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Blood coagulation: an annual scientific and participants’ meeting

Blood coagulation: an annual scientific and participants’ meeting

Over 400 delegates attended the UK NEQAS for Blood Coagulation (UK NEQAS BC) annual scientific and participants’ meeting, Clinical and Laboratory Haemostasis 2019, which was held in June at The Atrium Conference Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield.
Lab-on-a-chip drives search for new drugs to prevent blood clots

Lab-on-a-chip drives search for new drugs to prevent blood clots

A tiny laboratory the size of a postage stamp could be the next big thing in the search for safer anti-clotting drugs to prevent heart attacks and strokes. The effectiveness of current anti-clotting medication can be limited due to the risk of complications, driving a need for alternatives that can both prevent the formation of blood clots and reduce the risk of excessive and life-threatening bleeding.
Thousands of women to benefit from pre-eclampsia test

Thousands of women to benefit from pre-eclampsia test

A new test that predicts with almost 100% accuracy that a pregnant woman will not develop pre-eclampsia within the following seven days is being fast-tracked for use across the NHS, sparing thousands of women nationwide a stressful hospital admission.
New haematology analysers minimise microscopy slide reviews

New haematology analysers minimise microscopy slide reviews

HORIBA UK, Medical has announced the publication of scientific studies which demonstrate the excellent performance of its new HELO high-throughput, fully automated haematology platform on body fluid and pathological samples.
Eastern Pathology Alliance to offer hepatitis C testing services to the wider NHS

Eastern Pathology Alliance to offer hepatitis C testing services to the wider NHS

The Eastern Pathology Alliance (EPA) has announced that it is to offer hepatitis C genotyping testing to the wider NHS nationally, leveraging its investment in next-generation sequencing assays.
Innovations at world’s largest diagnostics conference

Innovations at world’s largest diagnostics conference

Global diagnostics firm Randox will showcase its unique life science capabilities in areas including stroke differentiation and quality control for a range of infectious diseases, at the world’s largest laboratory medicine conference – the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo – in California. The 71st event from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) is set to highlight the best in the industry on the world stage once again as clinicians, companies and customers from all over the world flock to the Californian Anaheim Convention Centre.
Supporting cancer research in Switzerland

Supporting cancer research in Switzerland

When INTEGRA Biosciences launched the PIPETGIRL in 2015, the company pledged to donate 10€ / US$15 from every sale to internationally renowned research institutes dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer. This limited edition version of the PIPETBOY acu 2 pipetting controller is still available today, and the company’s latest donation of 20,000 CHF has been awarded to the Swiss Cancer League (Krebsliga Schweiz).
Genetic mutation testing for melanoma

Genetic mutation testing for melanoma

The Know Now Testing Program, a Novartis initiative in collaboration with Quest Diagnostics, offers genetic mutation testing at no cost for all patients with stage III or stage IV melanoma. Melanoma is an aggressive and often deadly form of skin cancer. Nearly 100,000 adults in the United States will be diagnosed with melanoma this year and approximately seven percent will die from melanoma.
Olympus Launches First Global Image of the Year Award

Olympus Launches First Global Image of the Year Award

Olympus’ Image of the Year Award recognizes the best in life science imaging worldwide. Participants can win a CX43 microscope with a DP27 digital camera, X Line objectives, or an OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera. Those interested in participating can enter until 31 January 2020 by uploading images to the website below.
Congress: in my honest opinion

Congress: in my honest opinion

Science is not static, it is dynamic, evolving and subtly changing how we think and work. This is why the IBMS Congress is such an important opportunity for our profession, says Deputy Chief Executive Sarah May. I would go further than that famous lager advert and say Congress is not probably the best biomedical science conference in the world, I think is it is the best.
Challenges of culturing Campylobacter species

Challenges of culturing Campylobacter species

Worldwide, Campylobacter species are the most common cause of bacterial gastroenteritis, with 400–500 million cases of diarrhoea each year. The current standard for identification of Campylobacter is bacterial culture followed by microscopic examination of the organisms, which has two major limitations.
Focusing on digital morphology

Focusing on digital morphology

Since 2014, Sysmex UK has been the exclusive distributor in UK for 3DHISTECH digital pathology solutions. These innovative and high-quality products offer a valuable option for cellular pathology service in the NHS as they seek to overcome issues such as shortage of reporting staff, the need for second opinion, pressure on turnaround times, and increasing workloads.
Agar Scientific acquires London Resin Company

Agar Scientific acquires London Resin Company

Agar Scientific has announced the successful purchase of the EM resin manufacturer London Resin Company, which has developed and supplied acrylic resins for microscopists since 1980, and this acquisition will ensure continued manufacture and supply of the complete product range.
Exhibition preview: a look at what’s on show at Congress

Exhibition preview: a look at what’s on show at Congress

The IBMS Biomedical Science Congress would be impossible to stage without the support of the commercial companies which comprise the vast exhibition that is an integral part of the four-day event held at the ICC in Birmingham (22–25 September).
Urine test for prostate cancer; a genetic approach

Urine test for prostate cancer; a genetic approach

An experimental new urine test can reveal if men with early prostate cancer will need aggressive therapy or can be left untreated but monitored, UK researchers say. Current prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests cannot do this, meaning many men experience unnecessary worry, investigations and treatment.
Fast and accurate procalcitonin results: the difference between life and death

Fast and accurate procalcitonin results: the difference between life and death

The Atellica Solution's revolutionary sample management and short turnaround time (STAT) capabilities provide fast, actionable, reliable procalcitonin (PCT) results that laboratories and clinicians can count upon.
Plate reader launched offering real-time image cytometry

Plate reader launched offering real-time image cytometry

Tecan launched the innovative Spark Cyto plate reader at SLAS Europe 2019, held in Barcelona, Spain, on 26–28 June. The system is the first live-cell plate reader to offer real-time detection and analysis of biological, chemical and physical events – capturing the maximum amount of data from every well, at the same time and under the same conditions.
Ground-breaking digital pathology services

Ground-breaking digital pathology services

Alverno Laboratories, one of the largest laboratory networks in the United States, is set to launch ground-breaking digital pathology services from Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology. Once fully implemented by early 2020, Alverno Laboratories, located in north-west Indiana, will operate the single largest installed number of Philips scanners in the world.
Registration now open for Lab Innovations 2019

Registration now open for Lab Innovations 2019

Lab Innovations has launched free online advance registration for all visitors. Returning to the NEC, Birmingham, on 30–31 October, Lab Innovations enables laboratory professionals across all sectors to source new products, network with peers and earn CPD points in the free-to-attend conference programme.
Increasing throughput with multichannel electronic pipetting

Increasing throughput with multichannel electronic pipetting

Researchers at the University of North Texas (UNT) are using Integra’s VIAFLO 96 electronic pipette to increase the throughput of their enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), Luminex and flow cytometry workflows, as well as to improve the reproducibility of their results.

Upcoming Events

Lab Innovations

NEC, Birmingham (Hall 12)
30-31 October 2019

British Society for Immunology Congress

Arena and Convention Centre, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 4FP
2-5 December 2019

The genomic and molecular revolution in microbiology: in technology we trust (or do we?).

RAF Museum, Hendon, London
14 May 2020

Clinical and Laboratory Haemostasis 2020

STEM/Atrium Conference Centre, Sheffield Hallam University
3-4 June 2020

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