Local Lab Supports Disease Curing Research with Fetal Bovine Serum Grant Recipient
Peak Serum, Inc. Announces First Local Recipient of Annual Cares for Cures Grant
WELLINGTON, COLO. (Nov. 14, 2019) – Peak Serum, Inc. — a privately owned and independent supplier of life science laboratory products — is pleased to announce Dr. Julie Moreno and the Colorado State University (CSU) Prion Research team as the recipient of its annual Cares for Cures Grant. Through this initiative, Moreno and her team received a Fetal Bovine Serum donation from Peak Serum — founded by CSU alumnus, Tom Kutrubes — in support of the positive impact their collective efforts to cure infectious diseases has made in the medical industry.
“Our Cares for Cures program is a tremendous honor and a cornerstone of our company’s charitable efforts that allows us to give back and partner with labs to help potential cures for diseases become a reality,” said Tom Kutrubes, President and CEO of Peak Serum, Inc. “Everyone wins when we support research to cure diseases.”
Supporting the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology at CSU — home to world-renowned scientists and leaders in laboratory research — Moreno and the CSU Prion Research team have been awarded the 2019 Cares for Cures Grant. This research will test a variety of cell sources that are easily accessible, non-tumorigenic, and will eliminate ethical concerns making for a novel, translatable neuronal replacement therapy for any neurodegenerative disease.
“Peak Serum’s Cares for Cures program demonstrates a phenomenal passion for industry research and affords scientists the ability to retain a proactive approach across their respective field of study,” said Moreno. “We are at one of the most exciting and dynamic frontiers of biology with our studies on prions and prion diseases. As prion disease epidemics are frequent and invariably fatal and incurable, this grant from Peak Serum is critical to developing potential cures that are vital for animal and human health.”
In 2017, Peak Serum announced its first-ever Cares for Cures recipient, Dr. Wendy Huang of the UC San Diego School of Medicine toward studies on intestinal cancers and inflammation-related diseases. In 2018, Dr. Russell Pachynski from the Department of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine was the second recipient of the Cares for Cures Grant to support groundbreaking clinical and laboratory research. “This year, we’re thrilled to announce our very first local recipient,” said Kutrubes.
“With this initiative, we hope to display our commitment to our customers and show our true compassion for the community that continues to support us,” said Kutrubes.
Based in Wellington, Colo., Peak Serum is one of the nation’s leading independent suppliers of fetal bovine serum, an essential part of cGMP / clinical trial research and diagnostics applications.
Myles Cabot Publication
Peak Serum’s fetal bovine serum was used in Myles Cabot’s publication called “Chemotherapy selection pressure alters sphingolipid composition and mitochondrial bioenergetics in resistant HL-60 cells”. This publication demonstrates the importance of our high-quality fetal bovine serum and the impact our product can make. Learn more by reading the publication here.
CEOCFO Magazine Spotlight
Peak Serum, Inc. President & CEO, Tom Kutrubes, shares his industry insight and experiences with CEOCFO Magazine during an interview with Senior Editor, Lynn Fosse outlined below:
CEOCFO: Mr. Kutrubes, what is Peak® Serum, Inc? Mr. Kutrubes: Peak Serum was founded in January of 2015. We are a privately-owned biotechnology company and small business. Our facility is located in Northern Colorado (Wellington), specifically. The core focus of Peak Serum is to provide the highest quality Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS), which is a biological reagent used in research laboratory settings. We have built, in a short time, a strong reputation to service our customers in the research community with the highest level of industry compliance, honesty, transparency and solution-based approach to fulfill their research needs in this area.
CEOCFO: For what type of research is fetal bovine serum useful? Mr. Kutrubes: Fetal Bovine Serum is utilized by research laboratories nationwide and globally. For example, serum is utilized within in-vitro tissue culture applications in cell biology, stem cells, immunology, pathology, veterinary medicine, cancer and vaccine development research. Biotech and pharma companies also utilize Fetal Bovine Serum in Good Manufacturing Practice settings and clinical trial research studies.
CEOCFO: Why fetal bovine? Why is it good for these processes? Mr. Kutrubes: Fetal bovine serum is the most widely used serum supplement for in-vitro cell/tissue culture. This is due to the growth factors, allowing for much versatility in different cell culture applications. FBS is utilized in order to help the cells grow and thrive in that environment to enable innovative research to be conducted.
