Bay area. Our aim is to promote such nascent and entrepreneurial programs as they further science and technology in the Life Science communities of San Diego, San Francisco and Boston.
Check out this profile of Indie.Bio, the world’s first Synthetic Biology accelerator, featured at Forbes.com.
For more information, you can visit their website here.
Available research and development assets from these laboratories span a range of analytical technologies, including mass spectrometry, robotic liquid handling, and GPCR screening. Included among the lots are high-end instruments such as:
- Thermo Scientific LTQ Orbitrap Hybrid Mass Spectrometer
- Hamilton Microlab STARlet Automated Liquid Handler
- Molecular Devices FlexStation II Multi-Mode Plate Reader
Auction participants will be able to bid on over 100 lots of former assets from these biotech laboratories. Items available in this auction include pipettes, lab ovens, benchtop shakers, plate washers, chromatography equipment, and other basic biotech equipment.
Founded in 2002, BioSurplus has grown to be America’s leader in used lab equipment. The BioSurplus team is carefully chosen for their deep scientific experience that ensures proper labeling and testing of a wide range of laboratory instruments. Customers from around the world can shop in the BioSurplus online store or in any one of its online timed auctions. They also purchase late model working lab instruments from labs that no longer need them. If needed, they can perform an on-site auction for large amounts of excess equipment or complete lab closures. BioSurplus is dedicated to maximizing the value and use of laboratory equipment for its customers.
BioSurplus is headquartered in San Diego and has lab equipment showrooms and/or warehouses in San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area and Boston. For more information, please visit the corporate website at www.biosurplus.com. Keep up with the latest news on the BioSurplus blog.
Located in the heart of the Kendall Square biotechnology supercluster, AVEO’s laboratory facility contains approximately 400 lots of biotech research equipment that will be available for auction. Available equipment can be viewed during an on-site, open house event at 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA 02142 on Thursday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“This auction is a great opportunity for small biotechs and university labs to acquire pristine, late-model equipment at a fraction of the new price,” says Cinco Plumb, President and CEO of BioSurplus.
Items available in this auction include late-model refrigerated centrifuges, biosafety cabinets, ultra-low freezers, research microscopes, consumables as well as other analytical and basic biotech equipment. Included among the lots are high-end instruments such as:
BioSurplus is looking to a hire a Service Technician for our South San Francisco office. The Service Technician will be responsible for servicing instruments for both BioSurplus and outside customers in the service lab and at customer sites. The Service Technician will use experience and continuous learning to perform repair, reconditioning, preventive maintenance, installation and qualification services for a wide variety of instruments used in life sciences research. He/she will be responsible for creating records for all service events performed. He/she will report to the Service Manager but will be expected to drive tasks and projects on a fairly independent basis. All work will be performed consistent with company policies and with the highest regard for safety, profitability and sensitivity to customers’ needs.
EXPERIENCE / SKILL REQUIRED
1. Minimum 3 years previous experience repairing and maintaining scientific research equipment including HPLC’s, centrifuges, microscopes, cold storage, and general lab
2. Broad-based understanding of life sciences suited to troubleshooting a wide variety of lab instruments
3. Strong computing skills: MS Windows and Office suite; cloud computing and sharing ability
4. Able to manage multiple changing priorities effectively
5. Detail and process oriented
6. Enjoys learning and deals well with a fast-paced environment and change
7. Able to work independently or on a team as needed
8. Must have a professional demeanor, appearance and strong communication skills
9. Practical, working knowledge of common desktop hardware and operating systems suitable to performing software installation, hard drive imaging and restoration
To be considered for this position, please submit resumes to email@example.com with an attached cover letter.
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 23, 2014—BioSurplus, America’s leader in used lab equipment, announced today that it will be holding a second auction of lab equipment from Lexicon Pharmaceuticals’ drug discovery and pre-clinical research facility in The Woodlands, TX. The online auction will run from October 23–30, 2014.
As Lexicon Pharmaceuticals has refocused on clinical programs, approximately 1,300 more lots of research and development equipment will be available in auction. Available lots include late-model biosafety cabinets, refrigerated centrifuges, research microscopes, vivarium equipment, behavioral studies equipment, consumables and other basic biotech equipment.
Among the lots are high-end items including:
- Applied Biosystems 3730xl Capillary Sequencer
- Labcyte Echo 550 Acoustic Nanoliter Dispenser
- Leica TCS SP5 Broadband Confocal Microscope
- Histology and pathology equipment from Leica, Shandon, and Thermo Finesse
- Upright and inverted research microscopes from Zeiss, Leica, Olympus, and Nikon
- Small animal behavioral testing equipment from Coulbourn, Accuscan, and Med Associates
- Analytical biotech equipment – flow cytometers, chromatography, imaging systems, and more
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 9, 2014—BioSurplus, America’s leader in used lab equipment, announced today that it will be holding an auction of lab equipment from Lexicon Pharmaceuticals’ drug discovery, validation and pre-clinical research facility in The Woodlands, TX. The online auction will run from October 2 – 9, 2014.
