Verge of Extinction Contest

Find the dinosaur ULT in your lab and enter the contest for a chance to win a PHCbi brand VIP® ECO SMART ULT freezer!*

Unfamiliar with the PHCbi brand?
PHC Corporation of North America's ("PHCNA") rich brand lineage might surprise you - beginning with SANYO, evolving into Panasonic, and now proudly carrying the PHCbi brand name.
PHCNA is on the hunt for the oldest living ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezer in the contiguous United States* and giving one lucky ULT freezer owner the opportunity to receive a new PHCbi brand VIP® ECO SMART, the most energy efficient ULT freezer in its category**.
Join the dinosaur hunt and enter the Verge of Extinction ULT Contest today.
Take a look at our rich history of innovation below.



Ultra-low temperature performance and reliability meet energy efficiency

The PHCbi VIP ECO SMART builds upon a history of excellence and years of research and PHCbi brand engineering innovations. It continues a tradition of performance and reliability while leading the ENERGY STAR® ULT category. The PHCbi VIP ECO SMART is our most advanced ULT to date, using 30% less energy than other leading ENERGY STAR Certified freezers in its class**.
Meet Your Sustainability Goals
The VIP ECO SMART uses 30% less energy than available comparable models with 5.4 kWh/day (-80°C) or 4.5 kWh/day (-70°C).i
Achieve Temperature Uniformity
The VIP ECO SMART harnesses the power of inverter compressor technology to yield greater temperature uniformity of +/- 2°C.
Reduce HVAC Costs
The VIP ECO SMART produces less heat which can help lower HVAC costs contributing to an overall reduction in energy consumption.
Improve Security
SMART features include three lock methods: facial recognition, keypad, or optional proximity card. Controlled freezer access monitors who has entered the ULT freezer and when and tracks total door opening duration.
i As of November 22, 2022, ENERGY STAR certification. Certification Number: 2404812(MDF-DU703VHA-PA)/2404811(MDF-DU703VH-PA)/2404909(MDF-DU503VHA-PA) in the ultra-low temperature freezer category.
About PHC Corporation of North America

PHC Corporation of North America, located in Wood Dale, IL, is a leader in laboratory equipment for the biopharmaceutical, life sciences, academic, healthcare and government markets. Product lines under the PHCbi brand include the space saving and energy efficient VIP® ECO and TwinGuard® ultra-low temperature freezers, cryogenic and biomedical freezers, pharmacy and high-performance refrigerators, cell culture CO2 and multigas incubators, and Drosophila/plant growth chambers. PHC Corporation of North America is a subsidiary of PHC Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, which is a global healthcare company that develops, manufactures, sells, and services solutions across diabetes management, healthcare solutions, diagnostics and life sciences.

* Terms & Conditions to enter the Verge of Extinction ULT Contest
Trade-in contest for the oldest non-PHCbi brand (or non-legacy brand) upright ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezer. Legacy brands include Panasonic and Sanyo.
By entering in the contest, you are agreeing to these contest terms and conditions. The contest is being run by PHC Corporation of North America (“PHCNA”). The contest will run from April 22, 2024 to June 30, 2024 CDT and is open for entries across the 48 contiguous US states (excluding Hawaii, Alaska, and US territories).
Eligibility to Enter
The contest is open to entrants who own a non-PHCbi brand (or non-legacy brand) upright ULT freezer(s) or represent the owner of a non-PHCbi brand (or non-legacy brand) upright ULT freezer(s) with a capacity between 18.0 cu ft and 27.0 cu ft and are at least eighteen (18) years of age. PHCNA employees and associates are excluded from the contest. By entering the contest, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and authorized by the owner, if not yourself, and that you or the owner, as applicable, are eligible to receive any prize(s) that may be awarded. In the event that multiple entries with the same freezer are received from separate entrants, only the first entry from received by PHCNA will be considered an eligible entry.
How to Enter
Limit of one entry per person and the contest is completely free to enter. Entrant must complete the landing/contest page form and include an image showing the ULT freezer brand, model, serial number. The winner will be selected from the eligible entries based on the oldest working ULT freezer which maintains a temperature at or below -8065ºC (Celsius), is 18 – 27 cubic feet, is not a SANYO or Panasonic branded unit, and is currently in use to preserve contents in accordance with intended purpose of the ULT freezer. The oldest ULT freezer will be determined based on the month and year of the ULT freezer purchase submitted on the entry form and the date of entry form submission. The purchase date of the ULT freezer is subject to confirmation by PHCNA with a valid proof of purchase supplied by the entrant. Acceptable forms of proof of purchase include a billing receipt, invoice, purchase order, or delivery confirmation provided the full date of purchase, model number, and serial number, if available, are shown. Working condition of oldest ULT freezer is subject to verification by PHCNA. In the event of a tie, the winner will be selected based on which submission was submitted first.
The Prize
The winner of the contest will receive its choice of one (1) VIP ECO SMART Ultra-Low Temperature Freezer from the following list of models:
  • MDF-DU703VH-PA (retail value of $27,014)
  • MDF-DU703VHA-PA (retail value of $27,014)
  • MDF-DU503VHA-PA (retail value of $22,969)
The prize will include PHCNA's standard product warranty available at The prize is non-transferable and non-exchangeable, and no cash alternatives will be provided. PHCNA reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value if circumstances beyond our control require doing so. PHCNA’s decision on any aspect of the contest is final and binding, and no correspondence will be entered into about it. Payment of taxes is winner’s responsibility.
Winner Announcement
Winner will be notified at the email address provided on contest entry form. PHCNA will make two (2) attempts to contact the winner via email. If the winner does not respond to the emails from PHCNA informing them of their win within fourteen (14) days of the second email, the winner forfeits the right to the prize, and PHCNA reserves the right to select and notify a new winner. PHCNA may require winner to demonstrate the ULT freezer submitted on the contest entry form is still in working condition at time of email notification.
Delivery of the Prize
PHCNA will coordinate and deliver the prize to the winner within 28 days following the winner’s response to PHCNA’s winner notification email. PHCNA will cover standard dock to dock shipping costs to deliver the prize to the winner's location. PHCNA bears the risk of loss or damage during transit. Alternative collection or delivery arrangements may be available through mutual agreement.
Data Protection and Publicity
You agree that any personal information that you provide when entering the contest will be used by PHCNA for the purposes of administering the contest and for other purposes as specified in our Privacy Policy. The winner agrees to release their first name and place of employment. The winner's name and place of employment will be announced on PHCNA’s social media channels.
Limitation of Liability
PHCNA accepts no liability for any damage, loss, injury, or disappointment suffered by entrants as a result of participating in the contest or being selected for the prize.
Social Media Sites
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are in no way affiliated with this contest and in no way sponsor or endorse this contest. By entering into this contest you agree to release Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter from any liability associated with the contest.
PHCNA reserves the right, at any time and without prior notice, to cancel the contest or amend these terms and conditions.
**Based on independent third-party testing at time of publication. ENERGY STAR test results for submitted products can be compared for performance across the competitive market. For results see the ENERGY STAR website See PHC Corporation of North America's ENERGY STAR Unique ID 2404812.65tr4
*** The winner will be selected from the eligible entries based on the oldest working ULT freezer which maintains a temperature at or below -65ºC (Celsius) and is currently in use to preserve contents in accordance with intended purpose of the ULT freezer. The oldest ULT freezer will be determined from the serial number of the unit. Working condition of oldest ULT freezer is subject to verification by PHCNA.