HERCULES, Calif.– November 24, 2021–Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb), a global leader of life science research, clinical diagnostic products, and science education today announced that the company is the winner of two 2021 Best of STEM awards. The first award recognizes Bio-Rad as an outstanding provider of customer support for hands-on education laboratories. The second award recognizes the company’s Bio-Rad Explorer education program for its suite of free resources for high school and undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
The winners were selected by science educators who voted, as well as by a separate panel of judges. Bio-Rad "provides amazing free resources, including the most comprehensive and relatable resources for COVID. They do the best job of providing biotech activities on topics students care about," remarked one of the judges. Another educator commented that if educators have questions, Bio-Rad's "customer service responds quickly and seeks to help. Even better, they make sure that experiments are thoughtfully designed in the first place, providing online resources and free materials for students to discover how science is important to their world."
The Bio-Rad Explorer education program's free resources are available at bio-rad.com/classroomresources and include videos, editable PowerPoint presentations, animations, modeling activities, case studies, and coloring pages. The page also has links to dedicated resources with information for teachers and students about SARS-CoV-2, CRISPR gene editing and the award-winning Bio-Rad Explorer Out of the Blue CRISPR Kit, and bacterial transformation and the family of Bio-Rad Explorer pGLO bacterial transformation kits. Educators may also request free copies of large-format posters about biotechnology, PCR, and career possibilities for their classrooms. The Explorer program’s YouTube channel at bio-rad.com/eduvideos, integral to thousands of classrooms and courses, features videos demonstrating laboratory techniques and how to use Bio-Rad products, as well as curated playlists.
Bio-Rad Laboratories’ team of customer care and technical support scientists includes over 25 PhDs and answers more than 50,000 inquiries each year from educators and researchers. Kathy Silvey, PhD, a member of the tech support team, remarked, “There is nothing more rewarding than feeling that you may have played a part in someone’s future scientific career!” The Explorer education program’s dedicated team of curriculum and training specialists utilize their experience in both classroom teaching and research to help over 1,900 educators annually at more than 100 professional development workshops each year. They additionally field over 4,000 calls and emails from teachers each year.
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb) is a global leader in developing, manufacturing, and marketing a broad range of innovative products for the life science research and clinical diagnostic markets. With a focus on quality and customer service for over 65 years, our products advance the discovery process and improve healthcare. Our customers are university and research institutions, hospitals, public health and commercial laboratories, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as applied laboratories that include food safety and environmental quality. Founded in 1952, Bio-Rad is based in Hercules, California, and has a global network of operations with approximately 7,800 employees worldwide. Bio-Rad had revenues exceeding $2.5 billion in 2020. Please visit bio-rad.com for further information.
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
Senior Product Manager, Bio-Rad Explorer Program