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Peak Serum Sponsors Strides for Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease For The Second Year

The last two years Peak Serum has supported the fight against Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease by sponsoring the CJD Foundation’s annual Strides for CJD fundraiser. The event’s 1-mile walkathon was held at Rolland Moore Park, Shelter #2 in Fort Collins on October 14, 2017 offering participants a t-shirt and family-friendly educational activities.

“Peak Serum has proudly supported the CJD Foundation at their annual Strides for CJD Foundation for the second year in a row,” said Tom Kutrubes, President and Founder of Peak Serum. “We hope our support helps find a cure and better the lives of people battling this disease.”

Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease is a rare, rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease. There is no treatment or cure, and the disease is invariable fatal. The proceeds from the event go directly to the CJD Foundation General Fund, which supports advocacy, medical education, family support and research programs.

“In 2016, Strides for CJD helped over 1,200 community members and family members impacted by the disease,” said Kutrubes. “We hope to touch more each year through Strides for CJD.”

 

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.

About the CJD Foundation: The CJD Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, offers families affected by prion disease with a 7-day HelpLine, referrals, an annual conference and support groups. For more information call 800.659.1991 or email help@cjdfoundation.org.

Peak Serum Moves To End Cancer With Bicycle Race Raising $1,261,292.63

Peak Serum is proud to announce our contribution to cancer research through We Are Chainbreaker: A Movement To End Cancer cyclist ride.  Raising $1,262,292.63, the event donated 100% of every dollar to the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota, a National Cancer Institute created to support cancer research including clinical trails, novel ideas, seed funding and long-range research studies.

Chainbreaker is a weekend bicycle race with the core purpose of funding cancer research. This annual ride took place August 11-13th, 2017 beginning at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Campus in Eagan, MN with four route options. Each route had a minimum fundraising commitment:

  • 25 miles (1-day ride) – $1,000
  • 50 Miles (1-day ride) – $1,250
  • 100 Miles (1-day ride) – $1,500
  • 180 Miles (2-day ride) – $2,000

Peak Serum donated specifically to the Ridin’ Receptors Peloton that sponsored Kelly LaPara, lifelong cancer researcher hunting for a cure. We were able to ride and support in spirit as the team cycled through Minnesota in the three-day race.  We are so honored to support this team and their dedication to cancer research!

 

Photos from We Are Chainbreaker: A Movement To End Cancer 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEAK SERUM DONATES FETAL BOVINE SERUM TO UC SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

 PEAK SERUM PROUDLY SUPPORTS RESEARCH

Everyone wins when we support research to cure diseases. In 2017, Peak Serum launched Cares for Cures, an initiative that aims to provide Fetal Bovine Serum product donations to research labs working to cure diseases worldwide. 

Cares For Cures is proud to announce that it has made its first donation of Fetal Bovine Serum to support innovative research in the biotechnology field, Dr.Wendy Huang of the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Huang’s team is examining the link between DDX proteins, their ability to modify RNA structures and their link between inflammation and cancers. While still in the initial research stage, Wendy’s research may have impacts on treatment including:

• Inflammatory bowel conditions including Crohn’s disease
• Breast, prostate and intestinal cancers
• Other inflammation-related diseases

Peak Serum will continue to provide donations of FBS to researchers as an ongoing part of its Cares For Cures program.

To apply for support, visit the Cares for Cures webpage.

Peak Serum Supports Chainbreaker Riders

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.

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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.

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Peak Serum Inc. Unveils Cares for Cures Program

Scientific research makes the world a better place.
It’s just that simple.

Peak Serum wants to support research.
It’s also just that simple.

We’re proud to be part of America’s biological research community, and Peak Serum wants to help researchers advance knowledge. That’s why we’re unveiling our Cares for Cures program.

Each quarter, we’ll select research efforts to support, and provide them with funding as well as in-kind donations of Peak Fetal Bovine Serum. Because the world of research is varied and bright minds are investigating new ideas all the time, we’re concentrating our efforts on providing short-term grants which allow Cares for Cures to support a wide range of research.

Best of all, we’re making the application process open to the public. Have a project you think may benefit from the support of Cares for Cures? We’d love to hear about it! More information is available at our Cares for Cures page, including full information regarding how to apply for a grant.

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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