For inquiries please contact us:
Toll Free: 800-304-5357, Select Option 1
From outside the US: +1-510-265-1027, Select Option 1
For assistance with technical questions about our products, assistance with product selection, and troubleshooting help, please see Technical Support.
You may order Biotium’s products and service through the web, phone, fax, mail, or email. Please help us by providing the following information when placing an order:
- Product information including catalog number, description, unit size, and price
- Total quantity of your order (there is no minimum order charge)
- Contact name, organization, telephone/fax number, email
- Address for delivery with street name and number ** (PO box number not accepted)
- Address for invoice, if different from delivery
- Purchase order number, if applicable
- The method of payment (see below for more information)
**Please also provide the address information in the language of your resident country whenever applicable. This will help us to minimize the delivery error. Alternatively, you may use any standard order form of your organization, or download Biotium’s Order Form, and send the completed form to us via email or fax. We usually do not send order acknowledgments unless it is done via email. Unless required by your organization, please do not send confirming orders. If one is sent, please mark it clearly as “CONFIRMING ORDER”.
Our Quick Order Tool can streamline the ordering process if you already know the catalog number of the product you wish to order, or if you wish to easily order many products.
Note that Biotium is closed on weekends and on the following U.S. holidays: New Year’s Day; President’s Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day (Fourth of July); Labor Day; Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday); and Christmas Day.
Pricing & Payments
All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars. Upon mutual agreement, the price may be converted to other currencies according to the published exchange rate on the invoice date, plus up to 2% handling fee. Freight costs and any special packaging charges will be added to the invoice. Factors attributing to the prices may be beyond our control and prices are subject to change without notice. In the case where the price has changed significantly, we will contact you prior to processing your order. Written price quotations, when requested, are valid for 30 days.
Our payment terms are net 30 days of invoice for approved purchase orders. All payment in US dollars must be payable on a US bank. Payment can be made by check, Visa, Master Card, and American Express, money order, or wire transfer. Biotium’s bank information for wire transfer can be obtained by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Whenever applicable, all payment must be addressed to Biotium. Payment in currencies other than US dollars may be arranged upon discussion with Biotium. Please contact us if this is what you prefer.
Shipping & Storage
Due to various storage temperatures for our products, shipping and handling fees will be calculated at time of shipment based upon the orders recommended shipping requirements.
Shipping Temperature and Storage Temperature
Products may ship at temperatures different than those required for storage. Most of our products are stable at room temperature for many days, but we recommend storage in a refrigerator or freezer to prevent the growth of microbes and to prolong shelf-life. Therefore, to reduce shipping costs for our customers, products with recommended storage at 4°C or -20°C may ship with an ice pack or at ambient temperature. These products may thaw without affecting product performance. When you receive the product, place it under the recommended storage conditions. Products with recommended storage at ultra low temperature (-70°C) that also ship on dry ice should arrive frozen. If a product you received was shipped on dry ice and thawed during transit, please contact customer service.
Blue and Dry Ice Shipments
Orders requiring blue or dry ice are shipped via overnight express service. Blue ice and dry ice overnight orders are shipped according to the following schedule:
Monday-Thursday: All “in stock” orders received by 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time will be delivered the following business day.
Friday: All orders received by 3:00 p.m. Pacific Standard time will be shipped the following business day for next day delivery.
We do not ship on the following holidays (U.S. only): Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day (Fourth of July); Labor Day; Thanksgiving; Christmas; and New Year’s Day.
Some materials are not returnable. Returned shipments cannot be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made. Return merchandise authorization (RMA) requests must be made within 30 days of your receiving the materials by contacting our returns department at email@example.com. A 20% restocking fee is charged on authorized returns of standard catalog items, subject to a minimum charge of $10.00.
Terms & Conditions of Sale
- ACCEPTANCE: All sales are subject to and expressly conditioned upon the terms and conditions contained herein, and upon Buyer’s assent thereto. No variation of these terms and conditions will be binding upon Seller unless agreed to in writing and signed by an officer or other authorized representative of Seller.
- CHANGES: Orders arising hereunder may be changed or amended only by written agreement signed by both Buyer and Seller, setting forth the particular changes to be made and the effect, if any, of such changes on the price and time of delivery. Buyer may not cancel this order unless such cancellation is expressly agreed to in writing by Seller. In such event, Seller will advise Buyer of the total charge for such cancellation, and Buyer agrees to pay such charges, including, but not limited to, storage and shipment costs, costs of producing non-standard materials, costs of purchasing non-returnable materials, cancellation costs imposed on Seller by its suppliers, and any other cost resulting from cancellation of this order by Buyer which is permitted by Seller. Certification of such costs by Seller’s independent public accountants shall be conclusive on the parties hereto.
