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Due to our increased demand in our Canadian market we partnered with FroggaBio: a distributor of laboratory products, supply instruments, reagents and disposables. Serving customers within academic and industrial research institutes, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and hospitals. Headquartered in Toronto Canada. Welcome to the Z Family.
Listed in the Top 300 SME's in Quebec We did it again! The business journal 'Les Affaires' listed Z-SC1 BIOMEDICAL as one of the 300 most important SME's in the province of Quebec. You can check the full list here. Thanks to all for your continued support. We will keep it up. Promised. Z.
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APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, KEY ACCOUNTS I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dan Regan as our Executive Sales Director, Key Accounts effective July-1st 2016. Dan Regan, who has been a representative of Z-SC1 Biomedical since June 2015, is now responsible for business development & sales support for our distribution channels. Dan has extensive professional and sales managerial experience with ULT Freezers. Prior to joining Z-SC1, he held a key sales position as independent representative for Panasonic. Please join me in congratulating Dan on his latest appointment which surely will advance and expand the growing market position of Z-SC1 Biomedical. Jean Fallacara, C.E.O.
This is a teaser of the article written by our CEO Jean Fallacara originally posted on LinkedIn. READ MORE. Don’t let a Giant spook you! How to spook back! This is how we spooked a Giant: What the industry won’t tell you about business strategy, reactivity and the capacity to evolve quickly. The story you are about to read is true; only the names have been changed to protect the innocent, and preserve us for any misuse of copywriting. Our story starts in September 2014 with the launch of the Twincore ULT freezer in the US. When started to gain a lot of attention, especially from one of the major equipment distributors (we will call it LABOREP after coming to distribution agreement with them on May 2015. Trainings, setup, meetings… the whole enchilada. Until… READ the whole story here. Follow Jean on LinkedIn here. Follow Z-SC1 on LinkedIn here.
Independently Minded: Inferences, Assumptions Working either in Biorepositories, Pharma or Research labs, whatever your field of application may be, I can imagine that You’ve seen all sorts of interesting and unexpected “samples losses”... and heard all sorts of interesting excuses from manufacturers. I also can easily understand your anxiety and all the symptoms that may affect You, such as panic attack (include sweating), chest pain, palpitations (unusually strong or irregular heartbeats), and a feeling of choking… all these seriously interfering with your performances & daily tasks. For decades Scientists have relied on their cold-storage equipment to maintain the integrity and quality of samples… and they rely on manufacturer’s ability to protect them and their samples… For instance, the pharmaceutical industry has adopted REDUNDANT SYSTEMS for the cryo-conservation, a decade ago… but they still buy non Dual cooling Upright freezers??: PARADOX OF OUR SOCIETY OR THE INDUSTRY? Let me explain: For ultralow (-80C°) temperature storage, what we have heard in the last DECADE is that SAFETY matters above and beyond all else. We all know that failure of a cold-storage unit compromises samples. As a matter of fact in this industry ALL manufacturers hear from users “By far our biggest concern is sample safety, and by far the most common safety concern for ultralow freezers is compressor failure.” To truly understand our customers and their needs, we need to stop selling and start listening more. Talk to them & do something! In today’s world, it’s not easy to capture people’s attention when there’s so much content being created every day, all competing for the same eyeballs…. What have others done?? To answer this question, You first need to distinguish MARKETING vs. COMMUNICATION BASED STRATEGY: -Start by considering why a manufacturer has lowered their prices; Nuaire, Panasonic, Eppendorf, Thermo (before their TSX), Helmer or Haier did... and Ask yourself: is that because they will be launching a new value range because this is what the market wants or have they been forced to slash prices to try and boost dwindling sales? -Validate what can be called innovation: Patching old cascade system with some fancy new gases, modifying a condenser or improving insulation, may not be considered innovations? I've even seen one US manufacturer preaching sample security on white papers, without offering any ... - Then judge on what is left: Oh Yeahhh! like drawing your attention to Energy savings… I agree 60$/ year makes a small difference, but when compared to 80,000$ average value of your freezer, that’s just sand thrown in your eyes! Yep...About Energy Saver ULTs: Remember that great idea you had? The idea for which you “could make millions”?.. Yes I’m talking about Piston engine systems or variable speed compressors! They are of no value! Innovation focuses on the process, utilizing tools like MIND or PROBLEM SOLVING.. in occurrence solving the sample security problem. Whose manufacturer solved your problem? NONE before Z-SC1! INNOVATORS are generally referred by the public as “crazy people who start a business.” We started in 1994! But honestly we innovated in 2012… that’s a long ride, and no pretensions, We did it solely on PASSION! Innovation creates change, and this change can be outside the realm of entrepreneurship… in reality not dreamland, it took Z-SC1 almost 2 decades to create this truly revolutionary innovation: TWINCORE ULT. Sorry we should have been more bright! A partial solution is still knowledge, even if it contains some mistakes, and can be improved on in the future. ... It's also important to be sensitive to problems… That’s what we've done, that’s what Z-SCI is ALL about! Being unique means risking time, money, energy, and embarrassment. It means being willing to embrace ideas without the guarantee of success. Even if no one can force You to challenge yourself or the whole industry's conformity. In the end, it’s always a personal choice to engage or restrain... -be independent-minded in an industry of conformity and convention... Jean Fallacara, CEO- Z-SC1 Corp. Follow Jean on LinkedIn. Follow Z-SC1 on LinkedIn. “Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a fucking sharp knife to it.” Banksy, Wall and Piece
SCIENCE AND BEYOND What we mean is that we actually care. Many times we have been asked about our tagline. Well, we never thought about it as such a thing. It was a natural description of our views and ways in business and life. We love science, we listen to our clients' demands and try to make better products. We want to keep on going and for this reason we need to sell and in order to sell we need happy customers. But we also have a life. And the nice thing is that there are many crossroads in both our personal and business lives. We thrive every time we see technological developments that will make the earth a better place. Because all the work is about having a better life, right? We love science. But we also love art, music, sports... and when these worlds merge we feel like everything makes sense. We are all about science, innovation, technology, low temperature equipment... but we are more than that. We are Z.
