BioSurplus Blog & News

June 15, 2016

WIB Promote Boardroom Ready at BIO Convention

boardroomAs an integral part of the Life Science community, BioSurplus is committed to the development of an equal opportunity industry. During the recent Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) convention in San Francisco, BioSurplus National VP of Business Development and Women in Bio President-Elect Dawn Hocevar was on hand to promote the Boardroom Ready program for developing gender diversity in the biotech sector.

With the help of sponsors like LifeSci Advisors and Girls Inc., WIB is working to break systemic inequality and address the lack of women in boardrooms across the industry. By providing a five-day educational program and networking platform, the non-profit is committed to preparing more women for positions at the executive level, as well as aiming to re-educate their male peers about the value women offer when given the same opportunities.

Learn more about WIB and Boardroom Ready here.

May 24, 2016

BioSurplus To Auction Research Equipment from the Laboratories of XenoPort, Inc.

SAN DIEGO—May 24, 2016—BioSurplus, America’s leader in used lab equipment, announced today that it will be holding a timed online auction of lab equipment from XenoPort, Inc.’s discontinued research facility in Northern California. The online auction will run from June 1 through June 8, 2016.

Featuring more than 500 lots of instrumentation, these assets will be auctioned out of BioSurplus’ South San Francisco facility. Available equipment can be viewed during an on-site open house event, which will take place at 111 Kimball Way, South San Francisco 94080 on Tuesday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This auction presents an exciting opportunity for biotech companies to acquire quality instruments at highly discounted prices,” says Cinco Plumb, President and CEO of BioSurplus.

Items available in this timed online auction include HPLC, LC/MS, flow cytometry and NMR systems, as well as centrifuges, cold storage units, glassware and much more analytical and general benchtop lab equipment.

Please visit  to view the online catalog.

For more information on the auction, please call 866-236-4496, x222, or email

April 15, 2016

Women In Bio Plenary Event at BIO Convention: “The Influential Paths of Great Visionary Leaders”

wiblogoOn Monday, June 6, 2016, BioSurplus will be attending Women In Bio’s annual WIB Plenary Event. This signature event, held in conjunction with the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) International Convention, will feature a panel of esteemed speakers discussing critical issues affecting women in the life sciences industry.

Speakers include:

  • Firelli Alonso, Senior Director, Biotherapeutics and Vaccines Outsourcing, Pfizer
  • Lisa Cohen, Executive Director, Washington Global Health Alliance
  • Renee Compton Ryan, Vice President, Venture Investments, Johnson & Johnson
  • Bahija Jallal, Executive Vice President, AstraZeneca, Head of MedImmune

As with all WIB events, the Plenary Event will be a fun and congenial atmosphere for networking, bringing together people from all corners of the life sciences industry and spawning new career and business opportunities.

For more information, visit the event page and register today.

April 13, 2016

BioSurplus to Auction Lab Equipment from Vitalea Science

SAN DIEGO, April 13, 2016 — BioSurplus, America’s leader in used lab equipment, will be holding a timed online auction of pharmaceutical R&D equipment from the labs of Vitalea Science in Northern California. The event will run from April 19 to April 26, 2016.

This auction prominently features three Waters Acquity UPLC/UHPLC systems of varying configuration, as well as centrifuges, chest freezers, and other general and benchtop lab equipment.

Items can be viewed on site at BioSurplus South San Francisco from 9AM-5PM.

Please visit to view the online catalog.

For more information on the auction, please call 866-236-4496, x222, or email

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March 30, 2016

BioSurplus Announces MassBio Membership

BioSurplus is pleased to announce its membership with MassBio as BioSurplus expand​s​ into ​the Boston/Cambridge region to provide high quality serv​ice in the pre-owned lab equipment market.


