RECENT NEWS

Lab Innovations: visitors are in safe hands

The UK government recently endorsed the reopening of conferences and exhibitions, releasing a series of guidelines to keep participants safe. To guarantee that these are followed, Easyfairs, the organiser of Lab Innovations, has partnered with SGS.

First placement of APAS Independence in the UK

Clever Culture Systems has announced the first APAS Independence placement into a UK laboratory, at the Health Services Laboratory (HSL), a state-of-the-art facility located within the Halo building, part of London’s life sciences hub, MedCity.

Increasing the reproducibility of detection assays

Researchers in the Hadad Research Group, based in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio State University, are studying organophosphate pesticides in vitro, and are using INTEGRA’s ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot to streamline workflows.

Point-of-care virus testing using screen-printed electrodes

Point-of-care (POC) testing with screen-printed electrodes (SPEs) allows rapid testing of populations for viral outbreaks at affordable costs, without the need for trained specialists and/or complicated equipment.

Lyme disease testing: a free webinar

Dr Elizabeth Lee-Lewandrowski will discuss the findings of a seven-year study on Lyme disease testing in a webinar on Thursday 30 July 2020. This is part of an ongoing series hosted by Quidel, the California-based diagnostic healthcare manufacturer.

Tumour characterisation research using multiplex immunofluorescence

Ultivue has announced a collaborative partnership with OracleBio to help further insights and advance personalised tumour characterisation in translational and clinical oncology research using multiplex immunofluorescence staining and imaging.

Lab Innovations 2020: an update

Following the recent government announcement permitting exhibitions to run in England from 1 October 2020, organisers of the Lab Innovations event have confirmed that it will run on 4–5 November at the NEC.

Connectivity and instrument monitoring

Pathology in Practice continues to reflect on SARS-CoV-2 infection and on COVID-19 disease, although understandably the focus may change slightly from issue to issue.

Method comparison studies in biomedical science

Following the success of article series on measurement uncertainty and internal quality control, Stephen MacDonald is now turning his attention to method comparison, starting in the August issue of Pathology in Practice.

Digital blood cell morphology QC, training and evaluation tool

HORIBA UK, Medical has launched an affordable digital tool for online skill evaluation and training in cytology. The Quality Slide Program (QSP) 2.0 draws on the wealth of haematology expertise held within HORIBA Medical globally.

My Qualiris QC: opening up a diagnostic challenge

Stago UK is offering UK laboratories a free trial of its widely respected Diagnostic Challenge, part of the company’s international external quality assurance (EQA) programme, My Qualiris QC.

Liquid aspiration in biosafety cabinets

The BioChem-VacuuCenter (BVC) fluid aspiration systems are the perfect solution for safe, sensitive and efficient aspiration of cell culture supernatants.

New haemophilia B data presented at ISTH 2020 meeting

Freeline, a clinical stage adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based gene therapy company, has announced new data on its AAV gene therapy product candidate, FLT180a, in severe haemophilia B patients.

Bioremediation and quantum modelling techniques

Researchers are designing microorganisms to help break down pollutants and toxins like aflatoxins that contaminate food crops and pose a serious health threat to humans and livestock.

Cas9 and dCas9-VPR stable cell lines in CRISPR gene editing workflows

Horizon Discovery Group, a leader in gene editing and gene modulation for cell line engineering, has introduced its stably expressing Cas9 and dCas9-VPR cell lines to help accelerate gene knockout and gene activation experiments, respectively.

Recent economic announcements: a response from BIVDA

Doris-Ann Williams, Chief Executive of the British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA), has commented on the economic announcements in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Summer Economic Update.

LGC acquires The Native Antigen Company

LGC has acquired The Native Antigen Company (NAC), one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-quality infectious disease antigens and antibodies, and a developer, manufacturer and supplier of reagents to the in vitro diagnostic (IVD) sector.

Expression of interest in a new national microbiology framework sought

Public Health England (PHE) is asking for expressions of interest from suppliers that provide diagnostics, research and development, manufacturing of supplies and services, and provision of testing capacity for a new national microbiology framework.

Win a VACUSAFE Aspiration System from INTEGRA

INTEGRA Biosciences is offering the chance to win a VACUSAFE Aspiration System. A compact, all-in-one laboratory vacuum pump, it enables safe and efficient collection and containment of biological waste, meeting stringent biosafety level guidelines.

Transforming bowel cancer screening into a precision tool using AI

The University of Glasgow, with the NHS and Scottish technology companies, will lead a project to transform bowel screening by developing a diagnostic tool that uses artificial intelligence to predict who will develop future polyps and tumours.