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

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

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

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

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’ 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Lab Innovations 2019: facilitating a more productive visit

Lab Innovations has announced the launch of a new free networking tool to help visitors and exhibitors set up meetings in advance, so that they can get the most from their visit. Having significantly increased its exhibition floor space for 2019, and with 90% of space already booked, Lab Innovations (30–31 October, NEC Birmingham) will host the broadest array of quality laboratory suppliers and manufacturers in its eight-year history. Building on its reputation as the ideal event for networking and with rising numbers of visitors and exhibitors, Lab Innovations will now feature the Lab Connect online meeting planner to ensure productive B2B matchmaking.

New Cambridge OGT site officially opened

Oxford Gene Technology (OGT) has celebrated the opening of its new facility in Cambridge, UK. The opening ceremony, which took place on 3 June at the company’s new premises on the prestigious Cambridge Science Park, was attended by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and local media as well as top-level representatives from OGT and its parent company, Sysmex Corporation. Pictured are John Anson (CEO, OGT) and Kaoru Asano (member of the Managing Board and Senior Executive Officer, Sysmex).

Revolutionary next-generation objectives launched

As a leader in optics for 100 years, Olympus has broken down barriers to imaging quality with the launch of its next-generation objectives. The breakthrough polishing technique enables the company to produce ultrathin lenses that overcome the traditional trade-off between numerical aperture (NA), flatness and chromatic correction – enabling all three parameters to be significantly improved.