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Z-SC1 Announces New Division & Warehouse

Press Release: Z-SC1 Corp Announces Opening of Warehouse on west coast US. Z-SCI Biomedical LLC. New US division - Z-SC1 Announces New Division & Warehouse Montreal Canada, March 16, 2015 – Z-SC1 Corp, the world’s leading manufacturing of ULT Freezer that changed the world of Cryo-conservation with its TWINCORE technology, announced the opening of its new US based division Z-SCI BIOMEDICAL LLC and new warehouse on the west coast. Glenn Adams has been promoted to the newly created role of V.P General Manager for the US. These changes mark a significant shift in Z-SC1 Corp’s business operation and will be instrumental in the enhancement of its US distribution strategy to better serve its US partners & distributors. The new warehouse will provide guaranteed next-day shipping for Twincore ULTs to most of the west coast. The new warehouse will also result in reduced freight expenses for Z-SCI’s Western customers who until now been served by the distributor’s warehouses in Pennsylvania and from Canada. Z-SCI will also benefit from increased logistical and operational efficiencies such as reduced inbound freight expenses. “We changed the world with the Twincore freezer technology,” said Jean Fallacara, CEO “but now we have to insure that products are readily available coast to coast in the US.” “We plan on gradually ramping up our distribution activities out of our new California based office and warehouse and ultimately, we anticipate that a substantial portion of our U.S.-based orders will ship out of that location.”  


"Frost, filters and voltage are the main things to watch" this is the opening line of a very interesting article by Rachel Muenz, assistant editor, published in the current issue (Dec. 2014) of LAB MANAGER magazine. The article entitled Cold Storage, features some tips and points of view by director of product management at Panasonic Joe LaPorte and Z-SC1's CEO Jean Fallacara. Periodical maintenance is crucial for any lab machine. For this reason service is a key element when deciding what to buy. This article is very interesting and useful for both experts and juniors. You can read the magazine here. The article is on page 76-77. Connect with Jean Fallacara on Linked In here. He's always open to discussion, feedback and lately, compliments. Connect with Z-SC1 on Linked In and stay on the loop here. You can also read and/or download the article in PDF from here. Enjoy!  


WiZBox creates the Ability to Predict ULT Freezer's Failure. The most advanced,  proactive, fault management system is finally here. And it's included for free with every Twincore. Think about how many samples have been lost in the recent history of science (Harvard Brain) because of the lack of ability to predict failure before it happens. Getting samples sometimes is not an easy task, but they can be lost when changes of temperature occur without notice. To right this wrong, we present (or developed) the Twincore and its Proactive maintenance device WizBox: The safest ult in the market, capable of maintaining -82 even when one of its 2 compressors fail. But we didn't stop there. We designed, and of course included, the most advanced monitoring system for the TwinCore. We are able to watch its behavior 24/7 and prevent any malfunction. ULT MONITORING SYSTEM: The most advanced yet! This system includes an app that lets you monitor your freezer's behavior from the palm of your hand. And not only that, this app features settings control and alarm history to name a few. We came out with a video. Please check it out here. For more information on the WizBox, click here.

