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Explore what’s new at the 14th Annual PDA Global Conference on Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Bethesda, Maryland | October 21-22, 2019 | Booth #313

Vibrant M Merck

Speak to our experts about complete pharmaceutical microbiology testing solutions at the PDA Pharmaceutical Microbiology conference.

Monday, October 21, 2019     11:30AM – 7:00PM
Tuesday, October 22, 2019     9:45AM – 4:00PM

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BioM Selfie-Video Contest – Official Rules


  1. SPONSOR: EMD Millipore Corporation (“Sponsor”), 400 Summit Drive, Burlington, MA 01803.

  2. BINDING AGREEMENT: By entering into the “BioM Selfie-Video Contest” (“Contest”), each person submitting or attempting to submit an entry (“Participant”) agrees to be bound by these Official Rules (“Rules”) and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding. Therefore, please read these Rules prior to entry to ensure you understand and agree. You may not submit an entry to the Contest and are not eligible to receive the prizes described in these Rules unless you agree to these Rules.

  3. CONTEST PERIOD: The Contest begins at 10:00am Eastern Time (“ET”) on August 31, 2018 and ends at 5:00pm ET on October 16, 2018 (“Contest Period”). Sponsor is the official timekeeper for the Contest.

  4. ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for the Contest, as of the start of the Contest Period, Participants must (i) have reached the age of majority in their place of residence and be at least eighteen (18) years old; (ii) have Internet access and (iii) legal resident of United States or Canada (excluding Quebec). The following individuals are not eligible to participate: (i) employees of Sponsor or its affiliates and their immediate family and household members; (ii) officials and employees of any local, state, provincial or federal or other government or government agency; (iii) healthcare professionals (“HCPs”) and employees of healthcare organizations (“HCOs”); and (iv) employees of academic institutions located in or providing services in Vermont, USA.

    If a Participant is entering the Contest on behalf of his/her employer, these rules are binding on the Participant, individually, and/or his/her company. If Participant is acting within the scope of his/her employment, as an employee, contractor, or agent of another party, Participant warrants that such party has full knowledge of the Participant’s actions and has consented thereto. Participant further warrants that his/her actions do not violate the employer or company’s policies and procedures.

  5. TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. In order to enter, (i) Participant should take a selfie in front of either one of our MilliporeSigma products or our brand (consumables, building signs, labels, etc ) or a short video clip capturing the spirit of collaboration with MilliporeSigma and (ii) send a tweet to the official @MilliporeSigma channel using your Twitter account, with your photo or video and including the following hashtag: #scienceselfie (the “Hashtag”).

    All Entries must comply with Twitter Terms of Service and Twitter Rules available at and conform to Twitter’s (280) character limitation, including the Hashtag.

    All entries must be received online via Twitter, on or before the end of the Contest Period. Entries must meet the Submission Requirements described below in Section 6.

    All Entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the Twitter account used to submit the Entry, and the potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder for that Twitter account. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned to the Instagram account by the e-mail administrator at the time of account creation.

    LIMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER PERSON. Subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries become the sole property of the Sponsor. Entries are void if they are in whole or part unintelligible, incomplete, damaged, altered, counterfeit, obtained through fraud, or late.

  6. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Entries must be original to the Participant and must not infringe any third party proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or confidentiality obligations, or otherwise violate applicable laws. No trademarks, logos, company names or advertising of third parties are allowed unless expressly permitted by the Sponsor. Content may not be offensive or defamatory, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject and/or disqualify any entries (in whole or in part) that the Sponsor deems, in its sole discretion, to be obscene, defamatory, libelous, profane, discriminatory, false, misleading or deceptive, or that promote illegal behavior, or otherwise inconsistent with its editorial standards or reputational interests, or that the Sponsor believes may violate any applicable law or regulation, or the rights of any third party.

  7. WINNER SELECTION & NOTIFICATION: All entries will be reviewed by judges (“Judges”) who are employees of the Sponsor or its Affiliates. The judges will select, based on creative merit, a first and second place winner for Most Creative Selfie and a first and second place winner for Most Creative Video. Potential winners will be notified no later than October 17, 2018 through their Twitter account. Where permitted by law, winners may be provided with a publicity and liability release with the prize notification. If the potential winner fails to respond to Sponsor’s notification within fourteen (14) calendar days and/or fails to return any required documentation, Sponsor reserves the right to choose a different potential winner. In the event that no entries are received, no prizes will be awarded. Determinations of the jury are final and binding.

  8. PRIZES: The two (2) first place entries will both receive a Visa gift card (the approximate retail value (“ARV”) is $200). The two (2) second place entries will both receive a Visa gift card (ARV is $100). Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received and the skill of the Participants. Four (4) total prizes will be awarded. No transfer, substitutions or cash equivalent for prizes will be allowed, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize, in whole or in part, of equal or greater monetary value if a prize cannot be awarded, in whole or in part, as described for any reason. Sponsor reserves the right not to publish a calendar and use the images in a different manner. Visa, Inc. and its respective affiliates are not sponsors of this Contest.