This expansion gives BioSurplus the ability to serve​ the three major hubs of the Life Science industry:​ Boston, San Diego and San Francisco​. As a leading provider of lab equipment solutions,

BioSurplus is committed to supporting the Boston life science industry ​with high quality solutions for every stage of the laboratory equipment life cycle. Whether a Life Science organization is looking to buy ​pre-owned lab ​equipment, sell surplus lab equipment​, or manage its equipment inventory, BioSurplus provides optimal solutions to meet its needs.

For more information about how BioSurplus can best help with lab equipment needs, please contact Dawn Hocevar, VP of National Business Development, in ​Cambridge, MA.​ or 617-575-2827​

March 1, 2016

A Guide for Choosing the Right Fume Hood for Your Lab

Choosing a fume hood is not an easy task. One way to make it easier is by narrowing down the choices by knowing what processes the fume hood will facilitate. It also helps to know how much room is available in the lab for the hood.

Knowing the types of chemicals being used can make selecting the proper hood a simple process. Meet with a sales representative from several manufacturers of fume hoods to get an exact chemical assessment done before viewing the selection of hoods compatible with various solvents, chemicals, and acids. Once the assessment has been completed, it makes choosing a ducted fume hood versus a ductless one a more obvious choice. These are the two basic types of fume hoods available.

In addition to choosing the hood to match the work being done in the lab, consider where to place the unit. It has to be placed away from doorways and air conditioners in order to safely remove toxins, dust and particulates from the air. Knowing where to position it helps narrow down the choice more. There is a basic option to buy a table-top model or a full sized walk-in model. Other options to choose include adding an airflow monitoring device, the worktop type, adding automatic sash sensors and circuit protection boards. The type of enclosure is also something to think about.

Airflow monitors will sound an alarm if the hood’s velocity dips below the required range. It also sounds in case the velocity reaches extreme speeds which could cause injury to a lab technician working in the vicinity. As with the processes being used determining the type of fume hood, choose the worktop based on the same criteria.

Save electricity with automatic sash sensors that will close the sash when it detects that there is no movement near it for a set amount of time. Fume hoods are a considerable expense in and of themselves. Take advantage of features like these to help save on the cost of the electricity needed to operate them. Circuit protection boards are another feature to consider. They protect the unit in the event of sudden current fluctuations.

Choose an adequate enclosure. It should allow at least six inches of room behind the sash in order to create the safest working space. It should also leave enough room so that equipment used inside the hood does not touch the airfoil at the front of the surface. When working with solvents, look for a bench top unit rather than a hood. These units are capable of capturing hazardous chemical vapors.

These are basic considerations to make to get on the right path to choosing the most suitable and energy efficient fume hoods. Energy efficiency is one aspect of these lab necessities that has not been improved upon until recently.

The most popular concept was the variable-air-volume or VAV process which keeps from drawing air when the unit is not in use. An even more energy efficient and money-saving option in fume hoods is dual positioned or two-speed systems. These units cost less initially than VAV unit and offer money-savings up front.

Ductless hoods are among the most cost-efficient, however, they are not right for every single chemical process. This is one reason a chemical assessment is the first step that should be taken before shopping for a new fume hood for the lab.

Choosing the best fume hood is a task that needs to be undertaken with care. However, keep the basics discussed above in mind and the process should be a much easier and more cost effective one. Whether you’re building a new Lab or upgrading your existing one, you will find a remarkable selection of Casework, Workstations, Fume Hoods and related lab products at National Laboratory Sales.

December 9, 2015

San Diego Clearance Auction Begins December 10th

Beginning tomorrow December 10th, BioSurplus will be making space for fresh, high-demand inventory by auctioning off a wide range of biotech equipment. Featuring assets from domestic R&D and biotech labs, this auction will include approximately 450 lots by leading manufacturers such as Agilent, Beckman Coulter and Thermo.