Keeping temperature constant: Permafrost

Keeping temperature constant is not only our job. Nature has its own ways. "Permafrost exists where the ground stays at or below 0° Celsius (32° Fahrenheit) for at least two years in a row. 24 percent of the land in the Northern Hemisphere has permafrost underneath it. So, permafrost makes up 23 million square kilometers (9 million square miles). Large expanses of permafrost occur in Siberia, the Tibetan Plateau, Alaska, the Canadian Arctic, and other higher mountain regions. " National Snow & Ice Data Center Wherever civilization is built over Permafrost it's a priority to keep it that way. When it thaws it becomes a hazard which can cause landslides or ground subsidence. The roads become bumpy if not broken and buildings may fall apart. One way to keep it frozen is by drawing the heat from underground and vent it into the air above ground. A very simple device called a thermosyphon is up for the job. No electricity or maintenance required. Nature's stable permafrost not only presents certain conditions for developers. It also has helped scientists by keeping safe samples for years. We want to bring up this amazing story about 'bringing back to life' the 1918 flu virus which caused the most lethal plague in the history of human kind. It spread across the planet during the fall and disappeared by spring. To summarize the story, back in the 1950's Johan Hultin, a young scientist went off to find the virus on a victim buried (and conserved) in permafrost: nature's freezer. He did but he couldn't grow the flu virus. Hultin quit the mission, temporarily. 47 years later (1997) he heard about the initiative of Jeffery Taubenberger. another scientist looking for the virus but from the A.F.I.P.'s tissue repository. The new challenge was he was running out of raw material and that's when the connection was made. Hultin re-appeared to launch the new expedition to find the right samples. On the fourth day, they found the body of an obese woman whose lungs were well preserved. 10 days later they got the virus! This was the first step into a chain of discoveries and studies that 10 years later would led to sequence its code and thus, the relevant conclusions. This method of building flu-virus particles from pure code is a clever application of the approach to understanding life called "reverse genetics" - that is, looking at a gene to figure out its function, rather than the other way around. But it is not one requiring some spectacular insight or technological breakthrough. The method employs fairly routine molecular biology and was developed independently by two different flu teams, one at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, the other at the University of Wisconsin. The whole story is very interesting and you should read it from the New York Times article "Why revive a Deadly Flu Virus?". Other related articles: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1999-11-18/news/9911180290_1_similar-flu-influenza-1918-virus http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC15547/

Performance meets energy efficiency

It's often believed that performance and energy efficiency are issues that should be balanced in order to achieve a specific result. More and more, in recent years this issue has been addressed to with a different perspective and as a result we see technology break throughs like the BMW i8 sports car: "...the first sports car with the consumption and emission values of a compact car…". We believe the 'new way' of approaching it, instead of suggesting the balance between the two factors, pushes them independently. Performance meets energy efficiency. Unbalanced: Push one to its limits, then push the other. Observe. Repeat. We would like to share an article written by our CEO in which he explains 'our way' and states that with our new technology you don't have to choose between one another. You can have both. Performance meets energy efficiency: they dance, we host. Read the article here.  

Safest Ultra Low Temperature Freezer: New site

Designing and building the safest ultra low temperature freezer was not an easy task. But we did it by taking into consideration relevant 'hands-on' experts' opinions. We ended up creating an actual solution for an actual problem: specimens like precious DNA samples can't be lost because of technical failure. Therefore, we built an easy to use machine with an amazing interface that will let you manager your inventory without even opening the door. This piece of equipment won't fail, because even if it fails your samples will remain protected. Yes, you heard it right: in our safest ultra low temperature freezer, the Twincore, if one compressor fails, the other one is capable of maintaining -82 degrees C by itself indefinitely. We are happy to announce the creation and launch of the new dedicated space for our beloved Twincore, the safest ultra low temperature freezer yet. There's so much to say about it  from any angle that every researcher or  lab owner will find amazing and unique features. For this reason we created its own web space. In it you will find its features and links to more specific topics and technical sheets download. If you feel that something is missing we would appreciate that you let us know so we can improve. Please feel free to send a line if you have any question. We will reply shortly. You can access it from our website or following this link. If you want to share it with somebody but don't have the link at hand, simply tell them to click on safestult.com and they will be redirected. Keep it cool! Z.    

