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Peak Serum Expands to Larger Facility in Wellington

Peak Serum, a supplier of fetal bovine serum to bioscience researchers, has moved it operations from Fort Collins to a larger location in Wellington.

Peak Serum, led by president Tom Kutrubes, has moved to a 3,000-square-foot building at 6598 Buttercup Drive in the Wellington Business Center. The facility will allow Peak Serum to maximize efficiency and product flow, Kutrubes said.

The facility will have 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 will be shipped to Wellington where it will be stored before being distributed 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.

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Georgia Bio Highlights Peak Serum’s Contributions to CJD

Peak Serum was an official sponsor of this year’s Strides for CJD event in Fort Collins, Colorado on Oct. 1.

The contribution helps the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation continue to fund research and the fight against the degenerative brain disorder, and enables the organization to stage its annual fund-raising event.

“There’s currently no cure or treatment for patients with CJD,” Tom Kutrubes, Peak Serum PRESIDENT said. “Peak Serum’s support of the event enables the foundation to continue to better the lives of the people who suffer from this debilitating disease.”

The Strides for CJD 5K Run/Walk takes place annually in locations around the country including Arizona, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey and Ohio. The CJD Foundation hopes Strides for CJD will ensure that anyone, anywhere, can participate and show their support, raise awareness for patients, family and friends of this rare disease, while also helping to enrich and sustain the programs created by the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation. For more information about the Strides for CJD or information on how you can participate, visit www.strides4cjd.com 

About Peak Serum: Based in Fort Collins, 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 only from the United States or USDA-approved origins, its an ideal media for many culture.

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Peak Serum Sponsors Colorado “Strides for CJD” Event

Peak Serum Proudly Supports the Fight Against Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Peak Serum announced it will be an official sponsor of this year’s Strides for CJD event in Fort Collins on Oct. 1.

The contribution helps the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation continue to fund research and the fight against the degenerative brain disorder, and enables the organization to stage its annual fundraising event, to be held 10 a.m. Oct. 1 at the Colorado State University Oval.

“There’s currently no cure or treatment for patients with CJD,” Tom Kutrubes, President and Founder of Peak Serum said. “Peak Serum’s support of the event enables the foundation to continue to better the lives of the people who suffer from this debilitating disease.”

CJD is caused by “prions,” proteins which misfold in the brain, with devastating effects, including rapid mental and physical deterioration. CJD is the most common of the “prion diseases.”  Two others, FFI (Fatal Familial Insomnia) and GSS (Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker Disease), are typically hereditary and have a slightly different progression.  Prion diseases are invariably fatal.

“We were so impressed by what the families of the CJD Foundation achieved in 2015, the first year of Strides for CJD,” said Debbie Yobs, CJD Foundation President.  “More than a thousand people around the U.S. joined us last year to stride for a cure, including several hundred in New Jersey.  The funds they raised provided vital support for our HelpLine, family support, medical education, and research programs.  Participants in Strides for CJD also raise awareness of prion diseases like CJD in their communities and through social media,” she added.

On-site registration begins at 9:15, and after the one-mile walk, families may enjoy games and other activities. Parking is available at CSU’s lot 310 or 315. For more information about the Strides for CJD, visit www.strides4cjd.com/colorado-event

About CJD and Prion Diseases: Prion diseases are a group of rare, invariably fatal brain disorders.  The best known of the prion diseases is Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD).  CJD can impair memory, coordination, and vision, and causes mental and physical deterioration. There are no treatments and no cures.  Two other prion diseases are called FFI (Fatal Familial Insomnia) and GSS (Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker Disease).  Those are typically hereditary and have a slightly different progression.

For more information, go to www.cjdfoundation.org or http://www.cjdfoundation.org/webfm_send/76.

About the CJD Foundation: The CJD Foundation provides support for families affected by prion disease.  Programs include a seven-day HelpLine, referrals and caregiving information, family workshops, and support groups, as well as medical education and an annual conference for families and scientists.  For more information, call 800‑659-1991 or help@cjdfoundation.org.

 

Peak Serum Announces Membership to BioFlorida

Peak Serum, Inc. is proud to announce its recent membership to BioFlorida, the voice of Florida’s life sciences industry.

BioFlorida represents nearly 5,500 establishments and research organizations ranging from emerging and established life science companies to universities, research institutions, hospitals, medical centers, investors and service providers.

“As Peak Serum continues to grow and expand nationally, we’re strategically aligning with proactive industry associations,” said Tom Kutrubes, President and CEO of Peak Serum. “Florida’s bioscience industry is developing breakthrough discoveries and therapies that have the ability to propel the industry and improve the quality of life across the country and around the world. Peak Serum is looking forward to collaborating with industry leaders and being a life sciences change agent.”

Peak Serum, Inc. is a privately owned and independent supplier of life science laboratory products with a core focus on Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) for cGMP / clinical trial research and diagnostics applications.

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Peak Serum Joins Georgia Bio

Peak Serum, Inc. is proud to announce its recent membership to Georgia Bio (GaBio), joining esteemed members such as The University of Georgia, Johnson & Johnson, Emory University and Sutherland.