CEOCFO: When someone is speaking with you and ordering, are there different types of serums? Do you help customers recognize what might be best for their project? Mr. Kutrubes: Fetal Bovine Serum is the main product. Now, within this product you have various origins that are commonly utilized and carry different raw material costs, such as United States and USDA Approved FBS. These classifications simply imply the serum that is either collected within the continuous United States of America or is imported from approved USDA countries (authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture). USDA Approved FBS has been granted approval and comply with health, traceability and regulatory regulations set forth by USDA/Animal Plant and Health Inspection Services (Which Peak Serum is in current / good standing via annual facility audits).
CEOCFO: Why purchase from Peak Serum? Mr. Kutrubes: We are a very specialized and unique company. Our team has superior industry and product concentration specifically with Fetal Bovine Serum. These attributes enable us to engage with the customer and share full transparency of the collection process (raw materials) through sterile filtration into the end product and sales / distribution and research use.
At Peak Serum, our vision is oriented to quality thinking, great communication reliability, technical skills and market intelligence. My entire experience and career (15 years) has been specialized in the biotechnology industry with emphasis on Fetal Bovine Serum and key market analysis.
What we can offer our customers is a very solution-based approach, very customized to every individual’s needs, because many of the laboratories’ largest annual purchase is Fetal Bovine Serum from a monetary standpoint.
Therefore, we can offer market competitive products, exceed all quality/industry standards and specifications as our competitors. However, since we are specialized and operate with boundless supply chain relationships, we are able to streamline or focus on cost savings without sacrificing quality. One of the many benefits as a small business we enjoy is our flexibility to operate in a fast pace environment and pass along the savings due to our low overhead structure.
CEOCFO: How do you work with a customer on a solution? What might be involved? Your site mentions sharing technical knowledge. How do you individualize your customer engagement? Mr. Kutrubes: We excel by understanding the specific needs of each customer and situation. Every scenario is different, and our relationships are extremely important to us, we thrive to satisfy in this setting. Customers have needs with regards to grant spend as far as how to allocate funds, we are able to work with them to holding specific lots for lengths of time to insure their research has as little variation as possible.
With pride, we act as a link between the end user and the supply of products. We keep our communications lines open and honest. We share industry knowledge and trends to further assist our customers to make the best-informed decision.
It is easy for our customers or the specialists in procurement, to gain access to our products and understand from a higher level of compliance what they are really purchasing as well as trying to customize their needs to meet and exceed their research goals.
CEOCFO: What have you learned from client feedback that has made a change? Mr. Kutrubes: We would not be successful without our customers and we are blessed to have made many friendships over the past ~5 years. We are grateful to all our clients (and potential clients) along with the opportunities that we are presented with each day.
Peak Serum is an aggressively evolving company, and feedback is always crucial. We want to be part of the innovation and new solutions to service the ever-changing needs of the industry. We give nothing but our best to ensure those needs can be customized to the best ability to better our connection with the research community.
CEOCFO: Would you tell us a little bit about your facilities? How do you provide a high level of quality? Mr. Kutrubes: At Peak Serum, we receive an annual inspection for compliance by the United States Department of Agricultural, the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service. We securely store our products on site in a temperature validated and monitored freezer.
FBS has to be kept frozen at a specific temperature range to insure the quality of the product is intact. Therefore, we have very stringent operational procedures as well as quality manuals that essentially guide us through this process of regulator and product compliance.
We also do have several other audit certifications that allow us to export our product to the European Union as well as additional certifications for Taiwan. We pride ourselves with meeting all aspects of compliance and our ability to, again, from a regulatory standpoint, ensure that the product’s integrity is kept.
CEOCFO: What about the accessories you offer; your Peak products? Mr. Kutrubes: In 2018 we launched a new division within Peak Serum called Peak Products. This is to complement most of our customers who utilize laboratory accessories and plastics with everyday use. Specifically, we are very passionate about introducing eco-friendly and sustainable items, such as the new biodegradable nitrile gloves and recyclable pipette tips.
This breakthrough innovation gave a rise to the world’s first fully biodegradable nitrile gloves composed of organic materials that essentially accelerate the biodegradation of nitrile into plant fertilizer.
It is very innovative and first of its kind technology. The benefits include 100% biodegradability within twelve months after use and disposal. The patented technology also decreases risks of allergies while maintaining high performance and protection that is comfortable to wear for the client.
CEOCFO: Are you reaching out for customers for your Peak Products separately from the fetal bovine serum? Mr. Kutrubes: We are always seeking new opportunities to diversify and broaden our reach / new interests. We recently became active good standing members within a new organization called “Good Business Colorado Associations.” We are proud to be an advocating voice for the strong economy, communities and most importantly, conducting operations for a sustainable environment.
The great benefit about Peak Products is that we can support different market segments that differ from laboratory specific settings. For example, these settings include (but not limited) to breweries, distilleries, restaurants as well as other segments that also utilize nitrile gloves on a regular basis specifically.