New Technology v.s. Dinosaurian Technology

Originally posted by Z-SC1's CEO Jean Fallacara here. Jean is always open to discussion. Connect with him on Linked In here. Today, we have revolutionized our world with amazing technologies. We have reshaped the technology of the past's to make better products, offer more security and give peace of mind. The Stone Age is a broad prehistoric period during which stone was widely used to make implements with a sharp edge, at Z-SC1 we believe that cascade refrigeration systems is also a dinosaurian technology that some manufacturers just try to keep alive (or even reanimate) for obvious financial reason. Matter of fact, the cascade refrigeration technology poorly failed to offer security, and generated billions $ of losses over the last decades. Protection of valuable and oftentimes irreplaceable biospecimens is a critical factor for ensuring valid and reproducible pre-clinical drug development results. Too much damage to important specimens caused by malfunctioning equipment, too much continued vigilance to proper biological specimen storage is required. Due to the obvious divide set between cascade refrigeration and Dual Cooling single compressors, sometimes both generations are forced to meet which commonly results in conflicting ideologies of digital technology. The everyday regime of work life in Science is becoming more technologically advanced with improved computers in offices, more complicated machinery in industry etc. With technology moving so fast it is hard for some manufacturer to keep up. In fact, some things seem so strange to us that we immediately put them out of our minds as being completely wrong.... What the Scientific community think about this, how do you feel about Do you really believe that being Extremely paranoid about your samples inside ULT freezers shall be a justifiable reason You spreads samples across multiple freezers, as a hedge in case of failure.... I don't! ... in all these Research labs, biorepositories, Biobanks... What are You exactly expecting from US and from ALL manufacturers of ULT Freezers?. Definitely Not a sales speech... Only facts, and a simple thing: PEACE OF MINDfor the storage of their high-value samples!

When Ultra Low Temperature becomes Extreme Low Temperature

Ultra low temperatures. We're just amazed with this universe that is unveiled when we go down the thermometer. Unimaginable processes are possible as predicted by science fiction or really, really smart scientists. In this case, we want to share one of our favorite 'cold' stories about Erick Cornell, Nobel Prize Laureate: "The Nobel Prize in Physics 2001 was awarded jointly to Eric A. Cornell, Wolfgang Ketterle and Carl E. Wieman "for the achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute gases of alkali atoms, and for early fundamental studies of the properties of the condensates"." The video we are sharing, explained by Cornell himself, illustrates how to achieve the Bose-Einstein condensation, a state of matter in which a diluted gas is brought down near absolute zero. At this point, Quantum effects become apparent. The 'Quantum-world' is of great interest in our everyday life as it is the key to a major leap in computer technology. By implementing Quantum computation, big problems that would take years (that's right, years) to compute in today's machines will be solved in a matter of seconds. If you want more detailed information about this issue, we recommend this Ted Talk video featuring Michelle Simmons at Tedx Sydney. We hope quantum technology arrives in the near future. But for now, we will continue keeping our stable Ultra Low Temperatures..... ultra low. The video is presented by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. We hope you enjoy it.


Heart attack's main risk involves permanent brain damage which is produced by the lack of oxygen to the organ . Many victims wake up looking normal but their brains will never be the same. This interesting story published at The Daily Mail details  the recovery of Mike Burton after the attack. In recent years, cardiologists all over the world have adopted the therapeutic hypothermia treatment which uses "the simplest of technologies: ice" as stated by The Wall Street Journal. The procedure, as described in the article affirms that  "Once a patient's heartbeat is restored, emergency-room doctors, cardiologists and rescue squads are quickly applying ice and other coolants to moderately lower a patient's body temperature by about six degrees. Then the patient is put in a drug-induced coma in intensive care for 24 hours before gradually being warmed back up to normal temperature." And because it's working, many ER facilities have been adopting this treatment, embracing the cold, as we do. We want to share a video from Penn Medicine's Center for Resuscitation Science in which they describe a successful experience with it. We hope you enjoy it.

Lengthen Transplant Window by Supercooling Organs

We like cold: we are based in Canada and manufacture a whole bunch of cooling and freezing equipment. At least, we embrace it! We are very happy to share this great story originally posted by IFLScience from a paper published in Nature Medicine about supercooling organs in order to lengthen the transplant window. To summarize, they excised livers from rats and cooled them down to 4C without completely freezing them to store later at -6C. After three days the livers were ready for transplant and recipients rats were alive for three months after the transplant. You see? Cold is actually, pretty cool! We invite you to read the original post here.

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