It's been almost 3 weeks. The cold hard fact is still so hard to swallow. But Bin was gone, he is no longer with us.
I know bin since almost 15 years ago. Bin called me a “life mentor”, well, I’ve been in the States for a few years when he moved to California from Germany. So I taught him how to drive, how to purchase a second-handed car, how to play racquetball, how to… We were both postdocs at that time, dealing with 100-hour per week workload but really enjoying the good times we shared together. The long conversations we had, the laughter we shared, and the memories we made will stay with me forever. Bin is a good guy, his kindness, his generosity, and his optimism have infected people around him.
I will miss Bin, I will wait for our next racquetball game. I will cherish the memories we shared and keep the spirit alive in my heart. You will never be forgotten, and you are larger than life. Rest in peace, my dear friend, my dear brother Bin.
Bin hosted me at Stanford's cyclotron facility when I worked as a radiochemist for SOFIE. He was a joy to work with - wonderfully friendly and helpful, and also a real expert. He left a lasting impression and I remember my brief time there fondly. I contacted him again only a few months ago and we talked for some time about all the latest from Stanford. He was rightly proud of the program and team he had built. He untimely passing is a tremendous loss for all of us.
Dear Monika and Sofie. Bin as friend and colleague was special, always happy, ready to help and very effective in dealing any issues. Most of his colleagues can say it better for his excellence in his profession as radiochemist and leader. For me personally, I consider Bin a special close friend who we have enjoyed company of each other especially during our travel to conferences. Bin and I had a memory that I will not forget. In summer 2012, we drove together to San Diego for conference while experiencing a lot of fun on the way. Bin had the ability to make the moments very fun and enjoyable. Will miss him a lot.
Dear Monika and Sofie,
Unfortunately, I did not have the pleasure to know Bin personally, but everyone I know who worked with him spoke of him with only the highest praise for his excellence as a radiochemist, but also his personality. He has been taken from you way too soon and I wish to express my heartfelt condolences.
I am deeply saddened that you have to go through the same experience as my children and I did five years ago after my husband's fatal car accident. Immense grief is an all-consuming process. While it is hard for you to believe right now, it will get better. It may never fully go away, but the amplitudes will get much better.
I wish you both strength to face what life has thrown at you and that you will see the light again. I know that the Stanford family will help and carry you as they did for us.
Amelie Lutz with Alex and Juliana
We only met once in person after a couple of video calls. Bin's enthusiasm for science to bring something useful to patients was clear and it took no time to realize that his practical attitude was about addressing challenges, not finding obstacles. The tour of the lab was full of anecdotes and energy and as we planned for a future collaboration it was clear that there could be mutual trust. We managed to share stories about our kids and Bin was energized by his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Monika and Sophie - may you have strength and grace.
Like everyone else, I have a hard time accepting Bin's untimely departure. He is still with is in our meetings, sitting quietly behind his laptop (I always suspected he was working on a budget or CMC during the discussions), speaking softly when asked about an issue and just unable to say "no" to even the craziest requests. I can't think of anyone more understated (and perhaps undervalued) than Bin. It is so painful to realize that we perhaps value such amazing individuals more when they are gone than when they quietly do so much behind the scenes. We miss Bin dearly and losing him will be an open wound for a long time. Can't thank him enough for all he did for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at Stanford. Rest in Peace!
Bin is my role model. He had immense work ethics, a smile even under stress, and limitless patience. In the past 16 years, I worked with many scientists in the United States, and Bin will be one of the top mentors. His leadership and personality not only transformed my research but illuminated my own self. I would like to share a few stories about my beloved mentor.
1. The day before my first clinical production, I did a test run using Jun’s 11C box. I had a lot of questions for Bin who used the box a long time ago. He figured out every problem by tracking the lines and tubes in the module. When the radioactivity was about to deliver, I was confused about the opening and closing of a line. So, I knocked on Bin’s office door. He was in the middle of a meeting, but he rushed to help me. Then he told me something that no boss ever told me before, in the middle of the radiosynthesis: “Mausam, you should take this opportunity to make mistakes. That’s how you will learn.” Just his presence in the CRF gave me confidence during high stress clinical productions.