For that, we are very excited to be able to branch out into different areas to offer our products at a cost savings while maintaining a high quality, but also to consciously be aware of our focus and our passion with introducing new sustainability efforts with innovative products that are eco-friendly.
CEOCFO: Is the technology applicable to other items? You have these biodegradable gloves, but where else might that technology work? Mr. Kutrubes: That is to be determined. The technology is new, and we are authorized to distribute the product. I am optimistic the technology can be utilized to help from a sustainability standpoint, but in other avenues and product categories.
CEOCFO: What is Cares for Cures? Mr. Kutrubes: Cares for Cures is an initiative and grant that I introduced in 2017 to further support the research efforts of the community. With this annual grant, Peak Serum awards a year donation of Fetal Bovine Serum (upwards of $10,000.00) to a laboratory which is carefully selected from a number of applicants.
The applicants that we select from are innovators within the research community that are generally seeking groundbreaking research to cure diseases worldwide for the better or humanity. Again, as we know, FBS is the single most expensive item that a lab must commit to purchase. It is truly my belief and responsibility to go the extra mile in supporting research that could change the world and give back to humanity. I am humbled and whole heartedly thankful for those who supported our organization, we are grateful to give back.
CEOCFO: What surprised you as Peak Serum has grown and evolved? Mr. Kutrubes: The positive outpour of relationships that have been made and built upon since inception. We are fortunate to operate with a close core / team – it’s of the utmost importance to maintain internal and external relationships within our industry. When confronted with a decision, problem or question I prefer to take the approach of “Do the next right thing.” Managing our core beliefs and ethics and staying humble, consistent and honest, enables for a very positive, open and team environment to support our ideals and company vision.
CEOCFO: How is business? Mr. Kutrubes: We are very fortunate to be in the position to see the positive outcomes from long hours, great sacrifices, family support and faith. This has contributed to the establishment of our success and optimistic trend. We are very grateful for all the opportunities that we have received and for the new relationships we have built over the years. Again, we are truly blessed for this opportunity to be in this position and we hope to always give back with regards to our community and various grants and charities and look forward to trying to continue that effort throughout.
CEOCFO: Why choose Peak Serum? Mr. Kutrubes: We are a result driven and innovative company while being conscious of new technologies that can be utilized to displace dated methods.
We live in a global world and people really find comfort in routines and simplicity. What they can find unique about Peak Serum is our passion to provide innovative, educational and cost-effective new products that are more efficient, reliable and time saving.
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Peak Serum, Inc. Joins Tennessee-Based Member Organization to Extend Its Positive Impact Across the Scientific Community
WELLINGTON, COLO. (July 2, 2019) – Peak Serum, Inc. is pleased to announce its involvement with Life Science Tennessee (LST), a statewide, non-profit, member organization of more than 100 companies whose mission is to advance and grow the life science industry in Tennessee through advocacy, partnerships and alignment with economic and workforce development.
“Life Science Tennessee houses a diverse group of leaders across our versatile industry, all of whom are dedicated to applying their knowledge to the way in which plants, animals and humans function to better the landscape of the world,” said Tom Kutrubes, President and CEO of Peak Serum, Inc. “This invaluable organization and network of experts perfectly aligns with our efforts and we hope to continue to expand our reach into the latest research and scientific discoveries.”
LST unites members who are involved in the discovery and application of life sciences products and related services that improve the health and well-being of people throughout the world. The member organization is made up of companies, universities, research institutions, government and economic development groups and other industry associations. LST conducts business and economic development activities, advocates on behalf of the industry, educates the public about the benefits of life sciences research and product development and provides a network for the exchange of ideas, information and opportunities.
Peak Serum aims to leverage the key benefits of its LST membership, which are designed to support members through business networking events and advocacy on behalf of the industry, among other endeavors. LST will assist Peak Serum in its effort to introduce eco-friendly lab accessory products such as Centrifuge Tubes, Pipette Tips, Serological Pipettes and Showa Gloves to Tennessee businesses.
“Together, we will work to create a greater understanding, support for, and interest in the life sciences to preserve our planet without ever sacrificing performance through our line of unique products and services.”
To learn more about Peak Serum visit www.peakfbs.com.
About Peak Serum
Headquartered in Wellington, Colo., Peak Serum is one of the nation’s leading independent suppliers of fetal bovine serum (FBS), an essential part of cGMP / clinical trial research and diagnostics applications. Peak Serum’s FBS is sourced from the United States or USDA-approved countries intended for all levels of research compliance. Peak Serum recently launched a line of high-quality lab accessories, Peak Products. The line is available for purchase at www.gopeakproducts.com.