- DELIVERY, CLAIMS, DELAYS: All sales are F.O.B. Seller’s shipping point. If Shipping and Handling Charges are quoted or invoiced, they will include charges in addition to actual freight costs. Delivery of goods to the carrier at Seller’s plant or other loading point shall constitute delivery to Buyer and regardless of shipping terms, all risk of loss or damage in transit shall be borne by Buyer. The general method of shipment for each item will be in accordance with the method specified by Buyer. However, Seller reserves the right, in its discretion, to determine the exact method of shipment. Seller reserves the right to make delivery in installments, all such installments to be separately invoiced and paid for when due per invoice, without regard to subsequent deliveries. Delay in delivery of any installment shall not relieve Buyer of Buyer’s obligation to accept remaining deliveries. Immediately upon Buyer’s receipt of any goods shipped hereunder, Buyer shall inspect the same and shall notify Seller in writing of any claims for shortages, defects or damages and shall hold the goods for Seller’s written instructions concerning disposition. If Buyer shall fail to so notify Seller within five days after the goods have been received by Buyer, such goods shall conclusively be deemed to conform to the terms and conditions hereof and to have been irrevocably accepted by the Buyer. Sellers shall not be liable for any loss, damage or penalty as a result of any delay in or failure to manufacture, deliver, or otherwise perform hereunder due to any cause beyond Seller’s reasonable control, including, without limitation, unsuccessful reactions, act of Buyer, embargo or other governmental act, regulation or request affecting the conduct of Seller’s business, fire, explosion, accident, theft, vandalism, riot, acts of war, strikes or other labor difficulties, lightning, flood, windstorm or other acts of God, delay in transportation, or inability to obtain necessary labor, fuel, materials, supplies, or power at current prices.
- ALLOCATION OF GOODS: If Seller is unable, for any reason, to supply the total demands for goods specified in Buyer’s order, Seller may allocate its available supply among any or all buyers on such basis as Seller may deem fair and practical, without liability for any failure of performance that may result therefrom.
- PAYMENT: Terms of sale are net 30 days of date of shipment, unless otherwise stated. The amount received must be sufficient to cover both the invoiced amount and any bank charges that may incur. Late charges may be added to invoices not paid within the 30-day time period. If the financial condition of Buyer results in the insecurity of Seller, in its sole and unfettered discretion, as to the ultimate collectability of the purchase price, Seller may, without notice to Buyer, delay or postpone the delivery of the products; and Seller, at its option, is authorized to change the terms of payment to payment in full or in part in advance of shipment of the entire undelivered balance of said products. In the event of default by Buyer in the payment of the purchase price or otherwise, of this or any other order, Seller, at its option, without prejudice to any other of Seller’s lawful remedies, may defer delivery, cancel this Contract, or sell any undelivered products on hand for the account of Buyer and apply such proceeds as a credit, without set-off or deduction of any kind, against the contract purchase price, and Buyer agrees to pay the balance then due to Seller on demand. Buyer agrees to pay all costs, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorney and accounting fees and other expenses of collection resulting from any default by Buyer in any of the terms hereof.
- TAXES AND OTHER CHARGES: Any use tax, sales tax, excise tax, duty, custom, inspection or testing fee, or any other tax, fee, or charge of any nature whatsoever imposed by any governmental authority, on or measured by the transaction between Seller and Buyer shall be paid by Buyer in addition to the prices quoted or invoiced. In the event Seller is required to pay any such tax, fee, or charge, Buyer shall reimburse Seller therefor; or, in lieu of such payment, Buyer shall provide Seller, at the time the order is submitted, an exemption certificate or other document acceptable to the authority imposing the tax, fee, or charge.
- WARRANTIES: Seller warrants that its products shall conform to the description of such products as provided to Buyer by Seller through Seller’s catalog, analytical data, or other literature. This warranty is exclusive, and Seller makes no other warranty, express or implied, including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. Seller’s warranties made in connection with this sale shall not be effective if Seller has determined, in its sole discretion, that Buyer has misused the products in any manner, has failed to use the products I accordance with industry standards and practices, or has failed to use the products in accordance with instructions, if any, furnished by Seller. Seller’s sole and exclusive liability and Buyer’s exclusive remedy with respect to products proved to Seller’s satisfaction to be defective or non-conforming shall be the replacement of such products without charge or refund of the purchase price, in Seller’s sole discretion, upon the return of such products in accordance with Seller’s instructions. Seller shall not in any event be liable for any incidental, consequential, or special damages of any kind resulting from any use or failure of the products, even if Seller has been advised of the possibility of such damage including, without limitation, liability for loss of use, loss of work in progress, down time, loss of revenue or profits, failure to realize savings, loss of products of Buyer or other use or any liability of Buyer to a third party on account of such loss, or for any labor or any other expense. Damage or loss occasioned by such product including personal injury or property damage unless such personal injury or property damage is caused by Seller’s gross negligence. All claims must be brought within one(1) year of shipment, regardless of their nature.
- COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS, REGULATIONS: Seller certifies that to the best of its knowledge its products are produced in compliance with applicable requirements of the known laws, regulations, rules, and orders issued pursuant thereto.
