BioSurplus Blog & News

April 23, 2015

BVS Cambridge Biotech Day – Advances in Epigenetics – Wednesday, May 13th

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.

BVS Flyer

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!

Register for the 3rd BVS Cambridge Biotech Day Event Here 

We look forward to seeing you there!

April 15, 2015

Indie.Bio Featured by Forbes

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.

indiebio

 

March 19, 2015

BioSurplus To Hold Auction of Biotech Equipment from Labs in Cambridge, San Diego, Seattle

Timed Auction To Take Place March 20-25, 2015

SAN DIEGO—Mar. 19, 2015—BioSurplus, America’s leader in used lab equipment, announced today that it will be holding a timed online auction of biotech / biopharma equipment from laboratory closures in Cambridge, MA, San Diego, CA, and Seattle, WA. The online auction will run from March 20-25, 2015.

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 FLIPR Tetra Cellular Screening Platform

- LiCor Odyssey Model 9120 Infrared Imager

- Sapidyne Instruments KinExA 3000 Kinetic Analyzer

- 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.

Please visit http://auctions.biosurplus.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/152/to view the online catalog.

For more information on the auction, please call 866-236-4496, x222, or email auctionsupport@biosurplus.com.

About BioSurplus

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.

 

EDITORIAL CONTACT

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February 24, 2015

BioSurplus To Hold Auction of Lab Equipment from Oncology Biotech in Cambridge, Mass.

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BioSurplus, America’s leader in used lab equipment, announced today that it will be holding a timed online auction of lab equipment from AVEO Oncology’s discontinued research facility in Cambridge, Mass. The online auction will run from March 10-17, 2015.

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:

- BD FACSAria flow cytometer / cell sorter (2012 model)

- GE Biacore T100 SPR analyzer (2010 model)

- Thermo Scientific NanoDrop 1000 & 2000 spectrophotometers

- ForteBio Octet QK label-free system

- Aperio ScanScope XT and FL slide scanners

- GE AKTA Purifier FPLC systems

- Leica histology and pathology equipment

- Leica and Nikon upright and inverted research microscopes

Please visit http://auctions.biosurplus.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/150/ to view the online catalog.

For more information on the auction, please call 866-236-4496, x222, or email auctionsupport@biosurplus.com.

October 30, 2014

Job Opening for Service Technician Position at BioSurplus SSF

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 service@biosurplus.com with an attached cover letter.

October 22, 2014

BioSurplus To Hold Second Auction of Lab Equipment from Lexicon Pharmaceuticals

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

Please visit http://auctions.biosurplus.com to view the online catalog.

For more information on the auction, please call 866-236-4496, x222, or email auctionsupport@biosurplus.com.

September 9, 2014

BioSurplus To Auction Lab Equipment from Lexicon Pharmaceuticals

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

 

Please visit http://auctions.biosurplus.com to view the online catalog.

For more information on the auction, please call 866-236-4496, x222, or email auctionsupport@biosurplus.com.

August 19, 2014

BioSurplus at the WBBA Purchasing Partner Luncheon

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 Luncheon outlining 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.

June 28, 2014

Women In Bio: Interview with BioSurplus’ Dawn Hocevar

Dawn Hocevar, VP National Business Development, BioSurplus.

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.

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?

Click here to learn more about the advantages of buying used lab equipment.

 

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.

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.

Click here to learn more about Women In Bio and their many programs and events.

Click here to read the full interview with Dawn Hocevar on the Contract Pharma website.

June 19, 2014

Heading To BIO 2014? Favorite Places To Visit In San Diego

The Botanical Building at Balboa Park.

The Botanical Building at Balboa Park.

Are you heading to San Diego for BIO 2014 next week?  If so, do you know how you’re going to spend your free time while you’re here?

With so much to do during the conference itself, that free time just might be limited.  But if you do have a chance to get away, San Diego offers some great places for you to spend it.  And it’s not all about the beach and surfing….

Jennifer Landress, Senior VP and COO of BIOCOM, recently posted an excellent list of local attractions on the BIOtechNOW blog.  BioSurplus is a BIOCOM member and a San Diego-based company; we read the list and decided join in.

Here we’d like to offer some of our own observations on a few of the places that make San Diego unique—and that attract millions of visitors from around the world.   I’m a San Diego native myself, and would love to share some of my favorite places in the city.

Here goes (and in no particular order):

Balboa Park

I grew up visiting Balboa Park and its many museums—in fact it’s probably my favorite place in San Diego.

