Dennis from the Diabetes Center had these great pictures and info to report from the Tour de Cure:

    “Dear Sponsors,

    Yes, we all made it to the finish line. All 14 of us. The day started early, as we had to be in Napa Valley at 9am for registration and the final preparations for the ride, which included applying a generous layer of sunscreen to protect us from the relentless sun. The weather forecast was accurate. It turned out to be a wonderful day for a ride over the lazy, rolling hills of the wine county.

    We had divided our UCSF Diabetes Center team into smaller teams that matched chosen distance to ride and speed that could be maintained. Ming, Roderik and David joined me for the 25-mile ride.

    Staying hydrated was our major concern, as we had plenty of stamina and air in our tires. Shortly after the rest stop at about half the distance, we had the wind in our backs, pushing us towards the finish. Once we got there, a crowd of maybe one hundred people cheered us on. It was like winning the Tour de France! (at least, I believe that is what it must be like, since I’ve never been close to even qualify for that race).

    In the end, $8000 that was raised by the whole UCSF Diabetes Center team. We couldn’t have managed to achieve those numbers without your help, so I’d like to thank you, on behalf of the American Diabetes Association, for your donation.

    Take care, and stay fit and healthy.



    Great work to the whole team, and again, thanks for working so hard to help find a cure for Diabetes; whether it be at the bench, assisting in funding efforts, or the education of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle!

    09 May 2011   0 notes  
  1. UCSF Diabetes Center - Champions for Diabetes!


    Hi Everyone,

    I wanted to give a shout out to the awesome researchers at UCSF Diabetes Center again!  I think the majority of the people I get to interact with on a daily basis are amazing, good-hearted and gifted individuals, but every now and then a person (or in the case a group of people) truly reinvigorates my passion for Science and reminds me how it’s not only about the everlasting search for knowledge, but also an integral part to making the world a better place.  The good people at UCSF don’t just spend their M-F working on the basic research side for curing and managing Diabetes (, but also go above and beyond, by dedicating their free time to fundraising.  This coming weekend 14 members of the center will be participating in the 20th Tour de Cure:  

    They have a lofty goal, but I always prefer the mindset of shooting for the stars, and at least hitting the moon, so I wanted to acknowledge their efforts, and urge all of you fellow do-gooders to support in anyway you can!

    Below is the link for the UCSF Team home-page:


  2. 28 Apr 2011   0 notes  
  3. eBioscience Golden Eggs!

    It’s that time of year again; you may have noticed me walking around and dropping off eBioscience plastic eggs.  Just remember, there’s not only candy inside these little giveaways - a lucky few will also have coupon-codes for discounted orders, with some up to 50% off!

  4. 18 Apr 2011   0 notes  
  5. March iPad 2 Madness!

    Hey Everyone,

    You asked, and we listened… Numerous labs mentioned how they love our weekly twitter updates (, and were especially appreciative of last weeks tweet about doing our part to help you go green with eBioscience Technical Guides and Product Guides as PDF’s

    However, without and iPad, these aren’t as portable as you’d like, so here you go: Score a free iPad 2 with any single qualifying order of eBioscience catalog product worth $4,000.  Simply enter the MKTMADNESS promotion code during order placement and your iPad 2 is on its way!

    This promotion begins March 15, 2011 and ends March 31, 2011, so hurry!

    Please click on the following link, or contact me for the official rules and details

  6. 15 Mar 2011   0 notes  
  7. 2011 Northwest Regional Cytometry Meeting March 24 – 26 at OHSU, Portland, Oregon

    The 2011 Northwest Cytometry meeting is rapidly approaching.  The registration deadline is March 19th, so if you haven’t registered yet, be sure to sign up here:

    You don’t want to miss out on all the fantastic talks from Gary Nolan, Paul Robinson, and many more!  See the entire event schedule here: 

    Also, for everyone attending, please be sure to check out our eBioscience booth, and my talk on Multiplexing on the Flow Cytometer on Friday, March 25th, in the Old Library rm 215 at 1pm.  As always, everyone who attends and mentions my blog will be entered to win a Starbucks (Product Red) Gift Card.