Georgia Bio is a non-profit, membership-based organization that promotes the interests and growth of the life sciences industry.

In an effort to advance the growth of Georgia’s life sciences industry, GaBio conducts business and economic development activities; advocates on public policy matters; educates the public about the benefits of life science research and provides a thriving network for the exchange of ideas, information and opportunities.

“Georgia Bio was a logical and natural fit for Peak Serum based on their goals to improve the state of the environment, expand the number of technology jobs and enhance student achievement in science education. Peak Serum is looking forward to being a part of this coalition to create a healthier world,” said Tom Kutrubes, President and CEO of Peak Serum.

Peak Serum, Inc. is a privately owned and independent supplier of life science laboratory products with a core focus on Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) for cGMP / clinical trial research and diagnostics applications.

Peak Serum offers a wide range of high quality, 100% US origin and USDA-approved FBS products for all levels of research compliance. Peak Serum’s products are backed with superior knowledge, while delivering competitive market pricing and a consistent, readily available supply.

“We have used several brands of serum in our laboratory, but only use Peak Serum now,” said Laura Chubb on behalf of Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center. “The improvement we have seen with Peak Serum is in the proliferation rate of our mesenchymal stem cells, it has been much improved over other serum brands.”

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Peak Serum, Inc., Supplier of Life Science Laboratory Products, Joins Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association

Peak Serum, Inc. is proud to announce its recent membership to the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA) joining esteemed members such as Aerotek Scientific, Cancer Research and Biostatistics, Gamma Therapeutics, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.

Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association aims to support and help grow Washington state’s life science ecosystem through advocacy, enterprise support and the enhancement of research collaboration. WBBA members have access to commercialization expertise, industry news, purchasing discounts, governmental advocacy and industry events.

“As a member of Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association, Peak Serum is established as a part of an active group of life sciences leaders dedicated to advancing cutting-edge industry research,” said Tom Kutrubes, President and CEO of Peak Serum. “We hope, through this membership, to develop relationships, engage in collaborative research, and continue educating ourselves in the bioscience industry.”

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CSU Alumnus Gives Back to CSU Laboratories

Tom Kutrubes (’06) is redefining the relationship between biotechnology suppliers and their customers. By offering a specialized buying experience that focuses on the customer, Kutrubes has paved his way as an entrepreneur in the biotechnology industry despite the challenges of competing with multinational corporations.

As a natural-born entrepreneur and innovator, Kutrubes established Peak Serum, Inc., a supplier of Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS), based on the notion that his customers are unique individuals and not just another number on a sales sheet. Kutrubes explains, “The majority of businesses competing with Peak Serum are large corporations with thousands of other products in their inventory. The nature of these companies lead to poor attention to detail, lost relationships and poor customer service. I knew that by focusing on just one core product, Peak Serum would have the capacity to offer a buying experience that our competition simply does not have.”

Kutrubes’ career in entrepreneurship began when he was still in high school. Sparked by his passion for sports and the outdoors, Kutrubes developed a product geared toward the extreme sports market and received three U.S. patents as a result. When it came time to decide on a college, Kutrubes chose the Business School at Colorado State University (CSU) due to its national recognition and its location in the heart of Fort Collins.

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Peak Serum, Inc., Supplier of Life Science Laboratory Products, Joins Colorado BioScience Association

Peak Serum, Inc. is proud to announce its recent membership to the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA), joining esteemed members such as Life BioScience Inc., Merck & Co., Inc. and Pfizer.

The services provided by CBSA are designed to support members through business networking events, advocacy on behalf of the industry to elected officials, bottom line savings through purchasing programs and knowledge-sharing programs.

“As a member of CBSA, Peak Serum is established as an integral part of an active industry that is unified in the goal of ensuring Colorado’s position as a leader in bioscience research, development and manufacturing,” said Tom Kutrubes, President and CEO of Peak Serum. “We hope, through this membership, to develop relationships, to engage in research and development and to continue educating ourselves in the bioscience industry.”

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Peak Serum, Inc., Supplier of Life Science Laboratory Products, Joins Massachusetts Biotechnology Council

Peak Serum, Inc. is proud to announce its recent membership to the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio), joining esteemed members such as AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Boston Medical Center, GE Healthcare Life Sciences and NsGene.

MassBio aims to advance Massachusetts’ leadership in the life sciences in order to grow the industry, add value to the healthcare system and improve patient lives. Members come together to discuss relevant business issues and share their experiences through committee meetings and have exclusive access to: capital, purchasing power, increased visibility, resources, influential public policy, economic development, educational initiatives and MassBio events.

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Peak Serum, Inc., Supplier of Life Science Laboratory Products, Joins California Life Sciences Association

Peak Serum, Inc. is proud to announce its recent membership to the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), joining esteemed members such as Bayer Healthcare, Deloitte & Touche, DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Pfizer.

The ultimate goal of CLSA is to bring together the collective strength and experience of the world’s most innovative and productive life sciences cluster. The Association aims to help their members grow, connect and advocate to solve some of humanity’s most pressing challenges.

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