2. During Stanford’s power outage, I was working on the time-dependent stability of a tracer. One of my time points was in the late night and I needed the HPLC to work. I asked Bin if he could help me. He immediately biked from his home and used multiple extension cords to supply electricity from a backup line to the HPLC so that I could finish my experiment.
3. Last summer, I messed up a radiochemistry synthesis and made an unknown, unexpected compound. When I told Bin, his first reaction was a big smile and joked the unknown tracer might be even better than the one I intended to synthesize.
4. Last Winter break, Bin was in CRF to help Noeen and me. When I wasn’t sure about the right product, I would take a picture of the HPLC traces and send to him. He replied: No matter what, it is some progress. After dinner, he would come back to the lab. First, he showed me the videos of his new cat. He mentioned how much his wife loves the cat though apparently, she was originally a dog person. Then we analyzed the results. That was Bin—a selfless friend and mentor.
Bin transcended the highest level of hard-work, kindness, and patience. Bin, I miss you so much and I love you. You are a wonderful man!
There is no one in this world like Bin. He was a special person, and he will always be remembered as such. I will miss Bin deeply; his smile, kindness, and endless support. My heartfelt sympathy to his family and team.
Dear Bin, You are a wonderful mentor, one of the great leader to work with & a amazing person. You always carry that big & heart warming smile on your face & that is the unique quality you have in whichever circumstances. You are always in for all sort of work no matter what! Your support was always beyond words. One of my memory with you, The day when we whole team out for Bowling & had lot of fun, photos & you have achieved highest & lowest speed record in same game & that was really hilarious, & as such there are lot of memories you have left for us behind. We really gonna miss you a lot. Thank you so much for all the love & support you had for all of us. You will always be remembered. Always! Rest in peace dear friend.
Bin was a nice person. May his soul rest in peace.
The years I spent with Bin at Stanford Radiology were always filled with excitement and adventure. He always showed up for challenges in the biggest way possible. We will miss you Bin.
How do I began....I study in graphic, I don’t have any "zero" chemistry background yet Bin gave me the opportunity to join CRF and learn everything. Bin is a great teacher, he will teach you everything he knows and every time we talked he will test your knowledge. Bin is very kind, He care about his team as well their family members. Every meeting I have with Bin alone, he would first ask how my family is. We will miss you Bin~ Thank you for all the kindness, fun memories, great teachings and Love. Smile. Rest in peace.
I was lucky enough to get to know Bin while I was a Postdoc at Stanford. As a geneticist, radiochemistry was completely foreign. On every study Bin made sure I was ok and if I needed any help he was always there. His kindness, generosity, and sense of humor, I will never forget. Bin, thank you for everything. The gap you leave in this world is massive. Rest in Paradise my friend.
I don't actually know where to begin. I still remember that very moment, when you left us, Bin.
I got to know him in 2018 when I joined Stanford University. He was such a good mentor, colleague, and friend. I remember those rough days when I decided to go back to Philippines for good. Bin was there to talk to me. I will never have this chance of coming back to Stanford without all his efforts. We will miss you Bin. Rest in peace.
In the past 30 years, I have had the opportunity to work with many brilliant people in biotechnology. Bin is at the top of this list, not only for being brilliant but more importantly for being humble. We would often have him join calls with other collaborators at major universities and he would provide excellent scientific presentations in his quiet modest way. He also had an amazing sense of humor to go along with his humility. His efforts on our project may someday make a huge difference in treating patients with brain diseases - without him, it may not have happened. His spirit and personality will always be a part of us and the product that he helped develop. Thank you Bin for the time you spent with us and all the great memories you provided.
My friend, mentor, colleague and brother.
I can not still believe it is real, you are not here. I can feel and hear your smile and big laughing sounds are still all around.
Bin, It was a great honor to know and work with you for over 8 years as my boss and friend. You were the best person I have ever known and met. I will never forget every moment with you.
Since I joined in CRF in 2014. I learned so much things from you, not only radiochemistry but also your positive mind, optimistic attitude, patience and enjoying life. You were always kind and willing to help everyone out, Such a nice man.