You know how much we love experimenting. You also know how much we love art, cold and Canada. Well, we found this amazing picture of talented photographer Michael Davies. It was taken around 12 miles from the arctic circle in northern Ontario. With temperature around -35ºC (-31ºF) he captured the instant freezing of some hot tea leftovers in an spectacular way. We found this at IFLScience, which is a very neat blog about science. Check it out. Enjoy the New Year! Z.
BioD + Z-SC1 MINI: DOING WORK THAT MATTERS NOVEL BIOLOGIC PRODUCTS DERIVED FROM THE PLACENTAL TISSUES This is the sort of things that motivate us to continue with our innovation strategy. BioD is a company that is focused on making life better on earth. To properly achieve their mission, they need performing equipment that they can rely on, right on the spot. We are proud to announce that BioD will supply with DF8503 TableTop / UnderCounter freezer, also known as MINI to their clients for the storage of the products they produce. Check out BioD’s work on development and commercialization of novel biologic products derived from the placental tissues. We would like to thank BSI for making this happen.
Not many companies are successful when trying to blend the scientific and artistic worlds together. We believe arts in general give meaning to anyone's life. We also believe science should be a platform to make meaning. At Z-SC1 that's our reason to keep going. There is one company which we applaud for their continuous efforts to keep these two worlds blending: Nikon. One of our firsts posts in June 2014 presented amazing microscopic images and videos. The images were taking from that year's 'Small World Photomicrography Competition'. This is an international event held by Nikon since the year 1975. Since then, the competition has become a showcase for talented photomicrographers in diverse scientific disciplines. A photomicrograph is a technical document that can be of great significance to science or industry. But a good photomicrograph is also an image whose structure, color, composition, and content is an object of beauty, open to several levels of comprehension and appreciation. We want to share with you our favourite images from this year's contest. Among them, the 1st place which was awarded to Ralph Grimm from Queensland, Australia with his submission: Eye of a honey bee (Apis mellifera) covered in dandelion pollen (120x). We hope you enjoy! Z. Ralph Claus Grimm Jimboomba, Queensland, Australia Subject Matter: Eye of a honey bee (Apis mellifera) covered in dandelion pollen (120x) Ian Gardiner - 10th PlaceCalgary, Alberta, CanadaSubject Matter:Clam shrimp (Cyzicus mexicanus), live specimen (25x) Dr. Richard Kirby - 19th PlaceMarine Biological AssociationPlymouth, United KingdomSubject Matter:Planktonic larva of a horseshoe worm (phoronid) (450x) Rogelio Moreno - 11th PlacePanama, PanamaSubject Matter:Fern sorus at varying levels of maturity (20x) Dr. Reto Fiolka - Honorable MentionDepartment of Cell BiologyDallas, Texas, USASubject Matter:Mitochondria in a live HeLa cancer cell (63x) Dr. Igor Siwanowicz - 3rd PlaceHoward Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)Janelia Farm Research Campus, Leonardo LabAshburn, Virginia, USASubject Matter:Intake of a humped bladderwort (Utricularia gibba), a freshwater carnivorous plant (100x) Daniel H Miller and Ethan Sokol - 4th placeWhitehead Institute for Biomedical ResearchDepartment of BiologyCambridge, Massachusetts, USASubject Matter:Lab-grown human mammary gland organoid (100x) Henri Koskinen - 6th Place