  8. 10 Mar 2011   0 notes  
  9. The eBioscience Website Got a Facelift


    The new webpage has been up for 2 weeks now, and we’d like to hear what everyone thinks.  We know your time is precious, so as a sign of appreciation for your feedback, we will be giving you a chance to win $100:         

    I know that the old design was very popular, and some people had the, “if it’s not broke why fix it attitude,” but I have to admit the new page has some serious advantages!  

    All of the same information is still there, but we’ve updated the ease of navigation. Now you can search by Cell Type, Application, Reactivity, Conjugate, and Area of Biology (just to name a few).  

    Also, as an added bonus, in honor of the new site, everyone’s first web order is 25% off (when you include the code “MKTWEB1”).  The offer goes until March 31st, 2011, so you have plenty of time to take advantage!  

  10. 13 Feb 2011   0 notes  
  11. REMINDER! ISSCR Abstract Submission Deadline: Feb. 8, 2011 
at Noon CST (USA)

    Only 7 Days left to get your abstract submitted.  

    The 9th Annual ISSCR will be taking place in Toronto, June 15th-18th. 

    More info can be found here:

  12. 01 Feb 2011   0 notes  
  13. Flow Friday: Come by and Say Hi this Weekend!

    The 50th Midwinter Conference of Immunologists - January 22-25, 2011:

    This weekend I’ll be at the 50th Midwinter Conference of Immunologists at beautiful Asilomar -

    I’ll be at the talks on Sunday and Monday, and at our eBioscience Booth during the Poster Sessions and Receptions.  Anyone who mentions my blog will be entered to win a $25 Starbucks Gift Card.

    The full schedule for the conference can be found here:

  14. 21 Jan 2011   0 notes  
  15. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    On this 25th MLK day, let us all take a moment to acknowledge the great gift that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave us in helping America take giant strides in the direction to truly become a land of opportunity and equality. 

    Every scientist knows the long lulls that can occur in between producing quality research, and how important it is to not only stay dedicated to their work during these times, but also keep the creative spark alive.  Whenever I find myself in a lull, I find reflecting on historical greats such as Dr. Martin Luther King as sure-fire way to reignite the spark and keep inspiration alive.  So, thank you Dr. King!

    In honor of the 25th MLK day, the Corporation for National and Community Service is launching the MLK 25 Challenge, a call to all Americans to honor Dr. King by pledging to take at least 25 actions during 2011 to make a difference for others and strengthen our communities.

    #28, 32, 62, and 70, should all be relatively easy for the vast majority of people who read this blog, so come on everyone, lets spread the MLK spirit!

  16. 17 Jan 2011   0 notes  
  17. eFluor® Nanocrystal Conjugation Kits



    These unique kits allow you to combine the power of Nanocrystals with your own antibody or protein of interest, enabling their use in multiple fluorescence applications such as flow cytometry and immunofluorescence microscopy.

    Choose your Kit

    Two high-performance options for nanocrystal conjugation allow you to choose the kit best suited for your antibody or protein target. These kits are designed for conjugation to either free amine (-NH2) or to sulfhydryl (thiol) groups, either of which may be present in your protein of interest. For additional details about choosing the kit which is right for you, view our technical tips and protocols or contact our experienced technical support scientists.

    Hands on time: < 15 min / Total protocol: < 4 hr 

    Check out this video shot at ASCB in December:

    Or view the full protocol and detailed product information on our website at: 

  18. 05 Jan 2011   0 notes  

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Researchers around the globe are well aware of the eBioscience track record - Over 10 years of providing high-quality products and technologies for immunologists. The mission of eBioscience is to be the leader in innovative reagents for mulitcolor flow cytometry and immunoassays, and to help keep our customers at the forefront of their cell analysis research.

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