- BUYER’S USE OF PRODUCTS: Seller’s products are intended primarily for laboratory research purposes, and unless otherwise stated on product labels, in Seller’s catalog or in other literature furnished to Buyer, are not to be used for any other purposes, including but not limited to, in vitro diagnostic purposes, in foods, drugs, medical devices, or cosmetics for humans or animal, or for commercial purposes. Buyer acknowledges that the products have not been tested by Seller for safety and efficacy in food, drug, medical device, cosmetic, commercial, or any other use, unless otherwise stated in Seller’s literature furnished to Buyer. Buyer expressly represents and warrants to Seller that Buyer will properly test, use, manufacture, and market any products purchased from Seller and/or materials produced with products purchased from Seller in accordance with the practices of a reasonable person who is an expert in the field and in strict compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, now and hereinafter enacted. Buyer further warrants to Seller that any material produced with products from Seller shall not be adulterated or misbranded, and shall not be materials which may not be introduced into interstate commerce. Buyer realizes that, since Seller’s products are, unless otherwise stated, intended primarily for research purposes, they may not be on the inventory of certain local toxic substances control regulations. Buyer assumes responsibility to assure that the products purchased from Seller are approved for use under local toxic substance control rules, if applicable. Buyer has the responsibility to verify the hazards and to conduct any further research necessary to learn the hazards involved in using products purchased from Seller. Buyer also has the duty to warn Buyer’s customers and any auxiliary personnel (such as freight handlers, etc.) of any risks involved in using or handling the products. Buyer agrees to comply with instructions, if any, furnished by Seller relating to the use of the products and not misuse the products in any manner. If the products purchased from Seller are to be repackaged, relabeled, or used as starting materials or components of other products, Buyer will verify Seller’s assay of the products. No products purchased from Seller shall, unless otherwise stated, be considered to be foods, drugs, medical devices or cosmetics.
- BUYER’S REPRESENTATIONS AND INDEMNITY: Buyer represents and warrants that it shall use all products ordered herein in accordance with Paragraph No. 9 “Buyer’s Use of Products”, and that any such use of products will not violate any law or regulation. Buyer agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Seller, its employees, agents, successors, officers, and assigns, from and against any suits, losses, claims, demands, liabilities, costs and expenses (including attorney and accounting fees) that Seller may sustain or incur as a result of any claim against Seller based upon negligence, breach of warranty, strict liability in tort, contract or any other theory of law brought by Buyer, its officers, agents, employees, successors or assigns, by Buyer’s customers, by end users, by auxiliary personnel (such as freight handlers, etc.) or by other third parties, arising out of , directly or indirectly, the use of Seller’s products, or by reason of Buyer’s failure to perform its obligations contained herein. Buyer shall notify Seller in writing within fifteen (15) days of Buyer’s receipt of knowledge of any accident, or incident involving Seller’s products which results in personal injury or damage to property, and Buyer shall fully cooperate with Seller in the investigation and determination of the cause of such accident and shall make available to Seller all statements, reports and tests made by Buyer or made available to Buyer by others. The furnishing of such information to Seller and any investigation by Seller of such information or incident report shall not in any way constitute any assumption of any liability for such accident or incident by Seller.
- PATENT DISCLAIMER: Sellers does not warrant that the use or sale of the products delivered hereunder will not infringe the claims of any patents covering the product itself or the use thereof in combination with other products or in the operation of any process.
- RETURNS: Goods may not be returned for credit except with Seller’s permission, and then only in strict compliance with Seller’s return shipment instructions.
- TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: At Buyer’s requests, Seller may, at Seller’s discretion, furnish technical assistance and information with respect to Seller’s products. Seller makes no warranties of any kind or nature, express or implied, including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose, with respect to technical assistance or information provided by Seller or Seller’s personnel. Any suggestions by Seller regarding use, selection, application or suitability of the products shall not be construed as an express warranty unless specifically designated as such in a writing signed by an officer or other authorized representative of Seller.
- MISCELLANEOUS: Seller’s failure to strictly enforce any term or condition of this order or to exercise any right arising hereunder shall not constitute a waiver of Seller’s right to strictly enforce such terms or conditions or exercise such right thereafter. All rights and remedies under this order are accumulative and are in addition to any other rights and remedies Seller may have at law or in equity. Any waiver of a default by Buyer hereunder shall be in writing and shall not operate as a waiver of any other default or of the same default thereafter. If any provision of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not be affected or impaired thereby. The paragraph headings herein are for convenience only; they form no part of the terms and conditions and shall not affect their interpretation. This Agreement shall be binding upon, inure to the benefit of, and be enforceable by, the parties hereto, and their respective heirs, personal representatives, successors, and assigns.
- GOVERNING LAW: All disputes as to the legality, interpretation, application, or performance of this order or any of its terms and conditions shall be governed by the laws of the State of California including its conflict of laws principles. Each party to this order agrees that any dispute arising between them which results in either party instituting court proceedings shall be litigated in a California Court.