Peak Serum, Inc. Provides Area Businesses a Helping Hand in Eco-Friendly Practices Through Peak Products’ Showa Gloves
WELLINGTON, COLO. (June 26, 2019) – Privately owned and independent supplier of life science laboratory products, Peak Serum, Inc. is thrilled to announce recent success from its line of high-quality lab accessories, Peak Products. More specifically, the supplier’s eco-friendly and biodegradable Showa Gloves have tapped into use across area businesses, such as local breweries and restaurants.
“At Peak Serum, we are dedicated to introducing eco-friendly lab accessory products such as the Showa Biodegradable Gloves to Colorado businesses and beyond,” said Tom Kutrubes, President and CEO of Peak Serum, Inc. “As a Colorado-based company, we remain an environmentally-aware member of the community and promote conscious coordination with area businesses through our products and services.
Peak Serum is also a proud member and supporter of “Good Business Colorado,” to further awareness of business practices in the most sustainable and responsible way.
Peak Products’ Eco Best Technology (EBT) is a breakthrough innovation that gave rise to the world’s first fully biodegradable nitrile glove. EBT is composed of organic materials that accelerate the biodegradation of nitrile. Benefits of the Showa Glove include 100% biodegradability within 12 months after disposal, decreased risk of allergies, high performance and protection and a second-skin fit and feel.
“We are confident that our unique line of industry tools and accessories will continue to play a vital role in upholding best environmental practices, without ever sacrificing performance.”
The Peak Products line also includes serological pipettes, pipette tips, centrifuge tubes, microcentrifuge tubes, cell culture plates, cell culture dishes, and cell culture flasks.
To learn more about Peak Serum visit www.peakfbs.com.
About Peak Serum
Headquartered in Wellington, Colo., Peak Serum is one of the nation’s leading independent suppliers of fetal bovine serum, an essential part of cGMP / clinical trial research and diagnostics applications. Sourced from the United States or USDA-approved countries intended for all levels of research compliance.
Peak Serum, Inc. Joins Community-Minded Business Association to Further Its Positive Impact Across Colorado
Peak Serum, Inc. is pleased to announce its membership with the Good Business Colorado Association (GBCA), a business voice advocating for a strong economy, thriving communities, and a sustainable environment.
“Good Business Colorado is a trusted advocate and resource for local companies and organizations to come together in an effort to benefit the communities we call home,” said Tom Kutrubes, President and CEO of Peak Serum, Inc. “This association perfectly aligns with our company values and we hope to continue to expand our reach in providing the highest quality with our line of Peak Products—such as our biodegradable, eco-friendly Showa Gloves—through this partnership.”
GBCA unites members across the state who value a strong economy, a sustainable environment and a thriving community. The association represents a diverse roster of members to advocate for local, state and federal policies that reflect its values, provide an alternative point-of-view to traditional business organizations and spark more involvement of like-minded, responsible businesses. Housing leaders in environmental research, development and manufacturing, the members of GBCA’s collective goal is to ensure valuable connections and opportunities that assist in Colorado’s business growth and innovative economy.
Peak Serum aims to leverage the key benefits of its GBCA membership, which are designed to support members through business networking events and advocacy on behalf of the industry, among other endeavors. GBCA will assist Peak Serum in its effort to introduce eco-friendly lab accessory products such as Centrifuge Tubes, Pipette Tips, Serological Pipettes and Showa Gloves to other local businesses. As a Colorado-based company, Peak Serum remains an environmentally-aware member of the community and promotes conscious coordination with area businesses through local delivery on orders, reducing the emissions that result from product shipment.
“Through our collaboration with Good Business Colorado, Peak Serum can further its reach and ultimately fulfill our goal to preserve our planet without ever sacrificing performance through our Eco Best Technology (EBT) products and more.”
Peak Serum, Inc. Announces Partnership with Japanese Distributor, Vita
Peak Serum, Inc. has entered into a strategic partnership with Japanese biotechnology product distributor, Vita, Inc. Vita, a distributor and marketer of biotechnology products, represents trusted suppliers from various countries and prides itself on reducing the risk of purchasing raw materials for use in research and manufacturing.
“Vita is trusted by life science companies around the globe and Peak Serum is honored to partner with such a credible distributor,” said Tom Kutrubes, President and CEO of Peak Serum, Inc. “Through this partnership, we hope to continue to expand our reach, providing even more quality Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) to laboratories worldwide.”
