What could be more reliable than having 2 freezers in 1? For years, every time that Apple brought new technologies to the market, the majority did not believe that the 'new' thing could actually work as advertised. The competitors, in a desperate race not to challenge the status quo urged their customers not to try the unproven technology. Thanks to them for not listening. Judge the reliability by studies, not by name. In a world where everything quality checked and certified, meeting the standard is not actually a meaningful differential. It was during the certification era when there were certified and uncertified products. You would make a difference back then. Today's race is to the top and driven by technology breakthrough, innovations, generosity and design. Ask for studies, ask the community, ask your dealer, ask your service provider. User experience is a key factor. Don't buy by name. Buy what's best.

ULT Technology: 6 Questions Answered

Considering purchasing a ULT Freezer? These are 6 questions answered by a company focused on ULT technology. Check the slides by scrolling down or feel free to download the PDF from here.  

Independently Minded: Inferences, Assumptions

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   


THE 'SAVE THE SAMPLES' PLAN 1. BUILD THE SAFEST FREEZER EQUIPMENT IN THE MARKET 2. SPREAD THE WORD 3. GROW OUR 'TOP' DISTRIBUTION NETWORK We already checked the first two points. Our machines are as reliable as the winter in Canada and they're so good that the word has been spreading out of every laboratory, institution, hospital and repositories who have tried our gear. Now, we are very happy to announce that one of our favorite American distributors agreed to carry our products and will be joining this fine network. WELCOME TO THE Z FAMILY     BSI: Innovative solutions for your laboratory. Biomedical Solutions Inc. expertise resides in molecular biology, cell biology and animal care facilities but their vast equipment catalog is also suitable for clinical and industrial labs. They specialize working with architects and lab planners on the construction of new and renovated laboratory space.


Challenges are fun. They encourage us to deliver. Living in a 'challenge-oriented' philosophy will lead to a culture of experimentation in which we are requested to present the results which will sometimes  lead to great ideas or bold failures. But then you get the chance to have a new challenge and experiment again, push your limits and in the end, grow. It doesn't matter if you win or loose a challenge. What matters is to deliver. When you learn to deliver without postponing you will understand that major achievements come from doing. Failing or winning will just show you what to do more and what to do less. We want to share a couple of challenges: 1. Maxim & Katia Mezentsev created this beautiful video of freezing  nature. Some challenges do not come from elsewhere but from our necessity of moving away from the status quo. These kind of challenges will help you build your identity, your character. We love this video because, like we do, it thrives with the fact of an object in the freezing process. It's worth the look, the video lasts less than one minute and it was selected as a 'Vimeo Staff Picked'. Frozen from kveten on Vimeo. 2. The second challenge was one that our CEO, Jean Fallacara, decided to take : 'RECOVERY TESTING from a 2min Door Opening'.  He was very pleased when he received the results from the engineering team. Please read the post he wrote about it here. Challenges make us grow and define ourselves. We will continue delivering nice challenges we stumble upon with. We hope you enjoy as much as we do.    

The ‘Cool’ Biotech Company in Canada

 Originality is a result, not a goal. What we actually do different from other companies is really simple: we listen. The products are the result of that simple exercise of paying attention to the users' feedback and really thinking how to make their experience more pleasant. This of course involves the scientific team which enters a creative process of their own. But not only them, but the whole company enters that creative process because their experience with clients and with the machines themselves nourish the engineering concepts. Then, the ball comes back from R&D to the Marketing department whose only task is to properly communicate the results. And then the whole process repeats at every level of the company. The other difference lays on the team. We are Z people. We fully understand a philosophy. This fact makes us independent and capable of solving issues without having to climb an endless bureaucratic  ladder. We are professionals at what we do and for that reason we are free, and free people are happy and that reflects on every inch of the company. Business Review Canada Magazine published and article on this month's issue entitled: Z-SC1 BIOMEDICAL - The 'cool' Biotech Company in Canada. This is a result. This is not only the way we feel, but how people look at us. We didn't plan it either, we just worked our way. We would like to thank Stephanie C. Ocano who wrote the article and Cedrick Adolphe who produced it. Un Gros Merci.


"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.  

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