Key Assets Available in this Auction:

  • Sapidyne KinExA 3000 Kinetic Analyzer
  • TSI Instruments Particle Size Analyzers
  • Agilent Ion Trap and Quadrupole Mass Spectrometers
  • Thermo Finnigan / Electron Quadrupole Mass Spectrometers
  • Varian Mercury 300 MHz NMR
  • Applied Biosystems QTrap Mass Spectrometer
  • Axon Instruments PatchXpress 7000A Automated Patch Clamp
  • Benchtop and Floor Centrifuges from Sorvall, Beckman, Tomy
  • Laboratory Refrigerators from Norlake, Revco
  • Robotic Liquid Handlers from Perkin Elmer, Packard
  • Olympus Laboratory Microscopes
  • Microplate Readers from Thermo Scientific, Molecular Devices
  • Spectrophotometers from Shimadzu, Varian
  • Incubators / Incubator Shakers from B. Braun, Heraeus

Click here to browse the full catalog

Item Viewing Availability:

On-site viewings of equipment are available 9AM – 5PM on-site at BioSurplus San Diego.
Call for Auction Support for details – 866-236-4496 x222

Register to bid now!

October 27, 2015

Job Opening for Lead Generation Specialist at BioSurplus

Position Summary
The Lead Generation Specialist is responsible for identifying and developing outbound derived sales’ leads for specific product categories.
Responsibilities include the following and additional duties may be assigned as needed:

  • Develop an understanding of specific product categories and assist with product descriptions
  • Conduct market research activities – target groups, market segmentation and events
  • Assist digital marketing team to identify and implement specific product campaigns
  • Support brand awareness activities and customer relationships
  • Assist in crafting product specific outbound sales offerings
  • Execute an outbound lead generation program (phone, events, web)
  • Collaborate with internal functional groups, notably Product Marketing and Sales, to develop product information, marketing collateral and web content
  • Participate in events and tradeshows
  • Responsible for reporting outbound performance vs. metrics

Attributes and Skills:

  • Strong and proactive outward communication and networking skills
    • Outbound sales and marketing experience preferred
  • Strong listener, with effective oral and written communication skills
    • Professional phone and virtual communication skills
  • Science background, notably with more complicated and sophisticated equipment
  • Some sales and/or marketing experience preferred (conventional as well as digital)
    • Proficient understanding of the sales process – lead to close
  • Strong research, documentation and organizational skills
  • Experienced at networking and event planning/marketing
  • Technical writing skills preferred
  • Collegiate, team player
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively within a multidisciplinary team
  • High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and database familiarity a plus
  • Able to travel, if necessary

Position Type:  Temp to Hire, starting off at approximately 20 hours weekly

Please submit your resume and cover letter to

October 21, 2015

Spinner Flask Cash Winners

BioSurplus would like to thank everyone who took the time to stop by our exhibits at the recent Contract Pharma, ISPE, and BIOCOM events. We appreciate the opportunity to meet each and every one of you, and look forward to working together in the future. At each of these three events, one lucky winner walked away with a spinner flask filled with $250 cash. Here at BioSurplus, our number one priority is doing the right thing for your budget. Contact us for more information about how we can offer you savings on pre-owned equipment or monetize your surplus equipment, and check back to see what events we’ll be attending in the future for more chances to win great prizes!

Contract Pharma

Winner: Dr. Rao Tatapudy of Unither Pharmaceuticals











Winner: Salina Nop of Middlesex College













BIOCOM Open House

Winner: Ford Winslow of centrexIT



October 12, 2015

CLSA Life Science Pub Night


Join your friends and colleagues at CLSA’s Life Sciences Pub Night, sponsored by BioSurplus. Come to the CLSA Event Center on October 15th. 

Bring your bioscience business card for 1 free drink!

Thursday, October 15, 2015
5:30 - 7:30 PM
CLSA Event Center
250 E. Grand Avenue, Suite 26
South San Francisco, CA 94080

We look forward to seeing you there!

At BioSurplus, we’re all about doing the right thing for your budget.

Whether you’re looking to stretch your budget with savings on pre-owned equipment, or looking to boost your budget by monetizing surplus equipment, we’ll provide you with easy, turnkey solutions.

For more information, please contact Lucas Tang at 858-550-0800 x220.