Vita represents suppliers of biotechnology products from the U.S., Canada, Germany, England, Sweden, Italy, New Zealand, China, India and other countries. The company handles diverse products that range from antibodies and ELISA kits, to primary cell-based products and specialized cell culture media, as well as sophisticated scientific instruments and niche services.
In addition to Vita, Peak Serum has existing partnerships with a wide range of distributors including Stratech Scientific and Dae Myung Science CO., LTD. “Through our collaboration with trusted distributors, Peak Serum can continue to further its reach and ultimately fulfill our mission of progressing research that is important to finding cures for diseases and illnesses that affect the world.”
Peak Serum, Inc. Accepting Applications for Fetal Bovine Serum Donation to Support Disease Curing Research
Peak Serum, Inc. is currently seeking applications for its annual Cares for Cures Grant. Through this initiative, a biological research lab is selected to receive a Fetal Bovine Serum donation from Peak Serum. Click here to fill out the grant form for consideration. Labs of any size are encouraged to apply and the donation recipient will be notified by email.
“Our mission with Peak Serum’s Cares for Cures program is to give back to the research community that continues to support Peak Serum,” said Tom Kutrubes, President and CEO of Peak Serum, Inc. “It is my belief that it is our responsibility as a company to go the extra mile in supporting research initiatives can change the world.”
Dr. Wendy Huang of the UC San Diego School of Medicine was awarded the first Cares for Cures Grant in 2017. Her team’s research impacts inflammatory bowel conditions, breast, prostate and intestinal cancers and other inflammation-related diseases.
From the Department of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Russell Pachynski was the second recipient of the Cares for Cures Grant in 2018. His groundbreaking research is very unique and encompasses both clinical (prostate) and laboratory (leukocyte) research.
“To give back and partner with labs to make cures for diseases become a reality is a very high priority for Peak Serum,” said Kutrubes. “We are not just another serum company. We care about our customers and hope to show our true compassion through the annual Cares for Cures Grant.”
Peak Serum, Inc. Donates $2,000 to Project Self-Sufficiency During the Month of December
Peak Serum, Inc. contributed $2,000 to Project Self-Sufficiency’s (PS-S) Holiday Family Fund during the month of December. A percentage of all December sales were donated to “provide much-needed smiles during the holiday season,” said Tom Kutrubes, President and CEO of Peak Serum, Inc.
The Holiday Family Fund helps enhance the holiday season for many participants’ families. With Peak Serum’s $2,000 donation, 20 children from 14 different families were able to enjoy and provide a holiday celebration for their children. “Our staff and participants are extremely grateful for this gift from Peak Serum, Inc.,” said Neva Menchaca, Project Self-Sufficiency Program Coordinator.
“Peak Serum, Inc. appreciates everything Project Self-Sufficiency contributes to Northern Colorado and is honored to partner with an organization that has brought the promise of education to single parents for over 30 years,” said Kutrubes.
Project Self-Sufficiency serves approximately 160 low-income families each year. The program provided by Project Self-Sufficiency supports families who earn below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level, meaning that many of these families will not celebrate the holidays and if they do, many of the parents will not be able to afford gifts for their children. When entering the PS-S program, 56.82% of Project Self-Sufficiency participants are homeless.
About Project Self-Sufficiency
By providing access to education and career development, the Project Self-Sufficiency strengthens the selfpower necessary for single parents to push through barriers in order for them to live a completely different kind of life. Barriers such as affordable housing, mental health services, access to quality childcare, reliable transportation, and other challenging circumstances require creative intervention and intensive, personalized advising found at Project Self-Sufficiency. For questions, please call Neva Menchaca at 970.407.0305 ext. 5. Click here to learn more.
Peak Serum, Inc. Launches Customer Rewards Program
Peak Serum, Inc., a privately owned and independent supplier of life science laboratory products, has introduced Peak Premier Rewards; a program designed to reward customers who regularly purchase Fetal Bovine Serum and lab accessories.
“We value the loyalty of our customers, and are excited to offer Peak Premier Rewards to every customer, including individuals and research labs,” said Tom Kutrubes, President and CEO of Peak Serum, Inc.
The Peak Premier Rewards program allows customers to earn points each time a purchase is made; each dollar is worth one point. For example, a purchase of $100 worth of lab accessories is worth 100 points while a purchase of $500 fetal bovine serum is worth 500 points. In the previous example, the purchase would result in 600 points, and 500 points can be exchanged for $10 off coupon.
Customers are able to redeem points for coupons toward future purchases.
“Peak Serum created Peak Premier Rewards to give our customers the best experience with our company and products,” said Kutrubes. “We cannot thank our customers enough for the repeat business and loyalty over the years.”