Rest in Piece in heaven, You will be always alive in my heart. I will miss you so much.
In 2005, Bin came from China to our Lab at the University in Tuebingen. There he worked as PhD Student and assistant in Nuclearchemistry and Radiopharmacy in our Institute until 2009. From the beginning, he was eager to learn and to apply his knowledge with great care. That never changed. In his research work he developed and applied his highly skillful abilities in the broad area of engineering at the cyclotron, in automation of radiochemical preparations, in conceptional lay-out of syntheses up to optimal realization driven by his broad ingenuity based on his strong commitment to science. Even after he had left our lab for Stanford, we characteristically used to continue repeatedly by discussions on phone to address recent and promising developments.
His conceptual thinking and structuring behavior were his basis for his academic and scientific work and life. He listened carefully, supported efficiently and cared for others and, if necessary, he consulted them in a helpful manner. Whatever was talked about or discussed, he kept substantially involved. Thanks to his good temper, he remained calm even in stressful situations while working with very high amounts of radioactivity in the cyclotron lab. So he, indeed, had the rare ability to manage even difficult situations both on the technical and on the scientific level. Due to his cheerful disposition, his group and colleagues used to have a really well stimulating working atmosphere. Bin was a great personality and an outstanding scientist, and will be missed by all of us, but kept alive in our memories.
I got to know Bin mainly during congresses. He told me many years ago that he had completed his doctorate with Professor Machulla in Tübingen. Bin made an extremely sympathetic and empathetic impression on me. I value him as an extremely friendly fellow human being and a competent scientist in our field. I express my deepest condolences to his family. Yours sincerely. Klaus Kopka, Dresden, Germany.
I don’t even know where to begin because you are larger than life to me. First of all, I like to say thank you for the friendship, mentorship and everything you did for me and the team! I could not have asked for a better colleague and manager to work with. I survived Stanford because you were always there for me especially during my lowest point four years ago. Your remarkable work ethics, can-do-attitude, sense of humor, and humility are qualities we all should emulate. I am honored to have known you and worked with you alongside these amazing radiochemists and scientists. You will be forever be in my heart and will keep Monika and Sofie close to my heart as well. I will miss you my friend, rest now.
I still cannot believe and do not want to believe that Bin has just left us. He was very kind, patient and always optimistic about everything. He helped me a lot when I joined Stanford last year. I will always remember his smile in my heart. Rest in peace.
I can't believe Bin has left us till now. I met Dr. Shen in 2014.11 during my visting scholarship in Stanfrod. We conducts lots of fluorine -18 radiolabling experiments with his great help. He is so helpful and kindly provides much technology guidence. As we may known, he always remains smile and say "It's OK". He encourges me to receive more challenge works.
After the 2019 SNM meeting, I last see him on June in Stanford university. He kindly guiding us the trip on Lucas center cyltoron and introduces the great ambitions about the furhter improvement of the equiments. He was always so kind, optimistic and smart.
We love Bin and he will always be in our heart. Rest in peace.
It was a great shock to receive this message. Only few days ago we were in contact. I have known Bin since 2005, when he joined our group here in Tuebingen and started his PhD with Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Machulla as supervisor. We all remember Bin as very friendly, an always positive collegue and an excellent scientist with highest motivation. After he left for Stanford in 2009 we had regular contacts and met on conferences, like ISRS. We all are very sad about this loss. Our sincerest sympathies go to Monica, Sophie and his family.
I still can't believe Bin has left us. I met Bin in 2013 and it's been 10 years now. Although I haven't seen him for more than 4 years, I still clearly remember his bright laughter and sunny face. He was always so kind, optimistic and smart. He has helped me a lot in radiopharmaceutical synthesis. I even got his guidance in the last year. However, my good friend has passed away now. My sincere condolences to his family. We love Bin and he will always be in our heart. Rest in peace.
