Community Support

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. 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. Donates December Sales to Project Self-Sufficiency’s Holiday Family Fund

On behalf of its customers, Peak Serum, Inc. is donating a percentage of its December sales to support Project Self-Sufficiency’s (PS-S) Holiday Family Fund. Peak Serum’s goal is to provide gifts for up to 20 children of Project Self-Sufficiency participants. “Peak Serum’s ultimate goal is to provide much-needed smiles this holiday season,” said Tom Kutrubes, President and CEO of Peak Serum, Inc.

“The holidays are a time for celebration and happiness, something that doesn’t come easy for many of our single-parent families. Project Self-Sufficiency Participants are devoted to school and their career path, as a result, they often do not have the resources to provide a holiday celebration for their children,” said Neva Menchaca, Project Self-Sufficiency Program Coordinator.

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.

The Holiday Family Fund helps enhance the upcoming holiday season for many participants’ families. “With the help of Peak Serum, 20 children from 14 families will have gifts to open for their holiday celebrations! Thank you Peak Serum for helping make the holidays brighter for our Participants’ children,” said Menchaca.

“Peak Serum, Inc.’s continual growth is due to our loyal customers and supportive community. We are proud to not only honor our customers but support Project Self-Sufficiency through this project,” said Kutrubes. “We hope, through our donation, to empower PS-S participants to reach their financial and educational goals by bringing joy and holiday cheer to their children.”

The percentage of sales will start December 1st and end December 31st. Learn more about Peak Serum’s products.

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. To learn more, visit www.bringthepower.org. For questions, please call or contact Neva Menchaca at 970.407.0305 ext. 5.

Washington University School of Medicine Receives Fetal Bovine Serum Donation from Peak Serum, Inc.

TOGETHER, WE IMPACT LIVES.

Peak Serum, Inc. is proud to announce its 2018 Cares for Cures Grant recipient, Russell Pachynski of the Washington University School of Medicine.

The Cares for Cures Grant was born from Peak Serum’s mission to support research to cure diseases through the donation of Fetal Bovine Serum. Research labs and organizations are encouraged to apply for donations of Fetal Bovine Serum through the Peak Serum website and grants are given each fiscal year.

Pachynski, Assistant Professor at Washington University School of Medicine, is the second recipient of the Cares for Cures Grant. His team focuses broadly on the leukocyte migration (or trafficking) in the setting of tumor immunology. “My lab is thrilled to continue our research with the help of Peak Serum’s Cares for Cures Grant,” said Pachynski. “We are so thankful for the support of our research efforts to make breakthroughs each and every day.”

Click Here to learn more about Dr. Pachynski’s research and lab.

“Dr. Pachynski’s lab is the epitome of what the Cares for Cures Grant stands for. This grant aids, acknowledges and encourages researchers to make strides to fight diseases,” said Tom Kutrubes, Peak Serum President and CEO. “We are proud to be able to assist this research lab and continue motivating labs worldwide to carry out cutting-edge research.”

Peak Serum launched Cares for Cures in 2017 and that same year awarded Dr. Wendy Huang of the UC San Diego School of Medicine for her work in examining the link between DDX proteins, their ability to modify RNA structures and their link between inflammation and cancers.

Learn more about Peak Serum’s Cares for Cures Grant. 

Peak Serum Benefits 2018 Finally Home Family Golf Team

Peak Serum, Inc. is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Finally Home Family Golf Tournament on August 13.

About Finally Home 

Finally Home, a national non-profit 501(c)3, has been training and encouraging foster, kinship and adoptive families since 2008. Finally Home was created to equip and encourage families as they provide a safe and loving home where wounded children can heal. Even with the best of intentions, families can experience severe discouragement in the face of children’s behaviors that go far beyond their expertise or expectations. A family in crisis will often feel isolated in the midst of their suffering. Finally Home’s vision to equip communities to serve these families with research-based psycho-education, authentic friendship and practical help.

Peak Serum, Inc. Accepting Applications for Fetal Bovine Serum Donation to Support Disease Curing Research

Through the Cares for Cures Grant, Peak Serum, Inc. aims to provide Fetal Bovine Serum product donations to research labs working to cure diseases worldwide. Researchers seeking support from the grant may apply directly.

“The mission behind the Cares for Cures Grant is to aid, acknowledge and encourage researchers making strides to fight diseases,” said Tom Kutrubes, Peak Serum President and CEO. “Through the donation, we hope to motivate labs worldwide to continue carrying out research.”

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. “It is researchers like Dr. Huang who make the breakthroughs that guide tomorrow’s treatments. Peak Serum is happy to support her efforts.”

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 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.

Learn more here.

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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