Peak Serum is always looking for exciting ways to support research, so when we heard about Chainbreaker, a bicycle event that raises funds for cancer research, we knew we had to get involved.
As sponsors of Kelly LaPara, riding with the Ridin’ Receptors Peloton, we’ll be with Kelly and her other riders in spirit, if not on the pedals, as they make their way across Minnesota in this three-day race. As a lifelong cancer researcher, Kelly has been fascinated by the disease and has spend more than 20 years hunting for a cure. We couldn’t be prouder to back a rider!
All funds Kelly and other Chainbreaker riders raise in the inaugural ride Aug. 11-13 supports the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. The center serves a large Native American population, and, among other things, researches different methods to treat that population than patients of European descent. The National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center supports research including clinical trials, novel idea seed funding, and long-range research studies.
Supporting Kelly’s team is just one of the many ways Peak Serum stands behind the research community. Our Cares for Cures program recently provided a research team at UC San Diego School of Medicine FBS to continue its research into the fight against cancer and inflammatory diseases.
Peak Serum Expands to Larger Facility in Wellington
Peak Serum, a supplier of fetal bovine serum to bioscience researchers, moves operations from Fort Collins to a larger location in Wellington.
Tom Kutrubes, president of Peak Serum, leads the Peak Serum move to a 3,000-square-foot building at 6598 Buttercup Drive in the Wellington Business Center. The facility allows Peak Serum to maximize efficiency and product flow, Kutrubes said.
The facility has a temperature-monitored cold-storage unit with the capacity to store 12,000 liters of serum. The new plant also features energy-saving systems and equipment.
Peak Serum contracts with third-parties to extract and process the serum. The serum ships to Wellington for storage before distribution to Peak Serum’s clients.
Biotech researchers use fetal bovine serum because its variety of proteins maintain cultured cells in a medium in which they can survive, grow and divide.
“Researchers’ focus should be on their work, not worrying about reliably securing the media they need to perform,” Kutrubes said. “Our move to a new location allows us to continue to provide FBS to research facilities across the country.”
Peak Serum sells 500 milliliters of the serum for about $450, according to its website.