I'm still reeling from the news, as I am sure we all are. I am so lucky to have met Bin and have him as a dear friend. He was brilliant, taking the most complicated of topics and making them easy and digestible for those without his extensive knowledge. Stanford was lucky to have Bin not just for his mind, but for how kind and caring he was as well. In the EH&S world, we are encouraged to "sell" safety to researchers. Bin did not have to be sold. He cared for his staff deeply, and their safety being top priority was simply a given to him. When problems arose, he did not get frustrated with people or deride them for their mistakes. He saw problems as puzzles that had to be solved by working together. In the 6 years I knew him, I never saw him lose his temper (even though I might have given him reason to). He just didn't treat people that way. At work, he helped others be at their best to achieve their goals. Outside of work, he included everyone in the good times, inviting all to CRF parties and cook-outs. Bin was a quiet and humble guy but he was also the life of every party I saw him at. He was passionate and dedicated to his work, but never forgot the important things in life: having a good time and making others feel loved and involved.
I remember a time when a shipment for the CRF was held up in San Francisco, and he needed my help to bring it back. As we drove from Palo Alto to South Francisco, we finally had a chance to talk things other than CRF radiation safety issues. We talked about life, where we've been, and where we want to be. I must have missed the right exit 3 times on that trip, but Bin wouldn't even blink. Like every other time an issue came up, Bin would just smile and say "It's OK".
I can't believe you're gone Bin. I will miss you very much, but I will always be grateful that I got to know you. Your work and the effects you had on everyone who knew you and loved you will live on for many years to come.
Bin was a great mentor figure and help guided me in research my first year out of college - he is greatly missed and I am saddened to hear about his passing.
I will remember Bin as a confidently knowledgable, modest, patient, kind, always helpful colleague. I will remember his disarming smile and perpetual positivity. Truly saddened by his passing.
Dear Bin, your life is unjustly cut short in your prime. I will always treasure your big smile and warm heart. My sincere condolences go to Monika, Sophie and Bin's parents.
So special, genuine, so kind, calm, positive, patient, so much pure heart and soul, so giving unconditionally, trustworthy, so caring without expectations, a true friend, one of a kind…….
A man of integrity…. I can go on and on and words will end….
I came to know him in 2007 when i joined his group…. Since then, he was the best friend as a brother, colleague, mentor and coach. Always checking on me where i was and how i was doing. Supported me like a pillar through all my crisis. So rare to find such special gems.
Such a lovely family he left behind too. Monica, such a wonderful lady and Sophie what cute little artist…. My heart, luv and prayers go to Monica, Sophie, his parents and to all who love him. Rest in peace, my dearest….. you will always be alive in my heart and mind, forever.
May he rest in peace and may God provide his family comfort to bear his passing
I only knew Bin through occasional meetings at scientific meetings - but enough to know of his very kind and unassuming nature, and his rising scientific contribution. I am shocked and saddened to hear of his passing, which surely leaves a gap in our scientific community. My heartfelt condolences go to all his family and friends.
My dearest Bin, thank you for showing me how to find joy in everything. To stay calm, patient and kind even when it’s so hard to. I will miss the laugh and the merry walk, the sparkle in your eye and the reassurance you brought to all who worked with you. I hope Sophie remembers your dedication to your work and your family. Rest in peace.
I was so surprised to hear of the passing of my good friend Bin. I had the pleasure of meeting Bin at a conference a few years ago. He was so welcoming and willing to share his expertise with me. I will miss his laugh, his friendship, and his expertise as a radiochemist. Most of all, my condolences go out to his family, who I haven't had the opportunity to meet. I'm sure you are equally great individuals as well. May your hearts be comforted and know that his influence in our radiochemistry community were tremendous and will be remembered. We will miss him dearly!
Oh, Monika and Sophie, Fred sent me your beloved husband and father's death notice. Such a loss for you both and the science community. I am Fred Christians' mother and only know you as Ruby's friend. So sorry.
Our treasured Bin - this leaves a hole in our hearts, a void so deep, and a profound sadness that I did not know was possible to feel. The impact you had on so many was so great.
Learning from you, working with you, loving you and being loved by you as a dear colleague and friend has been the honor of a lifetime. We will remember you, cherish you, celebrate you, and move forward only because of you.