Today the largest urban cultural park in the country, Balboa Park’s original 1400 acres were set aside by civic leaders in 1868.  The first steps toward developing the land were taken in 1892, when the famous landscape architect Kate Sessions offered to plant 100 trees a year in exchange for space within the park to house her own commercial nursery.

Balboa Park has played host to two world’s fairs:  the 1915-16 Panama California Exposition, and the 1935-36 California Pacific International Exposition.  The buildings from the expositions still stand in the park, and were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

In addition to its 15 museums, the park is also home to many beautiful gardens, picnic areas, and the renowned Old Globe Theater.  And if you happen to bring your kids along, don’t forget to check out the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, with its many hands-on exhibits demonstrating the wonders of the natural world.

Click here for information on the science center and IMAX theater.

Grounds are open 24 hours a day; visitor center:  9:30 AM to 4:30 PM; museum hours vary.  Click here for museum information.

1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101

T:  619-239-0512

www.balboapark.org

 

San Diego Zoo

Koalas at the San Diego Zoo.  (photo courtesy San Diego Zoo.)

Koalas at the San Diego Zoo. (Photo courtesy San Diego Zoo.)

The San Diego Zoo is home to over 3,700 animals representing more than 650 species, as well as a collection of more than 700,000 exotic plants.

Established in 1916 with animals that had been on display during the Panama California Exposition, the original zoo consisted of a line of cages along Park Boulevard; its first lion cubs, Faith, Hope and Charity, were born in 1917, when a membership cost a whopping five dollars.

Memberships today are a bit more expensive, but still an incredible value.  I have one myself, and visit a few times a month.  One of my favorite attractions is the new Koalafornia Adventure, which opened last year.

The San Diego zoo is open every day from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

For information on zoo tickets please click here.

Click here to visit the San Diego Zoo website.

2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park

T:  619-231-1515

 

Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel del Coronada, circa 1900.  Photo by William Henry Jackson.

Hotel del Coronada, circa 1900. Photo by William Henry Jackson.

When it opened in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado was the largest resort hotel in the world.  It’s now the second-largest wooden structure in the country, and has hosted a who’s who of celebrities, including Charlie Chaplin, Betty Davis, Kirk Douglas and many more; in fact, every U.S. president since Lyndon Johnson has visited the Del.

The hotel has also served as a location for many Hollywood movies—my favorite is Some Like It Hot, the 1959 classic starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.

The architecture alone is worth a trip over the Coronado Bridge, and there are numerous restaurants and bars where you can eat or have a drink while you’re there.

For more information please click on the Hotel Del’s website here, or call 619-435-6611.

1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118

 

San Diego Harbor Cruise

I’ve taken the San Diego harbor cruise many times over the years, and it’s still one of my favorite things to do here.  It’s the perfect way to get a feel for San Diego and its harbor, from Shelter Island to the Naval Submarine Base to Coronado.

The Coronado Bridge.

The Coronado Bridge.

One of the more interesting facts about the harbor is that in 1835, Richard Henry Dana spent a season preparing animal hides for shipment to Boston on the beach where the sub base is currently located.  He tells the story of his time here, along with the rest of his two-year sea voyage in his famous book Two Years Before The Mast.

Hornblower cruises offers six daily departures from their ticket booth on Harbor Drive near the Star of India (very close to the San Diego Convention Center).  Sunset happy-hour cruises are also available on Fridays and Saturdays.

970 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

T:  1-888-467-6256

Click here for more information on Hornblower’s website.

 

UCSD – Our Biotech Hub.  Scripps Aquarium, Salk Institute And More

The UCSD Geisel Library.

The UCSD Geisel Library.

La Jolla is the cradle of the biotech hub here in San Diego, with the University of California, San Diego at its center.  The university was established in 1960 and, along with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, which was founded in 1903, has been a catalyst for research, innovation and the creation of new biotech companies.

There are all kinds of interesting places to visit and things to do on and around the campus.  If you’re an architecture fan, you won’t want to miss the Salk Institute; the UCSD Geisel library—named for Theodore Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss—is also instantly recognizable.

UCSD’s Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institute is a must-see if you’re in the area, and La Jolla Shores beach next door is one of the best in the city.

 

Birch Aquarium

2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037

Open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily

T:  858-534-3474

http://aquarium.ucsd.edu/

 

Salk Institute For Biological Studies

10010 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037

T:  858-453-4100

http://www.salk.edu/

 

UCSD Geisel Library

9500 Gilman Dr., San Diego, CA 92093

T:  858-534-3336

http://libraries.ucsd.edu/