    Winner must look to prize manufacturers for warranty issues. THE SPONSOR AND ITS AFFILIATES MAKE NO OTHER WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS WHATSOEVER RELATED TO THE QUALITY, CONDITIONS, FITNESS OR MERCHANTABILITY OF ANY ASPECTS OF THE PRIZES THAT ARE AWARDED. Winner is solely responsible for all costs, taxes and other charges resulting from acceptance or use of the prize. The Sponsor shall be responsible for shipping and handling charges related to delivery of the prize to the winner. Winning any prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

  9. TAXES: ALL TAXES IMPOSED ON PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNERS. In order to receive a prize, potential winners must submit the tax documentation requested by Sponsor or otherwise required by applicable law, to Sponsor or the relevant tax authority, all as determined by applicable law. The potential winner is responsible for ensuring that (s)he complies with all the applicable tax laws and filing requirements. If a potential winner fails to provide such documentation or comply with such laws, the prize may be forfeited and Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, select an alternative potential winner.

  10. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS / PUBLICITY: As a condition of entry, Participants grant to the Sponsor and its affiliates, subsidiaries, licensees and assigns, an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive and royalty-free right to use, reproduce, edit, display, transmit, prepare derivative works of, modify, publish and otherwise make use of entry submissions and any Participant’s name, image, and likeness or other information in any and all media, whether now known or hereinafter created, throughout the world and for any purpose, and waives any moral rights with respect to any submitted work or entry. In addition to other things, the rights granted to the Sponsor include, but are not limited to, the right to resize, crop, censor, compress, edit, feature, caption, affix logos to, and to otherwise alter or make use of the submitted entry. The Participants acknowledge and agree that the Sponsor shall have no obligation to post, display or otherwise make publicly available any entry submitted by the Participant. Participants consent to allowing the Sponsor and its affiliates to display their entry submissions on any of their websites and/or social media pages for promotional marketing purposes. Participants consent to being contacted by Sponsor or one of its representatives for follow-up marketing activities related to this Contest.

  11. PRIVACY: By participating in the Contest, you agree that your personal data including, but not limited to, name, mailing address, phone number, and email address (“Personal Information”) may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used by the Sponsor, or any party authorized by them for the purposes of conducting and administering the Contest, including its affiliates. This Personal Information may also be used by Sponsor or any party authorized by them, including its affiliates, to verify your identity, postal address and telephone number in the event you qualify for any applicable prize as well as to deliver the applicable prize. You further agree that your Personal Information may be used to fulfill additional terms of the Contest or to contact you in response to a question submitted by you or regarding Sponsor’s products or services that may be of interest to you. This Personal Information may also be shared by the Sponsor or any party authorized by them with any third-party for the purposes of fulfilling the terms of this Contest or another service that you have requested, to support the Sponsor’s business, to comply with the law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary in order to conform to the requirements of law or comply with legal process served on Sponsor, and to protect and defend Sponsor’s rights or property. You understand and agree that this may mean that your Personal Information is transmitted, processed or stored in the United States. Note that we may share this Personal Information with our agents located in our various offices throughout the world. Some of those offices may be in countries with data protection laws different than those established under your national, state, provincial or local law.

  12. LIMITATION AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY: IN NO EVENT SHALL THE SPONSOR OR ITS AFFILIATES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR LOSS OF PROFITS, INCURRED BY PARTICIPANTS OR ANY THIRD PARTY, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY OR IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITIES OF SUCH DAMAGES, ARISING FROM THE CONTEST, PRIZE, OR USE OF A PRIZE, EVEN IF THE SPONSOR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. By accepting a prize, the winner agrees to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, its affiliates and agents from any and all liability, loss or damages arising from or in connection with awarding, receipt and/or use of a prize or participation in this Contest, and they shall have no liability for any injury, misfortune, or damage to either persons or property incurred by entering, participating in or winning this Contest.

  13. RIGHT TO CANCEL, MODIFY, OR DISQUALIFY: The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to modify these rules and/or cancel the Contest at any time without notice. Participants agree that the Sponsor shall have no liability for unsuccessful efforts to notify any winning Participant, or for any injuries, losses, or damages by reason of the Participant’s participation in the Contest or use of the prize.

  14. GENERAL CONDITIONS: All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. The Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify individuals who violate these rules, misrepresent themselves or provide misleading information to the Sponsor. Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any Participant who tampers with the submission process or any other part of the Contest. Any attempt by a Participant to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such Participant to the fullest extent of the applicable law. Participants agree to be bound by the decisions of the Sponsor. The Sponsor will interpret these rules and resolve any disputes, conflicting claims or ambiguities concerning the official rules. If any provision of these official rules is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these rules, which shall remain in full force and effect. The Sponsor reserves the right to modify or terminate the Contest or to make such other decisions regarding the administration or outcome as the Sponsor deems appropriate.

  15. GOVERNING LAW: This Contest is governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and all Participants agree to personal jurisdiction and venue in Boston, Massachusetts for the resolution of all actions, litigation, claims and disputes, and agree that all actions, litigation, claims and disputes shall be brought in a court with competent jurisdiction in Boston, Massachusetts.

MilliporeSigma is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

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Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Rd, Rockville, MD 20852

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