Above all, you showed me that living each day with a smile, patience, and full of happiness, is possible and a conscious choice. You had a gift and how lucky was I to experience such a gift for over 8 years. I will miss you beyond what words can describe and will forever carry the memories of your laugh and smile with me.
Bin and I met shortly after his arrival at Stanford in 2009. I remember how surprised I was that he spoke English with a German accent. He told me that he studied with Prof. Machulla in Tübingen, which impressed me. It didn't take long for Bin to establish his radiochemistry prowess, and he soon became the go-to person for anyone that was having problems with their radiochemical syntheses.
When I announced I was leaving Stanford in 2011, Bin was the person tasked with trying to learn as much as he could about what I did before my departure. Bin was with me every day for a month and a friendship formed. Though the things I did weren't in his wheelhouse, he took notes and did his best to learn as much as he could.
You may not know this, but early in his Stanford career Bin had an opportunity to go back to Germany and run a facility, but he turned it down out of a sense of loyalty to Sam Gambhir and the CRF. Thus, I was extremely happy when I learned of Bin being appointed as the Director of the CRF. Finally Bin was going to get a chance to spread his wings and show his potential. He did just that, growing the CRF in the vision of Sam Gambhir and many others. The breadth of radiotracers offered is a testament to Bin's hard work and dedication.
Bin and I have shared many emails over the years and would make a point to meet up every time we were at the same conference. The last time I saw Bin was at the Workshop on Targetry and Target Chemistry in Whistler, British Columbia. We had a very nice breakfast on the last day, chatting about the radiochemistry field, reminiscing about our time together at Stanford, and catching each other up on the latest going ons with our families. It was a great time.
My heart aches, but Bin's inquisitive look when pondering something and his laugh will live on in my memory. Bin may no longer be walking among us, but he lives on through each and every person that he touched during his too-short life.
I am so sorry to hear this, I always loved meeting Bin at RSL or Stanford West and in between, chat about Tübingen and other things going on. My deepest condolences to Monika and Sophie, I cannot imagine the loss you are experiencing and hope that you will find all the support you need during that time. While we have only meet occasionally, please let me know if you need any help, we are in Stanford West and happy to help out any way we can!
I still haven't fully processed this. Bin was always completely generous with his time and energy, never failing to answer a question or to pursue a line of thought with us while still being completely dedicated to his work, his group, and really our whole community. We will all dearly miss his presence in our lives.
Bin loves good food, good laughs, and good company. Everyone was welcomed and if you couldn't make it to one of his many gatherings or adventures, he'd text you pictures and videos or call you up to stream it live with you. Bin, you couldn't have known it since we've only met for a few years, but you're one of my best friends. I miss you dearly.
Incredibly saddened for this loss. Bin was always so kind to our team and took the time to answer our questions and help support our research. He will be very missed.
Always loving, forever remembered.
A great radiochemist, a wise and kind leader, but most importantly, an excellent friend.
Your knowledge will always guide our paths.
Your smile will always remain in our hearts.
Farewell, dear Boss! 在我的心永遠。
Words cannot express the shock and deep sadness about Bin’s unexpected passing. Bin was exceptional – an outstanding radiochemist, a supportive colleague, a caring mentor and a valued friend. I was always impressed by Bin’s extensive knowledge and his modesty about it. He helped our team to synthesize new radiotracers, which provided major grant support and funding to many researchers and students, who were empowered to pursue their own careers. Bin’s compassion and strong work ethic enabled him to turn any problem into productive outcomes. He will live on in my thoughts and my heart. I am sending my deepest sympathy and caring wishes to Bin’s family, friends and team members.
Bin was an amazing colleague who was always thoughtful, kind, patient, incredibly smart, and very passionate about his work. We will miss Bin's presence so much. He truly was one of a kind.
A ready laugh and an easy smile and behind that, experience, hands and mind that fit the Canary Radiochemistry Facility. Monika's steady partner, Sophie's shining path. An excellent colleague at work; we were together at several WMIC conferences. At both conference meetings and at tour sites, he was a welcome addition. A hollowness is felt, mitigated only by his visits to our memories.