Items can be viewed on site at 8800 Technology Forest Place, The Woodlands, TX 77381-1160 on September 25 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m, and on September 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As Lexicon Pharmaceuticals has refocused on clinical programs, approximately 1000 lots of research and development equipment will be available for auction. Available lots include late-model analytical balances, refrigerated centrifuges, research microscopes, spectrophotometers, vivarium equipment, consumables and other biotech basics. Included among the lots are high-end items including:
- Leica TCS SP5 Confocal Microscope
- BD FACSCanto Flow Cytometer
- GE Amersham AKTA FPLC Systems
- Olympus / Nikon / Zeiss inverted and upright microscopes
- Small animal behavioral testing equipment from Coulbourn, Accuscan, Med Associates
- Analytical chemistry equipment – HPLCs and Mass Specs from Thermo, Applied Biosystems, Waters
BioSurplus maintains cooperative partnerships with many biotech associations across the United States. Recently, our VP of National Business Development, Dawn Hocevar, gave a presentation at the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (WBBA) Purchasing Partner Luncheonoutlining the continued success BioSurplus has had in providing comprehensive purchasing and liquidation solutions for our customers. Check out the video below to learn more!
For more information on WBBA, visit their site here.
Dawn Hocevar, VP National Business Development, BioSurplus.
Last November, BioSurplus’ VP of business development, Dawn Hocevar was interviewed by Ed Miseta, chief editor of Outsourced Pharma. The piece was part of a series of interviews with women executives in the biotech and pharma industries sponsored by the organization Women In Bio (WIB).
Hocevar, in addition to her role at BioSurplus is also currently serving as WIB’s national chair of programs and development, where she works with local chapters to execute programs that promote careers, leadership and entrepreneurship for women in the life sciences.
Over her 20-plus year career, Dawn Hocevar has developed a deep knowledge of laboratory equipment and the needs of researchers and facilities managers in the industry. She got her start as a bench scientist, and went on to work for Thermo Fisher in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was a corporate account manager and senior sales representative focusing on area biotechs and universities.
She’s been at BioSurplus for six years and has a wealth of information to share with current and future clients when it comes to buying, selling and maintaining valuable research laboratory equipment. In the Outsourced Pharma interview, she touches on some of the most important topics and best practices.
What Should Biotech Companies Look For In A Used-Equipment Supplier?
Buying used lab equipment can be a challenge. There are numerous small businesses in the market that sell equipment from their garage, warehouse or on eBay. It’s hard to tell if they’re reputable or will sell you equipment that’s in working order.
Kim Guadagno, Lt. Gov. of New Jersey, BioSurplus director of national business development Dawn Hocevar, and NJBIO president Debbie Hart, at BIO Chicago.
In the interview, Hocevar provides detailed information on what to look for in a used-equipment supplier. Among her recommendations are:
Do some research: find out how long the re-seller has been in business, and look up their Better Business Bureau rating
Make sure the company has a return policy and offers a warranty; also find out where the equipment came from—was it in a working lab, or had the equipment been in storage for many years?
Keep in mind that the purchase price might not be the full cost of the equipment you buy: Will professional installation be necessary? Will you need to purchase a software license?
What Should We Do With Our Surplus Lab Equipment? Best Practices.
Hocevar states that researchers tend to hang on to equipment they’re not using, in case they need it later. Unfortunately, the longer that equipment gathers dust in a warehouse or storeroom, the less it’s worth to another user. She recommends that companies establish a plan to regularly identify unused equipment and dispose of it quickly, while the technology is still current.
As a rule of thumb, companies should sell surplus equipment within ten years of the manufacture date. It’s also important to keep service records on hand. Customers like to know that the equipment they’re purchasing has been kept in good shape by its previous owner; equipment with this documentation will command a higher price.
Women In Bio
Stacy Silver, VP Marketing and Membership, BioFlorida; Jill Diodato, Program Manager, Banner Center for Life Science, and Dawn Hocevar, Director, National Business Development, BioSurplus. At BioFlorida 2012.
Women In Bio was founded in 2002 by Robbie Melton in the Washington, D.C. area. Melton wanted to create a forum where women in the local life sciences industry could come together and celebrate each other’s successes. The group’s footprint later expanded nationwide, and now WIB counts 11 chapters and more than 1000 members.
In the interview, Hocevar talks about the importance of WIB in the professional development of women in biotech. Its programs and events offer advice to women in all stages of their careers, from students to C-level executives. She says that one of the things she loves the most about WIB is that, “members and the women who come to the events genuinely want to connect, share their stories, and help young women explore a career in biotech.”
Although much has changed since Hocevar began her career, women are still grossly underrepresented in corporate boardrooms. In order to break through the glass ceiling, women must learn to assert themselves in the workplace; she also believes in the power of mentorship—WIB provides women with many opportunities to seek out mentors that can help them move up the corporate ladder.