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Special Invitation – Free Seminar
Special Invitation – Free Seminar: Focus On: Innovation Partners for the Future 26th and 27th June 2013 Central London Innovation is important to Roche, and in this, our 35th year of working with Hitachi to produce analytical systems with unsurpassable performance and throughput, we are delighted to host the "Innovation Partners for the Future" event.
Autoclave manufacturer celebrates 25th anniversary
Recently, British autoclave manufacturer Priorclave celebrated 25 years since first opening its doors for business on 16 February 1988 and during this period has delivered from its London factory almost 5000 steam sterilisers worldwide. It makes Priorclave the most successful UK laboratory autoclave producer.
Stunning cellular images to light up New York’s Times Square
GE Healthcare Life Sciences recentlyannounced Jane Stout from the United States, Anushree Balachandran from Australia, and Markus Posch from the UK as the winners of the GE Healthcare 2012 Cell Imaging Competition.
Rhodri Morgan joins biotechnology company
Rhodri Morgan has been appointed a director of an innovative stem cell research business developing medicines that could assist patients around the world. The former First Minister of Wales has joined Cell Therapy (CTL), which was founded by Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Martin Evans and biotechnology entrepreneur Ajan Reginald.
Haemoglobin units are changing
At its recent meeting in Birmingham, the Department of Health’s Pathology Harmony group considered the implementation on reporting new units for haemoglobin and mean cell haemoglobin concentration (MCHC). The deadline for all clinical laboratories to report in g/L is set as 31 March 2013. Pictured are Professor Keith Hyde, (seated centrally), who led the haematology subgroup, surrounded by members of the DH Pathology Harmony group at the recent meeting in Birmingham.
Graduate scheme wins top social media award
The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme has been recognised as the best in the public sector for its innovative use of social media. Recently, the scheme run by the NHS Leadership Academy was presented with the ‘best use of social media in the public sector’ award at the national Graduate Recruitment Social Media Conference Awards.
Liquid-based testing: a Sheffield branch report
The IBMS Sheffield branch held its AGM at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, in November, and was preceded by two presentations. Chris Teather, an advanced biomedical scientist from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, gave a presentation entitled ‘HPV Testing… The Story so Far’.
Nick Kirk elected IBMS President Elect
The IBMS Council has announced the election of Nick Kirk CSci FIBMS as President Elect. Nick’s year as President Elect commenced on 1 January 2013 and he will succeed Derek Bishop as IBMS President on 1 January 2012.
Radiometer supports gold-standard cardiac treatment pathway
The Chest Pain Assessment Unit at Kettering General Hospital (KGH) relies on Radiometer’s compact AQT90 FLEX point-of-care (POC) analyser to provide a gold-standard, streamlined treatment pathway for patients presenting with chest pain.
Webshop facilitates online ordering
LGC Standards’ webshop, featuring over 30,000 products, represents the most comprehensive source of online reference materials available. Webshop registrations have increased by almost 300 % in the past four months. Customers can search the webshop quickly and easily, and enjoy the convenience and flexibility of being able to order 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Oncology assays in development
BD Diagnostics and Lab21 are to collaborate to develop oncology assays for the BD MAX fully automated bench-top molecular system. Under the terms of the collaboration, Lab21 will develop polymerase chain reaction-based assays on the BD MAX platform for a series of oncology markers, while BD will be responsible for manufacturing and commercialising the tests worldwide.
Genomic test to breast cancer patients
Unilabs, a supplier of cellular pathology services in the UK, has announced that patients will now have access to the Oncotype DX breast cancer test at partner clinics and hospitals, including the Harley Street Breast Clinic in London. Developed by Genomic Health, the Oncotype DX test is a genomic assay that enables doctors and their patients with early-stage oestrogen receptor-positive invasive breast cancer to make more informed, individualised treatment decisions.
Celebrating 40 years of pipetting
A milestone is fast approaching for Gilson as it celebrates 40 years of delivering innovation. Four decades ago, the PIPETMAN pipette was created as the first continuously adjustable volume pipette on the market. Today, it remains one of the most popular pipettes in laboratories worldwide.
Gaining accreditation via POC data management
The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust has upgraded its RAPIDComm data management system to version 4.0 to integrate the control of blood gas, urinalysis and diabetes point-of-care (POC) testing to help drive compliance and improve patient care.
Healthcare technology company expansions
A leading healthcare technology company is putting in place an acquisition strategy after revealing it is on course to more than double turnover this year. MSoft eSolutions will increase revenues from £1 million to over £2.2 million in the current financial year.
Opening of new UK headquarters celebrated
Eppendorf recently celebrated the opening of its new UK headquarters in Stevenage with 60 guests from all walks of science and industry. Guest of honour Dr Dirk Ehlers, the company’s president and CEO, performed the official opening of Eppendorf House, a high-grade, energy-efficient facility on the Arlington Business Park.
Milestone for multi-million pound laboratory development
Recently, the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust celebrated a key milestone for its new pathology building with a traditional ‘roof topping’ ceremony.
Freedom in quatitative PCR
The Dittmer Laboratory at the University of North Carolina is using a Freedom EVO 150 with an integrated LightCycler 480 real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) system to investigate the biology of viral cancers such as those caused by Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpes virus (KSHV). The group uses quantitative PCR (qPCR) profiling to study various aspects of KSHV.
Key to rapid assessment of cardiac markers
Barnsley Hospital has recently installed Radiometer’s AQT90 FLEX analyser in its emergency department, where it is proving the key to rapid assessment of patients presenting with chest pain.
Support for Birmingham education programme
The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) has found that educational programmes concentrating on correct blood culture technique, supported by bioMérieux, play a key role in reducing contamination rates.
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