Together, We Impact Lives. Apply now for support from Peak Serum Cares for Cures.
Is your organization preforming cutting edge research to help eliminate disease or treat illness? Are you looking for support for your research efforts through product donations of Peak Serum’s quality Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS)?
Peak Serum is now accepting applications for our annual Cares for Cures Grant program. All applications must be submitted online at peakfbs.com/cares-for-cures. Research labs and organizations are encouraged to apply for donations through the form on our Cares for Cures page. Each year, Peak Serum sets aside funds for Cares for Cures to provide thousands of dollars worth of FBS to research labs and organizations. We have committed to selecting at least one beneficiary in 2018.
Each year, we select research efforts to support, and provide them with funding as well as in-kind donations of 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.
More information is available at our Cares for Cures page, including full information regarding how to apply for a grant.
European Serum Products Association Grants Membership to Peak Serum, Inc.
Peak Serum is excited to announce it is officially a member of the European Serum Products Association (ESPA) as ofJuly 1, 2017.
“The purpose of ESPA is to connect professional companies of the animal serum processing industry in the European Union and in other European and Non-European countries to the interests of its members,” said Tom Kutrubes, President, and CEO of Peak Serum. “We are honored that we meet the necessary requirements in order to be accepted as a member of an organization that is consistently and effectively improving the serum industry and ethical standards”
ESPA Objectives :
to study questions relating to and defending the interests of the European Serum
to represent its Members with the Commission of the European Communities, with
other European institutions and with other national and international organizations,
whether in the private or the public sector
to promote the harmonization of regulations covering the trade and the use of animal
serum, following international standards set by the World Animal Health Organization
OIE and the World Health Organization (WHO).
promote the education of Members, regulatory authorities and the serum industry
stakeholders in general.
to consolidate the confraternal ties between all of its Members;
to permit the exchange of professional and technical information within the industry
itself but also with all economic and scientific sectors;
ensuring that the market for serum products operates in compliance with the
European Union (EU) rules and with any international rules such as the ones from the
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE); and
to do anything which is, in the widest sense of the word, connected with or may be
conducive to the attainment of these objectives.
The European Serum Products Association became active in May of 2017 ensuring the market for serum products operates in compliance with the European Union rules and international rules.
Peak Serum, Inc. Receives USDA/APHIS/VS Approval to Supply Fetal Bovine Serum to European Union
Peak Serum, Inc. was inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and approved by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Veterinary Services (VS) for compliance with Regulation (EC) 1069/2009. This approval allows Peak Serum, Inc. to directly export Fetal Bovine Serum to the EU and supply US facilities for eventual export to the EU.
“The fetal bovine serum Peak Serum supplies for life science and diagnostics are carefully selected to meet the standards set for reliability, applicability, quality and innovation,” Tom Kutrubes, Peak Serum President said. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to now provide Fetal Bovine Serum products to the European Union. Our continuous efforts to improve our high standard of quality and support is part of our internal quality system and we look forward to continued growth and expansion into new markets.”
In order to retain this approval, Peak Serum, Inc. must continue to operate under Regulation (EC) 1069/2009 and all notarized forms provided during the approval process. The facility is subject to unannounced compliance inspections throughout the year to verify this continued compliance.
APHIS is an agency of USDA’s Marketing and Regulatory Programs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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 year, 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.